Study: How many teens text and drive in the Heartland?

According to a new Center For Disease Control and Prevention study Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for teen texting and driving.

1 taken by helicopter, others injured after crash on Rt. 51 in Jackson Co., IL

AbbVie donates $100M to Ronald McDonald House Charities

Illinois State Fair vendors see drop in attendance, sales

Rauner rejects expanded union benefits for paramedics, EMTs

FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY today due to severe storms

Law allows firearm permit grace period during renewal

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  Driver killed, vehicle goes airborne and crashes through field in Jackson Co., IL

No threat to public safety after train derailment in Franklin County, IL

Jackson County deputies to increase patrols during holidays

Festivals, parades to mark Illinois' 200th Constitution Day

1 in custody after shooting investigation in Mt. Vernon, IL

2 injured in two-vehicle crash on I-24 in Massac County, IL

  Union County Fair celebrates 138 years

This year marks the 138th anniversary of the Union County Fair. The fair is host to many events for the week. The Queen Pageant is Aug. 19, with the concerts, a rodeo and even the demolition derby.  Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Some of the attendees share their experiences.  "It's just tradition. I grew up as a kid in this town and I've never missed the county fair. I've never missed one ever I don't guess," said Mike Meisenh...

IL Gov. signs bill allowing hunters to wear blaze pink, increase poaching penalty

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation legalizing blaze pink hunting gear in addition to orange and increasing penalties for wildlife poaching.

New 5-day bike ride to feature Illinois farms, vineyards

Bicyclists will get to tour central Illinois farms, vineyards and breweries during a new, five-day ride scheduled as part of Illinois' Bicentennial celebration.

Study: Most Illinois kindergarteners weren't ready in 2017

A new study by the Illinois Board of Education shows that less than a quarter of the state's children were fully prepared to enter kindergarten last year.

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era

IL man arrested for reckless driving; PD urge safe driving in school zone

Williamson Co. IL passes gun control resolution

Carbondale, IL man facing meth charges

Shots fired leads to arrest of Carbondale, IL man after argument

West Frankfort, IL man accused of threatening a judge

Teen dies in shooting outside Chicago basketball game

Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting following a large fight at a basketball game in Chicago.

Three arrested in Franklin Co., IL burglary investigations

Three adults were arrested in Franklin County, Illinois on burglary charges in separate investigations.

Sparta, IL based National Guard firefighting team returns from Iraq and Syria

Family and friends met at the Army National Guard Armory in Sparta, Illinois, Aug. 16, for an emotional reunion.

Man accused of child sex abuse arrested in Franklin Co., IL

A 19-year-old Ewing, Illinois man was arrested Friday, Aug. 10 after a months-long child sexual abuse investigation in Franklin County.

Sen. Duckworth wants investigation into possible ethics violation at VA

Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, along with New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General (IG) to investigate whether the VA leadership violated any federal law, policy, or their ethical obligation to Veterans.

No one injured in Anna, IL pickup truck fire

Anna Fire Department responded to a vehicle on fire on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

  Clean Energy Potential program seeks grant applicants

In February, an initial round of 11 schools applied for grants and each one was approved.

Gov. Rauner signs law requiring state jobs be in capital

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring state jobs to be located in the capital city unless there's good reason to put them elsewhere.

Chicago initiative will return lost animals to owners faster

Chicago has a new strategy to return lost animals to their owners more quickly and keep them out of the city's animal shelter.

Public meeting held in Chester, IL to discuss heroin, opioid epidemic

The Chester, Illinois Police department held a public meeting to educate the public on the opioid and heroin epidemic going on in southern Illinois and around the U.S.

KS man charged in connection with Carbondale, IL officer shooting

Alex B. Karcher, 24, of Salina, Ks is charged in relation to the shooting of Officer Trey Harris.

Rauner blames Chicago mayor for 'failure' on violence

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "failed horribly" on public safety after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.

Murphysboro, IL felon sentenced for possessing metal knuckles

Michael C. Carr, Jackson County State's Attorney, announced that Scott A. Evans, age 34, of Murphysboro, Illinois, was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon.

Carterville, IL police chief resigns, interim chief appointed

Carterville, Illinois Mayor Brad Robinson says Police Chief Heather Reno is no longer with the force.

Exxon asked to pay $1.8M for Arkansas oil spill damage

State and federal officials are asking Exxon Mobil to pay more than $1.8 million in compensation for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas.

Man, woman arrested on several drug charges in Johnston City, IL

In Johnston City, Illinois a man and woman were arrested on several drug charges on August 9.

Labor Department monitoring Illinois State Fair ride safety

Illinois officials will make routine inspections of all amusement rides at the Illinois State Fair .

Speakers reject church summit after claims against founder

Several speakers have backed out of a suburban Chicago summit after allegations of sexual misconduct against the founder of the megachurch hosting the event.

I-57 ramp back open after serious crash in Union Co., IL

A crash involving a semi-truck and a car in Union County, Illinois shut down the northbound ramp of Interstate 57 to Route 146 Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Nonprofit receives $500K grant to treat Opioid use disorders

Centerstone behavioral health care has announced it was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (DHS/SUPR).

IL woman charged with reckless homicide months after deadly crash

A deadly crash led to the arrest of a Woodlawn, Illinois woman on August 7.

Sen. Dick Durbin meets with HUD Regional Administrator about housing crisis in Cairo, IL

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met in Cario, Illinois with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator of HUD's Midwest Regional Office on Tuesday, August 7.

Ivanka Trump to promote workforce development in Illinois

Ivanka Trump plans to promote worker training in Illinois this week.

Southern Illinois gets $15M rural electrification grant

Illinois will receive more than $15 million in federal money to construct an electric transmission line in southern Illinois.

Free admission to Bicentennial exhibit at state museum

The Illinois Bicentennial will be on full display this weekend - for free.

2 injured in semi crash in White Co., IL

A Kentucky man and Illinois woman were injured in a crash in White County, Illinois at 3:17 p.m. on Monday, August 6.

Missing teen lured away by video game chat resurfaces

A northwest Mississippi teenager has resurfaced in Illinois four days after he went missing.

Deadly hit-and-run investigation underway in Franklin County, IL

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deadly hit-and-run on Aug. 4.

Illinois measure to test deer feeding under review

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is reviewing legislation that would test feeding the state's deer, which some say could help the animals better fight off illnesses while others argue could spread disease.

Non-profit restoring parts of Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge with help from grant

Friends of Crab Orchard Refuge are collecting money and looking for help protecting local pollinators and restoring a popular trail.

Rear-facing restraint now required for Illinois infants

Illinois children must ride in rear-facing child-restraint seats in automobiles until age 2 under a law Gov. Bruce Rauner signed.

More states sue to stop online plans for 3D-printed guns

More states are suing the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms that are hard to trace and detect.

Mulkeytown, IL man sentenced to 50 years for sex crimes against a minor

A southern Illinois man has been sentenced to decades behind bars for crimes against a minor.

KSP: Man wanted in KY for rape, sodomy could be headed to IL

State police said a man is wanted for sex crimes against children and could be headed to Illinois.

SIU presents open container proposal for homecoming

SIU Carbondale for the first time presented a proposal that would allow open containers of alcohol during the homecoming parade.

Contractor dies in accident at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, IL

An outside contractor was killed as a result of a construction accident on Thursday, August 2 at Menard Correctional Center.

Several southern IL communities mourning death of two students

A deadly crash involving two Trico School District students is under investigation in Randolph County, Illinois.

4 arrested after burglaries in West Frankfort, IL

Four people are arrested following a string of burglaries in West Frankfort, Illinois.

  Man taken into custody in White Co. IL after stolen gun investigation in Paducah

Wiseman was in the home and in possession of several stolen guns. Wiseman also had a warrant in Paducah, Ky.

Injured Chicago Cubs fan feels 'lucky to be alive'

A man, who was wearing a plastic bucket on his head when a large metal pin fell from Wrigley Field's centerfield scoreboard during a Chicago Cubs game, says he feels lucky to be alive.

The Latest: Indiana family files 2nd lawsuit in boat sinking

The Latest on the sinking of tourist boat in Branson(all times local):

Indiana family to discuss boat sinking that killed relatives

Members of an Indiana family who lost nine loved ones when a tourist boat sank in Missouri plan to speak at a news conference about their lives after "our family tree has been broken."

Illinois lottery game to help families of fallen officers

A new Illinois lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely hurt in the line of duty.

Southern Illinois man gets 19 years for bank robberies

A federal judge has handed a 38-year-old man a 19-year prison sentence for two bank robberies in southern Illinois.

How Heartland firefighters get sent out west for wildfires

Fire fighters are getting sent west to help with wildfires. But from where?

Harrisburg, IL woman enters not guilty plea in animal shelter dispute

According to the sheriff's office, a Harrisburg, Illinois woman is facing charges after allegedly hitting employees at a southern Illinois animal shelter.

Illinois fairgrounds foundation falling short in fundraising

A foundation formed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner two years ago to fundraise for repairing the state fairgrounds is falling short of its $2 million to $3 million annual target.

The Latest: Children sue over parents' death in boat sinking

The Latest on lawsuits filed over the sinking of tourist boat in Branson (all times local):

Southern Illinois Made Expo highlights area businesses; help Veteran Honor Flights

A weekend event in Marion is highlighting over a hundred area businesses from Southern Illinois.

1 dead in single-vehicle crash in Pope County, IL

A person is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Pope County, Ill.

US loses bid to have sanctuary city lawsuit tossed out

A federal judge ruled Friday that the U.S. Justice Department does not have the authority to withhold grants from the city of Chicago because of its policies that provide sanctuary to immigrants.

Epilepsy Walk at Rent One Ballpark in Marion, IL

The Epilepsy Foundation Greater Southern Illinois is having a walk to raise awareness and money to help those in the area that may suffer from epilepsy at Rent One Ball Park in Marion Illinois this Sunday, July 29.

Murray State students participate in Rural Community Health Scholars program

Five Murray State University students participated in the Rural Community Health Scholars program this summer

Williamson Co. Sheriff's Office holding Women's Self-Defense class

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is holding a two-day Women's Self-Defense Class in August. This is the third time the Sheriff's Office has offered the course. The class will be held at the Williamson County Sheriff's Office in Marion, Illinois on Monday, Aug. 6 and on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android The class is free, but it is limited to 20 people. For more information and to register contact Lt. D...

ISP reminded drivers to slow down on Speed Awareness Day

July 25 is Speed Awareness Day in Illinois.

$200K grant to improve children mental healthcare in southern IL

The Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation recently gave Centerstone of Illinois a $200,000 grant to improve mental healthcare for children in the southern Illinois area.

5th suspect in Pinckneyville teen's 2010 murder sentenced

The fifth suspect accused in the murder of Sidnee Stephens back in 2010 in rural Pinckneyville has been sentenced to prison. According to the Perry County State's Attorney's Office, Chad Bennett pleaded guilty March 13, 2018 to a home invasion charge in part of a plea agreement where the first degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death charges were dropped.  On Friday, July 20 Bennett was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections. Download the KFVS Ne...

Illinois siblings rescued from lake after kayaks sank

Illinois siblings vacationing in western Michigan have been rescued from Lake Michigan after their kayaks sank.