Victims’ advocates remain concerned about what will happen to a historic piece of legislation.
The USDA says it’s changing the rules of its aid program commonly known as “food stamps” to help crack down on fraud.
The agency is expanding its legal definition of “trafficking” to crack down on people exchanging food stamp benefits for cash.
The McDonough County Sheriff’s Department said members of a Bushnell family face numerous methamphetamine-related charges after a search warrant was executed at their home early Sunday.
Those arrested at the house at 793 North Sperry Street are Virgil Raines, age 50; Brenda Raines, age 50; and Travis Raines, age 22.
The sheriff’s department said three others were arrested in Macomb: Daniel Raines, age 24; Timothy Raines, age 23; and Tiffany Raines, age 21.
Macomb is on the verge of having its courthouse square declared a national historic district.
The Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council has recommended the designation to the federal government, which almost always follows the state panel’s suggestion.
However, Mayor Mike Inman said the city won’t begin preparing signs or making plans just yet.
Inman believes it will be 60 to 90 days before the city learns of the federal government’s decision.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has revoked a permit for a proposed coal mine just north of Canton in Fulton County.
The DNR had issued a mining permit for the “North Canton Mine” several years ago but the agency has now decided it did not follow its own guidelines when doing so.