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Illinois' budget impasse has forced Alton's Senior Services Plus to cut services and staff, and it's now suing Governor Bruce Rauner.  SSP has joined with dozens of other social services agencies...read more
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A method of slowing your vehicle may soon be outlawed in Godfrey.  The technique referred to as engine braking can only be done with vehicles that use a manual transmission.  Instead of usin...read more
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The Village of Bethalto has already begun it's sewer repair and maintenance program for the year.  Like many municipalities, the village is dealing with an aging infrastructure.  Mayor Alan ...read more
Two people were injured when a truck hit a building in Upper Alton Thursday afternoon at the corner of Washington Avenue and Edwards Street.  The vehicle struck the brick building housing Financi...read more
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Illinois motorists will get a chance to vote in November to ensure their gas taxes are spent on roads and bridges.  The so-called lockbox amendment is aimed at protecting tax dollars intended for...read more
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Heroin use continues to take lives in the region, so health-care professionals and lawmakers have been looking for more effective ways to treat the addiction.  State Representative Dwight Kay (R-...read more
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The state has launched its annual "Start Seeing Motorcycles" campaign.  146 motorcyclists died on Illinois roads in 2015, up from the previous year.  State Police Lieutenant Richard Kozik sa...read more
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A growing number of Republican state lawmakers are criticizing Illinois’ auditor general for his failure to answer questions about his campaign expenses while he was a member of the Illinois Hou...read more
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A new report from the Civic Federation recommends Illinois increase taxes and cut spending to balance the fiscal 2017 budget. The report claims Gov. Bruce Rauner’s revenue projections aren&rsquo...read more
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The Village of Godfrey has finished installing new playground equipment at the park behind Village Hall.  The new playground at Homer Adams Park was mostly covered by a Madison County Parks Enhan...read more
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Vintage Base Ball is catching on nationwide, and there is a new tournament planned for Saturday in Hartford.  The Lewis & Clark State Historic Site will host four teams that play the game as ...read more
A man running for the Illinois House donated the money this week to reopen two southern Illinois state parks.  Horseshoe Lake State Park and Ramsey Lake State Park closed at the end of April due ...read more
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It's National Travel and Tourism Week, and members of the RiverBend community gathered at Argosy Casino Wednesday to hear of a new promotion from the state's tourism bureau.  A recent report show...read more
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The Democrat in charge of the first vote that could raise Illinois' top income-tax rate to 9.75 percent said he expects Republicans to join him this week.State Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, need...read more
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The East Alton Village Board of Trustees has approved a liquor license for a new bar in an old building.  Mayor Joe Silkwood tells The Big Z the new bar is in a building that has had many names, ...read more
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