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The Chili Cook-Off returns to downtown Alton in a few weeks.   Alton Main Street assumed the leadership of the event in 2013, and this year, the event will be held from noon - 3pm on Sa...read more
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The Bethalto Spirit organization holds its second annual Market Day Saturday in the downtown area.  More than two dozen vendors are expected...selling food, crafts, and other gift items.  Th...read more
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Alton's edition of National Night Out is just a few days away.  The city has hosted its own celebration for more than 5 years, and many on the force say the event is one that they look forward to...read more
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The sponsor of major education funding reform legislation is dismissing efforts to derail his plan.  The Illinois Senate passed Senator Andy Manar's (D-Bunker Hill) proposal last spring, which sh...read more
A Maryville attorney is now a new judge for Madison County. Martin Mengarelli has been named Associate Judge, replacing Keith Jensen who resigned at the end of August.  Mengarelli comes from the ...read more
In local police reports provided this morning to The Big Z, East Alton Police were holding 38 year old Ricardo Torres of the 1100 block of Walnut in Cottage Hills for DUI.  Wood River Police wer...read more
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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says no to sending U.S. ground troops back to Iraq, but his Republican opponent in the Senate race says they shouldn’t have left in the first place.  State Se...read more
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U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis is following other Illinois Republicans in courting African-American voters—and his supporters say it’s the Democrats who are playing in the race card in...read more
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Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner says he hopes an extension of the income tax increase isn’t approved at the 11th hour.  He’s concerned about the so-called Lame Duck Se...read more
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports gives Illinois Governor Pat Quinn a 2-point lead over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. The poll of 750 likely voters shows 44 percent back Quinn, while 42 percent ...read more
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  The 2014 crop year might be best remembered as a year of great yields and short prices.  “It’s looking good,” says Tim Seifert, a third-generation farmer near Springfiel...read more
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Models of wind turbines flanked the Lincoln statue in front of the state Capitol Tuesday as part of a ceremony to thank the governor for his leadership on environmental concerns.   The Sierr...read more
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Demolition is scheduled to begin today on an awning that has partially collapsed in Upper Alton.  As a result, three businesses have been unable to open since the situation developed late Friday ...read more
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While not everyone in Alton is sold on the idea of turning the former Great Central Lumber Company into a hotel and conference center, the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is. ...read more
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Wood River Police want your help identifying the suspect in a suspected armed robbery over the weekend.  Police were called to the Dollar General on Vaughn Road just after 8pm Saturday after the ...read more
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