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A Salem woman was taken to the hospital after a car accident triggered a pre-existing physical condition on Monday.

29 year old Bethany Nollman of South Hamilton Street in Salem was Southbound on South Broadway at around 11:50 am when she entered a parking lot at the CSX Railroad Depot and collided head-on with a parked truck owned by Gary Martin of Flora. 

Nollman was taken to Salem Township Hospital. She was cited for improper lane usage, driving on a suspended license, and having no insurance.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs says he's bringing in a consulting firm to conduct a performance review of how his office handles its books.

Frerichs said Monday that Plante Moran would be brought in to examine the office's accounting, budgeting and cash management to improve efficiency and reduce costs. He says Plante Moran is running the review at no cost to the state. 

The firm will identify potential changes to existing treasurer programs, find areas for improvements to internal controls and evaluate how investments can be boosted.

Frerichs, a Democrat, has refused to release a report about allegations against his predecessor, Republican Dan Rutherford. 

Rutherford came under fire during his unsuccessful bid for governor when sexual harassment allegations surfaced from a former aide. Rutherford has denied the allegations.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has replaced the leader of an Illinois agency that gave ex-Gov. Pat Quinn's former campaign manager a $160,000-a-year job.

Rauner on Monday appointed supporter Manny Sanchez as chairman of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. Sanchez replaces former state Sen. Emil Jones Jr.

Jones was among the four Quinn appointees who voted last month to hire 30-year-old Lou Bertuca to lead the agency that built and operates U.S. Cellular Field. Three board members appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel voted no.

Emanuel said he was worried because the job required financial expertise. Rauner said he'd try to reverse the hire. 

Jones defended Bertuca's hiring, calling him a "smart, effective leader." 

Bertuca's contract guarantees he'll be paid in full for the two-year position even if he's fired.


Odin Police are investigating the theft of several tools from a village garage over the weekend.

Police Chief Joe Nix says that the shed, located next to Village Hall on East Kirkwood Street, was broken into sometime either late Sunday night or early Monday morning. Thieves stole several battery chargers, drills, weed eaters and a heater, among other items. 

The village is offering a $500 reward for anyone with any information that could lead to the arrest of those responsible. Call the Odin Police Department at (618) 775-6260 or Odin Village Hall at (618) 775-8460.


The Marion County Fair this summer will have a NASCAR element.  Assistant Fair Secretary Terry Mulvany says Chapman Motor Sports of Decatur will be bringing two cars that will available Monday through Saturday of fair week, which will be August 3rd through the 8th.  

"It'll be a simulator car of the number 38 M&M Car. People will be able to climb into this car, it's all computerized, and drive as if they were on the Daytona speedway," said Mulvaney. A simulator of the #8 Goodwrench car, driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr., will also be on display.

Mulvany says the NASCAR visit is one of several special events being planned to help celebrate the fair's 75th Anniversary this year.  Others are still in the planning.   Due to the calendar this year, the fair moves totally into August this year.  In order to coordinate with other fairs, the Fair Queen contest will be moved to Monday night and the ITPA tractor pull to Tuesday evening.  Fair Secretary Russell Vandeveer says plans are also in the works to bring back the NTPA tractor pull on the final day of the fair on August 8th.  




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