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Mt. Vernon Police are investigating an early morning armed robbery at the Hardee's at 1600 Broadway and are looking for a man for questioning in an unrelated shooting.

Police say a black male, around 6'4" tall, wearing dark clothing displayed a handgun during the robbery of the Hardee's just before four Wednesday morning. The offender fled the business northbound on foot. It is believed the offender continued north from the 500 block of North 12th street. 

Mt. Vernon Police received a call about the shooting from the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital at 10:19 a.m. that they were treating a gunshot victim.  The police department is looking for Calvin Webster for questioning in this incident.  The name of the victim has not been released.

Anyone with information on Webster's location or about the person involved in the Hardee's armed robbery are asked to contact the Mt. Vernon Police Department at 618-242-2131.


Weston McGhee Comes Home

Welcome Home! A crowd cheers as the McGhee vehicle bringing Weston home for the first time since March 11th rounds the corner at Main and Broadway.


The Salem Fire Protection District joined well wishers at Main and Broadway for the welcome home.


14-year-old Weston McGhee of Salem got to come home Wednesday.  

McGhee was critically injured in a March 11th traffic crash and has been in a St. Louis Hospital or Rehabilitation Center ever since.   

A large crowd lined North Broadway from Main Street to the First United Methodist Church to welcome Weston home.  A loud cheer went up as his parents vehicle rounded the corner from Main onto Broadway.  Many held up Superman logos, which has come to signify Weston's battle to survive his critical injuries.  A Salem Fire Protection District fire truck and a Marion County Sheriff's Department vehicle mixed in with the crowd of well wishers.  

Cheryl Ice helped organize the event.  The wife of the Pastor at the Grace Nazarene Church noted Weston will now be able to continue his recovery at home.  Ice says they are still expecting great things and great progress to made from his therapy.  Out of courtesy to the family, everyone is asked not to call or come by the McGhee home.  Ice says the family needs their privacy and time to settle in and make the transition back home.  

Weston has undergone several brain surgeries and had initially been on life support after arriving at the hospital.  He later was moved to a rehabilitation center in St. Louis.  

His brother Wyatt McGhee was killed in the wreck.  

While Weston's return home was celebrated Wednesday, the church was reeling from the loss of another Salem teen in a Saturday night traffic crash.  Roudy Hensley died Tuesday from injuries sustained in the wreck on Illinois Route 148 at Triton Lane on the south side of Mt. Vernon.  

"It's been terribly hard.  It's not something we understand, but it is something as a church family we continue to have faith and belief that there is a God that loves us and we put our trust and faith in him," said Ice, who notes the outpouring of support has not just been from church members. "This is an amazing community that seems to rally around families.  I guess I'm not surprised because Salem has proven itself time and time again not to just be a community, but a family."    


Members of the Marion County Sheriff's Department and Salem Police joined those gathered outside the court house waiting for Weston's arrival.


The crowd lining North Broadway extended down to the Grace United Methodist Church and beyond.


A missing boater's body has been located in Carlyle Lake.  

Clinton County Sheriff Doug Maue says the body of the 55-year-old man who never returned from fishing in the Boulder area was located at 4:36 Wednesday afternoon.  The Clinton County Coroner's office has not yet released the man's identity, pending notification of family.  

The man had been reported missing just before midnight Tuesday night following a fishing outing earlier in the evening.  

The Clinton County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, St. Clair County Emergency Services, Keyesport Fire Protection District Dive Team, and Clinton County Emergency Management Agency all helped in the Wednesday search.  


An Illinois Senate committee has advanced legislation to increase funding for education this year to a level first proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Lawmakers voted 9-2 Wednesday to move the bill to the Senate floor. 

It would authorize an additional $74 million for K-12 and early childhood education, bringing the total increase over last year to $344 million.

The Republican governor recommended a $344 million increase in his proposed 2016 budget. But his plan included large cuts to other programs such as Medicaid.

Democrats sent Rauner a budget that cut those programs less than Rauner requested and increased money for schools by $269 million.

Rauner signed the school funding bill last week. In a news release, he said he "would have done more for our schoolchildren."


A temporary budget to keep Illinois government operating in a new fiscal year has failed in the House, but one is still alive because the Senate OK'd an identical measure.

Democrats battling with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner put up a $2.3 billion, one-month spending plan Wednesday for the state to limp along during the impasse. It fell four votes short of the 71 needed for approval.

Senate Democrats advanced the temporary fix 37-0 earlier in the day, with 11 "present" votes, and moved that measure to the House. But its prospects were dim. particularly because Rauner's has indicated he will veto it anyway. 

The two sides were unable to agree on a full 2016 budget before the new fiscal year started Wednesday, raising concerns of a partial government shutdown.




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