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Marion County State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach says he will not seek a fourth term in office next year.

"Frankly I gave some consideration if I wanted to run for the third term I am currently in now.  This was always just a step in my career. I actually made the decision some time ago that I would not run again and I'm not running again," Wilzbach said.

Wilzbach says a lot of pressures come with the office.

"There are aspects of the job I love and I will really miss.  The pressure I won't.  The politics I won't miss at all," said Wilzbach. "Frankly, I'm just looking forward to getting back into practice and representing clients and having the option of doing different type of law."

Wilzbach feels the office has made progress on better handling domestic violence cases.  He's also pleased to have been involved in the start of the problem solving courts.   Wilzbach notes like when he first took office drugs are a problem.  

Wilzbach's term expires December 1st, 2016.   So far one candidate has announced he's running for the job.  Salem attorney Bill Milner is running as a Republican.  


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Rep. Lou Lang says he won't try to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of an extension to the state's medical marijuana program.

Lang issued a statement Thursday saying the governor's office has pledged to negotiate "a mutually acceptable compromise." The Skokie Democrat says his decision not to seek an override stems from the possibility of compromise that would "serve the interests of patients."

In a veto letter last month, Rauner said he would agree to extend the program Online: www.ilga.gov

The bill is HB3299.


BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A black East St. Louis man pulled over by a white Illinois state trooper facing battery charges says he felt "disrespected" and "insulted" when the officer conducted a roadside strip search. 

Anthony Campbell testified Thursday as the trial of Corey Alberson began in Belleville.

Alberson is accused of making "physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature" by pulling down Campbell's pants during an East St. Louis traffic stop in April 2014. Campbell wasn't charged with any traffic violations.

Alberson is suspended without pay and has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated battery.

The criminal complaint against Alberson doesn't cite race as a factor.

Officials have said an August trial date for Albertson was postponed to avoid inflaming public tensions surrounding the one-year anniversary of the fatal Ferguson police shooting.


The Salvation Army Food Pantry has been hit hard this week and is asking for help from the public.  

While a normal day brings 20 to 40 people seeking assistance, the number reached 100 on Wednesday.  Salvation Army officials are not certain what has led to the increase, but say it has exhausted a large part of their food supply.  

Those who can help are asked to drop off items such as tuna, Roman Noodles, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, canned soup, jelly, hot dogs and bologna.  Cash donations are also appreciated. 

The Salvation Army food pantry at 204 South Commercial in Central City is open for those in need or to accept donations from nine to three Tuesday through Friday.


Car Burns in Drive Through of Lincoln Liquor. Centralia Firefighters Garrick Parson and Blaine Hyde look over the damage. Photo by Tim Ferguson.


There were no injuries when a car caught fire in the Lincoln Liquors parking lot in Centralia Thursday morning.  

Centralia City Firefighters say Charlene Huffman of Centralia noticed her car begin to smoke while she was at the drive up.  When the car continued to smoke, Huffman and passenger Mary Lawson of Centralia got out of the vehicle.

The engine compartment of the car soon caught fire and was fully engulfed when Centralia Firemen arrived.   The vehicle is a total loss.  

Damage to the Lincoln Liquors building is placed at $2,000.  Half the damage was to the siding.   The other half was from the drive up window that cracked from the water stream on the fire  

Centralia City Firefighters say Charlene Huffman of Centralia noticed her car begin to smoke while she was at the drive up.  When the car continued to smoke, Huffman and passenger Mary Lawson of Centralia got out of the vehicle.

The engine compartment of the car soon caught fire and was fully engulfed when Centralia Firemen arrived.   The vehicle is a total loss.  

Damage to the Lincoln Liquors building is placed at $2,000.  Half the damage was to the siding.   The other half was from the drive up window that cracked from the water stream on the fire  

The came in at 10:37 Thursday morning.    




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