There is some good news in the fight against opioid abuse in Illinois. Doctors prescribed fewer opioids to patients in 2017 than 2016, according to numbers from the statewide prescription monitoring program. The database can’t track illegal narcotic use, but the drop in prescriptions is still widely seen as a good sign as the majority of heroin users say their first experience with opioids came from a prescription drug.
Carbondale police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects in connection with a retail theft which happened earlier this summer. Police say shortly before 1PM on August 6th two suspects stole a money bag containing cash from the Kroger store on Giant City Road in Carbondale. Anyone with any information on these suspects is encouraged to call 457–3200. Surveillance photos of the suspects can be seen on our website.
Insurance giant State Farm has reached a $250 million preliminary settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit claiming the company funneled money to the campaign of a candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court.
More than 17 times as many University of Illinois students registered to hear a campus speech by former President Barack Obama as there are seats in the auditorium.
Obama is scheduled to speak Friday at Foellinger Auditorium in Urbana. The News-Gazette reports 22,611 students registered before a ticket lottery portal closed last Friday for the some 1,300 available seats.