Funeral services are set for former area state lawmaker Mike Smith. The 48-year-old Democrat died Saturday morning at his home of a suspected heart attack. Visitation is Wednesday from three to seven at Oak-Hines Funeral Home in Canton.  The funeral is set for Thursday at 10 at the funeral home.  

New talks on gambling expansion kick off Tuesday

Jan 27, 2014

An Illinois lawmaker is attempting to revive talks over a massive expansion of gambling in the state. The effort begins Tuesday at a casino in East St. Louis.

IL lawmaker wants to tie welfare to drug testing

Jan 24, 2014

Though federal welfare rules allow for drug testing, only a handful of states have actually made it a prerequisite for assistance.