Tuesday is National Plan for Vacation Day 2022. It’s a day to encourage Americans to plan their vacation days for the whole year at the start of the year and inspire them to use those days to travel the USA. The head of the local tourism bureau reminds there are plenty of ways to vacation ri…

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Governor JB Pritzker is announcing a new round of Back-to-Business grants for small businesses in Illinois. $111-million dollars in grants is going to businesses across the state, including several here in the Riverbend.

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Godfrey residents may someday be able to enjoy a splash pad without leaving the village. The village board has green-lighted a plan for the purchase and installation of the water attraction at Glazebrook Park.

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A Glen Carbon man, his brother, and cousin have been charged in federal court with crimes related to the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capital. 45-year-old Jeremiah Carollo is charged with entering a restricted building; disorderly conduct in a restricted building; disorderly cond…

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing that all Secretary of State departments will reopen for in-person transactions – including Driver Services facilities – on Monday, Jan. 24. Driver Services facilities operating on a Tuesday – Saturday schedule will reopen on Tuesday, Jan.…

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While other states have revealed how much fraud there’s been in their unemployment system since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois officials have yet to reveal such information to taxpayers. But some available data indicates its at least $430 million.

With single-digit low temperatures this week, the typical warmer La Nina winter may seem far away, but a member of the National Weather Service says this may just be a small deviation from the expected. This winter has seen a relatively average La Nina weather pattern, but it appears we are …

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The process of getting the Grafton Ferry to launch a year-round schedule in the future seems to be moving forward. The Grafton Ferry shortens the trip from Grafton to the St. Louis and St. Charles area by 20 – 30 minutes. Traditionally, the ferry only operates on a weekend schedule.

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There is a new water slide going in at Raging Rivers Waterpark in Grafton. The Mississippi Monster Slide will feature three hidden chambers to speed down, splashing and spraying through the enclosed tubes before a final splash. That’s one of a number of improvements planned for the 2022 season.

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The man shot by police at a Wood River gas station Tuesday morning has been identified. The Illinois State police says 31-year-old Tyler M. Marler of East St. Louis was shot as officers from Wood River and East Alton arrived on the scene just after 2am and confronted him while sitting outsid…

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The Godfrey Village Board has voted to increase the pay of the village's Animal Control Officer. Susie Stephan currently makes $69,000 per year but has to cover all of her own expenses. Godfrey Trustees originally considered a 3% raise at this month's Finance Committee meeting, but there was…