EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Madison County's former treasurer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $20,000 after he admitted he rigged tax liens to benefit his backers. Fred Bathon apologized and said he accepts "full responsibility" at his sentencing hearing in East St. Louis. Prosecutors say he rigged tax lien auctions for several years so that his political donors profited from inflated penalties paid by property owners.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Ambulance workers have found an 18-year-old man shot dead in East St. Louis. Police Chief Ronald Ike says the workers found Roman Brooks lying in a pool of blood in front of a house early this morning. He says there are no suspects yet and that the Illinois State Police are helping with the investigation.
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) - Snow is falling in parts of southern Illinois and forecasters say parts of the region could get as much as a foot and a half of snow by the time the storm passes through the region. The National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. says portions of southern Illinois are also expected to receive up to a quarter inch of ice. Forecasters say areas south of Interstate 70 are bearing the brunt of the storm. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 p.m.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in Iowa say an autopsy will be performed on a Scott County Jail inmate who died after being found unresponsive in his cell. The sheriff's office said today that 54-year-old Oscar Orland Najera was declared dead after being taken to a hospital last night. Najera's last known address was in Rock Island, Ill. He was booked into jail last month on a third-degree intoxication charge.
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