Mike Koziatek, The Pantagraph

Mike Koziatek

The Pantagraph

Belleville, IL, United States

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Past articles by Mike:

Watch now: Amazon workers, family rally for safer working conditions at Edwardsville warehouse

EDWARDSVILLE — Jeffery Hebb fought back tears Thursday as he talked about the last moments of his daughter's life. → Read More

Watch now: Man who survived Edwardsville tornado was pinned under concrete for 3 hours

Craig Yost was taking shelter with six others in a bathroom when an EF-3 tornado struck an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville on Friday night, but he's the only one to → Read More

Metro East pastor traveled to Ukraine. Now he's recovering from coronavirus.

When Senior Pastor Tim Lewis returned home from a trip to Ukraine on March 10, he felt fine. → Read More

New total: Legal marijuana sales in Illinois hit $5.24 million in first 2 days

Here's how many people were able to buy marijuana at Illinois stores. → Read More

Trucker hits IDOT vehicle warning motorists about I-270 roadwork

A tractor-trailer overturned after it rear-ended an Illinois Department of Transportation truck parked to warn motorists of roadwork on eastbound Interstate 270 near Route 157. State employee taken to hospital. → Read More

Signal Hill gets new superintendent in aftermath of test scandal

Kelly Bohnenstiehl was hired to be the superintendent for Signal Hill School District 181. Illinois had investigated the prior administrator in a testing security breach. The local board issued reprimands. → Read More

With Pritzker signing $45B capital bill, Belleville moves ahead with splash pad plan

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a $45 billion spending plan funded by tax and fee increases. The bill includes $300,000 for Belleville to build a splash pad. The city’s pool closed in 2012 & was demolished. → Read More

McClintock drivers, check out this alert. Stop signs have been moved.

The intersection with Garden Boulevard has the new signs. The stop signs at McKinley Drive have been removed because bikers can use the bike trail bridge over McClintock. → Read More

Man charged after Madison County girl is given cocaine, sexually assaulted

An STL man Matthew Miller is accused of predatory sexual assault and aggravated battery of a 2-year-old girl. A Troy, IL woman Lacey Take is charged with permitting the sexual abuse of a child in her care. → Read More

Former Belleville police officer accused in $55M lawsuit of forcing woman to commit a sex act

An ex police officer, was cited in a federal lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges he forced her to commit a sex act on him. Chief Bill Clay and the city of Belleville are named in the suit. → Read More

Lindenwood’s new president starts July 1. Here’s some of the challenges he’ll face.

John R. Porter is the new president of the college. A Change.org petition wants school to keep the undergraduate program. Mayor Mark Eckert will meet with Porter about plans for the Southern Illinois campus. → Read More

Grant’s Farm visitors fall ill with E. coli

The Missouri Department of Agriculture warns people to wash their hands after direct contact with animals before eating or drinking to prevent food borne illness. Symptoms include vomiting, cramps & diarrhea. → Read More

Family Video in Highland will close to make way for Dollar General

The Family Video store in Highland in southern Illinois will close and a Dollar General store will open at 1304 Broadway Street. → Read More

Stag Beer was born in Belleville. Now its L.A. owner has plans for an image makeover.

Pabst Brewing Company of Los Angeles, which owns the Stag Beer brand, expects to release new packaging design this summer in southern Illinois and St. Louis, MO. A new light beer, Stag Session, is out now. → Read More

McKendree University’s longtime president to retire

James Dennis, president McKendree University in Southern Illinois will retire in June 2020. He was named president of the college in 1994. → Read More

Those big tents are no longer needed at Belleville cleanup site but work still continues

Ameren’s coal tar cleanup in Belleville in southern Illinois will not be finished until next spring, over a year later than scheduled. A park may be built for columns from the old St. Clair County Courthouse. → Read More

Lindenwood University names new president

John R. Porter will be the new president of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO after Michael Shonrock was fired. Lindenwood has a campus in Belleville, Il in southern Illinois. → Read More

Volunteers needed to fill sand bags in river towns

Hardin, IL Valmeyer, IL and Prairie du Rocher, IL in Southern Illinois want people to fill sandbags as Mississippi and Illinois river levels are expected to crest near the Flood of 1993 levels. → Read More

Look for lane closures on I-255

Illinois Department of Transportation said the southbound left lane of Interstate 255 over the Harding Ditch, or Little Canteen Creek, at mile marker 22 will be closed for bridge repairs in Southern Illinois. → Read More

Madison County public defender fires assistant

John Rekowski said he fired Kelcie Miller, an assistant public defender, because she was not an attorney in Edwardsville, IL in Southern Illinois. → Read More