Kelsey Landis, News Democrat

Kelsey Landis

News Democrat

Belleville, IL, United States

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Past articles by Kelsey:

Woman stabbed multiple times outside Fairview Heights hotel

A woman was stabbed multiple times during an attack outside the Wingate Hotel on Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights, Illinois in Southern Illinois on Tuesday night. Police say there are two suspects in the crime. → Read More

Former East St. Louis priest named on list of Jesuits accused of sexually abusing children

A pastor who served in East St. Louis, Illinois in a Southern Illinois parish was named by Jesuits on a list of priests accused of sexually abusing children. Chester E. Gaiter is alleged to have committed the crimes in the 1970s and 1980s. → Read More

Hecker man stole items from tool and machine shop in New Athens, according to charges

A man from Hecker, Illinois in Southern Illinois was charged with stealing items from Kaskaskia Tool and Machine in New Athens, IL in St. Clair County. Matthew C. Rautman was charged with one count of burglary. → Read More

Madison County woman sexually abused teenager multiple times, charges allege

A woman from Moro, Illinois in Southern Illinois was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor. Tonya Rene Christians was charged with three sex crime counts in Madison County. → Read More

$10.9 million in demolition, renovations planned for East St. Louis public housing

Construction and demolition projects are planned for public housing projects in Southern Illinois. The federal government department HUD took over authority and recently returned power to the city. → Read More

Here’s how residents are reacting to proposed renovations at MidAmerica Airport

Locals from the Belleville, Illinois area reacted to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport proposed renovations and improvements to the facility in Southern Illinois where Allegiant Air flies out. → Read More

Hang tight — PSB construction nearly complete, but lane closures planned this weekend

Lane closures are expected on the Poplar Street Bridge this weekend from St. Louis, Missouri to Southern Illinois as road crews near completion of the MoDOT/IDOT construction project near East St. Louis, Illinois. → Read More

GM plant closures could have an effect on U.S. Steel plants, union president says

GM plans to close plants in North America. Here’s how the decision will affect the US Steel plant in Granite City, IL in Southern Illinois that reopened after tariffs on foreign steel by President Donald Trump. → Read More

For years, St. Clair County helped pay employees in other counties. That’s changing.

St. Clair County, Illinois board members eliminated pay for probation officers who were never employees of the Southern Illinois county to begin with. The County Board also passed a budget for 2019. → Read More

Bike trail that follows MetroLink route will be extended another three miles in 2019

The St. Clair County Transit District will pay for an extension of the bike and walking trail extension between the Memorial Hospital and Fairview Heights Metro stops near Belleville, Illinois and Swansea. → Read More

Madison County Board slashes budget by 5% and almost every fund will take a hit

The Madison County Board in Southern Illinois decreased its annual budget for 2019, making cuts to the historical museum and to the bridges department. Republicans also ensured the property tax levy would remain roughly the same and not increase. → Read More

Salaries for 2 more townships added to BND Public Pay Database

Annual salaries for Illinois township employees in Caseyville and Jarvis Township in Southern Illinois added to BND public pay database. Voters will decide whether to abolish some government in the election. → Read More

C.A.R.D board says $3 million should go toward debt, not park improvements

The city of Collinsville, Illinois, filed a lawsuit arguing leftover tax money in the Collinsville Area Recreation District fund should go to parks and recreation. The district says money should go to debt. → Read More

What’s the best way to prevent violence on MetroLink? These cities could be models.

St. Louis, Missouri region’s light rail system is looking to other cities in the U.S. to improve safety and deter crime on MetroLink, which runs through the metro east Southern Illinois area to Scott AFB. → Read More

Parks district that voters dissolved has $3 million. Collinsville sues to get some of it.

The city of Collinsville, Illinois, has filed a lawsuit in Madison County arguing leftover tax money in the Collinsville Area Park District fund should go to parks and recreation, not to pay down debt. Voters in Southern Illinois voted to dissolve the district. → Read More

MidAmerica renovation design contract approved, but funding is still up in the air

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport approved a design contract for proposed renovations and improvements to the facility in Southern Illinois where Allegiant Air flies out of near Belleville, IL. → Read More

Number of ‘gun sanctuary’ counties has increased though new gun laws haven’t advanced

More counties in IL have become gun sanctuaries while others have passed resolutions in favor of Second Amendment rights. Any state laws infringing on people’s constitutional rights would not be enforced in some counties. → Read More

MetroLink study recommends major changes to security, but barriers aren’t the solution

A study to recommend safety changes to the St. Louis region’s light rail train system released early details this week. Crime has been a concern on MetroLink, which runs from Southern Illinois through St. Louis, Missouri. → Read More

Up to 7 inches of snow in the metro-east could affect Thursday morning commute

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory forecast that included snow, freezing rain, ice for Southern Illinois cities Belleville, O’Fallon, Collinsville, and East St. Louis, Cahokia. → Read More

Some classes at Signal Hill School canceled because of broken heater

Classes were canceled at Signal Hill School District 181 for 7th and 8th graders because of a broken heater Wednesday. The Belleville, Illinois school is in Southern Illinois. → Read More