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Joseph Bustos

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Belleville, IL, United States

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Past articles by Joseph:

Fairmount Park Will Have More Racing Days In 2020, But Has Not Yet Hit Its Minimum

Fairmount Park in Collinsville has scheduled 60 racing days in 2020 — up from 40 this year. But that schedule will require Fairmount to spend more money → Read More

Owners Of Revoked Illinois FOID Cards Must Give Up Their Guns. Fewer Than Half Do.

BELLEVILLE — In Illinois, when people have their firearms owners identification (FOID) cards revoked, they’re supposed to turn them in to law enforcement → Read More

Bost And Others Influenced Trump Into Backing Off Commuting Blagojevich’s Sentence

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, confirmed he spoke with President Donald Trump and his acting chief of staff just before the president backed off of → Read More

Bost to push resolution honoring Betsy Ross Flag after Nike pulls shoe featuring flag

Illinois Republican Congressman Mike Bost introduces resolution in the US House to honor the American flag called racist by NFL QB Colin Kaepernick. Nike pulled shoes featuring the banner sparking controversy. → Read More

Schnucks to close East Alton store, which it acquired last year

Schnucks to close East Alton, IL grocery store location in Wilshire Village in southern Illinois because of poor sales, the company said. The store used to be a Shop ‘N Save, and was acquired in September 2018. → Read More

Police investigate deaths of 5 people in north St. Louis County apartment

St. Louis County police are investigating the deaths of five adults in an apartment in north St. Louis, Mo. County on Chambers Road in what appears to be a homicide. The bodies were found about noon. → Read More

Illinois State Police seeking help in identifying unresponsive man found on I-270

The Illinois State Police have released photos of an unidentified man found on I-270 on Friday, after July 4th. The photos appear to be tattoos on the man’s body. He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. → Read More

Missing Belleville teenager located, police say

Missing Belleville, IL teen returned home, St. Clair County sheriff said, after she was reported missing in southern Illinois on Wednesday. Mother says JaKayla Estes returned home on her own. → Read More

Illinois’ gaming expansion is law. When will we see sports betting, more video gambling?

Governor JB Pritzker has signed a massive gambling expansion in Illinois. How long will it take for sports betting, more video gaming terminals, bigger jackpots the new casinos to be available near me. → Read More

Judge Duebbert sues St. Clair County, state over charges that were dropped

St. Clair County Judge Ronald Duebbert has sued the County, the state of Illinois, city of Belleville, Brendan Kelly, prosecutors for being charged with criminal sexual abuse. The charges were eventually dropped. → Read More

Will federal assistance come to Illinois to help with flooding costs, damage?

The IL Emergency Management Agency may request financial assistance from FEMA to help pay for costs, damage to roads, pumps, infrastructure from ongoing flood along Mississippi, Illinois rivers. → Read More

Pritzker touts infrastructure plan in metro-east ahead of signing capital, gaming bills

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker on Friday signs the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital bill, and corresponding increases to the gas tax, vehicle registrations fees, cigarette taxes, and a gaming expansion. → Read More

Pritzker issues new disaster declaration for St. Clair, Madison counties

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued new flood disaster declaration for 36 counties, including St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Jersey, Randolph counties as part of the ongoing response to the southern Illinois flood. → Read More

After Supreme Court decision, Illinois governor weighs in on gerrymandered districts

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said after the US Supreme Court ruled that federal judges have no role in partisan gerrymandering, he would veto unfair congressional and state house & senate district maps. → Read More

Pritzker plans capital bill tour around Illinois Friday, starting in East St. Louis

IL Governor JB Pritzker to is scheduled to tout the state’s capital infrastructure bill on Friday in East St. Louis, in southern Illinois. Rebuild Illinois has $45 billion worth of projects over six years. → Read More

St. Clair County inmate said he needed to go to the hospital. Then he escaped.

He was under arrest by the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department in Southern Illinois and escaped by kicking out the read window of a squad car. He was quickly apprehended. → Read More

Pritzker makes Illinois 11th state to legalize weed as vendors prepare for new customers

Governor JB Pritzker signs bill legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois starting on Jan. 1, 2020, allowing people over the age of 21 years to possess up to 30 grams of weed. The bill had bipartisan support. → Read More

Planning a July 4th road trip? Here’s why you may want to fill up before then.

New legislation and tax increases are scheduled to go into effect on including stiffer penalties for texting while driving, and increase in the gas tax and cigarette tax. → Read More

EPA Permit Allows Sauget Incinerator To Emit Heavy Metals Into The Air, Activists Say

The Environmental Protection Agency is allowing Veolia North America-Trade Waste Incineration, a facility in Sauget that runs a hazardous waste incinerator → Read More

EPA permit allows Sauget incinerator to emit heavy metals into the air, activists say

The Environmental Protection Agency has granted an air permit to Veolia incinerator facility in Sauget, IL that will allow the facility to emit more heavy metals into the air, according to environmentalists. → Read More