Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
Updated at 9:04 AM

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, convened a hearing on “Protecting the Constitutional Right to Counsel for Indigents Charged with Misdemeanors.” The hearing revealed that courts nationwide routinely violate the constitutional rights of millions of Americans by not providing legal counsel to them when criminally accused of a misdemeanor.

Updated at 8:55 AM

After a rainy start to the school week, Thursday afternoon proved perfect weather for these sisters to play at Benton Park. Lawn maintenance crews were in full force, making sure the park is ready for this weekend.

Updated at 8:49 AM

Ameren Illinois announced Wednesday $4.4 million in electric infrastructure upgrades the company says will be placed in service in Southern Illinois by the end of the year. 

Updated at 8:40 AM

In Illinois, people suffering from debilitating hearing loss are guaranteed access to specialized phones, free of charge, thanks to state law and a  non-profit group whose been issuing  equipment since 1988.

Posted at 10:05 AM

Cruel Intentions fans got a big surprise when not only did

Posted at 10:05 AM

Full house indeed! Danny Tanner has has joined Netflix's Fuller Housespin-off.

Updated at 8:30 AM

For the second year in a row, the Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie. Vanya Shivashankar, 13, of Olathe, Kansas, and Gokul Venkatachalam, 14, of Chesterfield, Missouri, were named co-champions after spelling every word thrown at them. This...

Updated at 8:28 AM

Nila Candace "Candy" McKeithen, 51, of West Frankfort died at 9:50 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Frankfort Health Care.

Posted at 9:05 AM

Sex talk on The Bachelorette is par for the course, but what happens when the guys have to...

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