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U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson joined East St. Louis Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks and U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) for the handover ceremony held in the city’s municipal building.

Jackson-Hicks, a Democrat, said she was thrilled that city officials will now take over jurisdiction of the housing program. “It took a lot of hard work for us to get to this point,’’ said the mayor, noting that she had been working on the issue since she took office two years ago.


Consumer rights groups in Illinois are leading the opposition to proposals before the state legislature that they say could end traditional landline phone service. They claim that AT&T wants to shift customers to more expensive plans. But the telecommunications company says that conclusion is not accurate.

Five members of the embattled East St. Louis School Board filed motions this morning in St. Clair County Circuit Court asking a judge to reverse the state of Illinois' decision to have them removed.

The members argued in court documents that the unanimous Illinois State Board of Education vote Thursday was unconstitutional and infringed on the "fundamental right to vote."