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The cost of everything is about to go up in Edwardsville, but only by a little.
The Edwardsville City Council Thursday night approved a 0.25 percent home-rule sales tax increase on a 5-2 vote. The currently 6.85 percent sales tax will go up to 7.1 percent, adding 25 cents to every $100 spent in the metro-east city.
The additional revenue will be used to build a new police and fire station with the goal of cutting emergency response times.
Proponents of the sales tax say it would be unfair to put the whole burden of paying for the new station on property owners.
The former metro-east judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal could learn his punishment today on federal gun and heroin charges.
Last month U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade rejected a plea deal with former St. Clair County judge Michael Cook. McDade had called the proposed 18 month prison term too lenient. The judge delayed proceedings until today to give both sides time to negotiate a stiffer prison sentence for him to consider.
At a 10:30 a.m. hearing, McDade could hand down that sentence -- if the two sides came to terms and if McDade finds the sentence stiff enough.
Cook still has the right to withdraw his November guilty plea and request a trial.
On Friday Illinois state education officials will receive the results of a cheating investigation involving Highland Community Unit School District 5.
Highland Superintendent Mike Sutton tells KMOV-TV that the month-long investigation determined that a district teacher had helped students who were taking the standardized ISAT test in 2013.
The school board on Monday sent the teacher a letter of remedial warning that said in part that 11 students "consistently reported the same actions" by the teacher and since the teacher couldn't explain why the students would fabricate the allegations, the board found the students accounts to be "more credible" than the teacher's.
The board is ordering the teacher to undergo additional training and follow the districts policies in order to maintain their job.
The teacher still hasn't been identified, but that could change if the state board takes more action on the matter.