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Alton, Illinois is located in Madison County. Zip codes in Alton, IL include 62002. The median home price in Alton is $75,000 which is roughly $54/per square foot. More Alton information.

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15 hrs ago |

Bulk Recycling Day For Alton

Alton residents, mark your calendar. Saturday, October 4th has been designated as the day you can drop off bulk items for recycling at the old landfill on Alby Street.


Yesterday |

Haine Further Explains Police Camera Support

When cameras are everywhere, it helps, according to a prosecutor-turned-senator. State Sen. Bill Haine used to be Madison County state's attorney and recalls the introduction of the dashboard camera to police cars.


Mon Sep 15, 2014

Alton Hotel Progress Report

The process of possibly building a hotel and conference center is talking a slow but methodical path, according to the Alton Director of Development and Housing. While the plan to bring a hotel downtown has been around for a number of years, it was only in May that the latest significant step was taken toward making that happen.


Fri Sep 12, 2014

Body Cams for Cops

Police in Illinois may soon be fitted with body cameras, if some state lawmakers have their way. The legislation introduced earlier this year would tack a six-dollar surcharge on all traffic and criminal fines.


Thu Sep 11, 2014

Alton CityWide Clean Up Saturday

Getting a handle on litter around Alton continues to be a goal of the Alton Beautification and Clean City Committee. There is City-Wide Clean Up scheduled for Saturday morning.



Bald Eagle

Every winter I travel to the Alton Illinois area to photograph Bald Eagles. On this particular cold winter day I had searched and searched and was about to head home when I drove down by the river one last time.


Wed Sep 10, 2014

KSDK-TV Saint Louis

Man charged in fatal Alton shooting

ALTON, Ill. - Police have arrested a Belleville man believed to be involved in a fatal shooting in Alton Saturday afternoon.


Tue Sep 09, 2014

Police Reports for Tuesday

In local police reports provided this morning to the Big Z, Wood River Police were holding 22 year old Zachary Kindle of the 100 block of Illini in Wood River for DUI. 45 year old Dawn Nicholas of the 200 block of Illinois in East Alton, also held for DUI.


Hope Animal Rescues to host 70's dance party in Alton, IL

If you are looking for something fun to do in the Alton, IL. area this month, look no farther.


Fire at Godfrey Home

Godfrey firefighters responded to a basement fire at a home in the 3300 block of Morkel Drive in Godfrey on Saturday evening. No one was injured in the blaze, but there was significant damage in the basement area and heavy smoke throughout the home.


Alton Shooting Investigated

Charges could be filed as early as today in connection with a weekend shooting death in Alton. Police say a black male in his mid-30's was found on the back porch of a home in the 1,000 block of Market Street Saturday afternoon.


Sun Sep 07, 2014

WAND-TV Decatur

18-year-old gets 20 years for role in killing

A southwestern Illinois 18-year-old has been sentenced to two decades in prison for his role in the 2012 shooting death of a man over a six-pack of beer. The Telegraph reports Brian Lee Taylor of Madison was sentenced Friday in Madison County after pleading guilty to an armed robbery charge.


Sat Sep 06, 2014

Soap Box Derby Is Today

It's time for the Soap Box Derby in East Alton. The race and corresponding festival is entering its third decade this year.


Fri Sep 05, 2014

Process of Identifying Body Is Slow

The process of identifying a body found in Alton about a month ago has been a slow one, and it may still be a while until the process is done. Authorities were called to property in the 2700 block of Powhatten Street where human remains were found on August 5. Alton Police Public Information Officer Emily Hejna gives an update on the case to the Big Z: By local, Hejna says she is talking about Alton cases only.


Police Reports for Friday

In local police reports provided this morning to The Big Z, East Alton Police were holding 31 year old Chantel Jerman of the 400 block of Cob in East Alton for intoxicated pedestrian and a failure to appear warrant out of Clinton County.


Suspects Sentenced in Robberies

Two people were sentenced to prison this week following their guilty pleas to crimes committed in Alton. 34 year old Rachel Barnes of St. Louis will spend nine years in jail after pleading to armed robbery in connection with an incident in Alton in January.


Thu Sep 04, 2014

WAND-TV Decatur

Woman admits stealing from bank where she worked

A southwestern Illinois woman faces up to three decades in federal prison now that she's admitted embezzling more than $100,000 from a bank where she worked.


Fire Damages Alton Home

An Alton family is out of their home following a fire on Wednesday afternoon. The fire broke out after 3pm at the two-story home in the 1300 block of Washington Avenue.


Wed Sep 03, 2014

Library Cookbook Coming Soon

All of the recipes have been gathered and its time to start putting together the new Hayner Library Cookbook.


Tue Sep 02, 2014

Multiple Charges for Shooting Suspect

A 19-year-old Alton man is charged with numerous felonies, including Attempted First Degree Murder, following what police believe to be nearly three weeks of committing gun related crimes.



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