Illinois Briefs – 3/17/14

Last Updated on March 17th, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

>>GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Wrap Up Long Weekend

(Undated) — The four GOP candidates for governor are wrapping up a busy weekend. They’ve been criss-crossing the state with the hopes of securing last minute votes. Bruce Rauner has held the lead in the polls for months but Kirk Dillard has been gaining ground. At this point, it’ll all boil down to voter turnout and it could end up being a very close race. The primary election is tomorrow.

>>Murder Suspect Shuts Down Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive

(Chicago, IL) — A murder suspect is in custody after an eight hour stand-off on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive. Joseph Felton was arrested after SWAT teams moved in on his vehicle. He’d led police on a high speed chase from Harvey in to the city before crashing his car. Felton was injured in the crash and was taken straight to a hospital once he was apprehended around 9:30 last night. He was wanted for killing his wife in Georgia.

>>Poison Control Center Facing Possible Shutdown

(Undated) — Illinois’ poison control center may soon be shutting its doors. They’re facing a financial shortfall like most other entities within the state. Their budget has been slashed by more than half-million-dollars over the past five years. The center answers thousands of calls every year from people who think they’ve ingested some type of poising and, the reps even provide training for medical professionals. Officials at the center say their budget is tight and if they don’t get an increase for next year, they’ll have to close at the end of June.

>>Schools At Risk Of Closing

(Fairview Heights, IL) — A couple of schools in the Metro-East are at risk of closing. Officials in Fairview Heights say they need to raise property taxes in order to keep Grant Middle and Illini Elementary schools open. Voters shot down a proposal to boost the property taxes last year but they’ll be faced with the same question when they head to the polls tomorrow. If the measure clears, property taxes will go up by about eight-dollars-and 25-cents-a-month on a 100-thousand-dollar home.

>>Highland Marine To be Remembered At Arlington

(Arlington, VA) — A Marine from Highland, Illinois is being honored at Arlington National Cemetery. Aaron Ripperda was one of seven Marines killed during a training exercise in Nevada last March. He’d served a couple overseas tours in Haiti and Afghanistan. A memorial ceremony will be held at Arlington tomorrow.