Illinois Briefs – 7/17/14

Last Updated on July 17th, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

Lawmakers Delay NRI Probe

(Chicago, IL) — Lawmakers have decided to go ahead and delay their probe into Governor Quinn’s anti-violence program, but not without having a bit of political theatre first. Only one of the seven witnesses who’d been subpoenaed to testify about the program showed up to a hearing in Chicago yesterday, the rest sent their attorneys. Republicans weren’t happy about that and they grilled the attorneys about handing over emails and other documents that could give insight into the program. Republicans and Democrats sparred throughout most of the hearing, with a 15-minute debate on what time they’d break for lunch, and about an hour debate over when they’d call the witnesses back to testify.

Lawyers File Another Argument For Blago Appeal

(Chicago, IL) — Attorneys for former Governor Rod Blagojevich are giving the judge yet another reason why he should be free. They filed paperwork with the court yesterday, claiming Blagojevich never made any clear promises to give up a job or sell President Obama’s old senate seat when he solicited campaign cash from his donors. Therefore, they claim he never engaged in corruption. Blagojevich was convicted on 18-counts of corruption back in 2010 but his attorneys are asking the judge to overturn the conviction.

Accused Murderer To Defend Himself In Court

(Madison, IL) — A murder suspect in Madison County says he’ll be representing himself in court. Turhan Robinson is locked up for allegedly killing a man in a drug deal gone bad, back in May. He had his first court appearance earlier this week and when a judge told him he could get a public defender, Robinson said, “that would be like me defending myself.”

Woman Riding Train Illegally Before Fall

(Round Knob, IL) — Police say a woman who fell off a freight train in Massac county was never supposed to be there. She and two of her male friends had apparently jumped the train Tuesday night. Police believe they’d been drinking. The woman is in serious condition and is being treated at a St. Louis area hospital.

Elgin Inmate Captured After Eight Hours On Run

(Elgin, IL) — A runaway inmate from the Elgin Mental Health Center is back behind bars. Police say Jesse Vega was busted around 4:00 yesterday afternoon while trying to hail a cab with his handcuffs on. He’d been on the run for about eight hours. The cabbie called and turned him in.