News Headlines – August 10, 2017

Last Updated on August 9th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Cook County’s board president is changing her mind about suing over opposition to the county’s soda tax. A new law finally allows teen drivers in Illinois to sign up to be organ donors. OSF HealthCare is adding hospitals in Urbana and Danville to their roster. Macon County’s state’s attorney is clearing a Decatur officer in a shooting, but isn’t saying anything more about the case.

>>Cook County’s Preckwinkle Cancels Soda Tax Opposition Suit

(Chicago, IL) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is canceling a lawsuit her office said would send ‘a message’ about opposing the county’s soda tax. Preckwinkle initially wanted to sue the Illinois Retail Merchants’ Association for 17 million-dollars after the group delayed the soda tax by a month. Preckwinkle’s office yesterday said their goal was only to protect the county, and they think that dropping the case is the best way to do that. Opponents of the lawsuit said the threat of legal action against people who oppose a tax sent a chilling message.

>>New Illinois Law Lets Teens Become Organ Donors

(Springfield, IL) — A new state law lets Illinois’ newest drivers sign up to become organ donors. Governor Rauner yesterday signed what’s being called the Drive for Life Act. The law lets 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds register as organ donors, but their parents would still have to sign off on the final decision. Illinois is one of the last states in the country to allow young drivers to become organ donors. The governor says he hopes hundreds of thousand of people now join the state’s organ donor registry.

>>OSF Adds Two Hospitals

(Peoria, IL) — OSF HealthCare is adding two new hospitals to its Illinois network. Managers yesterday announced that OSF will take over operations at Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville by March of next year. OSF CEO Kevin Schoeplein said in a release that they hope for a seamless transition and look forward to serving patients in both Urbana and Danville.

>>Macon County Prosecutors Clear Officer In Shooting

(Decatur, IL) — The officer did nothing wrong. That’s about all Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott would say yesterday about an officer-involved shooting back in May. Decatur Police say Detective Jeffrey Hockaday shot Donald Redmon during a foot chase on May 31st. Scott yesterday said he wouldn’t answer questions about the shooting because Redmon is still facing charges. He would only say that Hockaday’s actions were a “justifiable use of force.”

>>Moline Post Office To Stay Closed Till Fall

(Moline, IL) — It’s going to be this fall at the earliest before anyone can mail a letter from Moline’s Post Office. Postal officials yesterday said the Post Office in Moline will stay closed for at least another month or two. Managers closed the building last month after workers reported a smell lurking throughout the Post Office. Postal Spokeswoman Stacy St. John said crews will have to fix a number of plumbing issues as well as some other defects found in the building in Moline. People will continue to have to pick up their mail at two other local Post offices till the Moline office reopens.