News Headlines – September 7, 2017

Last Updated on September 6th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ Democratic U.S. Senators say it’s now up to Congress to act on DACA. The attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping a U of I scholar want off the case, they say their client can’t afford them. Southern Illinois University Carbondale says enrollment is down again this fall. Attendance jumped at the Illinois State Fair, and the weather is getting the credit.

Illinois U.S. Senators Unhappy With Trump DACA Decision

(Washington, DC) — Illinois’ Democratic U.S. senators agree with President Trump about one thing on the future of the DACA program, Congress should take the next step. The president yesterday decided to cancel the program that allowed hundreds of thousands of young people who were illegally brought to this county as children, to stay. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said the president was being ‘cruel. But both Durbin and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth yesterday said they want to see Congress pass a new law to give DACA eligible young people legal protections.

Attorneys Want Off Case Of U Of I Kidnapping Case

(Urbana, IL) — Attorneys for the man accused of snatching a U of I scholar want a judge to let them walk away from the case. Attorney Tom Bruno and his sons on Friday asked the judge in Brendt Christensen’s case to let them off the defense because they say Christensen can’t afford them. Christensen is charged with kidnapping Yingying Zhang from the U of I back in June. The Bruno’s said Christensen doesn’t have the funds to pay for a possible death penalty defense.

SIU Carbondale Sees Another Enrollment Drop

(Carbondale, IL) — It’s another lean fall at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Campus leaders yesterday said fall enrollment is down about nine-percent from last year. Just over 14 thousand 500 students are enrolled at SIU-C this fall. That’s down from 20 thousand students just seven years ago.

Bloomington Wants Library, Bus Center As Downtown Catalyst

(Bloomington, IL) — City leaders in Bloomington seem to think a new library and bus transfer station are the key to getting people back into their downtown. The city’s Downtown Task Force yesterday pitched the idea of tearing down a parking garage to make way for a new mass transit hub and a new library. Alderman Amelia Buragas says the combo building should meet Bloomington’s needs to attract people and businesses back to the city’s downtown.

Less Rain, Good Crowds At The Illinois State Fair

(Springfield, IL) — The weather did its job to help grow the crowds at the Illinois State Fair. Managers yesterday said just over 401 thousand people attended this year’s fair in Springfield. That’s up 15-percent over last year. State Fair Manager Kevin Gordon said this year’s fair didn’t see nearly the kind of rain that flooded out the 2016 fair. He also said the eclectic mix of concerts, including Pentatonix and Five Finger Death Punch, brought a lot of people to the fairgrounds.