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News Headlines – September 12, 2017

Last Updated on September 11th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A Macon County deputy is due in court in Taylorville today after a fight with his wife ended in a nine-hour standoff with police. The folks who live near Illinois’ first approved fracking site say they’re hoping to see the benefits of new energy investments. Investigators say a weekend fire in South Peoria looks like arson. The state of Illinois is getting ready for trout season.

Locals Hoping For Benefits From Southern Illinois Fracking

(Enfield, IL) — A lot of folks in Enfield worked in the coal mines, or knew someone who did. They say that’s why they’re hoping to see the benefit of fracking. The state of Illinois in late August approved a permit to open the first fracking site just outside of the tiny town in southern Illinois. Thousands of people filed objections to the permit, but locals told “The Southern Illinoisan” last week that they’re hoping to see jobs or at least economic development come back to their region when the fracking site opens, whenever that may be.

South Peoria Fire Being Called Arson

(Peoria, IL) — Investigators say a house fire in South Peoria is almost certainly arson. Firefighters say they got the call about 10:30 yesterday morning to a house in the 19 hundred block of West Martin Street. No one was hurt in the fire, the house was empty. Investigators said after the fire that they could still smell gasoline at the home. Arson teams say it could take a while before they have a final report on the fire.

Isle Of Capri Riverboat Returns To Quad Cities

(Bettendorf, IA) — The slot machines and craps tables are gone, and there are now beds and a new restaurant. That’s how former Isle of Capri managers are describing their old boat on its return to the Quad Cities. The former casino riverboat is now a river cruiser. It’s called the American Duchess and will take passengers on three week cruises up and down the Mississippi River.

Illinois Stocks Up On Trout Ahead of Season

(Springfield, IL) — If you don’t catch a fish this trout season in Illinois, that’s on you. The state of Illinois last week announced that it’s stocking over 80 thousand rainbow trout for this year’s season. Fishers can start to cast for trout on October 21st, there’s a list of lakes, streams, and ponds that participate in trout season at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ website.