News Headlines – September 13, 2017

Last Updated on September 12th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Hundreds of utility linemen from Illinois are among the thousands headed to Florida to turn the lights back on. Investigators are looking at social media videos for clues in the weekend freezer death of a Chicago teen. No one is sure when Bloomington’s mayor will return. Winnebago County leaders are delaying a decision on a budget that may raise property taxes once again.

Illinois Utility Crews Included In Irma Response Teams

(Peoria, IL) — Hundreds of Illinois linemen are among the thousands of utility crew members working to restore the power in Florida. Crews from Ameren and MidAmerican Energy left yesterday to help the six-and-a-half million people who don’t have electricity in Florida. Nearly 18-thousand linemen from 30 states are on the ground in Florida or on their way to the hurricane zone to help with recovery efforts.

Police Comb Social Media For Clues In Teen’s Freezer Death

(Chicago, IL) — Rosemont Police are looking through social media posts, trying to get a timeline in the death of a Chicago teen found dead in a hotel freezer. One Facebook Live video shows 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins alive and at a party Saturday night, and she was found dead early Sunday morning. Police yesterday said a weekend autopsy didn’t determine a cause of death, and investigators are waiting for toxicology reports. There are also the unanswered questions as to who found Jenkins’ body. Police wouldn’t answer that question yesterday.

Bloomington Mayor Still Not Back At City Hall

(Bloomington, IL) — Bloomington’s mayor isn’t back in his seat at city hall. Mayor Tari Renner missed his second straight city council meeting last night. The mayor took a leave of absence last month for undisclosed medical reasons. City leaders say they’re managing the city in the mayor’s absence. Renner’s leave comes amid an investigation from the Illinois State Police into how and why the city paid for his girlfriend to attend a Sister Cities event in Japan earlier this summer.

Attempted Murder Charges For Central Illinois Deputy After Standoff

(Taylorville, IL) — A central Illinois deputy is facing attempted murder charges after police say he fired several shots at his wife as she ran for her life. Prosecutors in Taylorville yesterday filed formal charges against Macon County Deputy Markes Rodgers. Illinois State Police arrested Rodgers Sunday after a nine hour standoff. Prosecutors say Rodgers got into a fight with his wife, then pulled a gun and started shooting. He’s being held on a half-million-dollars bond.

Winnebago County Leaders Delay Tough Budget Vote

(Rockford, IL) — Leaders in Winnebago County can’t agree on a new budget strategy. The county board last night delayed a vote on a new spending plan because board members can’t agree whether to cut the budget or raise taxes. County Board Chairman Frank Haney said raising the county’s tax cap could bring-in almost a million dollars in new taxes. But board member Ted Biondo said folks in and around Rockford already pay some of the highest property taxes in the state, and a tax increase would be unfair.