News Headlines – October 3, 2017

Last Updated on October 2nd, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A northern Illinois man is behind bars after police say he beat A DCFS case worker who’d come to check on his child. An Elgin school board member who compared the American flag to toilet paper says she’s received death threats. Students at a fire damaged Quad Cities school are heading back to class in a new building today. Southern Illinois University’s library is canceling over 100 subscriptions to try and cut costs.

Dixon Police Arrest Man Accused Of Assaulting DCFS Worker

(Dixon, IL) — A northern Illinois man is looking at charges after police say he assaulted a social worker sent to check on his child. Dixon Police arrested 25-year-old Andrew Sucher late Friday night. Officers say Sucher attacked a DCFS case worker who came to his house to check on his child. The DCFS worker had to be flown to a Rockford hospital for treatment. Sucher is being held in the Carroll County Jail on 200 thousand-dollars bond.

Elgin School Board Member Says Death Threats Followed Flag Comment

(Elgin, IL) — An Elgin school board member who compared the American flag to toilet paper says she’s received death threats. U-46 board member Traci O’Neal Ellis told local police last week that she’s received online threats since she posted a comment on Facebook about the flag. O’Neal Ellis said last month that ‘the flag means nothing more than toilet paper to me.’ School leaders said at the time they didn’t receive any complaints. But O’Neal Ellis says she showed police comments from people who threatened to kill her, talked about raping her, and told her to get back ‘in her place.’

Moline Elementary Students To Attend Class In Former WIU Building

(Moline, IL) — It’s back to class, albeit in new classrooms, for students at one Quad Cities elementary school. Kids missed last week after a fire damaged Benjamin Franklin Elementary school. A local businessman bought the former Western Illinois University building in Moline last week, with the plan to let Moline Schools use it as a new school for kids from Franklin. Moline Superintendent Lanty McGuire said it may take the rest of the school year to clean the damaged school. Students head back to class today.

Metamora Football Players In Trouble Over Racially Insensitive Video

(Metamora, IL) — The father of a freshman football player at one central Illinois school says he’s now satisfied with the punishment for four teens accused of sending a ‘racially insensitive’ video to his son. Willie Williams said Metamora High School officials originally gave the teens involved a ‘slap on the wrist,’ but Williams said he left a Saturday meeting with a better appreciation for a new punishment that will be handed down this week. Metamora varsity football coach Pat Ryan yesterday said he’s aware of the video, but didn’t offer any specifics as to what the video said or what punishments his players would receive.

SIU Library Cancels 142 Subscriptions To Save Money

(Carbondale, IL) — Researchers at Southern Illinois University will need to find a way to live without the journal “The Problems of Post Communism,” “The Journal of Taxation,” and “The Australian Journal of French Studies.” The three are part of the nearly 150 subscriptions that SIU’s Morris Library is canceling. The hope is to save about 200 thousand-dollars. SIU librarian Andrea Imre said without the subscriptions, some researchers will have to ask to borrow a copy of a journal or report from another school, because many of the works are not available on Google.