News Headlines – October 4, 2017

Last Updated on October 3rd, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Governor Rauner and other Illinois leaders are expressing their sadness after the shootings in Las Vegas. Police in the Quad Cities say they did not find the body of a girl missing since 1996, but did find some items in their search yesterday. A suburban high school is resuming varsity football after a complaint about hazing turned up empty. Southern Illinois’ airport will get a lot busier this time next year.

Governor Rauner, Others Express Sadness Over Las Vegas Shootings

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is leading a crowd of Illinois officials with his response to the shootings in Las Vegas. The governor yesterday took to Twitter to ask for prayers for the victims. Other Illinois elected leaders also chimed in. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth tweeted her support of first responders, who she says risked their lives. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger said the country must stand together to oppose hate.

Quad Cities Police Find Items, Not Body In Search

(Moline, IL) — Moline Police say they’re waiting for test results on a number of ‘items’ that they took off of a Mississippi River island before they’re ready to comment more on on the investigation into a long-missing girl. Trudy Appleby went missing in 1996. Crews searched the island yesterday, police say they didn’t find Appleby’s body, but her father says he believes his daughter was there. Investigators back in August named a dead man as the person who likely killed Appleby. The search was in a spot where the suspected killer’s son-in-law once lived.

Decatur Police: Driver High On Heroin, Crashes Into Hospital

(Decatur, IL) — Police in Decatur don’t think the woman who crashed into a local hospital security gate was looking for help. Police yesterday said the driver, a 45-year-old woman, was high on heroin when she crashed into the gate at Decatur Memorial Hospital on Saturday afternoon. Officers say they had to wake the woman up after the crash. Prosecutors are looking at possible charges.

No Hazing Found, Niles North Returns To Varsity Football

(Skokie, IL) — The varsity football team at Niles North High School will be on the field this Friday. School leaders in Skokie yesterday said they reinstated the team after looking into hazing allegations, and finding no evidence of a crime. The school also said district leaders couldn’t find any violations of the school code. Niles North had to forfeit last week’s game because varsity football was suspended during the investigation.

Fly In Could Draw Five Thousand To Southern Illinois

(Carbondale, IL) — Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale should be very busy this time next year. Airport managers yesterday announced that they have signed on to host the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Midwest Fly-In next October. Airport director Gary Shafer said the fly-in could bring as many as 700 aircraft to the airport, and as many as five thousand people to southern Illinois.