News Headlines – October 17, 2017

Last Updated on October 16th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: We may get a look at Illinois’ pitch for Amazon’s new headquarters sometime this week. Investigators in Decatur are still looking for answers in the shooting death of a two-year-old boy. The Illinois Commerce Commission is looking into the future of energy in Illinois. Some folks across Illinois will be waking up to frost.

Illinois’ Amazon Pitch Due This Week

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois’ bid for Amazon’s second headquarters is due this week. The company is looking for a new home for 50 thousand jobs, and Illinois is one of many states volunteering to be that home. No one has said what Illinois’ bid includes, though the thinking is that the state will pitch Chicago as a hub for Amazon’s HQ2. But city leaders in St. Louis last week said their pitch includes parts of East St. Louis, Illinois as well.

Questions Linger In Decatur Shooting Of Two-Year-Old Boy

(Decatur, IL) — Investigators in Decatur say they still have some questions about the shooting death of a two-year-old boy. The Macon County coroner yesterday identified the little boy as Justin Murphy Jr. Police say he died Saturday morning after being shot in the chest. A 17-year-old is being held as a suspect in the case. But investigators are not saying how the little boy ended up getting shot, and neighbors are reportedly tight lipped as well.

Searchers Still Looking For Missing Boater Near Quincy

(Quincy, IL) — Search crews are expected back out on the Mississippi River near Quincy to once again look for a missing boater. Crews searched for the man yesterday, but did not find any signs of him. Conservation Police say two men and a dog were in a jon boat on Saturday when a wave swamped the boat near Lock and Dam 21. A barge crew rescued one man, and the dog swam to shore, but the other man disappeared under the water.

Illinois Is Looking To The Energy Future

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ power companies and state regulators are trying to look into the crystal ball for the state’s power needs. The Illinois Commerce Commission last week launched a year-and-a-half long study to get a better understanding of the state’s next electric needs. ICC Executive Director Cholly Smith says they want to talk with customers, energy experts, and the state’s utilities to get a ‘blueprint’ for future energy needs.