News Headlines – January 6, 2018

Last Updated on January 7th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: lawmakers are looking to see if they can regulate bitcoin and the technology behind it. It’s six years in prison for a South Peoria woman who police say smothered her baby. McLean County is backing away from a plan that could force apartment owners to recycle, or else.

>>Illinois Lawmakers Look At Bitcoin, Blockchain Regulations

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois lawmakers are jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon. A pair of state lawmakers say they’re looking to regulate bitcoin and the technology that makes it work, blockchain. State Representative Jaime Andrade yesterday said the idea is to see what, if anything, Illinois can do to encourage peer-to-peer technology like blockchain and how it may be used in government or in business in the near future.

>>Six-Year Sentence For South Peoria Mom In Baby’s Death

(Peoria, IL) — A Peoria mom is looking at six years in prison for her baby’s death. A judge yesterday sentenced 33-year-old Misty Kocar after a jury convicted her in October for falling asleep on the couch with her four-month-old daughter last year. Prosecutors say Kocar had been drinking. Kocar was facing ten years in prison. Officials say she could be out in less than two years.

>>McLean County Backs Away From Recycling Mandate

(Bloomington, IL) — Leaders in McLean County might not be ready to force landlords and business owners to recycle. The county’s land use committee yesterday refused to sign off on a proposal that would require apartment owners and businesses in the county to recycle cardboard, glass, plastic, and metal cans. County board member Ryan Scritchlow says he has a problem with forcing landlords and business owners to do something. Advocates say they want a recycling mandate to meet their goal to have 80-percent of people in the county participating in a recycling program.

>>Massive Lotto Jackpots Peak Interest In Illinois

(Chicago, IL) — The odds are astronomical for sure, but one lucky Illinois lotto player could be a billionaire by Monday if they are really, really, really lucky. The Illinois Lottery yesterday said the jackpot for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing will be at least 450-million-dollars. There’s 550-million on the line for tomorrow’s Powerball drawing. The lottery isn’t saying how many people are buying tickets for the massive jackpots, but local stores across the state say they’ve seen a steady stream of customers.