News Headlines – January 12, 2018

Last Updated on January 11th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state will find the money to upgrade the facilities at Quincy’s veterans home. Illinois’ other big teachers’ union is endorsing J.B. Pritzker in his bid for governor. Fire investigators in Clinton are still looking for the cause of a fire that killed an 87-year-old woman. Police in northern Illinois say a wanted man’s Facebook Live post led them right to his door. 

>>Governor Promises New Buildings, Water Lines At Quincy Vets Home 

(Quincy, IL)  —  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’ll find the money to replace the old buildings and water lines that have made people sick at the state veterans home in Quincy. The governor yesterday announced a plan to build new facilities in order to stop Legionnaires disease outbreaks that have killed 13 people since 2015. Until then, Rauner said the home will fully embrace recommendations from the CDC to stop the disease, like installing water filters on sinks and shower heads. 

>>Illinois’ Other Big Teachers’ Union Endorsing Pritzker For Governor 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Both of Illinois’ big teachers’ unions are now on J.B. Pritzker’s side in the race for governor. The IllinoisEducation Association yesterday endorsed Pritzker. The Illinois Federation of Teachers tossed their support toward the Democratic frontrunner late last year. It’s not as if anyone expected the teachers’ unions to endorse Governor Rauner, but the endorsements are noteworthy because of the weight they may carry in the crowded Democratic primary this March. 

>>Darin LaHood Gets Appointment To Powerful Congressional Committee 

(Washington, DC)  —  West-central Illinois could soon have a louder voice in Washington D.C.  Congressman Darin LaHood is waiting for his appointment to the powerful Ways and Means Committee to be finalized. LaHood yesterday announced that he will be serving on the panel in Washington D.C. that writes the nation’s tax laws. Former Congressman Aaron Schock previously served on the same panel.

>>No Cause Yet In Deadly Clinton House Fire 

(Clinton, IL)  —  Investigators in Clinton say they’re still looking for the cause of a deadly fire that killed an 87-year-old woman earlier this week. DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice yesterday identified Evelyn Eaton as the woman who died in the fire on Tuesday. The fire also injured her adult son. Investigators say they don’t think the fire is suspicious. 

>>Facebook Live Post Leads Freeport Police To Wanted Man 

(Freeport, IL)  —  If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you may want to stay off Facebook Live. And whatever you do, don’t stream a video of you holding a loaded gun and drugs. That’s exactly what Freeport Police say 18-year-old Jalen Anderson did this week. Officers arrested Anderson at an apartment in Freeport after watching his Facebook post, then tracking him down. Police in Harvey, Illinois say Anderson is a suspect in an armed robbery there.