News Headlines – February 6, 2018

Last Updated on February 5th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  The controversy over an ad in the Republican race for Illinois governor isn’t dying down. Illinois’ latest flu report shows another dip in confirmed flu cases. A new report says almost half of Illinois’ high school graduates are going outside the state for college. Chicago’s T Rex is moving to its new home. 

>>Republicans Blast Ives Campaign Ad As ‘Shameful’ 

(Chicago, IL)  —  Some of the top Republicans in Illinois say a new campaign ad from the conservative candidate running for governor goes too far. The ad from State Rep Jeanne Ives ‘thanks’ Governor Bruce Rauner for bailing out Chicago teacher pensions, turning Illinois into a sanctuary state, and putting taxpayers on the hook for the cost of abortions. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said over the weekend that there is no place for an ad that ‘attacks the race, gender or humanity’ of people in Illinois. Governor Rauner said the ad is ‘shameful.’ 

>>Flu Cases Dip Again In Illinois 

(Springfield, IL)  —  The flu isn’t going anywhere in Illinois, but it’s not as strong as it was a few weeks ago. The state’s latest flu report to the CDC shows another dip in laboratory confirmed flu cases. Another 250 or so people were confirmed to be sick with the flu during the last week of January. Illinois’ Department of Public Health also says 132 people were admitted to intensive care in that week, so far this flu season over 12 hundred people have been admitted to ICU’s across the state. 

>>Report: 46-Percent Of Illinois High School Grads Leave For College 

(Normal, IL)  —  A new report says almost half the high school graduates in the state leave Illinois for college. “The Bloomington Pantagraph” reported yesterday that 46 percent of Illinois high school graduates in 2016 went to college in another state. The paper says just 29 percent of high school grads left the state in 2002. Why the big jump? Lawmakers and university officials say cost, competition, and  a general exodus from Illinois all play a bit of a role. 

>>U Of I Salaries Up Again In 2017 

(Urbana, IL)  —  The University of Illinois is, once again, paying its top people more. “The Champaign News Gazette” reported yesterday that the top ten highest paid university employees all make over a half-million dollars. Most of them either work in athletics or are doctors. But the paper says over 100 people at the university make more than a quarter-million dollars a year, and another 600 people at the school make over 150 thousand-dollars a year. 

>>Chicago T Rex Being Moved To New Home 

(Chicago, IL)  —  Sue is moving. The T Rex that’s stood tall in the main hall of Chicago’s Field Museum since 2000 is moving today. The plan is to move the skeleton to a new, private hall which is supposed to open next year. But the space won’t be empty, a new titanosaur is set to arrive in June.