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News Headlines – February 9, 2018

Last Updated on February 8th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Tammy Duckworth is not a fan of President Trump’s plan to host a  military parade. State Capitol managers say they’ve found Legionella in four places at the Capitol Complex. Illinois lawmakers are looking to expand the state’s medical marijuana program. Bloomington Police say a murder suspect there admitted to killing his wife after a fight over who she was talking to. 

>>Senator Duckworth Calls Trump Parade Idea Pointless 

(Washington, IL)  —  Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth says there’s no need for the nation’s troops to march through Washington D.C. in a show of strength and pageantry. Duckworth, who is an Iraq War vet, says President Trump’s parade idea would be a waste of money and military resources. Duckworth says there’s no need for what she calls a ‘show of bravado’ on behalf of the president. 

>>Capitol Managers Confirm Legionella At Statehouse Complex 

(Springfield, IL)  —  There are new fears about Legionnaires disease at another state of Illinois building. Managers at the State Capitol yesterday said they found Legionella, the bacteria that can lead to Legionnaires disease, in four places at the Capitol Complex. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office says they don’t have any reports of anyone coming down with Legionnaires. The bacteria was found in the water system in the statehouse, in a computer center a few blocks away, and in the women’s restroom of the office building next to the Capitol. 

>>Illinois Looks To Expand Medical Marijuana Program Again 

(Springfield, IL)  —  People with an opioid prescription may soon be able to get medical marijuana instead. An Illinois Senate panel yesterday approved a plan to allow anyone who gets a prescription for an opioid pain pill to apply for a temporary medical marijuana card instead. State Senator Don Harmon says research shows that medical pot is safer than opioid pain pills, and he thinks the option may help shrink the Illinois opioid addiction epidemic. 

>>Union Wants 200 More Workers At Quad Cities’ Kraft Plant 

(Davenport, IA)  —  The union for workers at the Quad Cities’ Kraft plant says they are hiring. Jerry Messer, who is the head of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 431, yesterday said they want to hire 200 more workers for the plant on the Iowa side of the river by April. Kraft isn’t saying that it wants to hire that many people. But Messer says he’s trying to put out the word that the jobs are here and need to be filled. Kraft opened the new facility last year. 

>>Bloomington Police Says Murder Suspect Confessed 

(Bloomington, IL)  —  Bloomington Police say a murder suspect there says he killed his wife because of what she was doing on her cell phone. Investigators told a judge in McLean County yesterday that Monroe Elbert admitted to stabbing his wife to death after they fought on Monday. Prosecutors are pushing ahead with murder charges, Elbert is due back in court next week.