News Headlines – February 10, 2018

Last Updated on February 11th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  An Illinois DCFS worker who was beaten into a coma has died. Some voters in Illinois can vote early. A new poll says Dan Biss and J.B. Pritzker are almost tied in the Democratic race for Illinoisgovernor. Macon County’s sheriff is promising to pay to upgrade his jail’s healthcare shortfalls on his own. 

>>DCFS Case Worker Beaten In Sterling Visit Dies 

(Springfield, IL)  —  State leaders are mourning the loss of a child protection worker who was beaten into a coma during a home visit last fall. The IllinoisDepartment of Children and Family Services yesterday said Pamela Knight has died. Police say Andrew Surcher savagely beat Knight during a home visit last fall, and he’s being held on assault charges that will likely be upgraded. Knight worked out of the DCFS office in Sterling. 

>>Early Voting Begins, For Some 

(Springfield, IL)  —  You may want to call first before you head out to vote early. Early voting started in some Illinois counties yesterday. Other counties are waiting until a ballot challenge involving Scott Drury, a candidate for Illinois Attorney General is resolved. Many of the counties that are waiting will start voting by the end of the month. 

>>New Poll Says Biss, Pritzker Almost Tied 

(Chicago, IL)  —  A new polls says Dan Biss and J.B. Pritzker are almost in a dead heat in the Democratic race for Illinois governor. The poll came out yesterday from Victory Research, and says Pritzker has 27 percent of the vote, while Biss has 23 percent. There is an almost three percent margin of error. The poll is the first taken since news of Pritzker’s old taped conversations with former Governor Rod Blagojevich broke. 

>>Man Wounded In Accidental Shooting At Normal Shooting Range 

(Normal, IL)  —  Police in Normal are calling a shooting at a local shooting range an accident. Investigators say the man accidentally shot himself while at one of the indoor ranges at C.I. Shooting Sports. Police say the man suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

>>Macon County Sheriff Wants To Pay For Jail Medical Upgrades 

(Decatur, IL)  —  Macon County once again is seeing the benefits of having a millionaire philanthropist as a sheriff. Sheriff Howard Buffett is looking to spend over a million-dollars out of his foundation to improve healthcare at the jail in Decatur. Buffett says the jail needs the upgrades, but the county doesn’t have the money to pay for them. He’s promising a one-time donation.