News Headlines – March 3, 2018

Last Updated on March 4th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  The full Illinois House will have its say on a proposed youth tackle football ban.  A former southern Illinois city treasurer is looking at prison time after pleading guilty to stealing over 300-thousand-dollars from taxpayers.  Prosecutors in DuPage County are pressing ahead with charges against a Chicago woman who they say stole 23-hundred-dollars worth of lingerie.  Two Danville officers are on leave for something that police commanders say they did off duty. 

>>Illinois House Panel Okays Youth Tackling Ban 

(Springfield, IL)  —  A ban on tackle football for younger kids is a step closer to becoming a reality.  An Illinois House panel yesterday approved the plan to outlaw organized tackle football for kids under the age of twelve.  Supporters say younger kids are at a higher risk for brain injuries.  Lawmakers, though, aren’t sold on the way the law is written, so the proposal may still have a ways to go before it is ready for a vote. 

>>Former Zeigler Treasurer Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement 

(Zeigler, IL)  —  The small town of Zeigler in southern Illinois will likely never see all of the money that former city Treasurer Ryan Thorpe took.  Thorpe yesterday pleaded guilty to embezzling more than 300-thousand-dollars from the city in 2013 and 2014.  Federal prosecutors say Thorpe used the money to fuel a lavish lifestyle.  He will be ordered to repay what he took, but Zeigler officials say they don’t expect to recoup anywhere near what they lost.  Thorpe is due to be sentenced in June. 

>>Charges For Woman Who Stole Thousands In Lingerie 

(Wheaton, IL)  —  Prosecutors are pushing ahead with charges against a Chicago woman who they say stole thousands of dollars in lingerie.  Police say they arrested Latasha Garrett on Wednesday about a half-hour after she and a group of people took about 23-hundred-dollars worth of bras and underwear from the Victoria’s Secret in Bloomingdale.  Prosecutors say the case needs to go forward to send a message about how much shoplifting costs local businesses. 

>>Two Danville Officers On Leave For Off-Duty Incident 

(Danville, IL)  —  City leaders in Danville aren’t saying what they saw on video, but they say it’s enough to earn a pair of city police officers paid leave.  Mayor Scott Eisenhauer yesterday said he suspended the officers for what he saw on a video from another criminal case.  The only detail is that both the officers were off duty when the incident occurred. 

>>Crew Begin I-74 Widening Work 

(Moline, IL)  —  The next big road project in the Quad Cities is getting underway.  Crews yesterday started work on the widening project for I-74.  The one-billion-dollar project will expand the interstate to three lanes in each direction between 7th Avenue in Moline and a mile south of Avenue of the Cities.  It’ll be 2020 before the road work is complete.