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News Headlines – March 7, 2018

Last Updated on March 6th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Former Governor Pat Quinn says Democrats in the state need new leadership. The conservative running for governor in Illinois is worried about Chicago’s plan to use local ID’s for voting this year. Police in one Chicago suburb are looking into claims that daycare workers may have drugged kids to get them to go to sleep. Illinois voters think the Blues Brothers is the state’s best movie.

>>Former Governor Quinn Wants New Leaders In Democratic Party

(Chicago, IL) — Former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says it’s time that the Democratic Party in the state gets new leaders. Quinn told “The Chicago Sun Times” over the weekend that he thinks House Speaker Mike Madigan should step down as the chairman of the state Democratic Party. Quinn also said that Senate President John Cullerton shouldn’t play a role in the state party. Both Cullerton and Madigan have spent decades as leaders in both the state legislature and statewide Democratic party. Quinn said they should pick one.

>>Ives Concerned About Chicago ID Cards

(Chicago, IL) — The conservative running for governor in Illinois says Chicago is flirting with voter fraud. Jeanne Ives yesterday said that plans to use Chicago’s CityKey ID as an acceptable voter ID invites people who have the ID cards, but who are not legal citizens to vote illegally. Ives said using local ID opens the door to ‘literally suborning’ voter fraud.

>>Suburban Police Investigate Daycare Drugging Accusations

(Des Plaines, IL) — Investigators in one Chicago suburb are looking into claims that daycare workers drugged some kids to get them to sleep at naptime. Des Plaines police say they arrested three women last week for feeding gummy bears laced with melatonin to children at the Kiddie Junction center. Melatonin is a natural sleep aid. Officers say that parents didn’t give the daycare center permission to give their kids anything to help them sleep.

>>Trump Tariffs Worry One Quad Cities Metal Fabricator

(East Moline, IL) — The manager of a Quad Cities’ metal fabricator says customers don’t need another excuse to look somewhere else. KVF Quad Corporation General Manager Eric Davis yesterday told WQAD TV that he’s worried about President Trump’s tariffs that’d add a ten percent charge to aluminum orders and 25 percent to the price of steel. Davis says he’s been able to expand his business over the years, but fears a sudden price spike will bring that to an end. He also worries that once companies look outside the U.S., they may never look back.

>>Blues Brothers Voted Illinois’ Best Movie For Bicentennial

(Chicago, IL) — Sorry Ferris Bueller, Jake and Elwood are Illinois’ most beloved movie stars. Illinois’ Bicentennial Commission yesterday announced that voters picked The Blues Brothers as the best movie filmed in Illinois. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off came in second, A League of Their Own came in third. The movie category is the first in a series of Top Ten lists that will be created for Illinois’ bicentennial. Planners hope to have a Top 200 in place for the state’s 200th birthday in December.