News Headlines – March 9, 2018

Last Updated on March 8th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Illinois lawmakers are demanding answers about what Governor Rauner knew about Legionnaires disease at the Quincy veterans home, and when he knew it. Bloomington’s police chief could soon have a new job. Leaders in Rockford say their juvenile detention center needs an upgrade. The Savanna-Sabula Bridge in northwestern Illinois is coming down tomorrow. 

>>Illinois House Demands Answers About Quincy Legionnaires 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois lawmaker say they want to know what Governor Rauner knew, and when he knew it about the Legionnaires outbreak in Quincy. The Illinois House yesterday unanimously approved a resolution that demands answers about the outbreak at the veterans home that’s killed 13 veterans and sickened dozens of others since 2015. The resolution doesn’t carry any real power, but is sign that lawmakers from both political parties are getting frustrated with a lack of answers from the governor. 

>>Bloomington Police Chief Nominated To be U.S. Marshal 

(Washington, DC)  —  Bloomington’s police chief is looking at a new job, and a bigger badge. President Trump on Tuesday nominated Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner to be the next U.S. Marshal for central Illinois. Heffner has been chief in Bloomington for about the past five years, but before that he was a state trooper and a patrolman in Normal. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and then the full Senate still have to approve his nomination. 

>>Winnebago County Leaders Pitch Upgrades For Juvenile Justice Center 

(Rockford, IL)  —  Leaders in Rockford say it’s been years since their juvenile justice center has seen any work. They’re asking county leaders for 325 thousand-dollars in upgrades. Winnebago County Juvenile Detention Center Superintendent Bill Vedra yesterday said most of the money will be spent to upgrade the facility’s metal detectors, intercom, and locks. Vedra says the upgrades would be the first major investment in the facility in nearly 20 years. 

>>Quad Cities Officials Still Hoping For Amtrak Service 

(Moline, IL)  —  There’s still plenty of hope in the Quad Cities that the state of Illinois will eventually make good on promises to bring Amtrak to town. The Illinois Department of Transportation yesterday said that they are still doing some preliminary engineering on a Chicago to Moline line. Illinois got 230 million-dollars back in 2010 to bring Amtrak service to the Quad Cities, but a series of delays, state budget crunches, and extensions has kept the project on the back burner. Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos said she still hopes to be able to push the project ‘over the finish line.’ 

>>Old Savanna-Sabula Bridge To Be Imploded 

(Savanna, IL)  —  The old Savanna-Sabula Bridge is coming down. Crews are set tomorrow to implode the old bridge that connects Illinois and Iowa in the northwestern corner of the state. A new bridge will take its place. That bridge is mostly completed, but a snafu has pushed back its opening till the end of May.