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News Headlines – April 14, 2018

Last Updated on April 15th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The suspect in a Rockford triple murder is pleading not guilty. Southern Illinois University’s main campus won’t see five million-dollars sent to Edwardsville, at least not yet. Illinois’ top Democrats say they have conditions for a new state budget. The Galesburg bar where a mom of two died is closed.

>>Not Guilty Plea For Suspect In Rockford Triple Murder

(Rockford, IL) — The suspect in a triple murder in Rockford is pleading not guilty. Raheem King stood before a judge yesterday to answer murder charges in the deaths of Daijon Sistrunk, Martavies Black, and Sean Anderson. Police still aren’t saying why they think King pulled out a rifle and killed the three men on a party bus last weekend. King is facing life in prison if convicted.

>>SIU Carbondale Won’t Lose Money, Yet

(Carbondale, IL) — Southern Illinois University is still split over how to pay for its campuses in Carbondale and in Edwardsville. SIU Trustees yesterday voted down a plan to shift five million-dollars in state money from the Carbondale campus to Edwardsville. Trustees said they worried what the shift would mean for the school’s campus in Carbondale. SIU President Randy Dunn says he still wants to find a better way to pay for both campuses, particularly since SIU-Edwardsville is growing while SIU-Carbondale is shrinking.

>>Illinois Statehouse Democrats Not Optimistic After Governor’s Meeting

(Springfield, IL) — Don’t expect a lot of cooperation between statehouse Democrats and Governor Bruce Rauner on a budget this spring. Both House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton yesterday said that they have some requests of the governor this year. Madigan doesn’t want the governor to cut any more state programs. Cullerton said he wants the governor to sign a series of gun control proposals before he’ll agree to terms on a state budget.

>>Illinois Looking To Help Jail Inmates Vote

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois lawmakers want county sheriffs and local election managers to work together to help jail inmates vote. State Rep Juliana Stratton is pushing the plan. This week she said a lot of people who are waiting for trial don’t realize that they can vote. She wants sheriffs and county clerks to work together to register jail inmates to vote, then make sure that they can vote on election day.

>>Galesburg Bar Closes After Mom Shot, Killed Outside

(Galesburg, IL) — Galesburg’s Seminary Pub is closed, possibly for good. The bar’s owners yesterday wouldn’t say anything about why they closed the doors or if they plan to reopen. The Seminary is the bar where 26-year-old Jenni McGruder was shot and killed April 1st after celebrating her birthday. Galesburg Police are still looking for the suspect in the shooting, Jonathan Kelly, in fact they’ve launched a nationwide search.