News Headlines – August 6, 2018

Last Updated on August 6th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Southern Illinois University’s new president says he wants to grow the school based on opportunity. Illinois has a new child safety seat law. Warren County’s jail woes are benefiting one of its neighbors.

>>SIU Interim President Wants To Grow Through Opportunity

(Carbondale, IL) — Southern Illinois University’s new president says the school can’t grow based on fear. Interim President J. Kevin Dorsey told The Southern Illinoisan that he wants to see SIU focus its growth on opportunity. Dorsey is taking over at the school after trustees and faculty members in Carbondale pushed out former President Randy Dunn over his support for the school’s Edwardsville campus.

>>Governor Signs New Rear-Facing Car Seat Law

(Springfield, IL) — Moms and dads are going to have to keep their rear-facing car seats for a little while longer. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday signed a new law that requires children stay in a rear-facing seat until they are two-years-old. The new law is more specific than the old rules that simply required ‘age appropriate’ seats for all kids till age eight.

>>Macomb Police: Bomb Threat Suspect Has History With Explosives

(Macomb, IL) — The man at the center of a bomb threat in Macomb has a history with explosives. Macomb Police arrested 42-year-old Jamie Toland on Friday after getting a call that he was trespassing at the Wesley Village Senior Retirement Community. Police say Toland has made threats against the home in the past, and has a history of making pipe bombs. McDonough County prosecutors are pushing ahead with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing charges, but say more charges may be coming.

>>Illinois Accepting Deer Hunting Land Applications

(Springfield, IL) — If you’re looking for a new spot to hunt deer during Illinois’ next archery season, now is the time to apply with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. DNR says there are over 18 thousand acres of private land that is available for hunters this year in 20 counties across the state. Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal says allowing hunters access to some private lands opens up more opportunities for hunters both from Illinois and from across the country. Archery season in Illinois begins in October.

>>Mercer County Benefiting From Warren County Jail Closing

(Aledo, IL) — Warren County’s jail woes are a boom to one of its neighbors. Mercer County Sheriff David Staley said late last week that his county is getting 40 dollars a day to take on 27 inmates from Warren County. Warren County closed its jail earlier this month after a pair of jail guards resigned to take other jobs. There’s no word yet when it will reopen.