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News Headlines – August 7, 2018

Last Updated on August 7th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Eight former state workers are suing to get their jobs back, despite a ruling that said they were illegally hired in the first place. It could be a while before authorities in the Quad Cities identify the body of a little boy pulled from the Mississippi River. The BBC is coming to Peoria to talk about Illinois’ fentanyl crisis.

>>State Workers Sue To Get Patronage Jobs Back

(Springfield, IL) — Eight former state of Illinois workers are suing to get their jobs back, despite a ruling from the state’s inspector general that says they never should have been hired in the first place. The workers were all placed at their jobs by former Governor Rod Blagojevich. The state’s Executive Inspector General ruled in 2014 that they were illegally hired, and Governor Rauner moved to fire them. The workers’ lawyer, Don Craven, yesterday said the eight were fired essentially because they were Democrats.

>>DNA May Be Needed To ID Boy Found In Mississippi River

(Muscatine, IA) — The family of a little boy who fell in the Mississippi River in late July say they couldn’t tell if a body pulled from the river on Sunday is him. Hawk Newberry hasn’t been seen since he slipped beneath the water at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island on July 24th. Crews in Muscatine, Iowa found a boy’s body Sunday. But Newberry’s mother yesterday said the body was unidentifiable. Investigators say they may need to use DNA to identify the body.

>>BBC Coming To Peoria For Story On Fentanyl

(Peoria, IL) — Peoria is about to become the face of fentanyl in Illinois. A BBC crew is due in the city tomorrow to interview people for a story in the city’s battle with the opioid drug. The Peoria Journal Star reported yesterday that Peoria recently saw its 40th overdose death of the year. The paper says producers also plan to interview managers at the Peoria Recovery Project to see how people are fighting their addictions.

>>Judge Wants October Trial For Easter Murder Suspect

(Galesburg, IL) — A Knox County judge wants the suspect in an Easter Sunday murder to go to trial by October. Judge Scott Shipplett yesterday said he wants to see 28-year-old Jonathan Kelly to go on trial in mid-October. Kelly is charged with shooting and killing 26-year-old Jenni McGruder after she celebrated her birthday in Galesburg last spring.

>>No Surprise, Frank Lloyd Wright Tops Latest Top 200 List

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ best artist or architect may be the only man on the list that many of Illinois’ bicentennial best of voters know. Illinois’ Top 200 managers yesterday said Frank Lloyd Wright dominated the list of the state’s best artists and architects. Lorado Taft came in second, he’s the man who sculpted both the Blackhawk statue in northern Illinois and the Alma Mater statue at the University of Illinois.