News Headlines – August 9, 2018

Last Updated on August 9th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s not going to send the Illinois National Guard to Chicago. Three people in southern Illinois are in custody after animal rescuers took over 90 dogs from their home. City leaders in Effingham say their local mall is unsafe, and needs to be fixed.

>>Governor Rauner Won’t Send Illinois Guard To Chicago

(Peoria, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’s not going to send the Illinois National Guard to Chicago. The governor yesterday told reporters that the state’s citizen soldiers are not the right fit to patrol the city of Chicago. A number of media outlets reported this week that the governor was thinking about sending troops to the city to help fight a spike in gun violence. Rauner said sending the guard into the city would be a mistake.

>>Franklin County Authorities Find 91 Dogs In Deplorable Conditions

(Benton, IL) — A woman and her two adult sons are in custody in southern Illinois after animal rescuers say they took over 90 dogs from their Franklin County home. Franklin County deputies arrested 54-year-old Trudie Casler, 32-year-old Matthew Casler, and 30-year-old Sean Casler after finding 91 dogs in their home in rural Macedonia. Rescuers say some of the dogs may eventually be available for adoption, but many of them are blind or sick because of poor care.

>>Skimmers Found At Central Illinois Gas Station

(Morton, IL) — If you bought gas in Morton, Illinois, you may want to check your credit card statement. Morton Police yesterday said they found credit card skimmers at two Circle K gas stations in town. Morton Police say they don’t know how long the skimmers were in place, or how many people were victimized.

>>Effingham Council Declares Local Mall Unsafe

(Effingham, IL) — Effingham city leaders are demanding that something be done about their local mall. The city’s council on Tuesday approved an ordinance to force managers at the Village Square Mall to clean up the building and fix a number of problems. City leaders say the mall is dangerous and unsafe. Mall managers say they are working to fix the mall’s problems.

>>Illinois Butter Cow Unveiled Ahead Of State Fair

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ latest butter cow spans 200 years. The folks with the Midwest Dairy Association yesterday unveiled the cow, which was made from 600 pounds of butter. The cow is a throwback to the grand champion cow of the 1818 State Fair. And because this is Illinois, the butter cow is standing next to one of Abraham Lincoln’s top hats. You can see the butter cow at the Dairy Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.