News Headlines – September 4, 2018

Last Updated on September 4th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois Democrats end their summer of campaigning with the Quad Cities’ largest Labor Day celebration. Forecasters want to know if a tornado touched down in northern Illinois. Walt Disney is Illinois’ top entertainer of the past 200 years.

>>J.B. Pritzker Rallies Quad Cities Labor Day Crowd

(Hampton, IL) — The summer of campaigning is over for J.B. Pritzker and the rest of Illinois’ top Democrats. Pritzker and the Democratic ticket rallied the faithful yesterday for the Quad Cities’ Salute to Labor Picnic in Hampton. Pritzker told the crowd of 15 hundred who braved a downpour that he wants to raise wages, create jobs, and get Bruce Rauner out of the governor’s mansion.

>>Forecasters: Possible Tornado Touchdown In Rock Cut State Park

(Rockford, IL) — Forecasters are expected in Rock Cut State Park this week to see if a tornado did, in fact, touchdown. The National Weather Service yesterday said forecast models showed a touchdown in the park near Rockford yesterday afternoon. There aren’t any reports of major damage or injuries, but the Weather Service will want to check to make sure. Forecasters say there are also reports of a funnel cloud in McHenry County.

>>Rock River Will Be Close To Flooding This Week

(Moline, IL) — The Rock River will flirt with flooding this week in the Quad Cities. Forecasters yesterday said the river should top out just under flood stage, which is 14 feet, on Thursday. The river is expected to hit 13 feet, nine inches. The National Weather Service says this week’s heavy rains will push the river higher. At 14 feet the Rock River spills into South Shore Drive and North Shore Drive in Moline.

>>Two Dead After Drowning At Lake Springfield

(Springfield, IL) — Authorities in Springfield say they’ve identified the two men who drowned at Lake Springfield over the weekend. Rescue crews were able to find 60-year-old Michael Daugherty’s body yesterday after they found 51-year-old Peter Sidener on Sunday. Springfield Police say both men went into the lake on Sunday, and never surfaced. Investigators say the lake was choppy on Sunday, but they aren’t saying just how the two ended up in the water.

>>Walt Disney Named Illinois’ Top Entertainer

(Springfield, IL) — Sorry Oprah, the man who created Mickey Mouse is Illinois’ best entertainer of the past two centuries. The folks at announced yesterday that bicentennial best-of voters selected Walt Disney as Illinois’ top entertainer. Disney beat out Oprah, Richard Pryor, Hugh Hefner, and John Hughes. This week, voters will choose the state’s best scientists.