News Headlines – September 6, 2018

Last Updated on September 6th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The state of Illinois has less than a month to figure out how to pay state workers nearly 400 million-dollars. The Democrat running for state rep. in southern Illinois wants to reopen the state’s old supermax prison. Illinois is on the list of states with people who’ve gotten sick from eating tainted breakfast cereal.

>>Illinois Labor Board : State Workers To Get Raises By October 1st

(Springfield, IL) — Nearly 14 thousand Illinois state workers are about to get a bigger paycheck. The Illinois Labor Relations Board is telling Governor Rauner’s office that they have till October 1st to tell the workers how and when they will be paid for past due raises that go back to 2015. The raises could cost the state as much as 412 million-dollars, which is money that the governor’s office has said the state doesn’t have.

>>Southern Illinois Democrat Wants To Reopen Tamms

(Tamms, IL) — The Democrat running for state representative in southern Illinois wants to re-open the state’s super-max prison. Marsha Griffin told reporters yesterday that if the state of Illinois can build a new prison mental health center in Joliet, the state can re-open the Tamms Prison. Griffin said the decision to close the prison back in 2012 is still hurting southern Illinois. The state spends about 750 thousand-dollars a year on Tamms, just to keep up with maintenance.

>>Illinois Among States With Illnesses From Honey Smacks Recall

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is on the list of states where someone has gotten sick from eating tainted breakfast cereal. The CDC says 34 states, including Illinois, have reported illnesses related to the recall of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. The CDC says 130 people have been confirmed as sick, 36 others have been treated in the hospital. The CDC says people should throw out all Honey Smacks they have in their cupboards.

>>Four Years In Prison For Woman In Quad Cities Overdose Death

(Rock Island, IL) — A Wisconsin woman will spend most of the next four years in prison for her role in the overdose death of a Quad Cities man. A judge yesterday sentenced 26-year-old Kayla Kundert for giving her boyfriend a deadly dose of fentanyl laced heroin. Manuel A. Rico died last December. Prosecutors originally charged her with drug-induced homicide, but allowed her to plead guilty to a drug dealing charge instead.

>>Champaign Settling Two Police Lawsuits For Nearly Four Million-Dollars

(Champaign, IL) — The city of Champaign is settling two lawsuits against its police department for nearly four million-dollars. The Champaign News-Gazette reported yesterday that the city will pay James Shephard three-and-a-half million-dollars to settle a wrongful conviction that sent him to prison for 17 years. The other settlement, for 200 thousand-dollars, will end an excessive force lawsuit filed by Alton Corey after his arrest last year.