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News Headlines – September 12, 2018

Last Updated on September 12th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The Illinois State Board of Education is pushing parents to see if they’re eligible for free and reduced school lunches. Police in Rockford are calling a woman’s death suspicious. A former central Illinois police officer is suing to get her job back after she says she was fired for being pregnant.

>>Illinois Schools Push For Parents To Enroll In Free Lunch Program

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois State Board of Education is asking parents to see if they qualify for free or reduced price school lunches. The USDA, which runs the school lunch program, released new eligibility guidelines this month. A family of four can make up to 32 thousand 630 dollars-a-year and get free lunches. A family of four can make 46 thousand 435 dollars-a-year and get reduced price lunches. The State Board says anyone with questions should check with their child’s school.

>>Rockford Police Call Woman’s Death Suspicious

(Rockford, IL) — Police in Rockford are calling a woman’s death suspicious. Officers got a medical assistance call yesterday morning to a home southeast of the city’s downtown. Rockford Police are not saying why they think the woman’s death is suspicious. They are also not talking about a motive or suspects in the case.

>>Former Central Illinois Police Officer Sues To Get Job Back

(Hudson, IL) — A former small town police officer in McLean County is suing to get her job back, after she says she was fired for being pregnant. Kayley Sprout’s lawsuit says she was punished for speaking out against Hudson Police Chief Dale Sparks. She claims Sparks retaliated against her by freezing her out of police work until he let her go last year. Sprout wants her job back, plus back pay and damages.

>>Police Say Peoria Man Drowned At Clinton Going After Boat

(Clinton, IL) — Investigators in Clinton say a Peoria man drowned while trying to catch his boat. Illinois Conservation Police yesterday said Michael Dailey was trying to launch his boat, when it floated away. Officers say Dailey made it about 60 yards, then went under the water. An autopsy ruled that Dailey drowned, but investigators aren’t sure if another medical condition also played a role.

>>Liggins Testimony Turns To Forensics

(Waterloo, IA) — Forensic evidence took center stage at Stanley Liggins’ latest murder trial. Former Davenport investigator Dennis Kern told jurors that he didn’t find any fingerprints, hair, or DNA that linked Liggins to nine-year-old Jennifer Lewis’ death in 1990. But other officers say they linked Liggins to her death by eyewitness accounts, and by tying his red Peugeot car to the case. Liggins was convicted of Lewis’ murder twice before, but those convictions were later tossed out by the courts.