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News Headlines – October 3, 2018

Last Updated on October 3rd, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The Rockford man accused of spray-painting ‘rape’ on the local Republican headquarters said he’s happy that someone did it. A new poll gives J.B. Pritzker a huge lead in the race for Illinois governor. One Peoria high school is asking for prayers after one of its football players reportedly was put into a coma after a brain injury.

>>Suspect Happy About Rockford Republican Graffiti

(Rockford, IL) — The suspect accused of spray-painting ‘rape’ and ‘shame’ on the Rockford Republican headquarters said he’s happy about it. Timothy Damm told a local TV station on Sunday that he is happy someone called Republicans rapists, because as he said ‘Republicans equal rape.’ Winnebago County prosecutors yesterday charged Damm with criminal defacement of property and resisting arrest. Police say Damm spray-painted the Rockford Republican headquarters over the weekend.

>>New Governor’s Poll Gives Pritzker 22 Percent Lead

(Carbondale, IL) — The latest poll in the race for Illinois governor gives a J.B. Pritzker a huge lead. The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute released the poll yesterday, it puts Pritzker ahead of Governor Bruce Rauner by 22 percent. The poll asked if the election were held today, who would you vote for? Forty-seven percent of voters picked Pritzker, 27 percent of voters picked Rauner. Seventeen percent of voters said they didn’t know.

>>Peoria High School Football Player Recovering From Brain Injury

(Peoria, IL) — A high school football player from Peoria is reportedly in a medically-induced coma after getting hurt during a game. The Peoria Richwoods High School football team took to Facebook Monday after the player, an unnamed sophomore, was hurt Monday night. The post says the player is out of surgery, and in a medically-induced coma. The team is asking for prayers.

>>Former Eastern Illinois Prosecutor Under Federal Investigation

(Danville, IL) — A former assistant prosecutor in Danville is looking at a pair of misconduct investigations. Both the Illinois State Police and the FBI are looking into the former Vermilion County Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Alikhan. He’s accused of official misconduct and obscuring justice, investigators say they opened their case in August.

>>Aledo Public Works Crew Looking To Unionize

(Aledo, IL) — It could soon cost more for public work crews in the city of Aledo. The Dispatch-Argus yesterday reported that seven members of the city’s public works department are in negotiations to join the Operating Engineers 150. City officials aren’t commenting on the negotiations, but the workers say they’re making the move to get better health insurance.