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News Headlines – October 8, 2018

Last Updated on October 8th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Illinois’ U.S. Senators Look To Move Forward From Kavanaugh Nomination

Both of Illinois’ Democratic U.S. Senators say they are looking for a new path forward after the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation. Senator Dick Durbin released a statement after the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh on Saturday that says tomorrow is a new day. He added that the debate over Kavanaugh’s nomination has created a stronger force in the nation for justice for sexual assault survivors. Senator Tammy Duckworth was stronger with her words, saying she’s ‘heartbroken’ and ‘deeply worried’ for millions of Americans now that Kavanaugh is on the court.

Illinois AG Candidates Not Sure On Quincy Home Investigation

The two candidates for Illinois Attorney General say they’re not sure about the current attorney general’s investigation into the Rauner Administration’s handling of the Legionnaires outbreak at the Quincy veterans home. Both Kwame Raoul and Erika Harold say they don’t have enough specifics to weigh-in on the investigation. Current Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week announced that she is convening a grand jury to look into how Governor Rauner handled the outbreak which killed 14 people since 2015, and sickened nearly 70 others.

June Trial For Former West-Central Illinois Congressman

Aaron Schock is looking at a trial next June. A federal judge has set Schock’s trial for allegedly lying on Congressional and campaign finance reports for June. The former west-central Illinois congressman was supposed to go on trial in January, but the trial was moved after federal prosecutors assigned a new team to handle the case.

Dixon Police Officer Mark Dallas Named Officer Of The Year

The police officer who stopped Dixon High School’s alleged school shooter is getting another honor. The International Association Chiefs of Police has named officer Mark Dallas as their Officer of the Year. This past spring, Dallas stopped the teenage suspect who brought a gun to school and fired it. Dallas was named an honorary Chicago Bears captain just a few weeks ago.

IDNR Takes Family’s Pet Bobcat

You can have all the cats you want in Illinois, but not a bobcat. A Belleville family found that out after Illinois Conservation Police seized their pet bobcat. Lakeesha Mayweather is facing misdemeanor charges for bringing the cat into Illinois from a breeder in Missouri. Mayweather has started an online petition and GoFundMe page to help get her cat, Capone, back.