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News Headlines – October 11, 2018

Last Updated on October 11th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

New Poll Gives J.B. Pritzker 20 Point Lead

Another poll in Illinois’ governor race is giving J.B. Pritzker a double digit lead. The latest poll shows 50 percent of likely voters in the state would vote for Pritzker, while just 30 percent of likely voters say they’d choose Governor Rauner. Illinois’ other candidates, Kash Jackson and Sam McCann, got a combined nine percent in the poll.

Possible Human West Nile Case In Champaign County

Champaign County’s public health department is waiting for word on whether a person there is sick with West Nile. The person lives in Tolono and doctors say they think the person is sick. Village leaders in Tolono say they sprayed for mosquitoes on Tuesday. Human West Nile cases tend to peak at this time of year as more people are out at dusk.

Governor Rauner Announces 14 Million-Dollars For State Parks

Some of Illinois’ state parks are about to get a facelift. Governor Rauner’s office yesterday announced that 14 million-dollars is now available for trails, buildings, and other big-ticket projects. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says most of the work will wrap up either next year, or the year after.

Mega Millions Jackpot Growing For Tomorrow’s Drawing

Don’t be surprised by long lines at the gas station this week. The Illinois Lottery is expecting to see a lot of people buy tickets for tomorrow’s Mega Millions drawing. No one won Tuesday’s game, so the jackpot will be at least 548 million-dollars. Lotto officials say the lump-sum payout on that would be almost 310 million. Your chances of winning are about one in 300 million.

Quad Cities Zoo Managers: Badgers Are Missing

Zoo managers in the Quad Cities say they’re missing a pair of badgers. The Niabi Zoo yesterday confirmed that two badgers escaped from their enclosure sometime before October 4th. Zoo director Lee Jackson says there’s no danger to the public, and he’s confident that they will find the badgers.