News Headlines – October 12, 2018

Last Updated on October 12th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Illinois Public Health Managers See Polio-Like Disease

Illinois is among the states dealing with a rare, polio-like disease that’s sickening children across the country. Illinois Department of Public Health director Nirav Shah says that nine children have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM. But Shah says no one knows how the disease is spreading, or why it affects mostly children. As of the end of September, the CDC had confirmed 38 AFM cases in 16 states.

Another Governor’s Debate, Another Series Of Accusations

Voters in Quincy got to hear the same outrage over scandals from the two main candidates running for governor as voters in Chicago did in the last debate. Gov. Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker debated in Quincy last night. Rauner said Pritzker lied, conspired to defraud taxpayers, and could be the next Illinois governor to go to prison. Pritzker chastised Rauner for being slow to handle the Legionnaires’ outbreak at the Quincy veterans home. This was their final debate.

New Pritzker Ad Focuses On Quincy Vets Home Death

J.B. Pritzker’s latest campaign ad is stirring emotions. The Democratic candidate for governor this week unveiled an ad that features the son of one of the men who died in the Legionnaires outbreak at the Quincy veterans home. Tim Miller’s father, Eugene, is one of 14 people who died from the outbreak that started in 2015. Miller asks in the ad if Governor Rauner’s parents lived in the home, would he have handled the outbreak differently.

Mattoon School Shooter To Spend At Least Six Years Behind Bars

The 15-year-old who brought a gun to Mattoon High School last year and shot a classmate will spend at least the next six years behind bars. A judge yesterday sentenced Josiah Lyons to juvenile custody until he’s 21. The judge said that if Lyons gets in trouble while in custody, he’ll then have to serve a 25 year sentence in adult prison. Police say Lyons brought a gun to the school last fall and shot a classmate.

Belleville Police: Officers Have Shot Six Raccoons Since September 1st

Police in Belleville say they’ve had no choice but to shoot and kill a half dozen raccoons since the beginning of last month. The Belleville News Democrat reports that all of the raccoons showed signs of distemper. The paper quotes Captain Mark Heffernan who says distemper is deadly to raccoons and can make them dangerous.

Illinois Voters Deciding Top 200 Women

It’s another list of big names and big legacies at this week. Three First Ladies, Illinois’ first African American US. Senator, and of course Oprah are all on the list of Illinois’ most groundbreaking women. Mary Todd Lincoln, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama are on the list. As are Jane Byrne and Jane Addams. Voting closes this weekend.