News Headlines – November 8, 2018

Last Updated on November 8th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

Illinois AFM Outbreak Now At 16 Cases

Public health managers in Illinois say more people are sick with a polio-like disease. The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday said the Acute Flaccid Myelitis outbreak in the state is up to 16 cases. All but one of the people who are sick are under 18-years-old. Nationally, hundreds of people have been confirmed sick with AFM.

Whiteside County Animal Rescuers Need Help After Hoarding Case

The Humane Society in Rock Falls is looking for new homes for dozens of cats. Animal rescuers in Whiteside County say they took the cats from a local animal hoarder on Monday. The cats are all up for adoption, in fact the Humane Society is waiving adoption fees to help get them into new homes as quickly as possible.

Former Moline Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving

Moline’s former police chief is accepting the guilt for a drunk driving charge in Iowa. Former Chief John Hitchcock yesterday pled guilty to an OWI charge in a Davenport courtroom. An Iowa State Trooper arrested Hitchcock in early September. Moline placed him on leave immediately after his arrest and he retired from the city’s police force a few weeks later.

The University Of Illinois Wants 16-Percent Funding Boost

The University of Illinois wants more than two-thirds of a billion-dollars from the state of Illinois next year. The Champaign News-Gazette reportS the school wants 16 percent more from the state, which would be a total of 692 million-dollars in taxpayer support. Most of the money would go to pay for salaries for professors and other university employees.

Voting For Illinois’ Top Leaders This Week At IllinoisTop200.Com

While Illinois voters chose the state’s next leaders on Tuesday, bicentennial voters in the state have until midday tomorrow to choose the state’s best leaders of the past. The poll at this week is for the state’s best leaders from the past 200 years. Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton are among those on the list.