News Headlines – December 4, 2018

Last Updated on December 4th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ governor-to-be is again talking about a higher minimum wage. Lawyers for a southern Illinois man want the special prosecutor in his case dismissed. Forecasters in Illinois are watching a number of rivers across the state, and worrying that they are rising.

>>Governor-Elect Pritzker Talks About Higher Minimum Wage

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois’ governor-to-be is once again talking about raising the starting wage in the state. Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker yesterday said he’d like to see lawmakers raise the minimum wage within the first six months of his administration. Pritzker talked about a 15-dollar minimum wage during the campaign. Pritzker says lawmakers have already approved a higher minimum wage, but Governor Rauner vetoed the idea.

>>Bethune Lawyers Want Special Prosecutor Dismissed

(Murphysboro, IL) — Lawyers for a man in limbo in a southern Illinois murder case want the special prosecutor dismissed. Gaege Bethune’s lawyers last week asked a judge to dismiss the special prosecutor, and end the investigation into Bethune and the 2014 death of SIU student Pravin Varughese. A jury convicted Bethune of murder back in June, but the judge later set the verdict aside because of questions about evidence. Bethune’s lawyers says there is no evidence of a crime, so there should no longer be a criminal investigation.

>>Pike County Surveying Storm Damage

(Pittsfield, IL) — It’s not just Taylorville. Leaders in Pike County say they’re still trying to figure out how much damage Saturday’s storms left behind in their communities. Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood yesterday said they didn’t get hit as bad as some places in the state, but he is following up on a number of damaged homes or properties. Greenwood says no one was hurt in Pike County.

>>Flood Worries This Week After Last Month’s Snow And Rain

(Davenport, IA) — Forecasters are watching a handful of rivers across the state this week. The National Weather Service yesterday said they’re worried about flooding along the Rock, the Spoon, and the Illinois rivers. The worries extend from Rockford to central Illinois. Forecasters say last month’s blizzard, followed by last weekend’s rains, are driving the rivers out of their banks.

>>John Deere Announces Leadership Changes

(Moline, IL) — There will be some changes at the top for John Deere. The company yesterday announced that senior vice president of power systems, worldwide parts services, advanced technology and engineering, Jean Gilles, will retire not long after the new year. Deere managers say four people will split Gilles’ former responsibilities.