Investigation Continues Into Princeton McDonald’s Robbery

September 21st, 2017

The investigation continues into a robbery at Princeton McDonald’s. It reportedly took place around 8 Wednesday night. A white male in his 20’s demanded cash from an employee working the register. The man is described as thin, with dark, shaggy hair and sideburns. The man left the building with an unknown amount of cash and fled in an older greenish silver sedan north on Route 26. If you have any information on the robbery, Princeton Police want you to call them at 815-872-2351 or CrimeStoppers at 800-939-6929.

News Headlines – September 22, 2017

September 21st, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: If you buy your health insurance through Illinois’ Obamacare exchange, chances are you’re going to pay more. Investigators in Bloomington say a father, not a fire, killed his kids. Police in Rock Island want to add over 150 police cameras across the city. The Missouri Valley women’s basketball tournament is sticking with the Quad Cities for a little while longer.

Illinois Obamacare Rates Look To Jump, Again

(Chicago, IL) — If you buy your health insurance through Illinois’ Obamacare exchange, chances are you’re going to pay more. The Illinois Department of Insurance yesterday sent the state’s new rate schedule to the federal government. Prices look to jump anywhere from about 25-percent to 33-percent. There also look to be fewer choices, particularly for small businesses in the state. Thirteen counties in Illinois will have only one insurance company to choose from next year.

Bloomington Fire Set To Cover Up Murder-Suicide

(Bloomington, IL) — Police say a fire at a home in downstate Bloomington was just a screen to hide a murder-suicide. Investigators yesterday said that 33-year-old Eric Ringenberg killed his infant and toddler sons, lit the fire, then killed himself. Ringenberg’s wife escaped the fire and wasn’t attacked by her husband. Bloomington Police aren’t offering a guess as to why Ringenberg killed his kids, then himself. They say video footage from inside the house gave them all the evidence they need to call the case a double murder-suicide.

Peoria Police Kill Bank Robbery Suspect

(Peoria, IL) — A suspected bank robber in Peoria is dead after a standoff that ended with a shootout. Police say the bank robbery happened just before 1 p.m. yesterday, the standoff started not long after. Just before 4 p.m. Peoria Police say the suspect came out of the house with a gun in his hand. Officers shot and killed him. The victim’s family says police overreacted and could have used less than lethal means.

Rock Island Police want 151 More Police Cameras

(Rock Island, IL) — Rock Island Police want to put more of their city under surveillance. Police Chief Jeff VenHuizen yesterday asked city leaders for 151 new cameras to be installed across the city. Right now there are just 32 cameras in the city. Chief VenHuizen said he wants to put the cameras in hot spots where officers frequently get calls or there are reports of shots being fired. The chief didn’t say how much the cameras would cost.

Missouri Valley Women’s Tournament Staying In Quad Cities

(Moline, IL) — The Quad Cities will be the center of the women’s college basketball world for the Missouri Valley for a bit longer. The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau yesterday announced that the conference has signed a deal to play its tournament at the iWireless Center in Moline through 2019. The MVC first came to the Quad Cities last spring, and sold a record number of tickets. Teams will return this spring, and CVB officials hope to set another record then.

News Headlines – September 21, 2017

September 20th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois is confirming its first human West Nile death of 2017. The sheriff in Rockford says he has no other choice but to lay off the entire courthouse security staff. Police say a Bloomington house fire that killed three people is suspicious. A fallen Navy SEAL’s dog tags are back home in Chillicothe.

Kankakee County Man Illinois’ First 2017 Human West Nile Death

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois health officials say a Kankakee County man is the first victim of the West Nile virus in 2017. The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday announced that the man who died earlier this month is the first person to die from the virus in the state this year. Illinois is actually seeing a light year for West Nile. Just 37 people are or have been sick with the virus, while last year the state saw 155 cases and six deaths.

Winnebago County Sheriff Pink Slips Courthouse Security Staff

(Rockford, IL) — The sheriff in Rockford says the county courthouse won’t have any security by the end of the month, unless county leaders change their minds about budget cuts. Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana yesterday sent a letter to as many as 64 reserve deputies, informing them that they are being laid off on September 30th. Winnebago County is struggling to bridge a nearly seven million-dollar budget deficit. Reserve deputies handle courthouse security, Caruana said he hopes to maybe convince other deputies to do a security sweep of the courthouse when they can.

Deadly Bloomington Fire Labeled Suspicious

(Bloomington, IL) — Investigators in Bloomington say a deadly house fire is suspicious. A man and two children died in the fire at a home on the city’s northeast side yesterday. Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner immediately called the fire suspicious, but said they haven’t made any arrests. Police aren’t identifying the victims, but say they include a middle aged man, a toddler, and an infant.

No Damage After Tri-State Quake

(Henderson, KY) — No one is hurt, and it doesn’t appear that anything is damaged after an earthquake rumbled through southern Illinois. The U.S. Geological Survey actually says yesterday’s three-point-eight magnitude quake was centered near the Illinois-Indiana state line, but shook homes across southern Illinois as well. People reported shaking from Springfield, Illinois all the way to Henderson, Kentucky.

Fallen Navy SEAL’s Dog Tags Returned

(Chillicothe, IL) — And like that, the dog tags are back. Chillicothe Police yesterday said someone returned fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens’ dog tags to his memorial. The tags disappeared over the weekend. Police promised no questions asked if they were returned. Local veterans say the tags reappeared sometime before 9 a.m. yesterday. Police Chief Scott Mettille says the tags are back, and the case is closed.

News Headlines – September 20, 2017

September 19th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois is sending a delegation to Seattle to try and get a jump on an Amazon sales pitch. Police in Dixon say a five-year-old is dead after a murder-suicide. The FBI won’t be taking over the case of a Chicago teen who died in a hotel freezer. Veterans in central Illinois say fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens’ dog tags are missing from his memorial.

Illinois Delegation heads To Seattle For Amazon Pitch

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois’ pitch to land the new Amazon headquarters in heating up. A combination state/city of Chicago delegation left yesterday for Seattle to look around. A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel yesterday said the delegation isn’t going to Seattle to meet with anyone at Amazon. Rather the group is going to see what the city offers Amazon’s current headquarters, so Illinois can better tailor its pitch for Amazon’s second headquarters.

Dixon Police: Five-Year-Old’s Death Part Of Murder-Suicide

(Dixon, IL) — Investigators in Dixon are looking for answers after what they say is a murder-suicide that claimed the life of a five-year-old. Police say they found five-year-old Christopher Michaels’ body at his home in the small town in northwestern Illinois yesterday afternoon. He’d been shot in the head. Officers also found Christopher’s father, Robert Michaels as well. They say he shot himself. Investigators say they were looking into allegations of child sex abuse against Robert Michaels, but the victim was not his son.

Union Blames Radios, Security Flaws For Quad Cities Prison Attack

(East Moline, IL) — The union that represents a Quad Cities prison guard injured in a weekend attack says serious security flaws are to blame. AFSCME Local 46’s Cody Dornes yesterday said the guard’s radio didn’t work when she was attacked, and other inmates were able to get out of their cells which made the situation more dangerous. Dornes said the unidentified guard needed six staples to close a head wound. Illinois’ Department of Corrections yesterday said it is investigating the attack. AFSCME has complained about security at Illinois’ prisons for years.

FBI Won’t Take On Chicago Teen’s Freeze Death

(Rosemont, IL) — The investigation into how a Chicago teen died in a suburban hotel’s freezer is staying in Rosemont. Local police commanders yesterday said the FBI will not be taking over the investigation into Kenneka Jenkins’ death. Jenkins’ family and community activists say they don’t trust Rosemont Police, and refuse to believe that the 19-year-old wandered into a hotel freezer on her own. Video from the hotel shows Jenkins stumbling through the hallways, eventually ending up in the freezer where she died.

Fallen Navy SEAL’s Dog Tags Missing From Memorial

(Chillicothe, IL) — Police in Chillicothe say they’re not going to ask any questions if fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens’ dog tags reappear at his memorial. Chillicothe Police Chief Scott Mettille yesterday said Owens’ dog tags went missing from the memorial in the city’s center sometime over the weekend. Owens died in a raid in Yemen in January. The chief says whoever took the tags can mail them back to his office, or simply walk into the local VFW or American Legion and leave them on the desk. The chief says no questions will be asked.

News Headlines – September 19, 2017

September 18th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Governor Bruce Rauner says there are big things on the horizon for Illinois’ relationship with China. Illinois lawmakers will have to decide if they want to override the governor on a plan that could add more stress to Illinois’ already shaky police and fire pensions. One of the Quad Cities’ former congressmen is making a pick in the Democratic race for governor. Abraham Lincoln is coming back to Peoria, kinda.

Governor Rauner Ends Asia Trip With Chinese University Visit

(Hangzhou, China) — There could soon be more Chinese students at the University of Illinois, and more U of I students in China. Governor Bruce Rauner ended his Asian trade mission yesterday with a visit to Zhejiang University to highlight the school’s partnership with the U of I. Zhejiang offers an engineering degree in cooperation with the U of I. The governor said he sees that partnership as one of the ‘great things’ on the horizon for Illinois’ relationship with China.

Governor Vetoes Plan That Would’ve Expanded Police, Fire Pension Transfers

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois lawmakers will have to decide if they want to override the governor on a pension plan that could add more stress to the already fragile police and fire pension programs in Illinois. Governor Rauner last week vetoed a proposal to allow downstate police officers and firefighters to transfer up to six years of credit into their pensions. The governor said many downstate police and fire pension plans are in danger of running out of money. He said adding more stress on to those retirement funds could break them.

Phil Hare Endorsing Chris Kennedy For Governor

(Moline, IL) — One of the Quad Cities former Democratic congressmen is making a pick in the race for governor. Former Congressman Phil Hare yesterday gave his endorsement to Chris Kennedy. Hare said in a statement that Kennedy has the right combination of ‘experience’ and ‘progressive values’ to lead Illinois. Kennedy is running behind in a crowded, and competitive five man field for governor on the Democratic ticket.

No One Arrested In Early Sunday Shooting In Carbondale

(Carbondale, IL) — Investigators in southern Illinois say the gunman and victim in a Carbondale shooting know each other. Carbondale Police say no one is in custody after an early morning shooting yesterday sent a man to a St. Louis hospital. Police say the shooting happened just before 2:30 a.m. yesterday at a home in the 400 block of Cherry Court. Investigators aren’t saying what led to the shooting or if an arrest may be coming soon.

Peoria’ Giant Lincoln Statue Almost Ready

(Peoria, IL) — The Peoria riverfront is about to get a new resident. Local leaders expect to unveil a giant Abraham Lincoln statue at the riverfront tomorrow. The 31-foot-tall, 19-ton painted bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln has spent the past year in Chicago, and its next stop is the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Museum President John Morris said Lincoln delivered one of his most famous anti-slavery speeches in the city, so it’s fitting that Lincoln’s statue get a new home in Peoria.