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News Headlines – June 22, 2018

June 22nd, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ retail merchants say the state will benefit from the Supreme Court’s decision on online sales taxes. Adams County’s embattled coroner is retiring next month. Federal prosecutors in Minnesota are pushing ahead with charges against three central Illinois men for their role in a mosque bombing in that state. Illinois’ prison chief says he wants to do more to keep people from going back to prison.

>>Illinois Retail Merchants Applaud Supreme Court Sales Tax Decision

(Springfield, IL) — Advocates for Illinois’ shopkeepers say the Supreme Court is leveling the playing field for brick and mortar businesses in Illinois. The Illinois Retail Merchants Association’s Rob Karr yesterday applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling that states can collect taxes on online sales, even if the company isn’t located in that state. Karr says the decision will also help online shoppers, who are supposed to report their sales tax to the state.

>>Adams County Coroner To Retire

(Quincy, IL) — The western Illinois coroner who demanded a thousand dollars from low income families to claim their loved one’s remains is stepping down. Adams County Chairman Les Post yesterday said that Coroner Jim Keller will leave his job on July 10th. Keller came under fire this spring, including from the state’s comptroller, for refusing to release remains unless he was paid. Post said he hopes to have a new coroner in place before Keller leaves next month.

>>Charges For Central Illinois Men In Minnesota Mosque Bombing

(Minneapolis, MN) — Federal prosecutors in Minnesota are charging three central Illinois men with hate crimes for their roles in a mosque bombing last year. The indictments against Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter, Joe Morris are just the latest charges against the three. Prosecutors in Illinois are also pushing a weapons case against them. The Minnesota charges cover last August’s bombing of a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota that damaged the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center.

>>Quad Cities Authorities: Stay Out Of Flood Waters

(Moline, IL) — Authorities on both sides of the Quad Cities are putting out the warning to stay out of the flood waters. Police in Illinois and Iowa yesterday told drivers not to drive into flooded intersections after another round of heavy rain. Conservation police are also warning people not to canoe or kayak on flooded rivers or streams. They say fast moving currents can grab a boat and whisk it into danger in the blink of an eye.

>>Illinois DOC Chief Talks Up Recidivism Reduction

(Bloomington, IL) — The man in charge of Illinois’ prisons says he wants to see fewer return visitors. Illinois Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin told an audience in Bloomington yesterday that Illinois sees about 43 percent of prison inmates return to prison. He said that’s too many, Baldwin said the best way to keep people out of prison is to teach them job and life skills before they leave.

News Headlines – June 21, 2018

June 21st, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois is reporting the state’s first human case of West Nile. A number of Illinois school leaders are hoping that Governor Rauner vetoes the plan to raise starting salaries for new teachers. Prosecutors in Knox County are pushing ahead with murder charges after a shooting in Galva. The artist who created Chicago’s famous Bean doesn’t want the NRA using his artwork in their ads.

>>Illinois Confirms First Human West Nile Case

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is confirming its first human case of West Nile. The Illinois Department of Public health yesterday said that a Chicago woman in her 60s first got sick in mid-May. That’s early. IDPH says last year’s first human case wasn’t confirmed until July 20th. In 2017, Illinois saw at least 90 people get sick from West Nile, and eight people died from the disease.

>>Illinois School Leaders Hope For Veto Of Minimum Teacher Pay

(Springfield, IL) — It’s not that school leaders in Illinois don’t want to pay new teachers more. It’s that they can’t afford it. The Illinois School Management Alliance last week sent Governor Rauner a letter asking him to veto the plan that would start new teachers at 40 thousand-dollars a year. The Alliance’s Deanna Sullivan says the requirement would be yet another costly, unfunded mandate from the state.

>>Murder Charges Filed After Knox County Shooting

(Galesburg, IL) — Prosecutors in Knox County are not saying why a local man shot the driver of a pickup truck who crashed not far from his house. The Knox County State’s Attorney filed first degree murder charges against James Love yesterday. Investigators say Love shot Xavier Hartman in the leg after a wreck early Tuesday. Hartman would later die. There’s no word on a motive in the case.

>>Former Geneseo Teacher Gets 10 Years For Sex With Student

(Cambridge, IL) — A former high school math teacher in Geneseo is heading to prison for a decade after pleading guilty to abusing a former student. Jayme Farrell pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse yesterday, and he’ll serve back-to-back five year sentences. Police say Farrell had a sexual relationship with one of his students from Geneseo High School during the summer of 2015.

>>Chicago’s Bean Artist Sues NRA Over Ad

(Chicago, IL) — The artist who created Chicago’s world famous Bean doesn’t have a problem with tourists who post selfies with his work all over the internet. But artist Anish Kapoor says he has a problem with the NRA using his work in one of their ads. Kapoor this week filed a lawsuit to stop the NRA from using any image of The Bean. “The Chicago Tribune” reports that Kapoor’s lawsuit claims that his sculpture has been appropriated by the NRA to ‘perpetuate its hateful ideology.’

News Headlines – June 20, 2018

June 20th, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants to see President Trump change the policy for families at the country’s southern border. Forecasters say Rockford has seen nearly twice the rain that it sees in a typical June. Investigators in Bloomington are identifying the victims of this week’s triple murder, but they are not talking about a motive. A judge is sending a Quad Cities murder suspect to a state hospital instead of prison.

>>Governor Rauner Says President Needs New Family Policy At Border

(Chicago, IL) — Add Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to the list of Republicans who disagree with President Trump’s zero tolerance policy at the nation’s southern border. The governor told reporters in Chicago yesterday that he thinks the policy of separating children from their families who come to the United States without documentation, is a bad policy. Rauner said the country has to secure its border, but he says the idea of separating families is the wrong way to do it.

>>Rockford’s Rain Total Nearly Double Of Typical June

(Rockford, IL) — Rockford’s rain gauges are too full. Forecasters yesterday said the city has seen nearly twice the amount of rain that they usually see in the month of June. Heavy rains on Monday flooded parts of Rockford. So far the city has seen nine-and-a-third inches of rain, and there is still about two weeks left in June.

>>Bloomington Authorities ID Murder Victims, Still No Motive

(Bloomington, IL) — Investigators in Bloomington say they know the names of the victims of Monday’s triple murder, but they are not talking about a motive. McLean County’s coroner yesterday said that 22-year-old Corey Jackson, 22-year-old Nathaniel Pena, and 33-year-old Juan Perez-Macedo all died in the shooting. A fourth victim, a four-year-old boy, is recovering from his wounds. Bloomington Police are still not saying what set off the shooting, or if they have any suspects in the case.

>>Judge Orders Rock Island Murder Suspect To State Hospital

(Rock Island, IL) — The suspect in a Rock Island double murder isn’t going to prison. Instead, a judge yesterday sentenced 40-year-old John Conwell to a state hospital for mental health treatment. The judge found Conwell unfit for trial in last year’s murder of his grandmother and uncle. Conwell will spend at least the next five years undergoing treatment.

>>Third Former Wheaton Football Player Pleads Guilty In Hazing

(Wheaton, IL) — The third of five Wheaton College football players charged in a 2016 hazing incident is accepting a plea bargain. Samuel TeBos pleaded guilty yesterday to reduced charges of misdemeanor battery for the 2016 hazing that left a teammate injured. Just two former players at the college in DuPage County are still facing felony charges for the hazing incident.

News Headlines – June 19, 2018

June 19th, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ governor could soon have to decide on an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program. Illinois’ new budget includes money to add dental care for more people on Medicaid. Bloomington Police are looking for answers after a triple murder yesterday afternoon. Three western Illinois teens are facing formal charges for a murder for hire plot that failed.

>>Governor Rauner To Get Medical Marijuana Expansion Legislation

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will likely decide soon if people in the state can swap opioid pain pills for medical marijuana. State Senator Don Harmon told “The State Journal Register” in Springfield that he expects to send the legislation to the governor. Both Republicans and Democrats supported the idea during the spring session, but Rauner has been slow to embrace expanding the state’s medical marijuana program in the past.

>>Illinois Expanding Medicaid Program To Cover Adult Dental Care

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ Medicaid program is growing again. The new state budget includes an expansion that will provide about a half-million people in the state with dental care. The budget earmarks 12-million-dollars for preventative care for low income adults. Medicaid already covers dental care for children. Advocates say dental care for adults will hopefully avoid more serious medical issues later on.

>>Bloomington Police Investigating Triple Murder

(Bloomington, IL) — Bloomington Police are looking into their second group murder in the past two weeks. Investigators say three people died in a shooting on the city’s near-east side yesterday afternoon. Officers say a fourth person, a child, was wounded. Bloomington Police are not saying anything about a motive or suspects.

>>Knox County Grand Jury Indicts Three For Attempted Murder, Conspiracy

(Galesburg, IL) — Three western Illinois teens are facing formal charges in a robbery plot that turned into an attempted murder. A Knox County grand jury late last week indicted 18-year-old Hayden Clark, 19-year-old Bradley Detmers, and 19-year-old Matthew Hale on solicitation of murder, attempted murder, and battery charges. Police say the three, and a fourth young man from Iowa, plotted to kill a Galesburg man so they could steal from him.

>>Three Rescued, One Missing After Quad Cities River Rescue

(Milan, IL) — Rescue crews in the Quad Cities say they’re planning to look again for a missing boater on the Rock River. Crews rescued three people yesterday after their canoe went over the Steel Dam in Milan. Fire crews in Milan, Rock Island and Blackhawk all helped in the search.

News Headlines – June 18, 2018

June 18th, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: It’s going to be another dangerously hot day across Illinois today. One person in Illinois is among those sickened by tainted breakfast cereal. Springfield Police say a local man is in jail for one murder, and is a suspect in another. Planners in Naperville want to turn the old library into a craft distillery.

>>Illinois To Bake Again Today

(Davenport, IA) — The only place you can escape the heat in Illinois is in the air conditioning. The National Weather Service is leaving a Heat Advisory in place today for the entire state until 7 p.m. Forecasters say high temperatures will be in the 90s. But the humidity will make it feel even hotter in some places today.

>>CDC: One From Illinois Sickened By Tainted Cereal

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is on the list of states where people have gotten sick from eating tainted breakfast cereal. The Centers for Disease Control on Friday said one person from Illinois got sick with Salmonella after eating Kellog’s Honey Smacks cereal. The CDC says 71 people in 31 states have gotten sick so far. Kellog recalled the cereal last week.

>>Springfield Man Jailed For Murder, Suspect In Second

(Springfield, IL) — Springfield Police say a local man is a suspect in one murder, and may be the suspect in a second. Officers arrested Jason Danenberger Saturday night after a pair of murders on the city’s north end. Danenberger is being held on just one set of murder charges though, Springfield Police say they are looking to see what role he played in the other killing. Danenberger could appear before a judge later today.

>>Naperville Developers Wants To Turn Old Library Into New Distillery

(Naperville, IL) — From books to bourbon. A pair of developers in Naperville want to turn the city’s old library into a craft distillery. Derek Krauss and Joe Rehbein detailed their plan last week to the city’s liquor commission. Naperville’s old Nichols Library is a city landmark, but is set to be a part of a new commercial-residential building project in the city’s downtown.

>>Illinois Top 200 Voters Picking Authors This Week

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois already has a best book of the past 200 years, now the state’s bicentennial best-of voters are picking the state’s best author. Voting is open at IllionoisTop200.com for the state’s best author of the past two centuries. Voters get to choose between Ray Bradbury, Carl Sandburg, Earnest Hemingway, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and others. Voting is open till Friday.