News Headlines – October 16, 2018

October 16th, 2018

Illinois Lawmakers Eye Sports Betting

Illinois lawmakers are setting the table to legalize sports gambling. A joint statehouse committee will meet today in Springfield to look at everything from daily fantasy sports to betting kiosks in bars and restaurants. Supports say Illinois can use the millions-of dollars that legal gambling would generate to pay down old bills or build new roads. There is some talk at the statehouse of voting on a gambling plan as early as next month.

Illinois AFM Outbreak Holding At 10

Illinois’ public health managers say the state’s AFM outbreak is holding at ten. The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday said the number of cases of acute flaccid myelitis is unchanged since late last week. AFM is a rare, polio-like disease that has sickened dozens of children in almost 20 states. Doctors don’t know what causes AFM or how it is spread.

Three Illinois Kmart, One Sears Stores To Close

The Kmart stores in Moline, Quincy, and suburban Norridge will be the next to close in Illinois. The company yesterday released its list of 142 stores that will close as Sears goes through bankruptcy. A Sears store in Joliet is also on the list to close. The company says the stores will close soon and liquidation sales are expected to begin within two weeks.

U.S. Steel Signs New Contract, Illinois Workers Included

Steel workers in Illinois are among the thousands covered by a new contract with U.S. Steel. The company yesterday announced a new contract that covers 14 thousand people across the country. The steel plants in the Metro East are included. Details of the new deal will be made public when the contract is finalized.

Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Worth Almost One Billion Dollars

It’s not just the Mega Millions jackpot. Illinois Lottery officials say the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots combined are worth almost a billion dollars. Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth at least 654 million, and tomorrow’s Powerball jackpot is worth 345 million. Combined, that’s 999 million-dollars.

News Headlines – October 15, 2018

October 15th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois’ Medicaid expansion is still costing the state billions of dollars a year. Police in Champaign are looking for answers after a deadly weekend shooting. Illinois Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot is now the second largest in lottery history.

>>Governor Rauner: Medicaid Expansion Still Costing Illinois

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says Medicaid expansion is still costing the state billions of dollars a year. The governor told the State Journal Register that former Governor Pat Quinn allowed over 600 thousand-people to join the state’s healthcare program. Now, Rauner said the program’s cost are exploding. The paper says the Medicaid expansion added over three billion-dollars to Illinois’ Medicaid program that already cost over 20 billion a year.

>>Champaign Police Look Into Deadly Weekend Shooting

(Champaign, IL) — Police in Champaign are looking into a deadly weekend shooting. It happened on the city’s southwest side early yesterday morning. Police are asking neighbors for any surveillance video that may help them find the shooter. The victim, a 35-year-old man, had been shot in the chest.

>>Mississippi River Will Slowly Fall This Week

(Rock Island, IL) — The Mississippi River won’t get any higher in the Quad Cities. Forecasters say the river crested early yesterday morning at just over 18 feet. The river is officially in flood stage at anything over 15 feet. But while the river isn’t rising any more, it’s still going to be flooded for a little while. Some streets in Moline and Rock Island are still closed because of the high water.

>>Quincy Schools Will Have Counselors After Fire Killed Two Students

(Quincy, IL) — Counselors will be at Rooney Elementary School in Quincy this morning, after a weekend fire killed two students. Quincy Superintendent Roy Webb said that third-grader Toby Brewer and kindergarten student Emma Kramer died in a fire Friday night. Webb says counselors will be at the school all week. Quincy firefighters are not saying what caused the fire, or why the two kids didn’t get out of the house.

>>Mega Millions Jackpot Likely The Second Largest Ever

(Springfield, IL) — The Mega Millions jackpot just keeps growing. Illinois Lottery officials say tomorrow’s jackpot will be just over 650 million-dollars. That’s the second largest jackpot ever. The lump sum payout for a 654 million-dollar jackpot comes to about 373 million.

High School Football – Week 8

October 14th, 2018

Princeton 21 – Monmouth-Roseville 0
Orion 57 – Bureau Valley 0
Hall 49 – Erie-Prophetstown 0
St. Bede 35 – Kewanee 0
Sterling 49 – LaSalle-Peru 12
Rochelle 42 – Ottawa 7
Marquette 31 – Rockford Christian 0
Amboy 35 – Galena 14
Rockridge 37 – Morrison 25
Newman 47 – Fulton 12
Riverdale 7 – Sherrard 6
Rock Falls 34 – Mendota 6
Sycamore 34 – Geneseo 6
Hiawatha 46 – River Valley 0

Princeton Hosts Annual Witches Night Out

October 12th, 2018

Witches Night Out in downtown Princeton is tonight. The annual shopping event put on by the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street and a “gaggle” of businesses begins at 4 and runs until 8. The Main Street shopping event features special discounts, giveaways, spirits and surprises. Listen for special reports from Witches Night Out on Z-98.

News Headlines – October 12, 2018

October 12th, 2018

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.