Local News – 7/29/15

July 29th, 2015

Depue Boat Races 2015

Thousands of people are visiting DePue this weekend for what’s become a much-anticipated tradition. This marks the 31st consecutive year of the Pro National Championship Boat Races at Lake DePue. Champs will be crowned in 19 classes at the event, which runs through Sunday and is sponsored by the DePue Men’s Club. Publicity Chairman Eric Bryant says 25,000 people attended last year’s races which drew nearly 200 boats from 21 States. Racing starts at noon on Friday (7/31/15) and Saturday (8/1/15) , and at 12:30 on Sunday (8/2/15). The event also features food stands, carnival rides and games, and a beer garden. Also free music and dancing when the racing is done Friday and Saturday night. Daily admission is three-dollars and WZOE-AM 1490 is broadcasting on-location from the boat races on Friday from 2 until 4.

Illinois House Votes To Stop Pay Raise – 7/29/15

July 29th, 2015

>>Flooding Worries Linger After Overnight Storms

(Davenport, IA)  —  A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for more than a dozen counties in eastern Iowa and another seven in Illinois after another round of strong storms soaked the Quad Cities area overnight. The National Weather Service says the rain cooled things down, but it once again means flooding for some low-lying neighborhoods. Forecasters say it will take a bit to dry out, but today will be much cooler and a lot less humid.

>>Illinois House Votes To Stop Pay Raise

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois lawmakers might not see that pay raise after all. The Illinois House yesterday voted to suspend lawmakers’ 13-hundred-dollar raise because the state still does not have a budget. Lawmakers say they wanted to send the right message. But there are questions as to whether the vote will stop the pay increase or just delay it. The state Senate is expected to vote on the plan next week. Legislators make a base pay of over 67-thousand dollars in the state.

>>Illinois Increases Food Stamp Threshold

(Springfield, IL)  —  A family of four can now make just over 40-thousand dollars and qualify for food stamps in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed a new law that increases the income threshold. Illinoishad capped food stamps for families of four making under 32-thousand dollars. More than two-million people in Illinois are on food stamps.

>>No Budget, No Video Gaming Money

(Springfield, IL)  —  The cash from video poker machines will stay in Springfield until Illinois gets a new state budget. The Daily Herald reported yesterday cities and towns got word this week that without a state budget the state will not be sharing any taxes collected from video poker machines. Video gaming was worth three-point-six-million-dollars to local governments last month alone. Lawmakers were supposed to have a budget by May 31st. The old budget expired July 1st.

>>No Foul Play In Missing Man’s Death

(Davenport, IA)  —  Police in Davenport say there are no signs of foul play in Jim Terhune’s death. Terhune is the disabled man who went missing last week. Police say in addition to the childhood injury that left his disabled, Terhune was a diabetic. Police found his body Saturday not far from where he went missing.

Rauner Could Be Making Plans For Possible Strike – 7/28/15

July 28th, 2015

>>Rauner Could Be Making Plans For Possible Strike

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Rauner’s Administration may be making plans to deal with a possible strike Friday by the state’s largest union.  The “State Journal-Register” reports that retired state workers are being contacted by their old employers to see if they’d be willing to work in case of a strike.  The Rauner Administration has been negotiating a new contract with leaders of AFSCME.  The union’s short-term contract extension is about to expire.  A spokeswoman for Rauner says the administration is pursuing all options.

>>Committee To Review Evidence In Sandra Bland’s Death

(Hempstead, TX)  —  A committee of outside attorneys is being brought in to review the case surrounding Sandra Bland’s death.  Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis announced yesterday that the committee will take a closer look at all of the evidence, including the traffic stop that led to her arrest.  The 28-year-old Naperville native was found dead earlier this month in a Texas jail cell.  Bland’s death was ruled a suicide, but those close to her question that ruling.

>>Man Killed By Car In Alton

(Alton, IL)  —  A man is dead after he was hit by a car in Alton.  Police say Lester Anderson was hit yesterday morning while walking along Route 140. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  It’s not yet known if the driver will be charged.

>>Wisconsin Governor Makes Fundraising Stops In Illinois

(Undated)  —  GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker continues to work his way across to country to raise funds for his campaign.  Walker made several stops in Illinois yesterday including Chicago, Bloomington and Godfrey.  The Wisconsin governor is scheduled to be in Pennsylvania today before heading to Iowa later this week.

>>Car Smashes Into Winnebago County Animal Control Vehicle

(Rockford, IL)  —  Rockford police are looking for the driver who rammed his car into a Winnebago County Animal Control vehicle.  Officials say the man crashed into another vehicle yesterday before getting out and threatening the other driver.  He then got back into his car and slammed into the Animal Control vehicle nearby and drove off.  The man fled the scene on foot after crashing into a tree, which caused his vehicle to burst into flames.

>>More People Visit Illinois In 2014

(Springfield, IL)  —  More and more people keep visiting the state of Illinois.  Data released by The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shows there were more than 109-million visitors last year, a three-and-a-half-percent increase from 2013.  Those same visitors also boosted state and local tax revenues by over 133-million dollars in 2014.

>>U of I Hires New Assistant Women’s B-Ball Coach

(Champaign, IL)  —  The University of Illinois is replacing one of the coaches at the center of a lawsuit against the school by former members of the woman’s basketball team.  The school announced the hiring of Jody Martinez as an assistant coach.  Martinez is filling the void following the firing of assistant coach Mike Divilbiss.  The team let the coach go following allegations that led to a lawsuit claiming that he and head coach Matt Bollant created a racially hostile environment.

Local News – 7/28/15

July 28th, 2015

*Millington Stabbing Update

A 16 year old Ottawa male has been arrested this morning (7/28/15) by LaSalle County Sherriff’s office investigators for the stabbing of two male party goers in Millington early Sunday morning. Both victims are believed to be in stable condition at this time.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 52 year old Donald Nelson of Tiskilwa pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was ordered to pay $2000 in fees and court costs and placed on probation for 2 years. He will also serve 10 days in the Bureau County jail for the offense.

31 year old Jerrica Whitford of Princeton pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia. She was ordered to pay a total of $2189 in fees and court costs and she received court supervision for 2 years.

Illinois Without Budget Nearly A Month Into Fiscal Year – 7/27/15

July 27th, 2015

>>Illinois Without Budget Nearly A Month Into Fiscal Year

(Springfield, IL)  —  It is nearly a month into the new fiscal year and Illinois still remains without an operating budget. The state Senate sent Governor Rauner a temporary spending plan two weeks ago even as Rauner claimed he wouldn’t sign a short-term budget. An Illinois appeals court ruled earlier this month that the comptroller’s office can still pay state employees even without a budget in place.

>>Funeral Held For Sandra Bland

(Lisle, IL)  —  Loved ones continue to mourn even as questions remain following the death of Illinois native Sandra Bland. Hundreds gathered over the weekend for Bland’s funeral at a church in Lisle, nearly two weeks after she was found dead in a Texas jail cell. Authorities say she hung herself with a plastic trash bag on July 13th, three days after she was arrested during a traffic stop in Waller County, Texas.

>>Possible Homicide in Marshall County

(LaRose, IL)  —  Charges could be pending following a possible homicide in Marshall County. Police found a man shot to death early yesterday in the driveway of a home in the village of LaRose. Police say a man believed to be the shooter locked himself inside the home until surrendering to authorities over two hours later.

>>Two Stabbed At Party in Millington

(Millington, IL)  —  LaSalle County authorities are investigating after two people were stabbed at a party.  The sheriff’s office says the two victims were wounded when several altercations broke out during a party early Sunday in Millington.  Both were taken to the hospital.  As of yesterday, their condition weren’t known.

>>Man Hit By Car In Rockford

(Rockford, IL)  —  A Rockford man is being treated after he was hit by a car.  Police say the 34-year-old was found seriously hurt Saturday night the near area of the 32-hundred block of 11th Street.  He was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.  The driver of the vehicle hasn’t been charged.

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>>Man Accused Of Trying To Lure Children With Candy

(Rock Falls, IL)  —  State Police are looking for a man who tried to lure children into his car with candy.  Police say the incident happened last Friday night to two young boys in Rock Falls.  The man is described as a black male with a medium build who is about six-feet one-inches tall.  He was last seen wearing a blue baseball hat and a plain white t-shirt.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Illinois State Police.

>>Budget Crisis Could Take Away Free ACT Tests

(Undated)  —  The pending budget crisis may force Illinois high school students to pay for the ACT exam.  “The Chicago Tribune” reports districts don’t know if the free college entrance exam will be given to juniors in the spring because of uncertainty about state funding.  Students could be prevented from taking the ACT even if funding is approved since the state’s contract with the testing company expired at the end of last month.

Local News – 7/27/15

July 27th, 2015

*Lt Governor in Princeton

Lt Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is in Princeton today (7/27/15) for a meet and greet. The event started at 10:00 AM at 956 North Main Street soon to be the new location of the Cabbage Rose. The event is hosted by Kay Cushman and Dixie Reed, co-owners of the Cabbage Rose and is open to the public.

Local News – 7/25/15

July 25th, 2015

*Leitch to host Senior Fair in Metamora

State Representative David Leitch (Leech) will host a Senior Citizens Fair on Wednesday (July 29). The fair will take place at Snyder Village on Partidge St. in Metamora from 9am-11am.  This year’s fair has numerous vendors, including free blood pressure screenings, door prizes, and refreshments. Leitch said, “I am very excited to be hosting this fair again in Metamora.  I encourage seniors and their families to attend and learn more from a variety of vendors and services available to them in their community. I look forward to meeting with area seniors and discussing issues important to them and their communities at this great annual event.”

Admission is free and the fair will have free doughnuts, cookies, fruit and coffee for guests to enjoy while they speak with the vendors and local elected officials.

For more information call 309-690-7373.


*Fox on the Fairway at Festival 56

Up next for Festival 56 is The Fox on the Fairway. The play is a madcap golf comedy. Fox on the Fairway will open on Wednesday evening at 7:30 at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton. After opening night, it will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 1st and at 2 p.m. on Aug 2nd. A late night Festival cabaret will follow the performance on July 31st. Separate tickets for cabarets can be purchased in advance or at the door. To purchase tickets, call 815-879-5656, ext. 11, or stop by the box office, open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The box office is also open an hour before each performance.


*Malden School Registration

Registration for Malden Grade School will be this Wednesday (7/29/15) from 9:00 and 3:00 and Thursday from 2:00 until 6:00 in the school office. Dental exams are required for children entering Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade. All Kindergarten and 6th grade students are required to have three Hepatitus B series shots. The 1st day of school for students will be Tuesday August 18th.


*IVCC Ottawa Center Adds another Counseling Day

The Illinois Valley Community College’s Ottawa Center will add a walk-in counseling day from 11 until 4:40 on Tuesday (July 28th). The center has had walk-in counseling every Wednesday in July from 8:30 until 3:30. Walk-in times are for current and prospective students that do not have set counseling appointments and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Fall classes begin Monday August 17th.

Local News – 7/24/15

July 24th, 2015

*Two Men Arrested For Residential Burglary

Two LaSalle County men have been arrested for the class 1 felony offense of residential burglary. 33 year old Jerome Shorkey of Earlville and 23 year old Pietro Coonts of Ottawa are in custody in the LaSalle County jail with bond set at $100, 000 each for allegedly breaking into a rural Ottawa home and stealing jewelry, firearms and money. According to the LaSalle County Sherriff’s office, additional arrests are forthcoming in the ongoing investigation.


*Mautino Recognizes Illinois Valley Connection to Pluto Visit

State Rep. Frank Mautino is encouraging Illinois Valley residents to join him in celebrating July’s historic visit to the distant dwarf planet by NASA’s New Horizon exploratory vehicle. Mautino said, “The photos of Pluto sent back from New Horizons are things the whole world can celebrate and marvel at, but residents of Streator and the Illinois Valley have a special connection to this incredible journey. Clyde Tombaugh’s achievement is a reminder that people who change the world come from our communities and that their dreams can take them anywhere.”


*Dawn Reglin Seeks Nomination for Bureau County Circuit Clerk

40 year old Dawn Reglin of Manlius has announced her candidacy to seek the Democratic nomination for the Office of Bureau County Circuit Clerk in the November 2016 election. Reglin has been a deputy clerk in the Bureau County Circuit Clerk’s Office since 2005. Reglin said, “I am a lifelong resident of Bureau County. I am running for Circuit Clerk to serve the people of Bureau County, my home. The Circuit Clerk plays a critical role in the daily operations of the Court System. I am dedicated to upholding that service for the Citizens of Bureau County.”


*Vacation Bible School in Princeton

Five Princeton Churches are inviting children ages 3 through 5th grade to Vacation Bible School. The theme for this year is Jungle Safari and it will be held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on Dover Road in Princeton. Vacation Bible School begins Sunday evening (7/26/15) at 5:00 until 8:00 and runs Through Thursday evening (7/30/15). The congregations sponsoring the bible school are St. Matthews Lutheran, Hampshire Colony, First Christian, First Lutheran and First Presbyterian. For more information or to register call 815-879-6491.


*IVCC Hosting Summer Math Camp

The Illinois Valley Community College of Continuing Education is offering a camp entitled “Making Math Fun and Easy”. Camp starts on Monday morning (7/27/15) and runs through Thursday morning (7/30/15) for children in 3rd and 4th grade from 9:00 until 10:30. The cost of the camp is $29. To register call 815-224-0447.

Senate President Calls For Rauner To Approve Balanced Budget – 7/23/15

July 23rd, 2015

>>Senate President Calls For Rauner To Approve Balanced Budget

(Chicago, IL)  —  Senate President John Cullerton is calling for Governor Rauner to make approving a balanced budget his top priority.  Cullerton suggested yesterday that lawmakers should move forward and start negotiations on a new spending plan.  The Governor’s office fired back, saying the Senate President’s idea of a balanced budget is one that has a tax hike and has no spending or pension reforms. Rauner has said he would only approve a budget if it included pro-business reforms.

>>Rockford Man Found Dead In McDonald’s

(Rockford, IL)  —  A Rockford man is dead following an apparent drug overdose at a local McDonald’s.  Police say Bradley Geppert was found dead Tuesday afternoon inside the restaurant’s bathroom located near the intersection of East State and Jefferson streets.  His cause of death is still being determined.

>>Construction Worker Hit By SUV

(Okawville, IL)  —  A construction worker is hurt after being hit by a vehicle while on the job in Washington County.  State Police say Jennifer Huels of Carlyle was hit Monday evening by an SUV on an Interstate 64 on-ramp at Okawville. The 33-year-old was on the ground servicing her machinery when the incident happened. She was flown to Saint Louis University Hospital where her condition isn’t known.

>>Owner Of Closed Down Gas Station Ordered To Pay $610(K)

(Silvis, IL)  —  An owner of a closed down Illinois gas station is facing more than 600-thousand-dollars in fines and penalties. The Office of the State Fire Marshal announced that a Rock Island County Court issued an order against Baldev Singh for 610-thousand-dollars. Singh is accused of not emptying or securing an abandoned underground petroleum storage tank at a closed gas station in Silvis.  Officials say leaving tanks unattended with fuel inside can pose a risk to the public.

>>AG Madigan Urges Phone Companies To Offer Call Blocking

(Chicago, IL)  —  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging five major phone companies to offer call-blocking technology to their customers.  The Attorney General announced yesterday that a new FCC rule clarification allows phone companies to provide the service.  Madigan and 43 other state attorney generals sent a letter to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and CenturyLink, requesting that they give their customers the ability to block unwanted calls.

>>Lawmakers Pushing To Name Portion Of Highway After Jim Thome

(Peoria, IL)  —  A push is being made in Springfield to name a portion of U.S. Route 24 after former MLB All-Star and Peoria native Jim Thome.  The Illinois House approved a measure Tuesday that would designate a part of Route 24 that runs from Bartonville into Peoria as Jim Thome Highway.  The bill now heads to the Senate.  Thome attended Illinois Central College before being drafted by the Indians in 1989.

>>Non-Conference Schedule For U Of I Basketball Announced

(Springfield, IL)  —  The non-conference schedule for the Fighting Illini men’s basketball team is set.  The school announced that the squad will play at least five games during non-conference play that include teams that played in last year’s NCAA Tournament.  Illinois’s first opponent in the newly renovated State Farm Center will be Notre Dame on December 2nd as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

Governor And House Speaker Spar Over Budget Impasse – 7/22/15

July 22nd, 2015

>>Blagojevich Still In Prison Despite Some Convictions Being Tossed

(Chicago, IL)  —  Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [[ bla-GOYA-vich ]] isn’t a free man despite a court throwing out five of the 18 fraud convictions against him.  The court said yesterday Blagojevich isn’t entitled to be released pending further proceedings.  His wife Patti expressed disappointment after the ruling but said that it could be a step in the right direction.  The 58-year-old Blagojevich has been behind bars since March 2012.

>>Flags At Half Staff To Honor Service Members Killed In Tennessee

(Undated)  —  Flags across Illinois will be at half-staff this week to honor the five U.S. Service Members killed in the Chattanooga, Tennessee tragedy.  Governor Rauner’s office announced that the Department of Central Management Services received the notice from President Obama.  All persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are being asked to lower their flags until sunset Friday.  This includes buildings with the United States and Illinois flags.

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>>Man And Dog Found Shot To Death During Fire

(Rockford, IL)  —  Authorities are investigating after a Winnebago County man and his dog were found shot to death in a home believed to be set on fire.  The County Coroner says Henry Murphy was discovered Saturday morning during a fire at his home in Rockford.  He and his dog had suffered at least one gunshot wound.  Authorities say the pair were already dead before the fire was started.  The man’s death is being treated as a murder.

>>Governor And House Speaker Spar Over Budget Impasse

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan keep firing verbal jabs at each other as the state continues to operate without a budget.  Rauner accused the Democrat yesterday of standing in the way of funding social programs in order to force a tax hike.  Madigan fired back saying the Governor vetoed a spending plan sent to him that would help protect middle-class families.

>>Teenage Girl Shot In Rockford

(Rockford, IL)  —  Rockford Police are searching for the person who shot a teenage girl.  The 14-year-old was hit early yesterday morning while walking home with her mother near Woodlawn Avenue and Locust Street.  The girl was taken to the hospital with minor injuries while her mother wasn’t hurt.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Rockford Police.

>>Senator Introduces Bill To Keep State Museum Open

(Springfield, IL)  —  A push is being made to keep the Illinois State Museum open.  State Senator Andy Manar has introduced a bill that would require the state to continue operating its museums.  The move comes as Governor Rauner attempts to close down the facilities as the state operates without a budget.

>>AG Madigan Warns Tornado Victims About Home Repair Scams

(Chicago, IL)  —  People in Western Illinois affected by last week’s tornadoes are being warned to be alert of home repair scams.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced this week that con artists are looking to exploit home and businesses owners needing repairs for storm-related damage. Investigators are working with officials in Cameron and will be looking into complaints about contractors operating in the impacted areas.  Local owners are encouraged to call Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Hotline to report any suspicious activity.