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News Headlines – October 18, 2017

October 17th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois lawmakers want results from the state’s pension managers. Prosecutors in western Illinois are pushing attempted-murder charges against the man accused of shooting at a state trooper. Local leaders in Zeigler say their former treasurer stole over 315-thousand-dollars. Bad news about the Cubs World Series ring that was for sale.

>>Lawmakers Want Results From Illinois Pension Managers

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois lawmakers are getting a bit frustrated with the lack of results from the state’s pension managers. State Senator Iris Martinez yesterday pressed a number of pension consultants to stop making excuses about why Illinois is missing its pension goals and to start doing something about it. Illinois’ pension system is one of the worst in the country with at least 130-billion-dollars in promises that there’s no money to pay for.

>>Attempted-Murder Charges For Western Illinois Manhunt Suspect

(Cambridge, IL) — Prosecutors say they are ready with attempted-murder charges against a man who led police on an hours-long manhunt. The Illinois State Police joined Henry County deputies in looking for, and eventually finding, Shaun Taylor yesterday. The Illinois State Police says Taylor shot at a trooper Sunday night after a traffic stop near Atkinson. Taylor is being held in the Henry County jail on two-million-dollars bond.

>>Republican Kleine Amasses War Chest In Race For Congress

(Springfield, IL) — Republican candidate Mark Kleine is looking at a fat campaign war chest in the race for Congress in the Quad Cities. Kleine, who is challenging Democrat Cheri Bustos, this week reported over half-a-million-dollars in his campaign account. About a third of that money is his own. Bustos raised just over 425-thousand-dollars over the past three months, but she had over two-million in the bank from previous races and fundraising efforts.

>>Audit: Former Southern Illinois Treasurer Stole 315-Thousand

(Zeigler, IL) — City leaders in Zeigler, Illinois, say they’re out over 315-thousand-dollars after their former treasurer ripped them off. The small southern Illinois city got the results of an audit yesterday showing former treasurer Ryan Thorpe scammed the city out of just over 315-thousand-dollars between 2013 and August of this year. Auditors say Thorpe would fake checks to make it look like he was paying legitimate bills. Federal prosecutors indicted Thorpe earlier this month on theft and fraud charges.

>>Cubs World Series Ring Pulled From Auction

(Chicago, IL) — Cubs fans are out of luck. The World Series ring up for auction at Leland’s Auctions is no longer for sale. Leland’s officials yesterday said the Chicago Cubs organization found the former scout who was given the ring and because of the terms of the ring contract, the Cubs asked the auction house to stop the sale. The Cubs had everyone who got a ring to sign an agreement that gives the team the first right to buy the ring for just one-dollar.

News Headlines – October 17, 2017

October 16th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: We may get a look at Illinois’ pitch for Amazon’s new headquarters sometime this week. Investigators in Decatur are still looking for answers in the shooting death of a two-year-old boy. The Illinois Commerce Commission is looking into the future of energy in Illinois. Some folks across Illinois will be waking up to frost.

Illinois’ Amazon Pitch Due This Week

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois’ bid for Amazon’s second headquarters is due this week. The company is looking for a new home for 50 thousand jobs, and Illinois is one of many states volunteering to be that home. No one has said what Illinois’ bid includes, though the thinking is that the state will pitch Chicago as a hub for Amazon’s HQ2. But city leaders in St. Louis last week said their pitch includes parts of East St. Louis, Illinois as well.

Questions Linger In Decatur Shooting Of Two-Year-Old Boy

(Decatur, IL) — Investigators in Decatur say they still have some questions about the shooting death of a two-year-old boy. The Macon County coroner yesterday identified the little boy as Justin Murphy Jr. Police say he died Saturday morning after being shot in the chest. A 17-year-old is being held as a suspect in the case. But investigators are not saying how the little boy ended up getting shot, and neighbors are reportedly tight lipped as well.

Searchers Still Looking For Missing Boater Near Quincy

(Quincy, IL) — Search crews are expected back out on the Mississippi River near Quincy to once again look for a missing boater. Crews searched for the man yesterday, but did not find any signs of him. Conservation Police say two men and a dog were in a jon boat on Saturday when a wave swamped the boat near Lock and Dam 21. A barge crew rescued one man, and the dog swam to shore, but the other man disappeared under the water.

Illinois Is Looking To The Energy Future

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ power companies and state regulators are trying to look into the crystal ball for the state’s power needs. The Illinois Commerce Commission last week launched a year-and-a-half long study to get a better understanding of the state’s next electric needs. ICC Executive Director Cholly Smith says they want to talk with customers, energy experts, and the state’s utilities to get a ‘blueprint’ for future energy needs.

PHS Tigers Win Soccer Regional

October 15th, 2017

The Princeton High School Boys Soccer team captured the Serena Class 1A Regional Championship Friday night. It took double-overtime but the Tigers slipped past Somonauk 3 to 2 to advance to this week’s Mendota Sectional. It’s the second straight Regional title for Princeton. The Tigers improve to 19-2-4 and will face Peoria Christian on Wednesday. The Class 1A Sectional semifinal match at Mendota begins at 4 o’clock.

News Headlines – October 16, 2017

October 15th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Conservative lawmakers at the Illinois Capitol want to rollback the new state law that allows taxpayer money to pay for abortions. There’s one less Democrat in the race for governor in Illinois. Illinois’ prison guard union says there are far too many attacks on guards in the state. The University of Illinois’ endowment is back up to two-and-a-half billion-dollars.

>>Conservatives Look To Rollback Illinois’ Taxpayer Funded Abortion Law

(Springfield, IL) — Conservative lawmakers at the Illinois Capitol are trying to roll back a new law that’d have taxpayer money pay for abortions in the state. State Rep. Peter Breen and State Senator Dan McConchie yesterday filed a piece of legislation to stop Illinois from covering elective abortions for women on Medicaid. Breen said the state may end up spending 30 million-dollars on abortions under the law that Governor Rauner signed just a few weeks ago. McConchie says Illinois can’t afford that cost.

>>Ameya Pawar Drops Out Of Democratize Race For Governor

(Chicago, IL) — The field for Illinois governor on the Democratic ticket is getting smaller. Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar yesterday dropped out of the race. Pawar said he can’t afford to keep up with the millions of dollars that have been spent, and the millions of dollars that will be spent in the race for the governor’s mansion. Pewar’s exit leaves J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, and Dan Biss as the remaining major candidates for the Democrats.

>>AFSCME Says Quad Cities Prison Attack One Of Many

(Springfield, IL) — The union that represents prison guards in Illinois says attacks like the one that happened at a Quad Cities prison last month are all too common. AFSCME leaders yesterday told reporters at the statehouse that there’s been an increase in the number of attacks on guards in both adult and juvenile prisons in the state. AFSCME says a guard at the East Moline Correctional Center was beaten with a rock by an inmate, but she couldn’t call for help because her radio didn’t work.

>>U Of I Endowment Back To Two-Point-Five Billion

(Urbana, IL) — Generous donors and a generous return on investments are driving the University of Illinois’ endowment higher. The school yesterday said it brought in more than 278 million-dollars in donations, and earned a generous 14-percent on its investments through this fall. The U of I’s endowment is now worth two-and-a-half billion dollars. The announcement comes as the university is preparing to launch a major fundraising event that may raise another two billion-dollars.

>>Mississippi River Conference Focuses On Flooding

(Moline, IL) — Towns up and down the Mississippi River all have one thing in common: the fear of another flood. Flood management and flood plain planning dominated this week’s Mississippi River Conference in the Quad Cities. The meetings wrapped up yesterday. Kathy Wine with the group River Action says it’s important for local leaders to meet before the water gets high in the spring or summer to plan for what will happen the next time the Mississippi jumps its banks.

Princeton Hosts Annual Witches Night Out

October 12th, 2017

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 sponsors begins at 4 and runs until 8.  The Main Street shopping event features special discounts, giveaways, spirits and surprises.  Z-98 will be broadcasting on-location from Witches Night Out beginning just after 4 this afternoon.