OBITUARY – Dora Lee Gibbs

September 18th, 2017

Dora Lee Gibbs, age 94, of Princeton died on Wednesday, September 13th in Walnut.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Princeton Bible Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services. Burial will take place after the services in Oakland Cemetery in Princeton. Cremation has been accorded.

Arrangements for Dora Lee Gibs, age 94, of Princeton are through Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

News Headlines – September 18, 2017

September 18th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — It looks like Chicago has passed a grisly milestone for murders this year. A gas tax increase may be coming in Illinois. Illinois Republicans say 2018 is their election to lose. Stark County workers are still asking for raises even as the county looks to be running out of money.

Report: Chicago Saw 500th Murder On Sunday

(Chicago, IL) — Chicago is once again marking a grisly murder milestone. “The Chicago Tribune” yesterday reported that the city saw its 500th murder of the year yesterday. The paper says a man who was shot to death on Chicago’s west side was the 500th person to be killed in the city since January. But that’s actually down from a year ago. By this point in 2016, the paper says 538 people had been murdered.

Illinois Gas Tax Increase A Possibility

(Springfield, IL) — A lot of people are talking about a gas tax increase in Illinois, but no one is saying how high the price may go. A number of reports over the weekend said top lawmakers may meet this week to talk about a gas tax increase as a way to pay for new road construction. Right now, Illinois’ gas tax is one of the highest in the country, just over 34-cents a gallon. The spokespeople for Illinois’ legislative leaders all said they don’t have any specifics about a new gas tax proposal.

Illinois Republicans Rally The Faithful At Quad Cities Reagan Barbecue

(Milan, IL) — Illinois Republicans think they can win in 2018. More to the point, Republicans leaders told the crowd at yesterday’s Reagan Barbecue in the Quad Cities that they will win next year. Attorney General candidate Erica Harold headlined the picnic in Milan [[ my-lun ]]. She said with Lisa Madigan now out of the race, she expects to be able to have a much bigger impact on the statewide ticket in 2018.

Assault Injures Quad Cities Prison Guard

(East Moline, IL) — A female prison guard is recovering after an attack at the East Moline Correctional Center. The Illinois Department of Corrections yesterday said the female guard was attacked Saturday, she was treated and released from a local hospital. No one is offering specifics on what happened. A DOC spokeswoman said the inmate has been transferred and the prison was placed on lock down Saturday because of the attack.

Stark County Leaders Press For Raises, As County Finances Dwindle

(Toulon, IL) — Stark County may not have enough money to pay sheriff deputies at the end of the month. But the county’s engineer is asking for a five-percent raise for his highway crews. Stark County leaders say they’re trying to balance the requests for raises with the reality that the county is facing a fiscal dilemma. The county board will host a special meeting next week to try and figure out a solution before Stark County runs out of money.

News Headlines – September 14, 2017

September 13th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Cook County’s Toni Preckwinkle says she has work to do to save her soda tax. Illinois is seeing more and more gambling money from video gaming machines. Peoria is close to raising taxes to pay for a new hot dog restaurant. The central Illinois deputy charged with the attempted murder of his wife is not being paid while in jail.

Cook County President Acknowledges Work To Save Soda Tax

(Chicago, IL) — Cook County’s board president says she has some work to do to save her soda tax. Toni Preckwinkle yesterday admitted that she’ll have to convince county leaders to stick with the incredibly unpopular penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks. A new poll shows almost 90-percent of Cook County voters don’t like the tax. A vote to roll the tax back could come next month.

Illinois Riverboats Just Barely Ahead Of Video Gaming Machines

(Springfield, IL) — The state of Illinois is almost making as much money from the new video gaming machines as from the state’s riverboat casinos. A legislative commission yesterday released the latest gambling figures. The numbers show that more and more people continue to play more and more video gaming machines. The state saw one-point-two billion dollars in taxes from video gaming last year. That’s just under the one-point-four billion that Illinois’ riverboat casinos generated. The report says while more people are playing the video machines, attendance at the state’s casinos continues to slide.

Peoria Council Takes Steps To Raise Taxes For Portillo’s

(Peoria, IL) — City leaders in Peoria are taking steps to raise taxes to pay for a new hot dog restaurant. The Peoria City Council last night okayed hearings, set for November, to approve a special one-percent sales tax increase to pay for a new Portillo’s to be built on the city’s west side. If city leaders okay the tax increase, shoppers in Peoria would pay between 10 and 11 cents on the dollar in sales taxes.

Former McLean County Board Boss Gets Prison Time

(Chicago, IL) — The former head of McLean County government is heading to prison for a year for work he didn’t do in the private sector. Matt Sorensen apologized yesterday, just before a judge sentenced him to a year and a day in federal prison. Sorensen pleaded guilty in November to scamming a consulting firm out of almost a half-million-dollars in work that he never performed for State Farm.

Macon County Deputy Suspended Amid Attempted Murder Case

(Decatur, IL) — A central Illinois deputy will not collect a paycheck while he sits in a jail cell on attempted murder charges. Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider yesterday said that Deputy Markes Rodgers is on unpaid leave as prosecutors push attempted murder charges against him. Investigators in Christian County say Rodgers fired several shots at his wife after a fight over the weekend. Rodgers then barricaded himself in his house for nine hours. Rodgers has been with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for more than ten years.

News Headlines – September 13, 2017

September 12th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Hundreds of utility linemen from Illinois are among the thousands headed to Florida to turn the lights back on. Investigators are looking at social media videos for clues in the weekend freezer death of a Chicago teen. No one is sure when Bloomington’s mayor will return. Winnebago County leaders are delaying a decision on a budget that may raise property taxes once again.

Illinois Utility Crews Included In Irma Response Teams

(Peoria, IL) — Hundreds of Illinois linemen are among the thousands of utility crew members working to restore the power in Florida. Crews from Ameren and MidAmerican Energy left yesterday to help the six-and-a-half million people who don’t have electricity in Florida. Nearly 18-thousand linemen from 30 states are on the ground in Florida or on their way to the hurricane zone to help with recovery efforts.

Police Comb Social Media For Clues In Teen’s Freezer Death

(Chicago, IL) — Rosemont Police are looking through social media posts, trying to get a timeline in the death of a Chicago teen found dead in a hotel freezer. One Facebook Live video shows 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins alive and at a party Saturday night, and she was found dead early Sunday morning. Police yesterday said a weekend autopsy didn’t determine a cause of death, and investigators are waiting for toxicology reports. There are also the unanswered questions as to who found Jenkins’ body. Police wouldn’t answer that question yesterday.

Bloomington Mayor Still Not Back At City Hall

(Bloomington, IL) — Bloomington’s mayor isn’t back in his seat at city hall. Mayor Tari Renner missed his second straight city council meeting last night. The mayor took a leave of absence last month for undisclosed medical reasons. City leaders say they’re managing the city in the mayor’s absence. Renner’s leave comes amid an investigation from the Illinois State Police into how and why the city paid for his girlfriend to attend a Sister Cities event in Japan earlier this summer.

Attempted Murder Charges For Central Illinois Deputy After Standoff

(Taylorville, IL) — A central Illinois deputy is facing attempted murder charges after police say he fired several shots at his wife as she ran for her life. Prosecutors in Taylorville yesterday filed formal charges against Macon County Deputy Markes Rodgers. Illinois State Police arrested Rodgers Sunday after a nine hour standoff. Prosecutors say Rodgers got into a fight with his wife, then pulled a gun and started shooting. He’s being held on a half-million-dollars bond.

Winnebago County Leaders Delay Tough Budget Vote

(Rockford, IL) — Leaders in Winnebago County can’t agree on a new budget strategy. The county board last night delayed a vote on a new spending plan because board members can’t agree whether to cut the budget or raise taxes. County Board Chairman Frank Haney said raising the county’s tax cap could bring-in almost a million dollars in new taxes. But board member Ted Biondo said folks in and around Rockford already pay some of the highest property taxes in the state, and a tax increase would be unfair.

News Headlines – September 12, 2017

September 11th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A Macon County deputy is due in court in Taylorville today after a fight with his wife ended in a nine-hour standoff with police. The folks who live near Illinois’ first approved fracking site say they’re hoping to see the benefits of new energy investments. Investigators say a weekend fire in South Peoria looks like arson. The state of Illinois is getting ready for trout season.

Locals Hoping For Benefits From Southern Illinois Fracking

(Enfield, IL) — A lot of folks in Enfield worked in the coal mines, or knew someone who did. They say that’s why they’re hoping to see the benefit of fracking. The state of Illinois in late August approved a permit to open the first fracking site just outside of the tiny town in southern Illinois. Thousands of people filed objections to the permit, but locals told “The Southern Illinoisan” last week that they’re hoping to see jobs or at least economic development come back to their region when the fracking site opens, whenever that may be.

South Peoria Fire Being Called Arson

(Peoria, IL) — Investigators say a house fire in South Peoria is almost certainly arson. Firefighters say they got the call about 10:30 yesterday morning to a house in the 19 hundred block of West Martin Street. No one was hurt in the fire, the house was empty. Investigators said after the fire that they could still smell gasoline at the home. Arson teams say it could take a while before they have a final report on the fire.

Isle Of Capri Riverboat Returns To Quad Cities

(Bettendorf, IA) — The slot machines and craps tables are gone, and there are now beds and a new restaurant. That’s how former Isle of Capri managers are describing their old boat on its return to the Quad Cities. The former casino riverboat is now a river cruiser. It’s called the American Duchess and will take passengers on three week cruises up and down the Mississippi River.

Illinois Stocks Up On Trout Ahead of Season

(Springfield, IL) — If you don’t catch a fish this trout season in Illinois, that’s on you. The state of Illinois last week announced that it’s stocking over 80 thousand rainbow trout for this year’s season. Fishers can start to cast for trout on October 21st, there’s a list of lakes, streams, and ponds that participate in trout season at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ website.