News Headlines – August 21, 2018

August 21st, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The state of Illinois says its balanced budget isn’t balanced after all. Former Congressman Aaron Schock wants his corruption trial moved to Peoria. The latest violent weekend in Chicago left six dead and 52 people shot.

>>State Admits To Billion-Dollar Budget Hole

(Springfield, IL) — The state of Illinois is quietly admitting that its balanced budget isn’t balanced after all. The Rauner Administration this month acknowledged a one-point-two billion-dollar structural deficit in an offer to sell 920 million-dollars in state bonds. The deficit comes from hundreds of millions of dollars that the state ‘borrowed’ from itself, as well as budget predictions that rely on the sale of the Thompson Center in Chicago, and ignore an order to pay 400 million-dollars in promised raises to state employees.

>>Aaron Schock Wants Trial Moved To Peoria

(Peoria, IL) — In addition to a new judge, former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock wants a new courtroom. Schock’s lawyers yesterday asked to move his corruption trial to Peoria. Federal prosecutors say Schock lied on Congressional and campaign spending accounts to fuel a lavish lifestyle. The request comes a few days after the court removed the Urbana-based judge who was set to hear Schock’s case.

>>Chicago’s Latest Violent Weekend Leaves Six Dead, 52 Shot

(Chicago, IL) — There’s another grim total from Chicago’s latest violent weekend. Police in the city yesterday said between Friday and Sunday, 52 people were shot and six were killed throughout Chicago. The death toll includes two teens who were reported missing Friday and found dead on Sunday.

>>Illinois Scores Well In New Worst Driver Survey

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is among the states with the best drivers in the country. The website SmartAsset yesterday released its ranking of the states with the worst drivers, and Illinois is ranked 40th. SmartAsset says it ranked states based on the number of DUI arrests, the percentage of drivers who are insured, and how many people in the state Googled traffic ticket or speeding ticket.

>>New Law Allows For FOID Card Grace Period

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois has a new law that gives FOID card holders a grace period as they wait for the state to finalize their paperwork. Governor Rauner signed the law last week, which gives gun owners a two-month window to use their expired FOID cards while the State Police process the new ones. But the law is too late for more than 10 thousand FOID card holders who saw their cards expire in June and haven’t been renewed as of August 1st.

HBO Filming In LaSalle County

August 20th, 2018

HBO is in our area this week, getting shots for a new show. The channel is filming in LaSalle County for a show called Lovecraft Country. LaSalle County’s emergency service agency says parts of LaSalle County Highway 5 will be closed today and tomorrow. Drivers will be detoured around the shoot.

News Headlines – August 20, 2018

August 20th, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The Democrat running for Illinois governor is kicking-in another 20 million-dollars to his campaign. The judge in Aaron Schock’s corruption trial is being banned from government-related cases. The Illinois State Police are reminding drivers about back to school.

>>J.B. Pritzker Donates 20 Million-Dollars To Himself

(Chicago, IL) — Add another 20 million-dollars to the cost of running for governor in Illinois. The Chicago Tribune yesterday reported that Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker donated another 20 million-dollars to his own campaign. The paper says Pritzker made the donation last week, just before Democrats gathered in Springfield for their rally at the State Fair.

>>Aaron Schock Judge Banned From Government Cases

(Urbana, IL) — Former west-central Illinois congressman Aaron Schock is getting a new judge in his corruption case. The judge who was assigned to hear the case was banned last week from hearing Schock’s case, and any other that involves the federal government after emails showed that he spoke with someone inside the U.S. Attorney’s office. Schock is accused of lying on congressional and campaign spending accounts to fuel a lavish lifestyle.

>>State Police Remind Drivers Of Back To School

(Springfield, IL) — It’s once again time to slow down and pay attention in school zones across Illinois. The Illinois State Police are reminding drivers that kids are heading back to school this week. Troopers say drivers need to slow down, get off their phones, stop for school buses, and be on the look-out for kids as they head back to class. The State Police say they will be out on patrol in school zones across the state.

>>Sex Assault Charges For Danville Teacher

(Danville, IL) — A teacher in Danville is out of the classroom and looking at charges after police say she had sexual contact with a 17-year-old student. Vermilion County prosecutors filed charges over the weekend against 28-year-old special education teacher Chelsea Robinson. Police say Robinson and the student had been involved in an inappropriate relationship since June.

>>Search Still On After Threat At Quad Cities’ High School

(East Moline, IL) — Authorities in the Quad Cities say they’re not going to stop looking for whoever called in a threat to United Township High School last week. Police locked down the school for about an hour-and-a-half Friday. East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds says if they find out who made the call, they will arrest them.

News Headlines – August 17, 2018

August 17th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A federal judge is not going to allow Brendt Christensen’s lawyers to go fishing for evidence from the White House. Leaders in one southern Illinois county are set to decide if they’re going to declare themselves a gun sanctuary. Illinois is the worst in the nation in a new small business survey.

>>Judge Denies Christensen Request For White House Evidence

(Urbana, IL) — The man accused of kidnapping a Chinese-born U of I scholar won’t get to see if President Trump talked about his case. A federal judge on Wednesday said the request from Brendt Christensen’s lawyers is a fishing expedition, They wanted to know if President Trump talked about the case with Chinese leaders this year. Christensen is due to go on trial for Ying Ying Zhang’s disappearance in April.

>>Illinois Democrats Rally In Springfield, Set Sights On November

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Democrats are setting their sights on November. Democratic candidates and the party faithful rallied in Springfield yesterday for their annual meeting at the State Fair. Former Vice President Joe Biden was supposed to speak, but canceled. Instead, Democrats got their pep talk from the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

>>Southern Illinois County To Decide Gun Sanctuary Status

(Marion, IL) — Leaders in one southern Illinois county are set to decide if they’re going to declare themselves a gun sanctuary. Williamson County Commissioner Ron Ellis says the county board will vote today on the idea. But Ellis says the vote is more about politics than the Second Amendment. Ellis said some Republican leaders in the state are pushing the idea to drive turnout this fall.

>>New Survey Gives Illinois An F For Small Business Climate

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is dead last in a new survey about small businesses across the country. The website Thumbtack released the survey this week; Illinois gets an F. The survey says 75 percent of small business owners in the state say Illinois does more for big companies than for small businesses.

>>Moline Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam

(Moline, IL) — The real IRS doesn’t call and demand payment. Moline Police yesterday put out the warning about a new IRS scam making the rounds in the city. Officers say the scammers call and demand payment. Police say if you get a call, just hang up.

News Headlines – August 16, 2018

August 16th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Folks who text and drive in Illinois can expect a new, tougher stance from police. Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is looking to sell some of its most valuable pieces to pay off its debt. Illinois is included in the states facing a measles outbreak.

>>New Law Looks To Get Tougher On Texting And Driving

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois drivers who get caught texting from behind the wheel three times in a year could soon lose their license. Governor Rauner this week signed a new law that gets tougher on texting while driving. Starting next July, texting and driving becomes a moving violation, which goes on a driver’s record and could lead to the loss of their license.

>>Lincoln Museum Foundation Looks To Sell Valuable Items

(Springfield, IL) — Managers at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library are taking a big step toward selling some of their most valuable items. The museum’s foundation this week said it is looking to hire auctioneers to sell the Taper collection, which includes 14 hundred items tied to President Lincoln. Foundation director Carla Knorowski says they have to sell the collection to pay off nearly 10 million-dollars in debt that’s due next fall.

>>Illinois Company Blames Trump Tariffs For Decision To Close

(Wauconda, IL) — An Illinois-based maker of tool boxes and gun safes is closing up shop, and is blaming President Trump’s tariffs for the decision. Stack-On Products this week told state officials that it will close offices in Wauconda and McHenry in October, and move production to Mexico. Stack-On’s Al Fletcher says the company made the decision two months ago when President Trump’s tariffs lead to a spike in steel and aluminum prices.

>>Illinois Included In States Seeing Measles Outbreak

(Springfield, IL) — Add Illinois to the list of states included in the latest measles outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday said 107 people in 21 states, including Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Kansas, have been confirmed sick with the measles. The CDC says most of the people who have gotten sick with the measles have not been vaccinated.

>>Governor Rauner: 2018 Election Most Important In Illinois History

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says voters cannot stay home this November. The governor rallied the Republican faithful in Springfield yesterday by saying this year’s election is one of the most important in Illinois history. Rauner told a crowd at the Illinois State Fair that the choice is either to vote for him, or vote for higher taxes and more corruption from J.B. Pritzker and Mike Madigan.