IVCC Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Coach Resigns

July 23rd, 2014


Illinois Valley Community College is in the market for a new Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach. Tommy Canale has announced his resignation after 7 years to accept a position in high school and college coaching. IVCC President Jerry Corcoran calls Canale “a good man who has done a fine job for the college”. Canale’s resignation is effective July 31st and Corcoran says the search for his replacement will begin immediately. Canale informed his IVCC coaches and players within the past couple of days. He’s going to work for National Scouting Report headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Canale says his territory will be either central Illinois or Las Vegas, where he has family.

Entries being accepted for Homestead Festival parade

July 23rd, 2014

The Lovejoy Homestead Festival Parade Committee is encouraging clubs, organizations, churches and class reunions to register their entry for this year’s parade. The theme for this year’s Homestead Festival is “Back In The Day” and participants are encouraged to use the theme in their entry. If you’d like more information or a parade application, call Deb Kirley at 815-875-6565. You may also download an application from the website The deadline to register your entry is August 26th. Parade positions and route assignments will be sent out to participants a week before the parade.

Illinois Briefs – 7/23/14

July 23rd, 2014

Illinois Kids Living In Poverty

(Undated) — Childhood poverty is on the rise in Illinois. A new report put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals 347-thousand-kids live in neighborhoods that have a poverty rate of 30-percent or higher. That’s up by about one-third compared to just 14-years ago. On a positive note, fewer babies are being born to teenage mothers across the state. The report reveals the teen birth rate is down.

Rauner Videographer Kicked Out Of Quinn Event

(Chicago, IL) — Bruce Rauner’s campaign is up in arms, claiming Governor Quinn’s security team verbally assaulted a Rauner videographer at a bill signing yesterday. A spokesman says the videographer was on public property and had a right to attend the event. But, Quinn’s people weren’t having it. A video of the incident shows a security guard yelling at the young videographer, telling him to get on the other side of the sign and stay out. Quinn’s team says the Rauner plants have become more aggressive at events lately and have become a security issue.

Possible Listeria Contamination Sparks Fruit Recall

(Cutler, CA) — There’s a massive fruit recall on plums, peaches, nectarines, and pluots. Officials at the California based Wawona Packing Company says the fruit may be contaminated with Listeria. It was sold at Costco, Kroger, Food4Less, Walmart, and Trader Joe’s stores in Illinois. No illnesses have been reported. Anyone who purchased fruit at those stores should toss it, do not eat it.

Murray Center Parents Gear Up For Appeal

(Centralia, IL) — The Murray Parent’s Association is planning to appeal a ruling that allows Governor Quinn to shut down the Murray Developmental Center. Rita Winkeler says her son, like many other residents at Murray, have severe disabilities and would not survive in any other setting. In fact, many parents argue the residents will end up in jails or in psychiatric wards, where they really won’t get the care they need. Quinn has been trying to shut the center down for several years now, hoping to save more than 22-million-dollars.

West Nile In Carbondale

(Carbondale, IL) — The West Nile virus is being reported in Carbondale. Officials say two batches of mosquitoes and a crow tested positive for the virus last week. People are being urged to wear insect repellent with DEET when they go out, to help reduce their risks of getting infected. They should also make sure they don’t have any standing water around their homes that could draw the bugs. Nearly 120 people in Illinois were infected with West Nile last year, eleven died.

Police Looking For People Who Tried To Steal Cattle

(Boaz, IL) — A couple people tried to make off with a bull down in Massac County, and now police are looking for help finding them. They say people inside a white Dodge Dually truck attempted to herd a bull onto a cattle trailer off Union School Road in Boaz last Friday, but they took off when someone spotted them. Police are asking people to keep an eye out for the truck, which could be hauling around a couple ATV’s inside the trailer. If you see the truck, take down the plate number and call police.

Princeton City Council hears Z-Tour was a success, remembers Dick Nelson

July 22nd, 2014

This past weekend’s Z-Tour is being deemed a success. At last night’s Princeton City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Clausen said the charity bicycling event drew 578 paid riders, up 75 from last year and a couple hundred from the year before. He also noted a major jump, from 70 last year to 150 this year, in the number of those racing the 100 mile course.  He said there were 2 injuries during the event, but both ended up being relatively minor. Proceeds from the Z-Tour go to Zearing Child Enrichment Center.  Clausen also announced that the City Hall and Fire Department telephone system’s voicemail is not working. He said it’s a 20-plus year old system and they’re having difficulties trying to get it repaired or replaced. In the meantime, messages will be taken by hand. But if you call after hours, the phone will just ring and ring until the voicemail is fixed.  Commissioner Joel Quiram voiced concern over the condition of the landscaping at the new city water plant, mainly the abundance of weeds.  Mayor Keith Cain said he’d noticed the same problem and it’s being taken care of. Quiram also said there are foot-deep divets in the lawn area that need to be filled in with dirt.  Commissioner Bob Warren gave the monthly building report for June, saying 14 residential permits were issued for a total of $1,427,890. Five commercial and industrial permits were issued for a total of $278,500. Warren says, year to date, 50 building permits have been issued for a total of $2.4 million.  Mayor Cain finished the meeting with thoughts on his friend and longtime Princeton entrepreneur and community leader Dick Nelson.  He called Nelson a “great fella, a very community minded person” and asked those in attendance to keep Nelson’s family in their prayers.  Dick Nelson is being remembered as a successful businessman who gave much back to his community. He died on Friday at the age of 79.

Illinois Briefs – 7/22/14

July 22nd, 2014

Rauner Open To Higher Income Tax Rate

(Chicago, IL) — There’s talk that Bruce Rauner is open to keeping a higher income tax rate in place. The GOP candidate for governor has been campaigning on the idea of rolling the rate back from five-percent to three-percent, but he admits that can’t happen overnight. He’d like to see a four-year-phase out of the higher rate but he says he’d have to work out the details and yearly rates with members of the General Assembly. That means lawmakers will likely be taking a vote to keep a higher rate in place after the November election, regardless of who wins the race.

State Can Close Developmental Center

(Centralia, IL) — People with developmental disabilities in southern Illinois could soon be forced out of their homes. A federal judge has ruled the state can shut down the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Governor Quinn has been trying to get the facility closed for several years, claiming it’ll save millions if the residents were moved into group homes. But the parents and guardians of the residents have put up a strong fight. They say their loved ones would die outside of the institution setting because their disabilities are extremely severe.

Concealed Carry Applications Back To Review Board

(Chicago, IL) — More than 200-people are suing the state since they were denied the right to carry a gun in public. Now, Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to give their applications a second look, just to make sure the rejections are valid. She’s asking a Cook County Judge to send the applications back to a special review board. If the applications are denied again, the person will receive a letter explaining why they were rejected.

Accused Murderer Asks For New Judge

(Rockford, IL) — An Illinois man accused of killing two people wants a new judge on his case. Terence Doddy and his attorneys filed the motion yesterday but at this point, it’s not clear why they don’t like the judge. Doddy is facing 11 counts of murder after allegedly killed his co-worker at a Rockford call center last month, he then allegedly drove to a rest stop in Paw Paw, where he beat a woman to death and stole her car. Doddy was captured in Wisconsin a few days later and extradited back to Winnebago County.

Alleged Drunk Man Wanted Cops To Kill Him

(Bloomington, IL) — A Bloomington man is locked up after a scheme to try and get police to kill him. Joseph Pendergast called 9-1-1 over the weekend and told the dispatcher he had hostages at his home and planned to kill them. Cops rushed out to the house and made contact with Pendergast, who demanded a bottle of wine. Officers determined Pendergast was drunk once they entered the home. He apparently told them he didn’t have the courage to kill himself so he wanted them to “do the dirty work.”

Illinois Briefs – 7/21/14

July 21st, 2014

Ex-Cons Get Second Shot At Finding Work

(Springfield, IL) — State officials are going to bat for people with criminal records. Governor Quinn signed a law yesterday that bans companies from running background checks on applicants until they’ve been deemed qualified for the job and have been selected for an interview. Those who support the deal say too many people were being turned away from work, even though they’d paid their debts to society. Quinn says the law will help people get a fair shot at reaching their potential, plus it’ll help keep people from turning to the streets to earn a living.

Kids Can Use Medical Marijuana

(Springfield, IL) — Kids who suffer from seizures, cancer, MS, and other debilitating diseases are going to get a bit of relief come January. A new law allows doctors to prescribe non-smokable forms of marijuana to people under 18 to help control their pain and reduce the numbers of seizures they have each day. Parents from all across the state pushed for the law and said they’d move to Colorado to get help for their sick kids if lawmakers didn’t act. They say traditional medications weren’t working and were often making their kids’ conditions worse.

One Dead In Strip Club Shooting

(Washington Park, IL) — A teenager is dead after a shooting outside a Metro-East strip club. Eighteen-year-old DeLarren Patterson was gunned down early yesterday morning as he left the Main Street club, in Washington Park. Two others were injured in the shooting. Police have no suspects.

Benton Fishing Team Wins Second Place At Nationals

(Benton, IL) — A couple high school students from Benton, Illinois are getting national recognition for their ability to reel ‘em in. Dailus Richardson and Trevor McKinney finished second place in the Bassmaster high school national competition last Friday. The anglers pulled in six-pounds-five-ounces of fish but missed the top prize by just seven-ounces. Richardson and McKinney won a combined five-grand for their stellar performance, but they say they’re hoping to win it all before they graduate. They have two more years to shoot for their goal; they’ll both be juniors this fall.

Woman Arrested After Posting Selfie on Social Media

(West Frankfort, IL) — It’s become quite a fad to snap a picture of yourself and post it onto social media sites, but one selfie landed a West Frankfort woman in the slammer. Danielle Saxton was apparently wearing a stolen dress in the snapshot that she posted on Facebook earlier this month. Someone saw the picture and turned Saxton in just hours after the owner of Mortie’s Boutique posted a shot of the dress and said someone had taken it. Police tracked Saxton down and took her in for retail theft, and on an outstanding drug warrant.

Wide Variety Of Events This Weekend

July 18th, 2014

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you have plenty of options. Area bicycle enthusiasts are getting ready for the 4th annual Z-Tour tomorrow morning in Princeton. The charity bike ride begins and ends at Zearing Park. There are 5 different routes to choose from featuring distances between 10 and 100 miles. Proceeds from the ride across Bureau County go to the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton.

Ohio holds their 37th annual “Ol’ Fashun Threshun Days” tomorrow and Sunday south of Ohio, featuring various old-fashion demonstrations and a display of vintage tractors and gas engines. WZOE-AM 1490 will be broad-casting on-location from the event tomorrow morning from 10 to noon.

Sheffield is holding their 4th annual “Music on Main” event. Audio Drive takes the stage at 6 pm and from 9 to midnight it’s the Cal Stage Band. Besides the music, there’s kids water battles and bounce house, pedal tractor pulls for kids, teens and adults, a pie eating contest and plenty of other food and drink to enjoy.

Illinois Briefs – 7/18/14

July 18th, 2014

No Term Limits On November Ballot

(Chicago, IL) — Voters may not be weighing in on whether lawmakers should serve two terms then call it quits. The state’s Supreme Court says it will not expedite a direct appeal of the term limits proposal. A Cook County judge ruled the measure was unconstitutional last month and decided it could not go before voters. GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner asked the Supreme Court to weigh in before August 22nd, when the state board of elections finalizes the ballots. The justices denied the request.

Rauner Calls For Rolling Back Tax Rates

(Chicago, IL) — Bruce Rauner says overhauling the state’s tax structure is a key factor in getting Illinois’ finances back on track. The GOP candidate for Governor wants to roll the personal income tax rates back to three-percent, where they were three years ago. He’ll offset the lower income tax rates by taxing services like mini-storage, sewage and advertising. Rauner’s plan also calls for a freeze on property taxes and phasing the minimum wage up to ten-bucks-an-hour hike.

Critics Slam Rauner Jobs Growth Plan

(Springfield, IL) — GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is unveiling a budget plan that he claims will bring Illinois back from a fiscal crisis. His plan includes rolling back the income tax rates while taxing trailer parks, mini-storage, printing, and more than two-dozen other services. Not surprisingly, Governor Quinn’s team says the plan puts a burden on hard working, middle class families.

Reminder: Don’t Leave Kids In Hot Cars

(Alton, IL) — Experts are reminding parents that it can be extremely dangerous to leave kids in a locked car, even on an overcast day. They say the glass in your vehicle acts as a greenhouse, warming temperatures in just a matter of minutes. That could lead to serious health problems like heat stroke, seizures, loss of consciousness, and even death. Experts say if you notice a child locked in a hot car, call 9-1-1 and stay there until help arrives.

State Police, Friends Of Cops, Bike Across Illinois

(Alton, IL) — Illinois State Police are biking across the state today. More than 50-cyclists took off from Alton yesterday morning, headed to Chicago on a 325-mile trek. They’ll make stops in Bloomington and Romeoville before they get to their final destination on Sunday. The group is raising money to help support the families of those who’ve died in the line of duty.

Newly fit area lawmaker named to state health & fitness council

July 17th, 2014

An area state representative is being honored by the governor for his turn to a healthy lifestyle. Don Moffitt, who has lost more than 100 pounds, has been appointed a member of Governor Quinn’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness. The council encourages Illinoisans to participate more actively in health and fitness activities. Members appointed to this committee serve without pay. Moffitt says he knows first-hand how big of an impact proper nutrition and exercise can play in one’s overall health and well-being. Moffitt says it wasn’t long ago that he had sleep apnea and was becoming diabetic. He changed his lifestyle and was able to drop the medications, rid himself of sleep apnea and kick diabetes to the curb. He says he hopes to encourage others to make healthy changes, saying he knows they’re not easy but are worth it. Moffitt says some of the healthy changes he’s made include taking 10,000 steps a day, choosing water to drink, and making healthy eating choices.

Illinois Briefs – 7/17/14

July 17th, 2014

Lawmakers Delay NRI Probe

(Chicago, IL) — Lawmakers have decided to go ahead and delay their probe into Governor Quinn’s anti-violence program, but not without having a bit of political theatre first. Only one of the seven witnesses who’d been subpoenaed to testify about the program showed up to a hearing in Chicago yesterday, the rest sent their attorneys. Republicans weren’t happy about that and they grilled the attorneys about handing over emails and other documents that could give insight into the program. Republicans and Democrats sparred throughout most of the hearing, with a 15-minute debate on what time they’d break for lunch, and about an hour debate over when they’d call the witnesses back to testify.

Lawyers File Another Argument For Blago Appeal

(Chicago, IL) — Attorneys for former Governor Rod Blagojevich are giving the judge yet another reason why he should be free. They filed paperwork with the court yesterday, claiming Blagojevich never made any clear promises to give up a job or sell President Obama’s old senate seat when he solicited campaign cash from his donors. Therefore, they claim he never engaged in corruption. Blagojevich was convicted on 18-counts of corruption back in 2010 but his attorneys are asking the judge to overturn the conviction.

Accused Murderer To Defend Himself In Court

(Madison, IL) — A murder suspect in Madison County says he’ll be representing himself in court. Turhan Robinson is locked up for allegedly killing a man in a drug deal gone bad, back in May. He had his first court appearance earlier this week and when a judge told him he could get a public defender, Robinson said, “that would be like me defending myself.”

Woman Riding Train Illegally Before Fall

(Round Knob, IL) — Police say a woman who fell off a freight train in Massac county was never supposed to be there. She and two of her male friends had apparently jumped the train Tuesday night. Police believe they’d been drinking. The woman is in serious condition and is being treated at a St. Louis area hospital.

Elgin Inmate Captured After Eight Hours On Run

(Elgin, IL) — A runaway inmate from the Elgin Mental Health Center is back behind bars. Police say Jesse Vega was busted around 4:00 yesterday afternoon while trying to hail a cab with his handcuffs on. He’d been on the run for about eight hours. The cabbie called and turned him in.