>>Plans For New Skyscraper In the Works
(Chicago, IL) – Plans are in the works for a new skyscraper in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office showed off artist renderings this week of a planned 88-story building along the Chicago River. The so-called “Wanda Vista” would be the third tallest building in Chicago. Emanuel says it will take two-thousand workers to build the 900-million-dollar project and another 500 permanent jobs will be created once it is finished. Groundbreaking on East Wacker Drive could begin in 2016.
>>Cutler Says He Still Wants To Be A Bear
(Chicago, IL) – It seems Jay Cutler still wants to be Bear even after being benched for Sunday’s game against the Lions. Despite being shocked by his demotion, Culter said during a press conference yesterday that he would like to stay in Chicago, adding, “I really like it here. I love the guys in the locker room. This is where I’d like to be.” Bears’ Head Coach Marc Trestman decided this week to start backup Jimmy Clausen in favor of the 31-year-old quarterback. After signing a large contract in the off-season that included 54-million-dollars of guaranteed money, Cutler has had his struggles this season, leading the NFL in turnovers.
>>Work Suspending Service For Part of CTA Green Line
(Chicago, IL) – Parts of the CTA Green Line service will be suspended for a period of time this weekend. CTA officials say service between the Roosevelt and 35th-Bronzeville stations will be temporary shut down from 1:40 a.m. through 11:40 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Crews will be working on the new 50-million-dollar Cermak-McCormick Place station. Similar work is planned for the weekend of January 3rd which will once again suspend service.
>>Deadly Hit and Run In Northern Suburbs
(Waukegan, IL) – Authorities are looking for the suspect responsible for a deadly hit and run in the Northern Suburbs. Waukegan Police say Adrian Gonzalez of North Chicago was hit Sunday night by a speeding vehicle near the area of Butrick Street and Tamera Court. Gonzalez died three days later in the hospital. It is believed that the vehicle in question was a gray or silver SUV.
>>Mayor Heads To Chile For Vacation
(Chicago, IL) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking a holiday vacation to Chile, despite potential criticism. In March 2013, Emanuel took a skiing trip to Utah while the Board of Education voted to close Chicago schools. Emanuel, just two months away from seeking re-election, said the opportunity to spend time with family trumps political issues. He doesn’t think this trip will influence voters on election day in February.
>>UIC Announces New Chancellor
(Chicago, IL) – The University of Illinois at Chicago will soon be getting a new chancellor. Officials announced yesterday that University of South Carolina provost Michael Amiridis [[ am-er-ree-diss ]] will be replacing the departing Paula Allen-Meares. Amiridis is expected to start his new position in March pending approval by the University of Illinois board of trustees next month.Filed under Local News, News 2014, News 2014 | Comment (0)
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Ottawa 70 – Princeton 51 (Soph: PHS 44-31)
Garrett Duffin scored 13 points and Jake Reinhardt added 11 but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers took their first home loss and fall to 8-and-2 on the season. Isaac Gassman led the Pirates with 26 points. The Tigers are off until Tuesday afternoon when they open play at the 52nd annual Plano Christmas Classic. 3:15 airtime on WZOE and streaming worldwide at wzoe.com
Bureau Valley – had the night off
The Storm, perfect at 11-and-oh on the season, are off until next Friday when they begin play at the Warkins Tournament in Erie. All BV games from the tourney can be heard on Z98 with Charlie Waca.
Marquette 52 – Henry-Senachwine 35 (Mallards’ first loss of the season)
Kewanee 61 – Hall 59
Peoria Christian 73 – Putnam County 54
>>Instructor At School For The Blind Arrested
(Jacksonville, IL) — An instructor for the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired is behind bars after being arrested for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. James Strader of Jacksonville has been employed at the school since July, according to a press release from the Illinois State Police, which conducted an investigation. He reportedly worked as a rehabilitation and mobility instructor. Charges could be filed next week.
>>First Mayor Of Northern Illinois Town Loves Park Dies
(Rockford, IL) — The first mayor of Loves Park has died. Homer Burton was 100-years-old. He died in his Las Vegas home. Loves Park was incorporated 1947, and Burton was elected mayor shortly after.
>>Teen In Hot Water After Alleged Gun Thefts
(Centralia, IL) — A Centralia teen is facing four federal felony charges after he allegedly broke into a store and stole nearly 40 guns. Nineteen-year-old Dakota Moss was indicted Thursday after allegedly stealing the firearms at a Buchheit store in Centralia with the help of a juvenile accomplice. The two allegedly told investigators they planned to sell the guns to protesters in Ferguson, but police have since debunked that. Moss could spend up to ten years in federal prison if convicted.
>>Outgoing Governor Wants Special Session To Replace Comptroller
(Springfield, IL) — Governor Pat Quinn has filed paperwork calling for a special legislative session next month to determine the replacement for Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Quinn wants an election from members of the House and Senate on January 8th. The announcement comes one day after both Quinn and Governor-elect Bruce Rauner attended a memorial service for Topinka. Republicans believe Rauner has the constitutional authority to pick the replacement.
>>Auditor’s Report Details Missing Children Problems With DCFS
(Springfield, IL) — A report from the auditor general is sounding the alarm on the failure of the Department of Children and Family Services to report missing children in state custody. The report, which goes back to 2011, estimates nearly three-thousand wards of the state disappeared multiple times in a two-year period. The audit also found that caseworkers sometimes didn’t inform DCFS about the missing kids. The audit was ordered by the Illinois House in May 2013.Filed under Local News, News 2014, News 2014 | Comment (0)
>>Memorial Held For Comptroller Topinka
(Countryside, IL) — State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is being remembered as a stand up politician who at times opposed her own party on certain issues. A memorial was held Wednesday in suburban Countryside for the Republican lawmaker who died last week after suffering a stroke. Many politicians and friends were in attendance including Governor Quinn, Governor-elect Rauner, former Governor Thompson and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Several people spoke about Topinka’s love for coffee, red hair and the polka.
>>Couple Convicted Of Stealing Millions In Illinois Grants
(Springfield, IL) — A Chicago couple has been found guilty of pocketing millions of dollars in state grant money. Businessman Leon Dingle and Karin Dingle were convicted Wednesday of 17 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering. The pair was accused of using three-point-four million dollars from Illinois Department of Public Health grants for their own personal use. Prosecutors say the Dingles bought luxury cars, paid for the renovation of vacation homes in Georgia and South Carolina and covered yacht club expenses. The couple can face dozens of years behind bars and their sentencing is set for April 9th.
>>Pontiac Correctional Center Inmate Death Under Investigation
(Pontiac, IL) — The death of an inmate is under investigation at the Pontiac Correctional Center. Officer found the body of Fabian Carrillo in his cell early Tuesday morning. Authorities are investigating his cell mate as a possible suspect. This is the first murder recorded at the center in 24 years.
>>Sibling Plead Guilty To Tax, Mail Fraud Charges
(Peoria, IL) — Two brothers who once ran a Fast Stop gas station in Peoria are pleading guilty to tax and mail fraud charges. Prosecutors say 50-year-old Shaher Mizyed and his 46-year-old sibling Mohammed both confessed Wednesday that they filed false corporate income tax returns from 2006 to 2010. They can face a maximum penalty of five years in prison for tax fraud when sentenced. Meanwhile, the mail fraud conviction could lead up to 30 years behind bars.
>>Peoria’s Walk For The Mind Raises Fifty Thousand Dollars
(Peoria, IL) — The official count is in. The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind held in September has raised 50-thousand dollars. The Peoria fundraiser was created to support brain cancer research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Mark Linder started the walk in 2003 and died of brain cancer in 2005. Over the last 12 years, the event has raised close to 400-thousand dollars for research.Filed under Local News, News 2014, News 2014 | Comment (0)
>>Agencies Press Rauner For More Money
(Springfield, IL) — Some Illinois state agencies are pressing Governor-elect Bruce Rauner for more money. He says the agencies are going to fall short by more than 760-million-dollars. That’s because they kept spending at high levels this year, even though their budgets were cut short. Rauner won’t say if he’ll support a deal that would cover the shortfall but he says if the money is approved, it’ll add to the state’s multi-billion-dollar bill backlog.
>>Unions File Suit Over Chicago Pension Law
(Chicago, IL) — Another pension battle is brewing in the Illinois court system. Four unions have filed suit against the city of Chicago’s pension law. Union leaders say the law reduces annual increases for retirees who participate in the Municipal Employees Annuity and Benefit Fund, and it requires current workers to pay more into the system. They say that’s a clear violation of the state’s constitution.
>>Reminder: People Pay Taxes On Unemployment Benefits
(Springfield, IL) — Anyone who collected unemployment insurance will need to pay taxes on those benefits. State officials say the 1099 form will be emailed out in January. If you need to sign up for the email system, head to Illinois.gov then type 1099-G in the search box.
>>Have A Plan For Drunk Party Guests
(Springfield, IL) — State officials say if you’re planning a big holiday bash, be sure to have a plan for the guests who drink a bit too much. Department of Insurance spokesperson Kimberly Parker says it’s a good idea to have a ride set up for them, get them a cab, or plan to let them sleep over at your house. The idea is to make sure all drivers are safe on the roads.
>>State Fair Mega Pass For Sale
(Springfield, IL) — The State Fair Mega Pass is on sale. It could be a great stocking stuffer for anyone who’s planning to attend the fair in Springfield next summer. Right now, the pass is 55-bucks. It covers unlimited rides on all of the Carnival Midway and Adventure Village attractions for the entire eleven-day duration of the fair. The price of the pass will jump to 70-dollars on January 1st.Filed under Local News, News 2014, News 2014 | Comment (0)
>>Two Missing Girls Found Safe
(Williamson County, IL) — The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is thanking everyone that helped to find two young sisters who were taken by their stepfather. Sheriff Bennie Vick says his department received several calls from people who spotted the Dodge van that Corbyn and Celsie Erwin were in. Those calls eventually led officers to capture Damon Jones and the nine- and seven-year-old girls. Jones is expected to be charged with kidnapping.
>>Henry To Remain On Ballot For Carbondale Mayor
(Carbondale, IL) — The Carbondale Election Board has ruled that there are no objections to longtime businessman John Henry’s candidacy for mayor after questions about his residency. Local attorney Darrell Dunham still believes Henry did not declare his Carbondale residency soon enough to comply with city and state law. He says he may consider appealing after the board releases its statement to the city clerk’s office. Henry will face acting mayor Don Monty in the April 7th election.
>>Village Board Member Sentenced To Court Supervision
(Watseka, IL) — A Loda Village Board member has been placed on three months court supervision. John Zalaker pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct in Iroquois County Court. He was also fined 50 bucks and was ordered to pay 367 dollars in court costs. Zalaker’s criminal charge was in connection with a November 12th altercation that involved several others at Loda Village Hall. He’s been a village trustee for nearly four years.
>>Hoos Appointed To Peoria County 10th Judicial Circuit
(Peoria, IL) — A judicial vacancy in Peoria County has been filled. Assistant State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos was appointed Monday to take over the 10th Circuit court seat. She joined the state’s attorney’s office in 2000 and tried more than 125 jury trials and more than 40 murder cases. Hoos is also a member of the Peoria County Bar Association and the National District Attorney’s Association.
>>Illinois Wesleyan University President To Retire
(Bloomington, IL) — The president of Illinois Wesleyan University has announced that he’s retiring. Richard Wilson plans to step down at the end of next July. He’s in the eleventh year as the school’s top educator. Wilson says he won’t have any part in selecting the next president.Filed under Local News, News 2014, News 2014 | Comment (0)
>>Urbana Mayor Is Seeking Senate Seat
(Urbana, IL) — Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing is putting her hat in the ring for the vacant state Senate seat left by Treasurer-elect Mike Frerichs. The 73-year-old Democrat told the “Champaign News-Gazette” that she’s very qualified for the position. She said earlier she wasn’t interested in the Senate seat, but after talking with friends, Mayor Prussing felt she was the best person to represent local government in Springfield.
>>Woman Overdoses In Parking Lot Of Rockford Rehab Center
(Rockford, IL) — A Rockford woman who experienced an overdose is in the hospital after she was found this weekend in the parking lot of a drug rehab center. Police say she took dozens of pills and was outside of the Rosecrance Rehab Center on Harrison Street. Police believe it was an accidental overdose.
>>IDOC Director To Retire At End Of Year
(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ top prison official is retiring at the end of the year. Last week, Salvador Godinez told his staff and Governor Quinn of his decision to step down as Department of Corrections director. He was appointed to the post in 2011 by Quinn and was reappointed last March. Godinez spent 27 years of his 42-year career in corrections in Illinois.
>>NAACP Rallies In Peoria Against Grand Jury Decisions
(Peoria, IL) — Civil rights activists in Peoria are looking for an improved relationship between the police and the community. The NAACP marched on Sunday, protesting the grand jury’s decision not to punish cops following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Vice President of the Peoria Branch of the NAACP Marvin Hightower says people are hurt because in the Garner case they had cameras and audio of the attack and there was still no indictment. The group may hold more demonstrations in the future.
>>Sherman Coach On TV’s “Biggest Loser”
(Sherman, IL) — A Sherman teacher who’s on the televised weight-loss competition “The Biggest Loser” has shed 83 pounds. Sonya Jones reduced her weight from 283 pounds to 197. The 39-year-old physical ed teacher and coach at Sherman Elementary School has made through the show’s 12th episode. There were 20 contestants when the show started, Jones is now among the seven finalists.Filed under Local News, News 2014, News 2014 | Comment (0)
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Princeton 63 – Amboy 33 (Soph: PHS 57-17)
Garrett Duffin scored 17 points, and Dalton Jilderda and Jake Reinhardt added 10 each as the Tigers go to 8-and-1 on the season. The Tigers are off until next Friday night when they host Ottawa. 7:15 airtime on WZOE and streaming audio and video on wzoe.com with Paul Bomleny and Norm Vandermoon.
Bureau Valley 68 – Galva 42
The Storm stay perfect at 11-and-oh on the season. They are off until December 26th when they begin play at the Warkins Tournament in Erie. All BV games from the tourney can be heard on Z98 with Charlie Waca.
At the Colmone Classic:
Hall 62 – Mooseheart 59
Alcott 62 – Hall JV 51
Stark County 48 – Longwood 47 (OT)
Geneseo 58 – LaSalle-Peru 50
Local Illinois State Scholars named
Andrew Berlinski, Principal of Princeton High School is pleased to announce that 11 Princeton High School students from the 2015 graduating class have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars.
The honored PHS seniors are – *Taylor Clark, *Garrett Duffin, *Jacob Gleason, *Nicole Holland, *Brittany Krohn, *Chloe Lund, *Grace Minnick, *Drew Pranka, *Kimberly Schlesinger, *Alison Van Den Bussche and *Joshua Wray.
The WZOE staff would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the 2015 Illinois State Scholars.Filed under Local News, News 2014, News 2014 | Comment (0)
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Princeton 60 – Newman 54 (Soph: PHS 46-43)
Garrett Duffin scored 21 points and Jake Reinhardt 17 as the Tigers go to 7-and-1 on the season and win their home opener.
Princeton is next in action Saturday night, also at Prouty Gym welcoming in the Amboy Clippers. 6:15 airtime on WZOE and streaming audio and video on wzoe.com with Paul Bomleny and Norm Vandermoon.
Bureau Valley 64 – Amboy 32 (Soph: BV 52-47)
The Storm stay perfect and 10-and-oh on the season. They take their unbeaten record to Galva. The airtime is 5:45 on Z98 with Charlie Waca.
At the Colmone Classic:
Fieldcrest 51 – Hall 49
Mooseheart 69 – Hall JV 44
Alcott 28 – Stark County 27
Marquette 70 Woodland 43
Seneca 53 Sandwich 46