News Headlines – October 19, 2018

October 19th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois gamblers will have to wait for sport gambling in the state. Illinois’ latest jobs snapshot is flat. Investigators in southern Illinois say they’re 95 percent sure on the identity of a dead body found back in August, but they’re not sure what killed the man.

>>Sports Betting Not Likely In Illinois Till 2019

(Springfield, IL) — Gamblers in Illinois are likely going to have to wait till next year for legal sports betting. State Rep. Lou Lang, who will shepherd the plan through the legislature, said yesterday that he likely won’t make a push till after the new year. Lang says there are a lot of details to work out, specifically where people will be able to bet and how much the state will charge for licenses.

>>Illinois Job Growth Flat

(Springfield, IL) — The latest snapshot of jobs in the state shows that Illinois employers are slowing down on hiring. The state’s Department of Employment Security yesterday released the jobs report for July, August, and September. It shows that job growth flattened over those three months. IDES Director Jeff Mays says the state’s unemployment rate held flat, but so did the jobs numbers.

>>Guilty Plea In Quad Cities Sex Case

(Rock Island, IL) — An Ohio man is looking at time in federal prison after admitting to his role in a multi-state sex ring. Andrew Stone told a judge in Rock Island’s federal court on Wednesday that he took a 15-year-old from Illinois to Iowa to have sex back in 2016. Stone said he also had sex with other teens in Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. As part of Stone’s plea deal, he will serve 35 years in prison.

>>Questions Linger About Southern Illinois Body

(Benton, IL) — Investigators in southern Illinois say they’re 95 percent sure about the identity of a decomposing body found back in August. But they’re not sure how the man died. Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones told The Southern Illinoisan yesterday that they used DNA tests to identify the man found near an old coal mine in West Frankfort in August. But the sheriff says they still don’t know if foul play is involved in the man’s death.

>>Darin LaHood Likes Quincy’s New Riverfront Plan

(Quincy, IL) — West-central Illinois’ congressman says Quincy’s plans for a new riverfront are just what the community needs. Congressman Darin LaHood toured Quincy earlier this week, he talked about federal funding for locks and dams along the Mississippi River and he reviewed the city’s development plans. LaHood said Quincy’s ideas for a new riverfront could help redevelop the city.

Week 9 – High School Football 10-19-2018

October 18th, 2018

St. Bede at Princeton (WZOE – Norm Vandermoon & Curtis Odell)
Morrison at Bureau Valley (Z98 – Tim Catton & Dave Shepard)
Sherrard at Hall
LaSalle-Peru at Morris
Ottawa at Yorkville
Monmouth-Roseville at Kewanee
Mendota at Oregon
Forreston at Amboy
Rockridge at Orion
Geneseo at DeKalb
Sterling at Sycamore
Dixon at Byron
River Valley at Mooseheart

News Headlines – October 18, 2018

October 18th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Almost a dozen campaign workers for J.B. Pritzker are suing over racial harassment. Illinois is among the states battling a salmonella outbreak. It will cost you more to buy a beer to take home in Peoria, as city leaders there look to balance their budget.

>>Ten Pritzker Campaign Workers Sue Over Racial Discrimination

(Chicago, IL) — Ten workers on Democrat J.B. Pritzker’s campaign for governor are suing, after they said the campaign didn’t fix a culture of racial discrimination and racial harassment. The workers filed the suit yesterday. Pritzker immediately denied the claims. Governor Bruce Rauner, who is running against Pritzker, said the accusations are serious and troubling.

>>Illinois Among States Fighting Salmonella Outbreak

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is on the list of states fighting a stubborn salmonella outbreak. The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday said that 92 people in 29 states have gotten sick. All of the cases are linked to raw chicken. Public health managers say the best thing you can do to not get sick is to fully cook raw chicken, and to wash your hands after you touch raw chicken.

>>Peoria Raises Alcohol Tax, Eyes Other Fees For Budget

(Peoria, IL) — A new two-percent charge on beer, wine, and liquor at the store could be just the beginning for folks in Peoria. City leaders on Tuesday approved a new alcohol tax, and set the table to approve other fees, as a way to close a seven million-dollar budget hole. Council members say they want to avoid having to lay-off any city employees.

>>Joliet Will Pay Nearly 90 Thousand-Dollars To Part With City Manager

(Joliet, IL) — Taxpayers in Joliet will pay nearly 90 thousand-dollars to part ways with its city manager. Joliet’s City Council on Tuesday agreed to pay David Hales just over 89 thousand-dollars as part of a separation agreement. Hales was on the job in Joliet for less than a year. Before that, Hales was city manager in Bloomington.

>>Moline Wants New Chief In Three Months

(Moline, IL) — The city of Moline could have a new police chief by the end of the year. City leaders yesterday said they’d like to hire a new chief in the next three months. Former chief John Hitchcock retired on Monday after he was arrested in early September in Iowa for drunk driving. The same search firm that helped Moline hire Hitchcock says it’s willing to work with the city again.

Inappropriate relationship investigated between PHS employee and student

October 17th, 2018

The Princeton Police Department is investigating an alleged “inappropriate relationship” between a Princeton High School employee and a student. PHS Superintendent Kirk Haring says the employee is no longer working at the school. No arrests have been made, no names have been released, and anyone with information on the allegations should contact the Princeton Police Department.

News Headlines – October 17, 2018

October 17th, 2018

Rauner, Pritzker Release Hefty Tax Returns

Voters know that both of the men who are running for Illinois governor are rich. Now we know how rich. Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker yesterday released parts of their tax returns. Both men made over 50 million-dollars last year. Rauner reported 54 million-dollars worth of income to the IRS, while Pritzker reported 55 million.


Illinois Election Leaders Promise Safe Election This Year

After the 2016 hack, Illinois’ election managers are promising to keep voter data safe this time around. State Board of Elections chairman William Cadigan says voters should have zero fear that their votes will be tampered with. He says cyber security experts are constantly reviewing the voter database, looking for irregularities. He also said the Illinois National Guard is on standby to help. Russian hackers accessed information on about 90 thousand Illinois voters back in 2016.


U Of I Inching Closer To New Mascot

The University of Illinois is inching closer to a new mascot. It won’t be Chief Illiniwek or anything close to the Chief, but the school’s campus senate this week voted to start the process of getting a new mascot. The U of I retired the Chief back in 2011 under pressure from lawmakers in Springfield and activists on campus.


Mega Millions Drawing Draws Huge Crowds

Somebody’s gotta win. That was the attitude ahead of last night’s near-record Mega Millions drawing. The jackpot hit 667 million-dollars. But nobody won. Illinois Lottery officials say the jackpot could be 868 million by the time Friday’s drawing rolls around.