News Headlines – December 16, 2017

December 17th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois is joining the lawsuit to keep President Obama’s internet regulations in place. The Illinois Supreme Court says it will reconsider an appeal from a man wrongfully convicted of murder. It’s 69 years in prison for a man convicted of a murder in Champaign-Urbana. Police at Southern Illinois University say they don’t suspect foul play in a student’s death.

>>Illinois AG Among Those Suing To Keep Net Neutrality

(Springfield, IL) — Add Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the list of people who want to keep Obama-era internet regulations. Madigan yesterday announced that she is joining a lawsuit from other state attorneys general to try and reverse the decision from the FCC to remove regulations that extended the government’s grip on internet service providers. Madigan said she fears that loosening the government’s controls will somehow threaten the freedom of the internet.

>>Illinois Supreme Court Will Hear Beaman Appeal

(Springfield, IL) — The Illinois Supreme Court is changing its mind about an appeal from a man wrongfully convicted of murder. The court yesterday said it will hear arguments from Alan Beaman that he should be allowed to sue former Normal Police investigators for their role in his conviction. A jury found Beaman guilty of the 1993 murder of his ex-girlfriend, but he was later exonerated because a court said the evidence against him was less than convincing.

>>Champaign Killer Gets 69-Year Sentence For Campustown Shooting

(Urbana, IL) — It’s 69 years in prison for the man convicted of a shooting not too far from the University of Illinois. A judge yesterday sentenced Robbie Patton to almost seven decades in prison for shooting and killing 22-year-old George Korchev back in September of last year in Campustown in Champaign. Prosecutors say Patton fired into a crowd of people who’d just beaten-up one of his friends.

>>SIU Police Don’t Suspect Foul Play In Student’s Death

(Carbondale, IL) — Investigators at Southern Illinois University say they don’t suspect foul play in the death of a student on campus. The school yesterday announced the student’s death, but did not identify who the student is or how they died. But a statement from both police and university officials say they don’t suspect foul play at all.

>>Florida Company Wants To Buy, Save Old RICO Courthouse

(Rock Island, IL) — Rock Island County’s old courthouse may not meet the wrecking ball after all. County leaders last night said that a Florida technology company wants to buy the old courthouse for one dollar, and rehab the building. County Board Chairman Ken “Moose” Maranda said the company has a passion for saving old buildings. Rock Island had been looking to tear down the old courthouse because leaders say it’d cost too much to fix-up and use as a public space.

News Headlines – December 15, 2017

December 14th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ public pension problems are, once again, the worst in the nation. Illinois is in the middle of the pack when it comes to a new report on the states’ health. The Quad Cities’ congresswoman is on the list of those calling for a sexual harassment probe of President Trump. Prosecutors in Springfield are pushing ahead with charges against the man they say nearly beat an elderly gentleman to death.

>>Illinois Pension Burden Highest In America

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is at the top of the latest list on public pensions. But that’s not a good thing. Fitch Ratings’ released its 2017 pension report on Tuesday and it says Illinois has the worst pension burden in America. Illinois’ pension debt actually rose a bit over the past year, Fitch puts the price tag at 151 billion dollars in pension liabilities. Fitch says that’s equal to nearly 23 percent of all of the income earned by taxpayers in Illinois last year.

>>Illinois Middle Of The Pack In Latest Health Report

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ biggest problem, according to a new report on the health of the states, is too much air pollution. The report from the United Health Foundation released yesterday, said Illinois’ air pollution is the second worst in the country. Illinois also gets downgraded for the number of binge drinkers in the state. But the state gets high marks for most of its public health programs. Overall, Illinois is ranked the 27th least healthy state in the country.

>>Quad Cities’ Congresswoman Calls For Trump Harassment Investigation

(Washington, DC) — Add Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos to the list of Democrats calling for an investigation into sexual harassment claims against President Trump. Bustos earlier this week signed a letter, along with about 50 other Democratic women on Capitol Hill, asking for an official review of the 17 women who claim the president harassed or grabbed them. Bustos said she’s disappointed that Republicans in Congress are unwilling to follow up on the claims.

>>Pilot Busted With 200 Pounds Of Pot In Warren County

(Monmouth, IL) — Investigators in western Illinois are proud of their latest drug bust. Police in Monmouth along side the Warren County Sheriff’s office yesterday said that they arrested Sean Billingsley from Oregon with 200 pounds of marijuana in his plane at the Monmouth Municipal Airport. Police say they made the bust Tuesday, they say they also found almost three thousand-dollars cash and a pistol. Billingsley is being held on a quarter-million dollars bond.

>>Charges For Springfield Man In Attack On 70-Year-Old

(Springfield, IL) — Investigators in Springfield say they’re still looking for a motive in an attack that left a 70-year-old man in the hospital. Prosecutors yesterday filed formal charges against Andrew Brady for Tuesday’s attack that left the elderly man fighting for his life. Brady is facing aggravated battery charges, but they may change if the man passes away.

News Headlines – December 14,, 2017

December 13th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Former House Speaker Denny Hastert is getting new rules for his supervised release. An exonerated murderer is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider his appeal. School leaders in Danville are canceling more basketball games after a shooting last week. Viking Cruises is canceling plans for Mississippi River trips.

>>Former Speaker Hastert Banned From Being With Children Alone

(Chicago, IL) — Former House Speaker Denny Hastert’s probation will keep him away from most children. A judge yesterday ordered that Hastert never be alone with any child, and that he can only be in the same room with a child if another adult is there and if that adult knows about Hastert’s past sexual abuse. The former top Republican in Congress was released from prison in July for a financial crime, but the judge in the case yesterday tightened the terms of his release to reflect the sexual abuse claims from the 1970’s that were never taken to trial.

>>Alan Beaman Asks Illinois Supreme Court To Reconsider Appeal

(Springfield, IL) — An exonerated killer is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider his lawsuit against the people he says falsely convicted him. Alan Beaman earlier this month asked the high court to reconsider his lawsuit against Normal Police detectives who he say conspired against him to convict him of the 1993 murder of his former girlfriend. Beaman was later exonerated and given a certificate of innocence by Governor Pat Quinn. His lawyers say Beaman deserves his day in court.

>>Danville Cancels Games After Shooting

(Danville, IL) — Danville High School’s basketball teams won’t be playing in Champaign-Urbana anytime soon. School leaders yesterday canceled last night’s girls’ basketball game against Champaign Central High School, as well as Friday night’s boys’ basketball game against Urbana, and Saturday’s girls’ game against Urbana. The cancellations follow last Friday’s shooting at the Danville-Champaign Central game that sent three people to the hospital.

>>Viking Cruises Cancels Mississippi River Plans

(Quincy, IL) — One of the largest riverboat cruise operators in the world isn’t coming to western Illinois. Viking Cruises yesterday told city leaders in Quincy and Hannibal, Missouri that they won’t start Mississippi River cruises because they can’t afford to have their ships made in the U.S. and still stay competitive. Federal rules say that boats that operate in U.S. waters must be made by U.S. crews. Viking had planned to add stops up and down the Mississippi River.

>>More Wind, Maybe Snow In Forecast

(Davenport, IA) — It’s going to be another blustery day across western Illinois. The National Weather Service says folks from Dixon to Macomb can expect high winds and maybe a bit of light snow as well. Some wind gusts could hit 45 miles-per-hour in some places.

National News – December 13, 2017

December 12th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Governor Rauner is ripping into the property tax system in Cook County as corrupt. The Quad Cities’ congresswoman is picking sides in the race for Illinois attorney general. The northern third of Illinois is about to get blasted with single digit wind chills. There is a new man in charge of public housing for Illinois and the Midwest.

>>Governor Rauner Tears Into Corrupt Cook County Property Tax System

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the property tax system in Cook County is an ‘unholy trinity’ of corruption, collusion, and conflicts. The governor yesterday tried to make political headlines out of a new report that shows Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios’ work is riddled with inaccuracies and causes problems for small business owners. The report also said that because of the problems within the tax system, there is a strong cottage industry that is dedicated to helping certain people fix their tax bills.

>>Congresswoman Bustos Makes Pick For Illinois Attorney General

(Moline, IL) — The Quad Cities’ congresswoman is picking a candidate in the race for Illinois attorney general. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos yesterday endorsed Democrat Nancy Rotering in the March primary. Rotering is one of two women on the Democratic ticket. Bustos said that she thinks Rotering will not only bring her experience as an attorney and a mayor to the job, but some perspective as a mom. At least seven other Democrats are running for attorney general, Republican Erika Harold is also running.

>>High Winds, Single Digit Wind Chills To Start The Day

(Davenport, IA) — Don’t forget the hat and gloves as you head off to work or school. The National Weather Service is warning of dangerously cold wind chills from the Wisconsin border to about Peoria. Forecasters say high winds, with gusts up to 40 miles-per-hour, will drive the wind chill across about the northern third of Illinois into the single digits. Some folks in northwestern Illinois will see wind chills around zero to start the day.

>>New HUD Administrator Takes Over In Chicago

(Chicago, IL) — There’s a new man in charge of public housing in Illinois. The Trump Administration yesterday confirmed Joseph Galvan as the Midwest Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Galvan will oversee public housing in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. That means he will be the new man in charge of closing two decrepit housing complexes in Cairo in far southern Illinois.

>>Moline Mayor Returns To Work After Wreck

(Moline, IL) — She’s on crutches, and she’s only back at city hall part time, but Moline’s mayor is back at work after a serious car accident. Mayor Stephanie Acri yesterday said she’s easing back into her duties. Acri is still nursing broken ribs and pelvic fractures from a December 4th car wreck in Moline that sent her and two others to the hospital. Acri says she’ll lean on city aldermen for a little while, but hopes to get back up to speed soon.

News Headlines – December 12, 2017

December 11th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A new report says Illinois is among the worst run states in the country. Illinois Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says there needs to be a higher standard for dealing with sexual harassment. Investigators in Champaign still don’t know who shot three teens outside a high school basketball game late last week. HUD officials says Alexander County’s former housing chiefs lied about lead compliance.

>>Report: Illinois Almost Among Five Worst Run States In U.S.

(Springfield, IL) — The only thing that may be keeping Illinois out of the bottom five worst runs states in America is that the state doesn’t suffer from crushing poverty. A new report from 24/7 Wall Street released over the weekend ranks Illinois as the 43rd worst run state in America. Illinois gets low marks for its high unemployment and third worst pension system. But Illinois ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to poverty. All but one of the five worst run states have much worse poverty rates.

>>Durbin Wants Higher Standard For Sexual Harassment Cases

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator says people must be held to a higher standard in sexual harassment cases. Democrat Dick Durbin yesterday said that women in America shouldn’t be subject to harassment or misconduct at the workplace, or in the halls of power. Durbin said he’d like to see Illinois become the standard by which other states are judged.

>>No Arrests Yet In Champaign High School Shooting

(Champaign, IL) — Investigators in Champaign say they still don’t know who fired the shots that hit three students to start the weekend. All three victims of Friday’s shooting are out of the hospital. Police say someone shot them after a basketball game at Champaign Central High School. The victims were a 15-year-old from Danville, a 17-year-old from Champaign, and an 18-year-old who attends college in Champaign.

>>HUD Claims Former Alexander Housing Chiefs Falsified Lead Reports

(Cairo, IL) — There are new questions about old lead reports from the decrepit public housing complexes in Cairo. “The Southern Illinoisan” reported on Saturday that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development believes that former Alexander County Housing Authority directors James Wilson and Martha Franklin falsified lead level reports. The claim suggests that children in the housing complexes may have been exposed to dangerous levels of lead paint chips or lead in their water. HUD is trying to recover about a million-dollars in civil fines from Wilson and Franklin from their time as directors of the housing authority.

>>I-DOT Looking For Input

(Springfield, IL) — Now’s your chance to tell the state of Illinois all about your drive to work or your next trip across the state. The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for help with its annual Traveler Opinion survey. Anyone in the state can comment on everything from road conditions to plow trucks and salt routes. If you’re interested, you have until the end of the year to offer your comments at I-DOT’s website.