Longtime Pastor Leaving Princeton Church

August 7th, 2017

St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton is getting a new pastor after learning that the Reverend Jefferey Stirniman is leaving. This past weekend, parishioners received a notice in their church bulletin announcing the reassignment of Stirniman to other parishes in Bloomington and Wapella. The notice also says Father Daniel Gifford will be the parish’s new leader. Gifford, ordained in 2012, is currently an assistant pastor in Peoria and assistant chaplain of the Newman Center at Bradley University. Father Stirniman’s last day at St. Louis is Monday August 21st. An open house to wish him well is planned for Sunday, August 20th from 1 to 5 pm.


Man Dies In Fall At Starved Rock State Park

July 31st, 2017

Northern Indiana Man Dead After Fall At Starved Rock

Police in Oglesby say a northern Indiana man wandered off the marked trails before he fell to his death. The Illinois Department of Natural Resource’s Conservation Police say the man was trying to find a small waterfall in one of the canyons at Starved Rock State Park on Saturday when he slipped and fell. Investigators say the man fell about 60 feet and landed on the flat rock at the bottom of the canyon. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

News Headlines – July 31, 2017

July 31st, 2017

>>The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Friends say a southern Illinois man drowned after saving two girls in Rend Lake. Investigators are identifying the woman who drowned in the Kankakee River over the weekend. Galesburg city leaders will look at a tough, new gun ordinance tonight. Alexander County is getting a bit of help with its emergency response efforts.

>>Southern Illinois Man Hailed As Hero Before Drowning

(Sesser, IL) — Friends say a southern Illinois man saved two girls from Rend Lake before he went under the water. The Illinois Conservation Police found Jeremy Jelley’s body yesterday morning. Jelley drowned Friday. But his girlfriend says he first saved her two 12-year-old daughters from high winds and strong waves. Conservation Police say Friday saw a quick change in the weather, and conditions on the lake went from peaceful to choppy in a matter of minutes.

>>Police Identify Woman Who Drowned In Kankakee River

(Wilmington, IL) — Authorities in Will County say a woman drowned at the same spot in the Kankakee River where two other children drowned last year. The Will County coroner’s office said yesterday 35-year-old Elizabeth Larson of Normal died when she fell into the river near the Wilmington Dam. Conservation Police say Larson was riding a personal watercraft before she fell into the water.

>>Galesburg Council To Consider New Gun Shop Laws

(Galesburg, IL) — Gun shops in Galesburg could soon need a stamp of approval from Galesburg’s city manager in order to stay open. A proposal on tonight’s council agenda will change the licensing rules for gun shops. In addition to state and federal licenses, Galesburg wants to require store owners to file a ‘safety plan’ with the city managers office. Preston Johnson with Galesburg Guns, Gear and Ammo says he doesn’t think an unelected bureaucrat should have veto power over whether his business gets to stay in business.


>>Alexander County To Get New Emergency Response Truck

(Cario, IL) — Alexander County emergency operators will soon have a new tool at their disposal. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin last week announced a grant to buy the county a new pick-up truck for emergency response. The grant is worth 25 thousand-dollars, Alexander County leaders say they’re grateful for any help that they can get. Senator Duckworth said she made the decision to push for the grant after visiting Alexander County earlier this month, and seeing for herself the challenges that the community faces.

Hiker Hospitalized After Fall At Starved Rock

July 17th, 2017

A Bartlett woman is hospitalized after taking a fall at Starved Rock State Park. Utica authorities say the 18-year old female hiker, whose name has not been announced, fell about 25 feet at Sandstone Point Overlook. She was LifeFlighted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Utica emergency responded to the call at around 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon.

Illinois News – 7/17/17

July 17th, 2017

Politics Questioned In IDOT Layoffs

There’s an unanswered question about politics at the center of the latest round of layoffs in state government. Governor Bruce Rauner’s administration recently fired eight people, most of them with Democratic or labor union ties, from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The fired workers say they got the boot because of their politics, but the governor says there simply wasn’t enough work to do. A lawyer for the workers says that excuse didn’t fly under former Governor Rod Blagojevich, and he doesn’t expect it to work now.

Illinois Emergency Management Agency Lands Terror Training Money

Illinois is getting just over a million dollars to help prepare for the worst. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has announced it’s received a million-dollar grant for terror training. Director James Joseph says the money is to be used to prepare for a complex coordinated terrorist attack.