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December 5th, 2018


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News Headlines – December 5, 2018

December 5th, 2018

>>The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Last weekend’s tornado outbreak is now a record breaker. Illinois’ governor-to-be is naming a new committee, this time to look at road building. 

>>Last Weekend’s Tornado Outbreak Set Illinois’ December Record

(Lincoln, IL) — The weekend tornado outbreak across central Illinois is officially a record breaker. The National Weather Service yesterday said that 26 tornadoes were in the area on Saturday. That’s more than any other day in December, ever. The old record was 21 tornadoes over two days in December of 1957.

>>Governor-Elect Pritzker Names Cheri Bustos To Head Infrastructure Committee

(Chicago, IL) — The Quad Cities’ Democratic congresswoman will lead the state’s new infrastructure committee. Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker yesterday named Congresswoman Cheri Bustos to head the Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee. Bustos will meet with a number of labor union and business leaders over the next month or so to talk about ways to figure out how to build, and how to pay for, new roads, bridges, and schools across the state.

>>Illinois State Board Of Education Eyes School Year Changes

(Quincy, IL) — Just how long school kids in Illinois will have to spend in the classroom could soon change. The Illinois State Board of Education told parents in Quincy this week that the law that requires kids to be in class for a certain number of hours is likely to come back before lawmakers in the spring. There is a push to change Illinois’ school code to allow schools to set the number of hours that kids are in class, as opposed to the number of days. Supporters say that will allow local schools more flexibility.

>>Satanic Monument Added To Illinois Capitol Holiday Display

(Springfield, IL) — There are already some folks who aren’t happy with the holiday display at the Illinois Capitol. The Satanic Temple of Chicago on Monday added its own display, right along side the capitol’s Christmas tree and menorah. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office, which runs the statehouse, says the First Amendment covers the freedom of speech for all of the displays in the capitol rotunda.

News Headlines – December 4, 2018

December 4th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ governor-to-be is again talking about a higher minimum wage. Lawyers for a southern Illinois man want the special prosecutor in his case dismissed. Forecasters in Illinois are watching a number of rivers across the state, and worrying that they are rising.

>>Governor-Elect Pritzker Talks About Higher Minimum Wage

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois’ governor-to-be is once again talking about raising the starting wage in the state. Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker yesterday said he’d like to see lawmakers raise the minimum wage within the first six months of his administration. Pritzker talked about a 15-dollar minimum wage during the campaign. Pritzker says lawmakers have already approved a higher minimum wage, but Governor Rauner vetoed the idea.

>>Bethune Lawyers Want Special Prosecutor Dismissed

(Murphysboro, IL) — Lawyers for a man in limbo in a southern Illinois murder case want the special prosecutor dismissed. Gaege Bethune’s lawyers last week asked a judge to dismiss the special prosecutor, and end the investigation into Bethune and the 2014 death of SIU student Pravin Varughese. A jury convicted Bethune of murder back in June, but the judge later set the verdict aside because of questions about evidence. Bethune’s lawyers says there is no evidence of a crime, so there should no longer be a criminal investigation.

>>Pike County Surveying Storm Damage

(Pittsfield, IL) — It’s not just Taylorville. Leaders in Pike County say they’re still trying to figure out how much damage Saturday’s storms left behind in their communities. Pike County Sheriff David Greenwood yesterday said they didn’t get hit as bad as some places in the state, but he is following up on a number of damaged homes or properties. Greenwood says no one was hurt in Pike County.

>>Flood Worries This Week After Last Month’s Snow And Rain

(Davenport, IA) — Forecasters are watching a handful of rivers across the state this week. The National Weather Service yesterday said they’re worried about flooding along the Rock, the Spoon, and the Illinois rivers. The worries extend from Rockford to central Illinois. Forecasters say last month’s blizzard, followed by last weekend’s rains, are driving the rivers out of their banks.

>>John Deere Announces Leadership Changes

(Moline, IL) — There will be some changes at the top for John Deere. The company yesterday announced that senior vice president of power systems, worldwide parts services, advanced technology and engineering, Jean Gilles, will retire not long after the new year. Deere managers say four people will split Gilles’ former responsibilities.

Mendota Seventh Grader Dies After Collapsing At Game

December 3rd, 2018

School leaders in Mendota are still not sure how a seventh grade basketball player died over the weekend. The city’s school district said on Facebook on Saturday that Holy Cross student Karl Soliman collapsed and died. Soliman was playing in a weekend basketball tournament at the time. The district is asking people to keep Soliman’s family in their thoughts and prayers.

News Headlines – December 3, 2018

December 3rd, 2018

Illinois Looking To Tally Storm Damage

It could be a few more days before the state knows just how much damage the weekend storms left behind. Teams from the state and the National Weather Service were out yesterday, surveying the damage from Saturday’s tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. A band of storms cut across most of central Illinois, but the worst of it looks to be Taylorville, where at least one tornado damaged 100 homes and injured about 20 people.

Illinois U.S. Senators Remember President Bush As A Hero

Both of Illinois’ U.S. senators are remembering former President George H.W. Bush as a hero. Senator Dick Durbin yesterday said the first President Bush put his life on the line for the country in World War Two, and then dedicated the rest of his life to public service. Senator Tammy Duckworth says Bush was key to signing the Americans with Disabilities Act. George H.W. Bush passed away on Friday; he was 94.

Peoria-Area Better Business Bureau Warns Of Social Security Scam

There’s another warning about another phone scam. This one comes from the Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois in Peoria, and is warning about people trying to take advantage of folks getting Social Security payments. The BBB says someone is calling people and telling them that their Social Security benefits have been frozen and there’s a number to call, but it’s all a scam. The BBB says if you get a call, just hang up.

Moline Native, F Troop Actor Ken Berry Passes Away

One of Moline’s ties to Hollywood has passed away. Ken Berry’s friends and family members said over the weekend that Berry died Saturday at age 85. Berry was known to a generation of TV fans for his starring role in F Troop. But he enjoyed a long career that included roles on The Love Boat, Chips, and the Disney film Herbie Rides again.