News Headlines – July 18, 2018

July 18th, 2018

Governor Rauner Vetoes Voter Crosscheck Legislation

Illinois is not leaving two national voter database programs. Governor Rauner yesterday vetoed a plan that would have had Illinois exit the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program and the Electronic Registration Information program. Critics say the programs are vulnerable to hackers and may suppress voters. The programs are designed to ensure voters are registered to vote in just one state. The governor says the law he scuttled would have limited Illinois’ ability to make sure its voters rolls are correct.

Hy-Vee Recalls Pasta Salads After 20 People Get Sick

If you have pasta salad from Hy-Vee, you may want to toss it out. The grocery store chain yesterday announced that it’s recalling Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad, and officials say it may be contaminated with salmonella. Hy-Vee says the salad was packaged between June 1st and July 13th. So far, 20 people in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska have gotten sick, but the pasta salad was sent to all of Hy-Vee’s 244 grocery stores.

Governor Rauner Worried About Trump And Russia

Governor Rauner says it’s clear that the Russians are not our friends. The governor told reporters in Collinsville yesterday that he is extremely troubled by President Trump’s recent comments about Russia and the hacking of the 2016 election. Illinois’ State Board of Elections was hacked that year, and federal prosecutors say Russian agents were behind the attack.

U Of I Paying 75 Hundred Dollars To Stop Chief Shirts

A University of Illinois grad is getting a little bit of money to stop making Chief Illiniweck shirts. The Champaign News-Gazette reports that the U of I is paying Ted O’Malley 75 hundred-dollars to stop making the shirts. The school sued to stop O’Malley, claiming that his shirt included a copyrighted photo.

News Headlines – July 17, 2018

July 17th, 2018

Governor Rauner Signs Two New Gun Control Laws

Illinois has two new gun laws. Governor Rauner yesterday signed a new law that creates a 72 hour waiting period for all gun purchases, and signed another that allows police or a family member to ask a judge to seize someone’s guns if they are a threat to themselves or others. The governor also asked lawmakers to send him a ban on bump stocks, and scuttled a proposal that would have Illinois create state-issued gun dealer licenses.

Central Illinois Woman First To Sue Over Tainted McDonald’s Salads

A central Illinois woman is the first to sue over tainted salads at McDonald’s. Jennifer Smith from Washington, Illinois filed her lawsuit in Cook County where McDonald’s is headquartered. Smith says she ate tainted salads in May and June and got sick. The USDA says it is tracking an outbreak across the country linked to McDonald’s salads. McDonald’s says they are monitoring and tracking the outbreak.

Governor Rauner Doesn’t Want To Drop Crosscheck

Governor Rauner says there is no need to pull the state out of a national voter database. The governor told reporters in Chicago that there is no reason to get out of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. Rauner said despite criticism that the database suppresses voters, he doesn’t see a need to exit. Lawmakers sent the governor a plan last spring to remove the state from the program, but the governor isn’t saying what he will do with that proposal.

CVS Health says two Chicago store employees are out of their jobs after a black customer complained that white managers called police after accusing her of trying to use a phony coupon. The company said Monday it had completed a review of the Friday night incident. The company says the two staffers involved are no longer employed. The 53-year-old woman says a manager challenged her and was “hostile” when she tried to use a coupon for a free product. No action was taken when officers arrived.

WIU Reorganizes Departments, Expands Online Degrees

Western Illinois University is making some major changes that school leaders hope will reverse their enrollment decline. WIU President Jack Thomas yesterday announced that the university will reorganize its schools into four new areas and expand its online degree offerings. Thomas also said that Western will develop four new centers of excellence that he hopes will bring more students to campus.

News Headlines – July 16, 2018

July 16th, 2018

Illinois Election Officials Not Sure What Hackers Wanted

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ election managers say they’re pretty sure Illinois is the state at the heart of the latest hacking indictment. But they are still not sure what the hackers were looking for. Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich on Friday said Illinois is likely the unnamed state board of elections mentioned in an indictment of Russian hackers. But Dietrich says while it looks like the hackers were able to view some people’s information, he’s not sure what they were looking to do inside Illinois’ voter database.

Governor Rauner To Sign New Gun Law

(Chicago, IL) — It will soon be easier for a judge to take someone’s gun away. Governor Rauner is due in Chicago later this morning (10:30 a.m.) to sign a new law that allows a family member or local law enforcement agency to ask a judge to issue an emergency order of protection to seize someone’s guns. Lawmakers approved the plan last spring, they said the idea was to make sure people who are known to be a threat don’t have access to a firearm.

SIU President Randy Dunn To Leave School Tomorrow

(Carbondale, IL) — The embattled president at Southern Illinois University will see his last day at the school tomorrow. SIU President Randy Dunn is leaving the school with a 215 thousand-dollar severance package. Dunn is leaving after university trustees, faculty members, and some students grew furious over his support of a plan to shift about five million-dollars from SIU’s Carbondale campus to the Edwardsville campus, to follow a shift in enrollment.

Illinois Governor’s Mansion Reopens To The Public

(Springfield, IL) — It’s amazing what 15 million-dollars can do to a historic home. Visitors are giving the newly renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion rave reviews. The mansion reopened to the public over the weekend. Governor Rauner and his wife lead a private fundraising drive to fix-up the home shortly after they moved in back in 2015.

News Headlines – July 13, 2018

July 13th, 2018

IDPH: Foodborne Illnesses Linked To McDonald’s Salads

(Springfield, IL) — Dozens of cases of foodborne illnesses in the state are being blamed on salads from McDonald’s restaurants. The Illinois Department of Public Health says about 90 cases of an intestinal illness caused by a microscopic parasite have been confirmed since mid-May, and about one in four say they had eaten a salad at the fast food restaurant within days of getting sick. Health officials in Iowa are reporting a little more than a dozen similar cases, and in all of those, the people had eaten a McDonald’s salad.

Rauner Launches Term Limits Initiative

(Marion, IL) — Governor Rauner doesn’t think people like state House Speaker Mike Madigan should stay in office for decades. He launched a new initiative called The People’s Pledge to impose term limits yesterday in Marion along with a second goal of electing anyone else as House speaker. Madigan has been speaker for 33 of the last 35 years. Rauner noted over 80-percent of voters in Illinois support term limits and said it’s not a partisan issue.

Peoria International Airport On Track For Record Year

(Peoria, IL) — Peoria International Airport is on track to have a record year. Officials say more than 64-thousand people traveled through the airport last month, topping its previous monthly record from March. The overall passenger count is also up six-percent from the airport’s best year ever in 2015.

Department Of Health Issues Bat Warning

(Springfield, IL) — As bats become more active, the Illinois Department of Health is reminding people of their potential danger. A spokesman says although most bats aren’t infected with rabies, it’s important that you avoid handling them and keep your pets vaccinated. If you find a bat in your home, call the local health department and they will help determine if you’ve been exposed to rabies.

News Headlines – July 12, 2018

July 12th, 2018

Governor’s Campaign Calls For Pritzker Ad To Be Pulled

The campaign of Governor Rauner is taking issue with an ad from Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker and is calling for it to be pulled. The ad features a narrator saying other governors have spoken out against states supporting President Trump taking children away from their parents, but Rauner wasn’t giving it any thought. Campaign officials say the ad takes the governor out of context and he was responding to a question if he would send the Illinois National Guard to the Mexican border. The governor’s camp is calling the ad false and deceitful.

Representative Cheri Bustos Back From South Korean Visit

U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos is back from her historic trip to South Korea. Bustos was part of the first congressional delegation to visit the country since President Trump met with North Korea’s leader last month. She says de-nuclearizing the Korean Peninsula must remain the end result of America’s mission. She noted that going from the brink of nuclear war to the first meeting of the nation’s leaders in 75 years has had an almost whiplash-like effect on people.

SIU Carbondale Faculty Votes No Confidence In University President

Faculty members at the Carbondale campus of Southern Illinois University have lost their faith in university president Randy Dunn. A vote of no confidence in Dunn passed overwhelmingly, 25-to-1. Faculty Senate president Jonathan Bean says they’re calling on the board of trustees to fire the system’s president, and they want the situation addressed before the next board meeting in September.

Former University Of Illinois Tennis Player Stuns Federer At Wimbledon

A former University of Illinois tennis player is moving on to the semifinals at Wimbledon with the biggest win of his career. Kevin Anderson upset defending champion and top-ranked Roger Federer in five sets yesterday, roaring back for the win after Federer was a single point from a victory. The South African Anderson will play American John Isner tomorrow.

Speed Awareness Day Is July 25th

Illinois Speed Awareness Day is two weeks away. On July 25th, you can expect to see more police on patrol as law enforcement across the state promotes safe driving. Officials say in 2016, speeding was responsible for more than 30-percent of fatal crashes in Illinois.