Nik Wallenda Brings Stunt To Chicago – 10/31/14

October 31st, 2014

>>First Lady Stumping For Democrats This Weekend

(Moline, IL)  –  First Lady Michelle Obama is stumping for Democrats in Moline tomorrow.  She’ll be at the Wharton Field House at 11 a.m.  Mrs. Obama is hoping to energize the Democratic base and get them out to the polls for Governor Quinn, Senator Dick Durbin, and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  All three are fighting to keep their jobs in highly publicized campaigns against Republican opponents.

>>Daylight Saving Time Ends

(Undated)  –  It’s time to set your clocks back.  Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at 2 a.m.  The general rule of thumb is to turn the dial back by one hour before you head to bed on Saturday night.

>>Quinn, Rauner Squabble Over Credit For High Tech Lab

(Chicago, IL)  –  Republican Bruce Rauner says Governor Quinn is trying to take the credit for bringing a new digital manufacturing lab to Chicago’s Goose Island.  He says he proposed, developed, and pitched the plan to Mayor Emanuel six years ago.  Quinn and Emanuel were at a groundbreaking for the development yesterday and Quinn brushed off Rauner’s assertion, calling him a bully for trying to claim credit. Quinn says he was the one who worked to get federal funding for the lab.  And, he backed the state’s 60-million-dollar investment in the University of Illinois supercomputer, which will be the main component of the new manufacturing hub.

>>Illini Will Play In Capital City

(Springfield, IL)  –  The Fighting Illini are taking their hoops game on the road.  They’ll play five basketball games at Springfield’s Prairie Capital Convention Center next year.  That’s because their on-campus arena, the State Farm Center, will be under renovation.  The first game will be on November 8th of next year.  Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

>>Nik Wallenda Brings Stunt To Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  –  Nik Wallenda is planning to walk on a wire hanging between Chicago’s Marina City’s west tower and the Leo Burnett Building this Sunday.  He’ll be blindfolded for the stunt, which will take place 50-stories above the Chicago River.  Wallenda managed to skirt around a state law that requires he put a net underneath him.  Officials say there’s no need for the net because there are plenty of other safety measures in place.  The “Discovery” channel will broadcast the event live at 6 p.m. in over 220 countries.

Detectives Are Looking For Cop Impersonator – 10/30/14

October 30th, 2014

>>Woman Sentenced To Ten Years For Drug-Induced Homicide

(Logan County, IL)  –  A Logan County woman has been sentenced to ten years in prison.  Brook Maaks was convicted of charges connected to a drug-induced murder case.  Prosecutors say she gave a syringe of heroin to Courtney Reves in 2013.  Reves overdosed on the drugs and Maaks was arrested.

>>Woman Pleads Guilty To Putting Bomb In Mailbox

(Urbana, IL)  –  A Central Illinois woman who pleaded guilty to placing a pipe bomb in a mailbox will be sentenced in January.  Linda Sue Curtis appeared in federal court in Urbana Tuesday to confess to a charge of conspiracy to possess a destructive device.  Prosecutors say she conspired with Lloyd Lockwood to use a pipe bomb, which was put in a Decatur mailbox in March 2011.  Lockwood was found guilty in August 2013, and was handed a ten-year sentence.

>>Detectives Are Looking For Cop Impersonator

(Woodlawn,  IL)  –  Jefferson County police are looking for a man who is posing as a cop.  The suspect made an illegal traffic stop Tuesday night in Woodlawn.  The driver that was pulled over said the fake policeman was wearing a t-shirt and jeans.  In Illinois, impersonating a police officer is a class four felony, which calls for up to three years in prison.

>>Boil Order At Courthouse Lifted, More Repairs Coming

(Urbana, IL)  –  A boil order at the Champaign County Courthouse has been lifted.  Local water officials say it will take some time before pavement damaged by a water main break is repaired.   The Illinois Water Company gave bottled water to courthouse workers while the order was in effect.  The water main has been fixed and pavement work will start on Monday.

>>Free Kidney Screenings In Peoria

(Peoria, IL)  –  Free kidney screenings will be held today in Peoria.  The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois will conduct the exams at the Peoria House of Christian Services on North East Madison.  The screening will help to detect kidney disease, diabetes or high blood pressure.

Billion-Dollar Fertilizer Plant Coming To Tuscola – 10/29/14

October 29th, 2014

>>Sangamon County Unveils Mobile Health Clinic

(Sangamon County, IL)  –  Flu shots could be soon coming to you in Sangamon County.  The county’s Department of Public Health has unveiled a new mobile health clinic that will provide the shots to single-parent and low-income families.  The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine helped pay for the medical van, along with state grants.

>>Billion-Dollar Fertilizer Plant Coming To Tuscola

(Tuscola, IL)  –  Tuscola is the winner for a billion-dollar fertilizer plant.  Land just west of the city will be used by Cronus Chemicals for the site of the plant that is expected to bring up to two-thousand jobs during construction.  The official announcement is expected to be made this morning.  Company officials say the plant should employ about 200 workers once it’s operational in about three years.

>>Springfield May Put Pension Money On Hold

(Springfield, IL)  –  Springfield Alderman Frank Lesko is asking for a delay in the city’s plan to pay one-million dollars toward its police and fire pension debt.  The Springfield City Council will re-vote next week on a plan that was already approved in August.  Lesko says the delay is needed to help deal with the money problems with the city-owned City Water, Light and Power utility.

>>Illinois Fraternity Questioned Over Controversial Sign

(Champaign, IL)  –  University of Illinois officials are asking a campus fraternity to explain itself after it posted a sign showing an American Indian with a knife posed over a gopher.  The Delta Chi fraternity displayed the giant paddleboard during Saturday’s homecoming game against Minnesota, a school that uses the gopher as its mascot.  The fraternity will soon be meeting with university officials to discuss the matter.

>>Man Facing Murder Charges In Teen Woman’s Death

(Jacksonville, IL)  –  Police in Jacksonville say a 24-year-old Illinois man is facing murder charges in last week’s death of a 19-year-old woman.  Police say Marcus A. Jackson has ties to Jacksonville, Springfield and Decatur, and he’s now facing three counts of first-degree murder in the death of Avery T. Berry.  Police say Berry was not responding when they arrived to the scene of a home in the 300 block of North Fayette Street early Friday morning.

Gov. Quinn on Ebola Procedures – 10/28/14

October 28th, 2014

>>Gov. Quinn on Ebola Procedures

(Illinois)  –  State health officials confirmed yesterday that no one in Illinois is being quarantined or even monitored for Ebola – yet.  Governor Pat Quinn said at a press conference that if anyone deemed to be high risk comes to Illinois - such as someone who had direct, unprotected contact with an Ebola patient – they should be quarantined for 21 days and get checked daily.  Quinn said the situation in New Jersey in which a nurse who didn’t show any symptoms but had recently been treating Ebola patients in Africa and was immediately quarantined upon her return home was “very wrong.”

>>IL Teen Tries to Join ISIS

(Illinois)  –  An Illinois teenager was arrested yesterday at O’Hare International Airport after authorities learned he was planning to fly to Turkey to join ISIS.  Nineteen-year-old Mohammed Kahn reportedly left a letter behind for his parents, telling them he planned to migrate to the now-established Islamic State.  He’ll face up to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

>>Bomb Threat Closes Franklin County Schools

(Franklin County, IL)  –  Franklin County schools are closed today as police investigate a bomb threat.  Someone sent in the threat to the county circuit clerk’s office on Monday.  School Superintendent Matt Donkin said the threat didn’t mention any specific school, but law enforcement are taking it very seriously.  Class is set to resume Wednesday.

>>Woman Charged with DUI in High School Student’s Death

(Pleasant Plains, IL)  –  A 27-year-old Springfield woman is facing an aggravated DUI charge in the crash Saturday night that killed two people, including a Pleasant Plaines High School student.  Andrea Little could face up to 28 years in prison, and this isn’t her first DUI. Counselors at Pleasant Plaines High School were on hand yesterday to help students dealing with 16-year-old Danielle Allen’s death.  Thirty-five-year-old Steven Moore, who was riding in the car with Little, was also killed.

>>Illinois 5th in Nation for Bicycle Deaths

(Illinois)  –  A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association has found that Illinois is fifth in the nation for bicycle deaths.  The number of cyclist fatalities in Illinois has been rising since 2010 and reached 29 in 2012, which is the latest year that data was available.  Two-thirds of bicyclists killed nationwide in 2012 weren’t wearing helmets, but there is no law mandating that riders wear helmets in Illinois.

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>>Anti-Bullying Townhall in Springfield Today

(Springfield, IL)  –  In honor of National Anti-Bullying Month, the Springfield Bullying Prevention Task Force is holding a free townhall meeting today at Springfield High School.  The meeting will focus specifically on cyber bullying and how to prevent it. The discussion will be broadcast live over the radio on WMAY-AM 970.

State Farm Wants To Use Drones – 10/27/14

October 27th, 2014

>>Quinn, Rauner Head To Church

(Chicago, IL)  –  Governor Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner are hoping a few last minute visits at black churches will push them over the edge on Election Day.  Both of them attended African American worship services yesterday.  Quinn is trying to protect his base, considering Rauner has snagged the support of a few prominent black ministers in Chicago.  They say they’re backing Rauner because Democrats have failed to deliver on jobs and quality education.  But it doesn’t seem that the ministers’ support is making much of a difference; a recent poll reveals just three-percent of black voters are planning to vote for Rauner.

>>Pastor Threatened For Supporting Rauner

(Chicago, IL)  –  A prominent black pastor who’s supporting Republicans instead of Democrats this year is getting death threats.  Reverend Corey Brooks, from Chicago, says he’s received at least five calls from someone threatening to beat him for supporting Bruce Rauner.  He’s turned the calls over to police but the intimidation tactics don’t stop there.  Someone also busted out a back door at Brooks’ south side church over the weekend and stole about eight-thousand bucks.  Brooks says he’s moved his family away from their home for safety reasons but he will not change his mind about supporting Rauner.

>>State Farm Wants To Use Drones

(Bloomington, IL)  –  State Farm wants to use drones to evaluate property damage and respond to catastrophes.  The unmanned drones would fly no higher than 400 feet when heading out to evaluate things like fire damage to tornado aftermath.  The Bloomington-based insurance company is asking the federal government to approve the plan.  Company officials say using the drones is just one of the options they’re considering to better serve their customers.

>>States Implements Tighter Ebola Quarantine Standards

(Springfield, IL)  –  State officials are implementing a mandatory quarantine for anyone who comes into Illinois after having contact with an Ebola patient.  Officials say they’ll keep watch on the person for 21-days.  The new requirement comes days after a doctor in New York City fell ill with the disease.  He’d just returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in West Africa.  The doctor rode the subway, took a cab, and went bowling before he got sick.  No Ebola cases have been reported in Illinois.

>>Four Survivors In Quincy Plane Crash

(Quincy, IL)   — No injuries are being reported after a small plane crash in Quincy.  Officials say four people were on board the plane when it went down in a field just after 2:00 yesterday, not far from the regional airport.  Everyone on board was checked out and released at the scene.  There’s no word on what caused the crash.

Republicans Sue Over Elections Procedures – 10/24/14

October 24th, 2014

>>Republicans Sue Over Elections Procedures

(Rock Island, IL) — Republicans are suing Rock Island County over elections procedures. GOP County Chair Bill Bloom says elections officials are violating state law because they’re already opening absentee ballots and running them through the tabulator. He says that could have a negative impact on Republican candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner. Bloom wants a judge to intervene and ensure that the ballots can stay sealed until Election Day.

>>Rauner Tosses Another Three Million Into Campaign

(Springfield, IL) — Bruce Rauner is shoring up his campaign account in the final days before the election. He gave himself another three-million bucks this week. Altogether, he’s tossed in more than 23-million dollars into his bid for the state’s top job. He’s in a head-to-head battle with Governor Quinn. Recent polls put Rauner ahead by just one-or-two points, but that’s within the polls’ margins of error.

>>Gloria Steinem Stumping For Quinn

(Chicago, IL) — Governor Quinn’s team is trying to win over women voters. They’ve brought in Gloria Steinem, a popular feminist who’s widely known for heading up the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. She’ll headline an event at the Godrey Hotel on Huron Street in Chicago this afternoon at 2:30. Quinn, Steinem, and other elected leaders will be urging people to get out and vote early.

>>GOP Wants Answers About IDOT Political Hires

(Chicago, IL) — Republicans are applauding a judge’s decision to put a federal monitor over IDOT hiring but they still want more answers. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno says she wants to know who signed off on hiring nearly 400-people based on clout instead of qualifications. The former IDOT secretary says she got direct recommendations from Governor Quinn’s office but the governor says he never personally suggested anyone. Even so, Quinn says the secretary knew the law and should’ve enforced it no matter who made job recommendations.

>>Unemployment Down In Every Metro Area

(Springfield, IL) — The unemployment rate is steadily going down in every metropolitan area in the state. Decatur has seen the biggest improvement over the past year, with the rate dropping from 12-point-two-percent to seven-point-nine-percent. The Bloomington, Normal area has the lowest unemployment in the state, at five-point-six-percent. That’s down from just over seven-percent compared to September of 2013.

>>Feds Make Indictment Over SIUC Bomb Threat

(East St. Louis, IL) — The man accused of making a series of threats at SIU in Carbondale is facing federal charges. Derrick Burns allegedly mailed multiple threats to the school, threatening to carry out rapes and behead people on the campus. He also allegedly made several bomb threats over the span of a year, in 2012 and 2013. He was indicted on Wednesday and faces up to 40-years behind bars.

>>Farmers Urged To Be Careful In The Fields

(Springfield, IL) — Farmers are being encouraged to be careful out in the fields. Experts say there were more than 80-thousand ag-related injuries across the U.S. last year, and most involved the big machinery. Farmers usually work long hours during harvest season but they should remember to take a break and get rested up. They should also use extra caution when kids or teens are out working with them.

Quinn Announces Ebola Task Force – 10/23/14

October 23rd, 2014

>>Quinn Announces Ebola Task Force

(Chicago, IL)  –  There’s a new task force in Illinois designed to help ensure the public health system across the state is prepared for the Ebola virus.  The task force is made up of mostly health care professionals who can lead a coordinated effort to ensure everyone in Illinois receives timely and accurate information regarding any potential threat. So far there haven’t been any confirmed cases in Illinois, although at least a handful of people are under medical watch or voluntary quarantine.  People who have questions about the Ebola virus can call the state’s hotline at 800-889-3931.

>>Reporter Quits After Complaints From Rauner

(Springfield, IL)  –  A longtime political reporter at the “Chicago Sun-Times” is walking away from the job after Bruce Rauner complained about one of his stories.  Dave McKinney was suspended for five days after reporting that Rauner once threatened to ruin a female executive with ties to his firm.  Editors at the paper supported McKinney and ran his story, even though Rauner’s camp wanted it squashed.  A few days later the paper reversed its policy of not endorsing candidates and came out in support of Rauner.  McKinney says he has serious doubts about the paper’s commitment to journalism.

>>Oberweis Now Supports Gay Marriage

(Chicago, IL)  –  State senator Jim Oberweis says he’d favor a federal law that allows same-sex couples to say their I-do’s.  That’s a shift in attitude for the Republican from Sugar Grove.  He voted against the deal that legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois last year but says the climate has changed surrounding the issue.  There have been quite a few cases tossed out of court and essentially gave same-sex couples in dozens of states the right to tie the knot.  Oberweis says he was raised Catholic but the courts have spoken so, it’s not an issue anymore.

>>Durbin, Oberweis Fight For Black Vote

(Chicago, IL)  –  U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and his GOP opponent Jim Oberweis are fighting to win the African American vote.  The minority group usually leans Democratic but they’ve been supporting Republican candidates this year.  During a debate last night Durbin said he finds it hard to understand how Oberweis can tell the Black community he understand their pain when he doesn’t support a minimum wage hike and wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  Oberweis bit back at Durbin claiming Black leaders are supporting him because he has a record of creating jobs and a plan to give kids access to the best quality schools.

>>Group Wants Supreme Court Justice Off The Bench

(Springfield, IL)  –  State Senator Dave Luechtefeld [[ Luck-tuh-feld ]] is going to bat for a Supreme Court Justice who’s under attack.  A group called “Campaign for 2016″ has been running ads against Justice Lloyd Karmeier in southern Illinois.  They want people to vote “No” on retaining the judge when they head to the polls on November 4th, but Luechtefeld says that would be a travesty.  He says the “Campaign for 2016″ group has been funded by attorneys who represent companies in cases before the court.  He says the companies stand to make billions if the court comes down in their favor and Karmeier has sided against them in previous rulings.

>>Biden To Headline Rockford Rally

(Chicago, IL)  –  Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Rockford next week.   He’ll headline an early voting rally to boost support for Governor Quinn and other Democrats who are on the November ticket.  Details on location and time haven’t been released yet but the event will be open to the public.

Biden In Chicago For Quinn – 10/22/14

October 22nd, 2014

>>Biden In Chicago For Quinn

(Chicago, IL)  –  Vice President Joe Biden is in Chicago stumping for Governor Quinn today.  He’s the last of the scheduled heavy hitters to come in and rally the base, hoping to get Democrats to the polls for Quinn.  The governor is in a dead heat with Republican Bruce Rauner.  The election is November 4th.

>>Group Wants Supreme Court Justice Off The Bench

(Springfield, IL)  –  A group known as “Campaign for 2016″ is trying to get Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier off the bench.  They’ve been running ads against him in southern Illinois.  Lawyers connected to a Phillip Morris case before the Court have given half-a-million-dollars to the effort. They say people should know about the judge’s poor record.  Karmeier has sided against the company in previous rulings.

>>Rock Island Family Under Voluntary Ebola Quarantine

(Rock Island, IL)  –  Health officials are keeping an eye on a Rock Island woman who just came from Liberia, where Ebola is running rampant.  The woman doesn’t have any symptoms of the virus and she says she didn’t have any contact with anyone who had it.  She and her family are under voluntary quarantine just to be safe.  They’ll take their temperatures twice a day and monitor for other symptoms for the next three weeks.  Health officials say there’s no reason for the community to be concerned.

>>Cubs Scouts Injured In Explosion

(Rockford, IL)  — Three Cub Scouts are recovering after an explosion left them with burns on their faces and arms.  The scouts were injured during an experiment in Raymond on Monday.  Scout leaders were mixing laundry detergent with anti-freeze hoping to create green flames but after a couple of attempts, the mixture erupted into a ball of fire.  An adult was also injured.  None of them were wearing eye protection.

>>Full Length High School Championship Games To Go Online

(Springfield, IL)  –  The Illinois High School Association is making some of their championship sporting events available to the public.  They’ve posted dozens of full-length videos of championship soccer games, volleyball games, swim meets, and tennis matches on their YouTube page.  The oldest video is of the 1952 Boys Basketball Championship between Hebron and Quincy.  Hebron won that game 64-to-59 in overtime.

Man Sentenced Six Years In Prison For Break-In – 10/21/14

October 21st, 2014

>>Three Boy Scouts And Adult Hurt In Explosion

(Raymond, IL)  –  Four people, including three children, are suffering injuries after an explosion Monday night in Raymond.  The incident happened at the Living Center.  Fire officials say the kids were Boy Scouts, who were trying to make a blue flame in an experiment using borax and Heet gas line antifreeze.  The mix resulted in a blast that left the boys and one of their moms with face burns.  Two victims were flown to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  Two others were taken by ambulance to Springfield’s Memorial Medical Center.

>>Man Sentenced Six Years In Prison For Break-In

(Effingham, IL)  –  An East St. Louis man will spend six years behind bars after he broke into a home in Effingham in March of 2013.  Prosecutors say 28-year-old Aaron Broadnax pleaded guilty to a charge of residential burglary.  He was also ordered to repay the homeowner more than one-thousand dollars in restitution.

>>Baby Found In Dumpster In Foster Care

(Jacksonville, IL)  –  The baby found in a Jacksonville dumpster last summer will remain in foster care, until a hearing is set later this month.  A temporary custody hearing was originally scheduled for last Thursday.  The baby’s mother, a 17-year-old from Jacksonville, faces attempted murder charges.  The child was found in August and placed in a temporary guardianship of DCFS, and then in foster care.  DCFS wants to place the child with his maternal grandmother, but the Morgan County State’s Attorney is against that move.

>>Champaign Police Urging People To Travel In Pairs

(Champaign, IL)  –  Champaign and University of Illinois police are urging people to travel in twos after violent attacks on campus.  The two law enforcement departments say they’re working closely to come up with ways to counter the recent crime wave.  Over the past two weeks, 12 incidents of mob action and robbery have taken place in the U. of I. campus area.  Champaign Police Lieutenant Jim Clark says he is designating plainclothes and uniformed officers to monitor the campus.  He says he’s also delivering public safety alerts and bulletins to all students and staff.

>>Belvidere High School Football Coach Is Suspended Indefinitely

(Belvidere, IL)  –  Belvidere’s head football coach has been suspended indefinitely. The school district will not say why Chuck Leonard is sidelined.  He has been placed on leave for the last two games of the regular season.  The Bucs need to win their final games to qualify for the playoffs.

Rauner Gets Three Endorsements Over The Weekend – 10/20/14

October 20th, 2014

>>Rauner Gets Three Endorsements Over The Weekend

(Undated)  –  Newspaper endorsements seem to be pouring in for the Republican candidate for Illinois governor.  Bruce Rauner has gained the support of the “Chicago Sun-Times,” “Champaign News-Gazette” and “Peoria Journal Star.”  All of the endorsements came over the weekend and are all calling for a change in office.  The three publications believe a Rauner administration would help speed up the state’s economic recovery.

>>Springfield Cop On Restrictive Duty After DUI Charge

(Springfield, IL)  –  A Springfield police officer facing a DUI charge has been placed on restrictive duty while his case is awaiting a court date.  Sixteen-year-veteran cop James Stewart is back at work but has no police powers, and his job is outside the public eye.   He was off-duty when he was arrested April 12th.  Police were called to the 16-hundred block of Stevenson Drive on a report about a disabled vehicle. That is where they found Stewart behind the wheel.

>>Champaign Man Arrested After Stand-Off

(Champaign, IL)  –  A Champaign man is in police custody after a four hour standoff.  Officers arrested 31-year-old Joseph Harris Saturday morning after a domestic incident in the 400 block of North Prospect Avenue.   A woman contacted police and told them she was being threatened and battered by Harris.  She was able to run out of the house to a safe place.  A SWAT team was able to coax Harris out of the home without incident.  He was charged with domestic battery

>>Decatur Officials Are Preparing For Bad Winter

(Decatur, IL)   –  The city of Decatur is getting ready for winter.  Officials were forced to use more than double the salt on the roads and now they are almost out.  Decatur is expecting a delivery of close to two-thousand tons of salt next week.  They also have a contract for two-thousand more tons as winter goes on.  The National Weather Service is predicting a rather dry winter with normal temperatures.

>>Tornado Recovery Volunteers Are Still Needed

(Washington, IL)  –  Volunteers are still needed to help in the cleanup from last year’s tornado in the town of Washington.  Bethany Community Church is organizing the effort and they have two more dates to accept help, October 25th and November 15th.  Volunteers are needed not only for debris removal, but also building garden sheds for those returning to the community.  If you would like to help call the volunteer hotline at (309) 572-2670