Winter Weather and Slippery Roads Causing Traffic Accidents

January 26th, 2015

1-26-15_accidentThe winter weather is causing traffic accidents throughout the area. The accidents began late Monday afternoon as ice, including black ice, formed on many roads. Crashes were reported on Interstate 80 near Peru, on Interstate 180 near Hennepin and on Plank Road in Peru. Traffic accidents were also being handled on Route 40, Route 6 near Wyanet and yet another accident happened near Malden. Authorities say with the very poor road conditions, if you must travel, use caution and be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility. A freezing rain advisory remains in effect until 6:00 Tuesday morning.

1-24-14 Friday’s Area Basketball

January 23rd, 2015


Newman 53 – Princeton 47 (Soph: PHS 55-51)
Bureau Valley 67 – Amboy 41 (Storm improve to 20-0 on season)
Kewanee 65 – Hall 48
Ottawa 55 – LaSalle-Peru 37
Putnam County 83 – Low Point-Washburn 41

Kewanee at Bureau Valley (on Z98 with Charlie Waca at 6:15 pm)

1-21-14 Tuesday’s Area Basketball

January 20th, 2015


Kewanee 59 – Princeton 54 (Soph: PHS 55-43)
Bureau Valley 65 – St. Bede 61 (Storm improve to 19-0 on season)
Putnam County 78 – Woodland 52
Rockridge 58 – Fulton 34

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS – Little 10 Tournament
Somonauk 43 – LaMoille-Ohio 40
Newark 56 – Earlville-Leland 30

Black Hawk 69 – IVCC 66

Illinois Teens Invited To State Of Union Address – 1/20/15

January 20th, 2015

>>Business Should Keep Count Of Minorities, Veterans Hired

(Chicago, IL)  —  Businesses that do contract work with the state will now have to keep a running tab on how many minorities and veterans they hire or train.  Governor Rauner signed an executive order for the mandate yesterday, but he didn’t give any details about a specific quota.  He also didn’t say if there would be consequences for companies that don’t put minorities or vets on the payroll.  Rauner says the goal is to get a gauge on hiring trends, and once he has that information, he’ll have a better understanding of how to make any necessary improvements.

>>Two Dead In Convenience Store Shootout

(Joliet, IL)  —  A convenience store clerk who was trying to defend himself during a robbery is dead.  Officials say the clerk pulled a gun and exchanged fire with two masked men who’d come into the store and announced a robbery.  It happened just after 3:00 yesterday afternoon at a Gardner Street Food Mart in Joliet.  The 24-year-old clerk and one of the suspects were injured in the shootout and died at the hospital.  The second suspect is still at large.

>>Trial Delayed In SIU Bomb Threat Case

(Benton, IL)  —  The man accused of threatening to set off bombs and behead people at the SIU Carbondale campus is going to have to wait a bit longer before going to trial.  Derrick Burns was supposed to face a judge on February 2nd, but that’s been pushed back to April 6th.  That gives officials time to conduct a court-ordered mental fitness test on Burns.  He’s accused of mailing in several letters to the university in 2012 and 2013, threatening to rape students, cut their heads off, set off bombs, and go on a shooting spree at the school.  He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges.

>>Duckworth Eyes U.S. Senate Run

(Chicago, IL)  —  Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth may be looking for a new gig.  Reports indicate she has her eye on a U.S. Senate seat.  She’d be up against Republican Mark Kirk in 2016, a Navy veteran who’s been on the job since 2010.  Kirk suffered a stroke a couple of years ago but has remained active in Congress.  Duckworth is an Army National Guard veteran who lost her legs in Iraq when her Black Hawk chopper was shot down.

>>Illinois Teens Invited To State Of Union Address

(Chicago, IL)  —  Two Illinois teens will be sitting in the gallery as President Obama delivers his State of the Union Address tonight.  Thirteen-year-old Malik Bryant, from Chicago, will be the First Lady’s guest.  His note to Santa prompted a personal response from the President when Bryant said all he wanted for Christmas was to be safe in his community.  Nineteen-year-old Homira Wardak, from Elgin, will also be in the gallery supporting plans to make community college free for those who get good grades.

Rauner Heads To Chicago For MLK Day – 1/19/15

January 19th, 2015

>>Rauner Heads To Chicago For MLK Day

(Chicago, IL)  —  Governor Rauner is spending the day in Chicago.  He’ll be participating in an MLK Day of Service on Rockwell Street.  And, he’ll put his signature on an Executive Order aimed at empowering minorities and veterans.

>>Suit From Former NIU Officer Can Go Forward

(DeKalb, IL)  —  A former police chief for Northern Illinois University can proceed with a civil rights case against the university.  Donald Grady was fired back in 2013 for allegedly mishandling evidence in an investigation against an officer who was accused of sexual assault.  Grady denied any wrongdoing.  He wants university officials to apologize and give him his job back.

>>Cops Find Marijuana In Spare Car Tire

(McLean County, IL)  —  Police in McLean County say they found a stash of pot inside a man’s spare tire in his car.  Joel Ziegler was pulled over on I-74 on Saturday because he was following another car too closely.  Police searched the car and uncovered three-and-a-half pounds of marijuana.  Ziegler reportedly told cops he was headed to Pennsylvania to sell the drugs.

>>Attorney Gets Probation For Meth Possession

(Granville, IL)  —  A 77-year-old attorney from Will County is going to spend the next two-years on probation for being busted with meth.  Charles Helmig was arrested during a traffic stop in Joliet back in October.  Police found syringes filled with meth during the stop.  Helmig recently pled guilty to drug possession charges.  It was his first offense so the charges will be dismissed if he successfully completes probation.

>>Investigation Underway After Pinckneyville Cop’s Death

(Pinckneyville, IL)  —  A Pinckneyville police officer is dead after being shot in the head.  Officials say the officer was shot inside his home.  At this point, it appears he pulled the trigger himself.  An investigation is underway.

>>Mega Millions Winner Has Yet To Come Forward

(Glendale Heights, IL)  —  There’s still no word who hit that big Mega Millions jackpot on Friday.  The winning ticket was sold at Bucky’s Express on Bloomingdale Road in Glendale Heights.  The winner will get a cash payout of about 181-million-dollars before taxes.  The winning numbers were 26, 32, 44, 45 and 58 and the Mega Ball was 11.

1-18-14 Saturday’s Area High School Basketball

January 17th, 2015


LaSalle-Peru 49 – Princeton 41 (Soph: LP 46-26)
Hall 50 – Annawan 39

GIRLS – Tri-County Tournament
Roanoke-Benson 56 – Henry-Senachwine 16
Peoria Christian 76 – DePue 34
Marquette 58 – Midland 29

Local News – 1/17/15

January 17th, 2015

*Senator Rezin to Co-host Citizens Utility Board’s “Check Your Bill Day”

State Senator Sue Rezin has organized a “Check your Bill Day,” on Tuesday at Spring Valley City Hall from 11 until 2. Experts from the Citizens Utility Board will check residents phone, electric and/or gas bills to see where they can save money. They will also check to see if there are any odd charges on their bill or if the bill holder is using too much energy in their home. They will also help people make sure they aren’t over paying for anything.

The event is free and open to the public. The only requirement is that residents must bring in their bills that they’d like checked by the Citizens Utility Board.

*Princeton Library hosts the Citizens Utility Board program

The Citizens Utility Board will present a program at the Princeton Public library on Tuesday evening at 6:30. The presentation will focus on how people can economize their bills to help save money.

The Citizens Utility Board is a non-profit consumer group created by the State Legislature to fight for the rights of utility consumers throughout Illinois.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Princeton library at 815-875-1331

*Monthly Hike the Canal outing announced

The friends of the Hennepin Canal will be holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday.

The monthly hikes were developed as an opportunity for people to get to know the Canal better by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi in small legs. There is no fee for the hike and membership is not a requirement.

The meeting place for the hike is at lock 3 at 1:30.

For more information contact Ed Herrmann at 815-664-2403


1-17-14 Friday’s Boys High School Basketball

January 16th, 2015


Princeton 62 – Hall 60  (Soph: PHS 44-29)
Putnam County 58 – Henry-Senachwine 43
St. Bede 71 – Amboy 39
Ottawa 60 – Geneseo 56
Marquette 68 – Midland 21
Roanoke-Benson 77 – Woodland 48

Martin Luther King Jr Day observance on Monday Jan. 19th

January 16th, 2015

The Princeton Peace and Justice Roundtable will host the 2nd annual community observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday January 19th at the Proudy Building.

The gathering will last approximately one hour and all are invited to attend this program honoring the legacy of American civil rights leader, world humanitarian an Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Short readings from Dr. King’s speeches and songs that capture his philosophy of non-violence and racial and economic justice will be included in the program.

For more information call 815-872-5150.

Rauner Promises Transparency In Key Hiring – 1/16/15

January 16th, 2015

>>Woman Accused In Botched Murder-Suicide

(Schiller Park, IL)  —  A Schiller Park woman is accused of using a psychoactive drug to try to kill her children before trying to kill herself last Sunday.  Cook County prosecutors say 29-year-old Krystle El Khatib crushed benzodiazepine pills and mixed the powdered anxiety drug with apple juice before forcing her nine-year-old son and four-year-old daughter to drink two glasses each.  She then allegedly tried to overdose herself in reaction to a dispute with the children’s father.  The boy awoke the next day and texted his father when he couldn’t rouse his mother.  The father took the children to the hospital and alerted police.

>>Rauner Promises Transparency In Key Hiring

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Bruce Rauner signed an executive order yesterday promising to publish the names of every high level employee his administration hires.  These are people whose jobs are exempt from the court ban on politically-based hiring and firing and who serve at the pleasure of the governor.  There are about 29-hundred so-called “Rutan exempt” jobs and Rauner says those names will be published on a website called the Illinois Transparency and Accountability Portal.  Rauner would not say how many of the people now holding those jobs will be replaced.

>>U. of I. Board Names New Chairman, Freezes Tuition

(Chicago, IL)  —  The University of Illinois’ board has picked the school’s first Republican chairman in more than a decade.  Downstate Greenville businessman Edward McMillan replaces Christopher Kennedy who chaired the board since being named by Governor Pat Quinn in 2009.  The board today also approved Timothy Killeen as U. of I. president and Michael Amiridis as Chancellor at UIC.  The board also voted to freeze tuition for incoming freshman at the school’s three campuses.

>>Bill Would Shoot Down Use Of Drones By Hunters

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois hunters would not be able to use an “eye in the sky” under a bill proposed by Deerfield state senator Julie Morrison.  She wants to ban the use of drones for hunting and fishing, saying that having such a technological advantage is “basically cheating.”  Violators could have their drones confiscated and face a misdemeanor charge and a fine. Several other states, including Wisconsin, already ban the use of drones.

>>Rosenthal Expected To Take DNR Directorship

(Springfield, IL)  —  Lawmakers are lining up behind Republican state representative Wayne Rosenthal from Morrisonville, who’s expected to be named by Governor Rauner as the new director of the Department of Natural Resources.  Democrats and Republicans are praising the idea of naming Rosenthal, who’s a retired brigadier general in the Air National Guard and who established a hunting and fishing preserve in Macoupin County.  If he does get the job, Rosenthal may have to deal with shortened hours in the state parks and limited resources because of the state’s budget crunch.