News Headlines – January 16, 2017

January 15th, 2018

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning travelers about a possible measles exposure at O’Hare International Airport last week. Jeanne Ives says Republicans should feel betrayed by Governor Rauner over his signature on a new abortion law. Another Republican state rep says he can support legal marijuana in Illinois. The University of Illinois’ campus in Springfield now has a two million-dollar jewel for students. 

>>IDPH Warning Of Possible Measles Outbreak At O’Hare 

(Chicago, IL)  —  If you flew into or out of O’Hare International Airport last Wednesday, you may want to get to your doctor. The Illinois Department of Public Health, over the weekend, issued a warning to travelers that they may have been exposed to the measles. The state says the biggest threat came between 6:30 in the morning and 1 p.m. on January 10th. The IDPH says the biggest fear is that anyone who has not been vaccinated for the measles could be at serious risk of getting sick. 

>>Candidate Ives Says Rauner Betrayed Republicans With Abortion Law 

(Chicago, IL)  —  The conservative running for Illinois governor says Republican voters should feel betrayed. State Rep Jeanne Ives yesterday said that Governor Rauner betrayed the party base when he signed a law last summer that will have taxpayers pay for abortions for state employees and women on Medicaid. Ives told the crowd at yesterday’s March for Life in Chicago that with the right leaders in Springfield, Illinois could outlaw abortion. 

>>ISBE: Private School Changes Could Hurt All Illinois Schools 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois’ public school managers say they’re worried that changes Governor Rauner made to help private schools could end up hurting all schools in the state. The Illinois State Board of Education on Friday said that the governor’s amendatory veto of the plan to authorize new money for Illinoisschools will cause ‘disruption and confusion’ for all 852 school districts in the state. The governor changed the law to add more private schools to Illinois’ new scholarship tax credit program. 

>>One More Illinois Republican Supports Legal Illinois Marijuana 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Add suburban state rep  Allen Skillicorn to the list of Republicans in Illinois who are on the pro-legal marijuana bandwagon. Skillicorn said last week that marijuana is a moral issue, not a legal one. Skillicorn said he’d rather not see more people use drugs, but he says it’s time for everyone to admit that Illinois’ prohibition on marijuana has done nothing to stop its use. More and more Illinois lawmakers, of both parties, are coming around to the idea of legal pot in the state. 

>>UIS Opens Two Million-Dollar Student Union 

(Springfield, IL)  —  The campus at the University of Illinois at Springfield just got a lot nicer. The school yesterday cut the ribbon on a new two million-dollar student union. It’s the first time the small school in Springfield has had a place for students to gather. UIS vice chancellor of student affairs Clarice Ford says the new building will be the ‘living room’ for students on campus.

News Headlines – January 15, 2017

January 14th, 2018

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Eastern and southern Illinois are in line for the worst of the latest winter storm.  Rockford Police are looking for a suspect in a home invasion that left a three-year-old boy with a gunshot wound.  Prosecutors in southern Illinois say the state’s new law for bail doesn’t help them much.  State Farm is leaving its iconic office in downtown Bloomington. 

>>Southern, Eastern Illinois To See Worst Of Winter Storm 

(Lincoln, IL)  —  Winter is back with a vengeance in southern and eastern Illinois.  Folks from about Salem south toward the state lines are in line for the worst of the winter storm that’s tracking through Illinois today.  The National Weather Service is leaving a winter storm warning in effect until 9:00 tonight for a swath of southeastern Illinois.  Forecasters are expecting as much as three inches of snow and a quarter inch of ice. 

>>Three-Year-Old Wounded In Rockford Home Invasion 

(Rockford, IL)  —  Rockford Police are looking for the man they say broke into a home and shot a three-year-old boy.  The toddler is expected to live.  Investigators say the suspect grazed the little boy in a home invasion about 4 p.m. yesterday.  Police are not offering a motive for the crime and aren’t saying if the home invasion was random or specifically targeted. 

>>Southern Illinois Prosecutors Not Happy With Bail Law 

(Marion, IL)  —  This was the fear all along.  Downstate prosecutors say they’re not happy with all of the aspects of Illinois’ new bail law.  A new law for the new year allows suspects to essentially serve time and avoid paying their bail.  Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti yesterday said he fears the change will allow some dangerous people to get out of jail quickly and possibly commit new crimes.  Zanotti says the new law is a Cook County law for Cook County problems. 

>>State Farm Moving Out Of Iconic Bloomington Office 

(Bloomington, IL)  —  State Farm is leaving its original office building in downtown Bloomington behind.  The company yesterday said it is moving employees out of the 89-year-old building that was its original home.  About 150 workers will move out of their offices by the end of the month, but they are moving to other offices in Bloomington.  State Farm says it is in the middle of a company-wide restructuring, and that will mean changes for some offices and some employees across the country. 

>>Illinois Reviewing Medicaid Work Rule 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois’ Medicaid managers say they’re reviewing a new rule that may allow states to ask people on the government’s healthcare rolls to work.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services yesterday approved what it’s calling community engagement, which opens the door for work or volunteering requirements.  The Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which runs Medicaid in Illinois, says it is looking at the rule change implications in the state.

News Headlines – January 13, 2017

January 14th, 2018

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  One Illinois congressman says he doesn’t want to see Illinois lawmakers play politics with the veterans home in Quincy. Bruce Rauner’s campaign ad featuring Missouri’s governor is going away. An autopsy is proving a few new details about Peoria’s first murder of 2018. Seven Sam’s Club stores in Illinois are on the list to close. 

>>Congress LaHood: Avoid Playing Politics With Quincy Homeowner 

(Quincy, IL)  —  Congressman Darin LaHood says he doesn’t want to see the Quincy veterans home become a political football. LaHood yesterday said he’s happy to see a dedication in the state to fix the problems with the aging home where 13 people have died from Legionnaires disease since 2015. LaHood says Democrats in Illinoisneed to refrain from making the home’s problems into a political issue. 

>>Rauner Campaign Drops Ad Featuring Missouri Governor 

(Chicago, IL)  —  You won’t be seeing Missouri’s governor in campaign ads for Illinois’ governor anytime soon. Governor Rauner’s campaign yesterday dropped the ‘Thanks Mike Madigan’ ad after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens admitted to an affair. Rauner’s campaign says they simply rotated the ad out. There are questions in Missouri about Greitens’ future after news of the affair and an alleged blackmail plot surfaced earlier this week. 

>>New Details In Peoria’s First Murder Of 2018 

(Peoria, IL)  —  Investigators in Peoria say the city’s first murder victim of 2018 was shot at close range. Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood yesterday said that Kamry Harris was shot once in the head and twice in the chest and left behind a garage in the two thousand block of West Malone Street. Peoria Police say another man is still in the hospital because of his wounds in the same attack. Officers aren’t offering any guess at a motive, or any details on a suspect or suspects. 

>>Lawsuit Challenges Joliet Junior College Free Speech Zone 

(Chicago, IL)  —  Is a ‘free speech zone’ actually a limit on speech? That’s the question at the heart of a lawsuit filed this week against Joliet Junior College. Ivette Salazar’s lawyers are suing because the school wouldn’t allow her to distribute anti-capitalism flyers on campus last month. Salazar says on campus the rules say freedom of speech, but only if the school allows it. JJC officials aren’t commenting on the lawsuit. 

>>Seven Illinois Sam’s Clubs To Close 

(Moline, IL)  —  There are seven Sam’s Club stores in Illinois on the list to close. Sam’s managers yesterday said they are closing 63 stores across the country to realign and refocus on its core mission. In addition to the store in the Quad Cities, stores in Naperville, Batavia, Matteson, Streamwood, Wheeling and Romeoville are also set to close.

News Headlines – January 12, 2017

January 11th, 2018

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state will find the money to upgrade the facilities at Quincy’s veterans home. Illinois’ other big teachers’ union is endorsing J.B. Pritzker in his bid for governor. Fire investigators in Clinton are still looking for the cause of a fire that killed an 87-year-old woman. Police in northern Illinois say a wanted man’s Facebook Live post led them right to his door. 

>>Governor Promises New Buildings, Water Lines At Quincy Vets Home 

(Quincy, IL)  —  Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he’ll find the money to replace the old buildings and water lines that have made people sick at the state veterans home in Quincy. The governor yesterday announced a plan to build new facilities in order to stop Legionnaires disease outbreaks that have killed 13 people since 2015. Until then, Rauner said the home will fully embrace recommendations from the CDC to stop the disease, like installing water filters on sinks and shower heads. 

>>Illinois’ Other Big Teachers’ Union Endorsing Pritzker For Governor 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Both of Illinois’ big teachers’ unions are now on J.B. Pritzker’s side in the race for governor. The IllinoisEducation Association yesterday endorsed Pritzker. The Illinois Federation of Teachers tossed their support toward the Democratic frontrunner late last year. It’s not as if anyone expected the teachers’ unions to endorse Governor Rauner, but the endorsements are noteworthy because of the weight they may carry in the crowded Democratic primary this March. 

>>Darin LaHood Gets Appointment To Powerful Congressional Committee 

(Washington, DC)  —  West-central Illinois could soon have a louder voice in Washington D.C.  Congressman Darin LaHood is waiting for his appointment to the powerful Ways and Means Committee to be finalized. LaHood yesterday announced that he will be serving on the panel in Washington D.C. that writes the nation’s tax laws. Former Congressman Aaron Schock previously served on the same panel.

>>No Cause Yet In Deadly Clinton House Fire 

(Clinton, IL)  —  Investigators in Clinton say they’re still looking for the cause of a deadly fire that killed an 87-year-old woman earlier this week. DeWitt County Coroner Randy Rice yesterday identified Evelyn Eaton as the woman who died in the fire on Tuesday. The fire also injured her adult son. Investigators say they don’t think the fire is suspicious. 

>>Facebook Live Post Leads Freeport Police To Wanted Man 

(Freeport, IL)  —  If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you may want to stay off Facebook Live. And whatever you do, don’t stream a video of you holding a loaded gun and drugs. That’s exactly what Freeport Police say 18-year-old Jalen Anderson did this week. Officers arrested Anderson at an apartment in Freeport after watching his Facebook post, then tracking him down. Police in Harvey, Illinois say Anderson is a suspect in an armed robbery there.

News Headlines – January 11, 2017

January 10th, 2018

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  One of the Democratic candidates for governor in Illinois says it’s time to trim some of Illinois’ local pension plans. A former University of Illinois student is suing the university to get some of the money he says big companies pay the school for student workers. The flu season is off to a deadly start in the Quad Cities. There’s another building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds facing emergency repairs. 

>>Democrat Candidate Biss: Reform Pensions By Combining Them 

(Arlington Heights, IL)  —  One of the Democrats running for Illinois governor wants to reform the state’s pension systems by combining some of them. Candidate Dan Biss yesterday told “The Daily Herald” that Illinois has too many local pension programs, over 600, and that combining some of them may save taxpayers and public workers money. Biss said he’d also be open to pension buyout programs, but didn’t say anything about changing benefits that are growing increasingly expensive. 

>>Former U Of I Student Sues To Get Paid 

(Urbana, IL)  —  A former University of Illinois student is suing to get his share of the money he says the school made from student workers. The unnamed student filed a lawsuit that claims the Illinois Business Consulting Center takes advantage of students. The center pairs businesses with students to work on real world projects, university officials say that’s what makes the program so popular. The lawsuit says if the school is paid for the work, then students should be paid as well. 

>>Rock Island County Reports Three Flu Deaths 

(Rock Island, IL)  —  Flu season is already deadly in the Quad Cities. Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson yesterday said three people in the county have died from the flu so far this season. Gustafson says it’s the latest evidence that this year’s flu season is hitting early and hitting hard. Illinois’ Department of Public Health listed only one death in its latest flu report, but said 344 people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season. 

>>Another Illinois State Fair Building In Bad Shape 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Add one of the Illinois State Fairground’s barns to the list of buildings in danger of falling in on itself. Illinois’ Capital Development Board this month asked for an emergency 100 thousand-dollars to pay for roof work on Barn 13 on the fairgrounds in Springfield. The CDB says without the work, the barn’s roof could cave in. Barn 13 is just the latest building at the fairgrounds to be declared unsafe and in need of thousands of dollars of construction work. 

>>Guilty Plea In Stolen Moline Fire Truck Case 

(Rock Island, IL)  —  A Quad Cities man is looking at eight years in prison for stealing a Moline fire truck. Nathan Stottler pleaded guilty last week to theft charges. Part of his plea agreement caps his possible sentence at just eight years. Moline Fire officials say Stottler stole Fire Engine 21 last summer, and almost drove it into the Mississippi River. Stottler will be sentenced in March.