News Headlines – November 15, 2017

November 15th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Another Illinois Republican congressman says Alabama’s Roy Moore should get out of the race. There’s a push for answers about the death of the other man killed along side a fallen Rockford police officer. Illinois’ teacher shortage doesn’t look to be going away. The FBI is not saying what it is looking for in Lake Decatur.

>>Another Illinois Republican Says Alabama’s Moore Must Go

(Wheaton, IL) — A second Illinois Republican congressman says Alabama’s Roy Moore should drop out of the race. Suburban Republican Peter Roskam yesterday said that Moore needs to end the distraction. Northern Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger last week said that Moore needed to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate for the good of the party.

>>Rockford Marchers Want Answers About Other Man In Officer’s Death

(Rockford, IL) — Friends and family members of the other man who died alongside a fallen Rockford police officer want a federal investigation. About 25 marchers made their way through the streets of Rockford yesterday, pressing for answers about Eddie Patterson’s death. Patterson was shot and killed in the same traffic stop that killed Officer Jaimie Cox. The marchers say they think that police are hiding information about how Patterson died.

>>Illinois Teacher Shortage Lingers

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois cannot get past its teacher shortage. “The State Journal Register” in Springfield reported yesterday that schools across the state had over two thousand open positions at the start of the school year. A 2016 survey showed about 16-percent of schools had to cancel a class or activity because they didn’t have a teacher to head the classroom. The paper says there aren’t enough young people getting into teaching as a career.

>>FBI Mum On Lake Decatur Search

(Decatur, IL) — The FBI isn’t saying if agents found what they were looking for in Lake Decatur. In fact, the FBI isn’t saying what they were looking for at all. Agents yesterday searched the water near Ivy Hill Park for what they would only describe as ‘evidence in a local case.’

>>Alligator Snapping Turtle Returns To Illinois

(Urbana, IL) — The alligator snapping turtle is apparently back in Illinois. Researchers for the University of Illinois’ Natural History Survey last week said that they found a female snapping turtle in Union County in southern Illinois. It’s the first wild alligator snapping turtle found in the state in about 30-years. The hope is that the turtle is a sign that the species is returning to Illinois.

News Headlines – November 14, 2017

November 13th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The fifth suspect in the Wheaton College hazing scandal is due to be arraigned today. Local leaders in Normal are being asked to give-up tax money to land an agriculture manufacturing plant. There is a new statue in one western Illinois town honoring women veterans. The governor and first lady want to send Illinois service members plenty of holiday cards this year.

>>Final Wheaton College Player To be Arraigned On Hazing Charges

(Wheaton, IL) — The last of the five Wheaton College football players charged with hazing is expected to enter a not guilty plea later today. Prosecutors are moving ahead with the case against the five who they say injured another player during a hazing event last year. The four other defendants have all already entered not guilty pleas.

>>Ag Manufacturer Wants Tax Breaks To Locate In Normal

(Normal, IL) — Local leaders in Normal are once again being asked to give-up tax dollars to land a new business. Brandt Industries late last week said it wants to open a new manufacturing hub just north of the town. There’s a promise of anywhere between 300 and 500 jobs. But in order to land the manufacturing center, the local schools and local governments are being asked to give-up nine years worth of property taxes. That’d cost Normal schools almost a million dollars over the life of the deal.

>>Charges Coming For Man With 100-Grand Of Pot In Luggage

(Galesburg, IL) — Prosecutors in Knox County are looking at drug charges against the man they say had 100 thousand-dollars worth of marijuana in his luggage. A Knox County deputy arrested 59-year-old Sing Sengon last week after he got off the Amtrak train in Galesburg with a stash of drugs. Sengon boarded the train in California, investigators say he had just under 23 pounds of pot in his luggage when he was arrested.

>>Aledo Unveils Statue For Women Vets

(Aledo, IL) — There is something a little bit different about the soldier atop the newest memorial in western Illinois. The solider on Aledo’s new monument is a woman. Locals vets turned out on Saturday to honor female veterans from Aledo, and across the state. The new statue stands proudly in Armed Forces Memorial Park in Aledo.

>>Illinois Governor, First Lady Want Holiday Cards For Troops

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ governor and first lady are trying to brighten the holiday for some Illinois service members. Governor Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana yesterday announced a holiday card drive for the troops. The state’s first couple says anyone can send a card and they’ll make sure that it gets to a solider serving across the globe. If you want to send a card, send it to the USO Cards for Heroes in Chicago by November 20th.

Putnam County Man Indicted In Ladd Woman’s Murder

November 9th, 2017

A Putnam County man has been indicted for the murder of a Ladd woman. According to a press release from the Illinois State Police, a grand jury yesterday returned the indictment against 67-year old Clifford Andersen of Standard. He’s charged in the murder of his sister-in-law, 62-year old Deborah Dewey. The Ladd woman was last seen alive in August of 2016 in Spring Valley. A week later, her car was found at a truck stop near Morris. A month later, police found Dewey’s body in a shallow grave in a yard near Andersen’s home in Standard.


News Headlines – November 10, 2017

November 9th, 2017

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(Undated) – Here’s the latest news: The state of Illinois is getting ready to pay about nine billion-dollars worth of old bills. If you blinked you may have missed the flurry of new laws at the Illinois Capitol yesterday. Services are set for tomorrow for a Rockford police officer who died in the line of duty. Lawyers for the man accused of kidnapping a Chinese scholar at the U of I want his trial pushed back till next year.

>>Illinois Starts To Pay Down Old Bills

(Springfield, IL) — Doctors, dentists, and hospitals across Illinois are about to get billions of dollars from the state. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza yesterday said she plans to pay about nine billion-dollars worth of Illinois employee and Medicaid bills in the next few days. But that’s just about half of what Illinois owes. And Mendoza says she’s not sure when she’ll have the money to pay the rest of Illinois’ 16 billion-dollar backlog of unpaid bills.

>>Illinois Lawmakers Rush Through Veto Session To-Do List

(Springfield, IL) — Usually things move slowly at the Illinois Capitol. But yesterday was anything but usual. The Illinois House and the State Senate sped through more than a dozen veto overrides in less than a half hour. Some of them, like a new cursive requirement for Illinois school kids, are now law. Others need one more vote before they’ll be added to the state’s law books. Lawmakers are due back at the Capitol for more votes later today.

>>Funeral Saturday For Fallen Rockford Officers

(Rockford, IL) — City leaders in Rockford are expecting a large turn out to say goodbye to a rookie officer killed in the line of duty. Visitation for Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox will be held tomorrow at the First Free Evangelical Church in Rockford. Cox will be laid to rest on Saturday. Investigators say it may take weeks before they know how Cox died in what started as a traffic stop over the weekend, and ended with him being slammed by a car into a tree.

>>Lawyers For U of I Kidnapping Suspect Want Trial Pushed To 2018

(Urbana, IL) — Lawyers for the man accused of kidnapping a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois want to push his trial back. Brendt Christensen’s legal team yesterday told a judge that they need more time to prepare a defense. They want the trial delayed til the fall of 2018. Federal prosecutors are charging Christensen with kidnapping resulting in the death of Yingying Zhang back in June. The charges could earn Christensen the death penalty.

>>Company Pulls Southern Illinois Fracking Bid Because Of Red Tape

(Enfield, IL) — A Kansas oil company is walking away from plans to frack in southern Illinois because they say there are just too many rules and regulations in the state. Woolsey Operating yesterday said ‘burdensome, time consuming and costly’ regulations forced them to abandon the project near the small town of Enfield. Local leaders in Enfield say they’re sad to lose the project, and the jobs it may have brought to town.

News Headlines – November 9, 2017

November 8th, 2017

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois lawmakers are done with their response to claims of sexual harassment at the Illinois Capitol. A new law would give DCFS workers the same legal protections as cops and firefighters. A sleeping judge is not enough to get spree killer Nicholas Sheley a new trial. Cook County leaders are looking to ask voters next spring if they’d like to see Illinois legalize marijuana.

>>Illinois Lawmakers Quickly Approve Sexual Harassment Laws

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois lawmakers are sending a series of new laws to Governor Rauner that are supposed to curb the culture of sexual harassment at the statehouse. Among the new plans approved yesterday are a ban on harassment, as well a new a law that eliminates the statute of limitations on sexual harassment complaints that may have fallen by the wayside at the Capitol while there was no legislative inspector general. The plans all head to Governor Rauner’s desk for his signature.

>>McCombie Introduces Law To Give DCFS Workers Enhanced Protections

(Springfield, IL) — A new plan in Springfield would give DCFS case workers in Illinois the same kind of legal protections as police officers and firefighters. Quad Cities state Rep. Tony McCombie introduced the plan this week. She says the law stems from an attack near Dixon that left a DCFS worker in a coma. Current state law does not offer enhanced penalties for people who attack civilian state employees.

>>Sheley Convictions Stand, Despite Claims That Judge Slept At Trial

(Ottawa, IL) — Spree killer Nicholas Sheley won’t get a new trial even though the judge in his first case fell asleep on the bench. An Illinois appeals court yesterday ruled that even though Judge Jeffrey O’Connor fell asleep during Sheley’s 2014 trial, Sheley’s conviction will stand. The court said that simply because the judge fell asleep, does not mean that there was an irreversible error in the trial.

>>Cook County Leaders Want Advisory Referendum On Legal Pot

(Chicago, IL) — Voters in Cook County may see a question on the March ballot about legalizing marijuana. But the plan right now is simply for an advisory referendum on whether the state of Illinois should legalize the drug. Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey yesterday said that legalizing marijuana could bring-in between 300 and 700 million-dollars in new money to the state. Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle also support the advisory vote.

>>Guilty Plea For Metro East Man In Trump Threat Case

(Edwardsville, IL) — A Metro East man is likely looking at six months in prison for threatening President Trump. Joseph Pickett pleaded guilty last month, he’ll be sentenced in February. The Secret Service says Pickett posted several times online that he’d like to assassinate the president. Investigators say his co-workers turned him in.