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News Headlines – September 18, 2017

September 18th, 2017

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(Undated) — It looks like Chicago has passed a grisly milestone for murders this year. A gas tax increase may be coming in Illinois. Illinois Republicans say 2018 is their election to lose. Stark County workers are still asking for raises even as the county looks to be running out of money.

Report: Chicago Saw 500th Murder On Sunday

(Chicago, IL) — Chicago is once again marking a grisly murder milestone. “The Chicago Tribune” yesterday reported that the city saw its 500th murder of the year yesterday. The paper says a man who was shot to death on Chicago’s west side was the 500th person to be killed in the city since January. But that’s actually down from a year ago. By this point in 2016, the paper says 538 people had been murdered.

Illinois Gas Tax Increase A Possibility

(Springfield, IL) — A lot of people are talking about a gas tax increase in Illinois, but no one is saying how high the price may go. A number of reports over the weekend said top lawmakers may meet this week to talk about a gas tax increase as a way to pay for new road construction. Right now, Illinois’ gas tax is one of the highest in the country, just over 34-cents a gallon. The spokespeople for Illinois’ legislative leaders all said they don’t have any specifics about a new gas tax proposal.

Illinois Republicans Rally The Faithful At Quad Cities Reagan Barbecue

(Milan, IL) — Illinois Republicans think they can win in 2018. More to the point, Republicans leaders told the crowd at yesterday’s Reagan Barbecue in the Quad Cities that they will win next year. Attorney General candidate Erica Harold headlined the picnic in Milan [[ my-lun ]]. She said with Lisa Madigan now out of the race, she expects to be able to have a much bigger impact on the statewide ticket in 2018.

Assault Injures Quad Cities Prison Guard

(East Moline, IL) — A female prison guard is recovering after an attack at the East Moline Correctional Center. The Illinois Department of Corrections yesterday said the female guard was attacked Saturday, she was treated and released from a local hospital. No one is offering specifics on what happened. A DOC spokeswoman said the inmate has been transferred and the prison was placed on lock down Saturday because of the attack.

Stark County Leaders Press For Raises, As County Finances Dwindle

(Toulon, IL) — Stark County may not have enough money to pay sheriff deputies at the end of the month. But the county’s engineer is asking for a five-percent raise for his highway crews. Stark County leaders say they’re trying to balance the requests for raises with the reality that the county is facing a fiscal dilemma. The county board will host a special meeting next week to try and figure out a solution before Stark County runs out of money.

Homestead Festival Another Success

September 10th, 2017

The 46th annual Homestead Festival drew another big crowd to Princeton over the weekend. In one of the highlights of the event, the Homestead Festival 5K Race was held Saturday morning at the Bureau County Metro Center in Princeton. The overall top male finisher was Colin Mickow from Naperville and the first male Princeton finisher was Brian Taylor. The first overall female finisher was Brianna Legner of Princeton. The first Princeton woman was Rachel Waca.  The complete race results can be found on the Metro Center’s Facebook page. There were 267 registered runners and walkers in the event.  Jake Rinehart is the winner of the Homestead Festival 50/50 drawing. He receives $9,387 in winnings.

News Headlines – September 11, 2017

September 10th, 2017

A 19-year-old Chicago woman has been found dead in a suburban hotel’s freezer. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says Kenneka Jenkins was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m. Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont. It says her cause of death is pending following an autopsy. Rosemont police say hotel staff discovered Jenkins inside the walk-in freezer. They say she was last seen at a party at the hotel early Saturday.

Fall trout fishing starts next month in Illinois and the state is stocking about 80,000 rainbow trout to prepare for the season. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the season starts Saturday, Oct. 21, at 54 ponds, lakes and streams statewide. The department warns that any anglers who take trout from stocked areas before 5 a.m. that day will be issued citations. The daily catch limit is five trout.

The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program is seeing fewer World War II veterans on its trips to the nation’s capital. The State Journal-Register reports that the upcoming flight on Tuesday will include 40 Korean War veterans, 37 Vietnam-era veterans and three WWII veterans. Part of the reason for the decline is that most of the WWII veterans who have applied have already gone on a flight. Their numbers also are declining.

Chicago police say an officer has shot and killed a motorist after the driver struck an officer during a traffic stop on the city’s Northwest Side. Police say officers had stopped the 19-year-old motorist for driving erratically and when they exited their patrol car, the motorist used his vehicle to pin one of the officers. One of the officers then shot the motorist.

News Headlines – September 10, 2017

September 10th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A Navy admiral is apologizing to the family of a fallen central Illinois sailor for how the Navy handled his death. Illinois schools are finally getting their money from the state. Fewer students are taking the ACT in Illinois, but they’re getting better scores. There are questions about the namesake of one of the dorms at Eastern Illinois University.

Admiral Apologizes For How Central Illinois Sailor’s Death Was Handled

(Washington, DC) — A Navy admiral is apologizing to family of a fallen central Illinois sailor. Admiral William Moran yesterday said the Navy did not do all it could to help the family of Logan Palmer after the young sailor died on the USS John S McCain last month. Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis pressed for the apology, Davis said it bothers him that a private group had to pay for the Palmers to fly to see their son’s body returned to the United States. Palmer will be laid to rest tomorrow in Harristown.

Illinois Schools Get State Checks

(Springfield, IL) — Schools across Illinois are starting to get some of what they’re owed. Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza yesterday cut the first state aid checks to local school districts. Schools were supposed to get the money about a month ago. Mendoza says another round of checks will go out today. In all, over 800 million-dollars will be sent to schools across the state by Monday.

Fewer Students Taking ACT, Scores Are Improving

(Springfield, IL) — Fewer high school students in Illinois are taking the ACT. But those who are taking the test are getting better scores. Illinois decided in 2015 to stop offering the ACT to all high school juniors, now only students who want to take the test do so. ACT officials say the average score for Illinois students jumped to 21-point-four, that’s just above the national average score of 21.

Former Professor Once Again Wants To Change EIU’s Douglas Hall

(Charleston, IL) — There’s another push to rename Douglas Hall at Eastern Illinois University. A former professor, Chris Hanlon, on Tuesday asked the school to rename the dorm. The building is named for Fredrick Douglas, the former Democratic Senator from Illinois who debated Abraham Lincoln in Charleston in 1858. Hanlon says because Douglas supported slavery, his name must be removed from the building. He’s pitched the idea before, and EIU officials turned him down in the past. There’s no official word from the university about the latest proposal.

U Of I Begins 60 Million-Dollar Recruitment Effort

(Urbana, IL) — The University of Illinois is looking to sweeten the deal for professors who want to work at the school. The university yesterday announced the beginning of three year, 60 million-dollar recruitment effort. U of I President Tim Killeen says the goal is to spend about 20 million a year to lure “top talents” to the university. Killeen hopes to hire at least ten professors a year.

News Headlines – September 4, 2017

September 4th, 2017

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Blame Harvey for the jump in the price at the pump. Rock Island County is the place to be to watch the Democrats running for governor in Illinois this weekend. That haze you’re seeing in northern Illinois is from Canadian fires. Some southern Illinois animal rescuers are on their way to Texas to help in the flood zone. 

>>Gas Price Up, Blame Harvey 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Blame Harvey for the extra cost to fill up your tank. Gas prices across the state of Illinois are up in the wake of the storm that cut through the Gulf of Mexico and through Houston. The price of a gallon of gas jumped about a dime yesterday. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says gas prices will likely stay higher than usual for the next few weeks. Most stations in downstate Illinois are selling a gallon of regular gas for anywhere between two dollars 30-cents a gallon to two dollars 50-cents a gallon. 

>>Democratic Candidates To Be In Quad Cities For Labor Day 

(Hampton, IL)  —  If you want to see the Democratic candidates for governor in Illinois, simply spend Labor Day in the Quad Cities. All five of the candidates for governor will be at Hampton’s Labor Day celebration on Monday. Rock Island County Democratic boss Doug House said it’s an honor to have all of the candidates. This is the 50th anniversary for Hampton’s celebration which will be held at Illiniwek Park on Monday. 

>>Dan Biss Picks Chicago Alderman As Running Mate 

(Chicago, IL)  —  Dan Biss is betting hard on the Chicago vote in his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. Biss, a Democratic state Senator from Evansville, yesterday chose Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate.  Ramirez-Rosa is a member of the Chicago council’s progressive caucus and is backed by many of the city’s largest labor unions. Biss is trying to position himself in the five way Democratic race as the most progressive candidate. 

>>Haze From Canadian Wildfires Seen In Illinois 

(Davenport, IA)  —  You’re not seeing things, there is a haze in the air in northern Illinois. Forecasters yesterday said that haze is actually smoke from wildfires in Canada and Montana. National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Cousins said fires are burning in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and sending the haze down to the U.S. Doctors say if the haze irritates you, try and stay inside. 

>>Southern Illinois Animal Rescuers Headed To Texas 

(Murphysboro, IL)  —  Some animal rescuers from southern Illinois are getting ready to make their way to Texas, to help the pets left behind by Harvey. Crews from both the St. Francis CARE Animal Shelter and Midwest Animal Rescue Service of Illinois will leave later today from Murphysboro, to drive to Texas. Christin King with St. Francis CARE said the hope is to collect donations and deliver them to animal shelters that are dealing with the pets and farm animals left behind because of Houston’s flooding.