News Headlines – December 15, 2017

December 14th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ public pension problems are, once again, the worst in the nation. Illinois is in the middle of the pack when it comes to a new report on the states’ health. The Quad Cities’ congresswoman is on the list of those calling for a sexual harassment probe of President Trump. Prosecutors in Springfield are pushing ahead with charges against the man they say nearly beat an elderly gentleman to death.

>>Illinois Pension Burden Highest In America

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is at the top of the latest list on public pensions. But that’s not a good thing. Fitch Ratings’ released its 2017 pension report on Tuesday and it says Illinois has the worst pension burden in America. Illinois’ pension debt actually rose a bit over the past year, Fitch puts the price tag at 151 billion dollars in pension liabilities. Fitch says that’s equal to nearly 23 percent of all of the income earned by taxpayers in Illinois last year.

>>Illinois Middle Of The Pack In Latest Health Report

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ biggest problem, according to a new report on the health of the states, is too much air pollution. The report from the United Health Foundation released yesterday, said Illinois’ air pollution is the second worst in the country. Illinois also gets downgraded for the number of binge drinkers in the state. But the state gets high marks for most of its public health programs. Overall, Illinois is ranked the 27th least healthy state in the country.

>>Quad Cities’ Congresswoman Calls For Trump Harassment Investigation

(Washington, DC) — Add Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos to the list of Democrats calling for an investigation into sexual harassment claims against President Trump. Bustos earlier this week signed a letter, along with about 50 other Democratic women on Capitol Hill, asking for an official review of the 17 women who claim the president harassed or grabbed them. Bustos said she’s disappointed that Republicans in Congress are unwilling to follow up on the claims.

>>Pilot Busted With 200 Pounds Of Pot In Warren County

(Monmouth, IL) — Investigators in western Illinois are proud of their latest drug bust. Police in Monmouth along side the Warren County Sheriff’s office yesterday said that they arrested Sean Billingsley from Oregon with 200 pounds of marijuana in his plane at the Monmouth Municipal Airport. Police say they made the bust Tuesday, they say they also found almost three thousand-dollars cash and a pistol. Billingsley is being held on a quarter-million dollars bond.

>>Charges For Springfield Man In Attack On 70-Year-Old

(Springfield, IL) — Investigators in Springfield say they’re still looking for a motive in an attack that left a 70-year-old man in the hospital. Prosecutors yesterday filed formal charges against Andrew Brady for Tuesday’s attack that left the elderly man fighting for his life. Brady is facing aggravated battery charges, but they may change if the man passes away.

Obituary – Anton “Tony” Votava

December 14th, 2017

Anton G. “Tony” Votava, 83, of Princeton, Illinois formerly of Bradford, Illinois died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at OSF Hospital in Peoria, Illinois.
He was born September 21, 1934 in Castle Rock, South Dakota the son of Frank and Anna (Kimlicka) Votava.

Tony graduated from Bradford High School with the Class of 1952. He attended IL Central College in Peoria, Illinois. He farmed in the Bradford area all of his life.

He was a member of the NRA and a jack of all trades and seller of all. Tony was a gun collector, lover of the land, great storyteller and a real business man.

He is survived by two sons: Michael Votava of Anchorage, Alaska and Frank Votava of Normal, Illinois; one daughter, Anna (Jason) Wilcox of Peoria, Illinois; two grandsons: Jonathan and Samuel and one sister, Mary Benka of LaGrange, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Votava.

A funeral service will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford with Father Daniel Gifford, Officiating. Burial will take place in Osceola Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service Monday, December 18, 2017 at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences may be sent to

News Headlines – December 14,, 2017

December 13th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Former House Speaker Denny Hastert is getting new rules for his supervised release. An exonerated murderer is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider his appeal. School leaders in Danville are canceling more basketball games after a shooting last week. Viking Cruises is canceling plans for Mississippi River trips.

>>Former Speaker Hastert Banned From Being With Children Alone

(Chicago, IL) — Former House Speaker Denny Hastert’s probation will keep him away from most children. A judge yesterday ordered that Hastert never be alone with any child, and that he can only be in the same room with a child if another adult is there and if that adult knows about Hastert’s past sexual abuse. The former top Republican in Congress was released from prison in July for a financial crime, but the judge in the case yesterday tightened the terms of his release to reflect the sexual abuse claims from the 1970’s that were never taken to trial.

>>Alan Beaman Asks Illinois Supreme Court To Reconsider Appeal

(Springfield, IL) — An exonerated killer is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider his lawsuit against the people he says falsely convicted him. Alan Beaman earlier this month asked the high court to reconsider his lawsuit against Normal Police detectives who he say conspired against him to convict him of the 1993 murder of his former girlfriend. Beaman was later exonerated and given a certificate of innocence by Governor Pat Quinn. His lawyers say Beaman deserves his day in court.

>>Danville Cancels Games After Shooting

(Danville, IL) — Danville High School’s basketball teams won’t be playing in Champaign-Urbana anytime soon. School leaders yesterday canceled last night’s girls’ basketball game against Champaign Central High School, as well as Friday night’s boys’ basketball game against Urbana, and Saturday’s girls’ game against Urbana. The cancellations follow last Friday’s shooting at the Danville-Champaign Central game that sent three people to the hospital.

>>Viking Cruises Cancels Mississippi River Plans

(Quincy, IL) — One of the largest riverboat cruise operators in the world isn’t coming to western Illinois. Viking Cruises yesterday told city leaders in Quincy and Hannibal, Missouri that they won’t start Mississippi River cruises because they can’t afford to have their ships made in the U.S. and still stay competitive. Federal rules say that boats that operate in U.S. waters must be made by U.S. crews. Viking had planned to add stops up and down the Mississippi River.

>>More Wind, Maybe Snow In Forecast

(Davenport, IA) — It’s going to be another blustery day across western Illinois. The National Weather Service says folks from Dixon to Macomb can expect high winds and maybe a bit of light snow as well. Some wind gusts could hit 45 miles-per-hour in some places.

Obituary – Charlotte Rose Davidson

December 13th, 2017

Charlotte Rose Davidson

Age: 5 months

City: of Oregon, Illinois formerly of Princeton, Illinois

Date of Death: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Place of Death: at KSB Hospital in Dixon.


Services: A memorial service will be held 2:00p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the New Hope Church of the Nazarene, Princeton

Officiant: Pastor Laura Root-Tanner

Burial of cremated remains: Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton

Date/ Place of Birth: June 25, 2017 at KSB Hospital in Dixon the daughter of Dylan Davidson and Destiny (Zach Jensen) Evans.

Survivors: her parents, 1 brother, Brayden Jensen, her maternal grandparents, Gary Evans and Kimberly (Matt) Claxton, paternal grandparents, Fred and Tera Davidson, great-grandparents and the family of Zachary Jensen.

Preceded in death:

Memberships/Hobbies: Charlie was always happy and loved everyone she met.

Memorials: March of Dimes or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

National News – December 13, 2017

December 12th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Governor Rauner is ripping into the property tax system in Cook County as corrupt. The Quad Cities’ congresswoman is picking sides in the race for Illinois attorney general. The northern third of Illinois is about to get blasted with single digit wind chills. There is a new man in charge of public housing for Illinois and the Midwest.

>>Governor Rauner Tears Into Corrupt Cook County Property Tax System

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the property tax system in Cook County is an ‘unholy trinity’ of corruption, collusion, and conflicts. The governor yesterday tried to make political headlines out of a new report that shows Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios’ work is riddled with inaccuracies and causes problems for small business owners. The report also said that because of the problems within the tax system, there is a strong cottage industry that is dedicated to helping certain people fix their tax bills.

>>Congresswoman Bustos Makes Pick For Illinois Attorney General

(Moline, IL) — The Quad Cities’ congresswoman is picking a candidate in the race for Illinois attorney general. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos yesterday endorsed Democrat Nancy Rotering in the March primary. Rotering is one of two women on the Democratic ticket. Bustos said that she thinks Rotering will not only bring her experience as an attorney and a mayor to the job, but some perspective as a mom. At least seven other Democrats are running for attorney general, Republican Erika Harold is also running.

>>High Winds, Single Digit Wind Chills To Start The Day

(Davenport, IA) — Don’t forget the hat and gloves as you head off to work or school. The National Weather Service is warning of dangerously cold wind chills from the Wisconsin border to about Peoria. Forecasters say high winds, with gusts up to 40 miles-per-hour, will drive the wind chill across about the northern third of Illinois into the single digits. Some folks in northwestern Illinois will see wind chills around zero to start the day.

>>New HUD Administrator Takes Over In Chicago

(Chicago, IL) — There’s a new man in charge of public housing in Illinois. The Trump Administration yesterday confirmed Joseph Galvan as the Midwest Administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Galvan will oversee public housing in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. That means he will be the new man in charge of closing two decrepit housing complexes in Cairo in far southern Illinois.

>>Moline Mayor Returns To Work After Wreck

(Moline, IL) — She’s on crutches, and she’s only back at city hall part time, but Moline’s mayor is back at work after a serious car accident. Mayor Stephanie Acri yesterday said she’s easing back into her duties. Acri is still nursing broken ribs and pelvic fractures from a December 4th car wreck in Moline that sent her and two others to the hospital. Acri says she’ll lean on city aldermen for a little while, but hopes to get back up to speed soon.