News Headlines – August 18, 2017

August 17th, 2017

Illinois Summary

>>The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Homeowner catches man burglarizing home and holds him at gunpoint. Springfield City Council approves halfway house in neighborhood for former prison inmates. Doctors in Illinois are reminding people of the dangers of looking at the solar eclipse without proper eye protection. A couple is shocked to learn why the state won’t renew their personalized license plates.

>>Man Caught Burglarizing Home Arrested

(Creston, IL) — A man in Creston is behind bars, facing charges of residential burglarizing. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department says Elijah Greer of Rockford was caught yesterday inside a man’s home stealing his belongings. Authorities say the homeowner pulled out a gun and held Greer there until police arrived. It’s unclear why the suspect traveled from Rockford to Creston to allegedly break into the home.

>>Springfield Council Approves Halfway House

(Springfield, IL) — Former prison inmates in Springfield will have a new place to stay if they need it. The Springfield City Council gave the green light yesterday for a home owner to allow inmates to live in their house. The house is located in a neighborhood near Cass and 13th streets. The council is allowing only three inmates to be housed at a time. The owner says the ex-offenders will be monitored at all times. Sex offenders will not be allowed to stay there.

>>Doctors Remind People To Protect Eyes During Eclipse

(Springfield, IL) — Doctors are warning people to protect their eyes during Monday’s solar eclipse. They want everyone to know that it’s important to wear special glasses if they plan to watch the historic event. They say these glasses have special lenses that protect from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Regular sunglasses, even ones with dark lenses will not work. They warn not to view the eclipse through a camera lens because the rays will be even brighter through them.

>>Salvation Army Launches Fundraiser Campaign

(Peoria, IL) — The Salvation Army in Peoria has launched a campaign hoping to raise money to help its budget crisis. Representatives say the organization is about 190-thousand-dollars below where it should be. They’ve set a goal of 250-thousand dollars to keep programs running that help homeless. So far, they’ve received nine-thousand-dollars in donations. They campaign will run through September.

>>”Go Purp” License Plate Must Go Bye-Bye

(Arcola, IL) — An Arcola family dedicated to the Purple Riders is getting a shocking lesson in what their license plate insinuates. An elderly couple has covered their home in purple everything for nearly 20 years. They say it’s to show pride for the Arcola High School Purple Riders. The couple was shocked when they received a call from the state about their license plate which said “GO PURP.” The state informed them of a complaint and said it will not renew the plates with that name. Apparently someone complained because GO PURP can be considered a high strain of marijuana.

News Headlines – August 17, 2017

August 17th, 2017

Illinois Summary

>>The Latest

(Undated) — Here is the latest news: A school bus crash in Champaign is under investigation. The reward for information about the shooting death of a Springfield man is up to five-thousand-dollars. Quincy’s Best Buy is closing its doors.

>>Champaign School Bus Crash Under Investigation

(Champaign, IL) — A school bus crash in Champaign is under investigation. Officials say there were 13 elementary students on the bus yesterday afternoon at the time of the accident, but none were injured. The driver was taken to a local hospital, but no other details have been released. The students were taken back to school to be picked up by their parents.

>>Benefit Planned For Child Mauled By Dogs

(Springfield, IL) — A benefit is being planned for a three-year-old girl mauled by two dogs in Springfield. Mirra Kay Neal was at the home of a family friend earlier this month when she was attacked by the pit bulls. A live auction will be held September 17th beginning at noon at Stadium Sports Bar and Grill in Springfield.

>>Reward For Springfield Homicide Up To $5,000

(Springfield, IL) — The reward for information about the shooting death of a Springfield man is up to five-thousand-dollars. Police say Eric Robertson died Saturday morning after being shot by two people who approached him with handguns drawn. The five-thousand-dollar reward is being offered through Crime Stoppers. Robertson’s homicide was the tenth in Springfield so far this year.

>>Man Injured In Storage Facility Fire Dies

(Roscoe, IL) — A man injured in a storage facility fire in Roscoe is dead. The Dane County Coroner’s Office confirmed yesterday that Jeffrey Dover passed away. Dover was critically injured on Tuesday and flown to UW Madison. More than a dozen neighboring fire departments helped put out the blaze.

>>Quincy Best Buy Closing In October

(Quincy, IL) — Quincy’s Best Buy is closing its doors. The company has opted not to renew its lease in the Prairie Trail Shopping Center when it expires on October 28th. Full-time employees will be offered open positions at other stores or will receive a severance package. A Best Buy spokesman says it’s never an easy decision to not renew a store lease.

>>Springfield Considering Bike-Share Program

(Springfield, IL) — Springfield is considering a bike-share program. Those involved in the effort include Downtown Springfield, the city’s Bicycle Advisory Council, University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield Bicycle Club, the Springfield Park District and the city’s public works department. The coalition says a bike-share program would make the capital city more bike-friendly and would provide another recreational opportunity.

News Headlines – August 16, 2017

August 17th, 2017

The Latest 

(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. senator suggests that perhaps Illinois should pay for some of the incentives to lure Foxconn to his state. A former Miss America says she’s running for IllinoisAttorney General to defeat the career politicians. One central Illinois Congressman says he doesn’t care who he works with in Washington D.C., as long as they fix Obamacare.  A Chicago alderman is picking Cairo’s mayor to be his running mate in the race for Illinois governor. 

>>Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson Suggests Illinois Pay For Foxconn Too 

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Wisconsin’s Republican U.S. senator says if Illinois workers are going to benefit from the Foxconn plant that’s to be built along the border, then perhaps the state should pay for some of the incentives.  Ron Johnson told a crowd at a speech in Milwaukee yesterday that he has no problem with the three billion dollars in incentives that Wisconsin is offering Foxconn to open an LCD display plant not too far from the Illinoisborder.  But Johnson said he thinks perhaps Wisconsin shouldn’t pay all three billion-dollars worth of incentives.

>>Former Miss America Erika Harold To Run For Illinois AG 

(Springfield, IL)  —  The race for Illinois attorney general could be interesting next year.  Former Miss America Erika Harold yesterday said she’s running against incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan.  Harold made a name for herself among conservatives when she ran for Congress three years ago.  Harold says career politicians have made life a “nightmare” for people in Illinois.  She was hinting at Madigan’s 14 years in office. 

>>Rodney Davis Just Wants Obamacare Fix 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says he doesn’t care who he works with to fix Obamacare, as long as it gets fixed.  Davis said earlier this week that he doesn’t care who he works with in Washington DC, as long as Congress can get it done.  Davis says he’s not a part of the “Problem Solvers” caucus because he’s been working for years on other approaches to the Obamacare problem. 

>>Chicago Alderman Picks Cairo Mayor For Running Mate For Governor 

(Cairo, IL)  —  Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar is reaching all the way down to the southern tip of the state for his running mate in the race for Illinois governor.  Pawar yesterday tapped Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his lieutenant governor candidate.  Pawar says Coleman  “embodies the struggle that every Illinois family and town is experiencing.” 

>>New Law Allows Ambulances To Rush Police Dogs To Treatment 

(Springfield, IL)  —  The Illinois State Police say the spike of heroin and carfentanil is among the driving forces behind the need to secure emergency medical treatment for their police dogs.  Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed a new law allowing police agencies across the state to send their police dogs via ambulance for emergency treatment. State Police Director Leo Schmitz says K-9 officers are treated pretty much the same as human officers, and no one wants to lose one.

Search Continues For Missing Bureau Teen

August 15th, 2017

The search continues for a local 14-year old girl who is considered endangered.  The Bureau County Sheriff’s Office says Anna Racine was reported missing from her home in Bureau early Monday afternoon.  She is described as having brown hair and hazel eyes.  She’s 5’4 and weighs 112 pounds and may have been carrying a red Hall High School bag.  A press release from the sheriff’s department indicates she may be with 21-year old Morgan Burcham in a 2008 silver Pontiac G6 with Illinois license plates N519264.  Burcham is described as 5’11 and 143 pounds with black hair and blue eyes.  If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office at 815-875-3344 or call 911 and report the location.

News Headlines – August 16, 2017

August 15th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Governor Rauner is clarifying his views on the attack in Virginia – he says it is terrorism. One central Illinois congressman says President Trump is not to blame for the rally-turned-riot in Charlottesville. Investigators in Murphysboro are calling a couple’s death suspicious. If you buy your lotto tickets in tiny Raymond, Illinois you may be a million dollars richer.

Governor Rauner Calls Virginia Car Attack Terror

(Oak Brook, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner needed two speeches to find the words ‘domestic terror’ to describe the attack on a crowd in Virginia. The governor yesterday originally called the attack, where a driver sped into a crowd of people, outrageous. About two hours later he called the attack domestic terrorism. The governor’s Democratic opponents in next year’s election said he was too little, too late.

Central Illinois Congressman: Don’t Blame President Trump For Virginia Violence

(Champaign, IL) — Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says President Donald Trump is no more to blame for the weekend violence in Virginia than he was to blame for the Congressional baseball game shooting. Davis yesterday said the young man who drove his car into a crowd of protestors is the only person to blame. Davis has said since the baseball game shooting earlier this summer that the political rhetoric in this county is too heated.

Murphysboro Deaths Labeled ‘Suspicious’

(Murphysboro, IL) — Investigators in southern Illinois are labeling the deaths of a husband and wife as ‘suspicious.’ The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office yesterday said it is looking for answers about the deaths of Burl Ritcheson and his wife Brenda. Jackson County’s coroner said someone called 911 yesterday to report the Ritcheson’s bodies, but he’s not offering any other details.

Rhythm City Facade To Come Down Today

(Davenport, IA) — One of the last pieces of one of the Quad Cities’ old casinos is about to be a memory. Crews are supposed to tear down the old facade at the Rhythm City Casino today. The city of Keokuk bought the old casino barge, but has yet to see it sent up the river. The old casino barge closed after Rhythm City managers opened their new land-based casino last year.

Million Dollar Lotto Ticket Sold In Raymond

(Raymond, IL) — If you buy your lotto tickets in the tiny town of Raymond, Illinois you may be a million dollars richer. The Illinois Lottery yesterday said someone bought a million dollar Quick Pick ticket at the West End Food Mart in Raymond. The winning ticket matched five numbers for Saturday’s drawing. The West End Food Mart will get ten thousand-dollars for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers are 20, 24, 26, 35 and 49 — and the Powerball is 19.