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News Headlines – August 21, 2018

August 21st, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The state of Illinois says its balanced budget isn’t balanced after all. Former Congressman Aaron Schock wants his corruption trial moved to Peoria. The latest violent weekend in Chicago left six dead and 52 people shot.

>>State Admits To Billion-Dollar Budget Hole

(Springfield, IL) — The state of Illinois is quietly admitting that its balanced budget isn’t balanced after all. The Rauner Administration this month acknowledged a one-point-two billion-dollar structural deficit in an offer to sell 920 million-dollars in state bonds. The deficit comes from hundreds of millions of dollars that the state ‘borrowed’ from itself, as well as budget predictions that rely on the sale of the Thompson Center in Chicago, and ignore an order to pay 400 million-dollars in promised raises to state employees.

>>Aaron Schock Wants Trial Moved To Peoria

(Peoria, IL) — In addition to a new judge, former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock wants a new courtroom. Schock’s lawyers yesterday asked to move his corruption trial to Peoria. Federal prosecutors say Schock lied on Congressional and campaign spending accounts to fuel a lavish lifestyle. The request comes a few days after the court removed the Urbana-based judge who was set to hear Schock’s case.

>>Chicago’s Latest Violent Weekend Leaves Six Dead, 52 Shot

(Chicago, IL) — There’s another grim total from Chicago’s latest violent weekend. Police in the city yesterday said between Friday and Sunday, 52 people were shot and six were killed throughout Chicago. The death toll includes two teens who were reported missing Friday and found dead on Sunday.

>>Illinois Scores Well In New Worst Driver Survey

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is among the states with the best drivers in the country. The website SmartAsset yesterday released its ranking of the states with the worst drivers, and Illinois is ranked 40th. SmartAsset says it ranked states based on the number of DUI arrests, the percentage of drivers who are insured, and how many people in the state Googled traffic ticket or speeding ticket.

>>New Law Allows For FOID Card Grace Period

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois has a new law that gives FOID card holders a grace period as they wait for the state to finalize their paperwork. Governor Rauner signed the law last week, which gives gun owners a two-month window to use their expired FOID cards while the State Police process the new ones. But the law is too late for more than 10 thousand FOID card holders who saw their cards expire in June and haven’t been renewed as of August 1st.

Obituary – Mary Lou Norris

August 20th, 2018

Mary Lou Norris, age 81, of Princeton died on Saturday.

Private services will be held at later date. Cremation rites will be accorded.

Inurnment will be in the Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton

She was born on July 14, 1937 to Merle & Helen (Mazur) Norris. She graduated from DePue High School in 1954 and was a registered nurse at several hospitals over the years.

She is survived by her sister – Kathleen Tulli of CA. Also by 5 nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded by her parents and by her sister Carol.

Arrangements for Mary Lou Norris of Princeton are through Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton.

HBO Filming In LaSalle County

August 20th, 2018

HBO is in our area this week, getting shots for a new show. The channel is filming in LaSalle County for a show called Lovecraft Country. LaSalle County’s emergency service agency says parts of LaSalle County Highway 5 will be closed today and tomorrow. Drivers will be detoured around the shoot.

News Headlines – August 20, 2018

August 20th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: The Democrat running for Illinois governor is kicking-in another 20 million-dollars to his campaign. The judge in Aaron Schock’s corruption trial is being banned from government-related cases. The Illinois State Police are reminding drivers about back to school.

>>J.B. Pritzker Donates 20 Million-Dollars To Himself

(Chicago, IL) — Add another 20 million-dollars to the cost of running for governor in Illinois. The Chicago Tribune yesterday reported that Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker donated another 20 million-dollars to his own campaign. The paper says Pritzker made the donation last week, just before Democrats gathered in Springfield for their rally at the State Fair.

>>Aaron Schock Judge Banned From Government Cases

(Urbana, IL) — Former west-central Illinois congressman Aaron Schock is getting a new judge in his corruption case. The judge who was assigned to hear the case was banned last week from hearing Schock’s case, and any other that involves the federal government after emails showed that he spoke with someone inside the U.S. Attorney’s office. Schock is accused of lying on congressional and campaign spending accounts to fuel a lavish lifestyle.

>>State Police Remind Drivers Of Back To School

(Springfield, IL) — It’s once again time to slow down and pay attention in school zones across Illinois. The Illinois State Police are reminding drivers that kids are heading back to school this week. Troopers say drivers need to slow down, get off their phones, stop for school buses, and be on the look-out for kids as they head back to class. The State Police say they will be out on patrol in school zones across the state.

>>Sex Assault Charges For Danville Teacher

(Danville, IL) — A teacher in Danville is out of the classroom and looking at charges after police say she had sexual contact with a 17-year-old student. Vermilion County prosecutors filed charges over the weekend against 28-year-old special education teacher Chelsea Robinson. Police say Robinson and the student had been involved in an inappropriate relationship since June.

>>Search Still On After Threat At Quad Cities’ High School

(East Moline, IL) — Authorities in the Quad Cities say they’re not going to stop looking for whoever called in a threat to United Township High School last week. Police locked down the school for about an hour-and-a-half Friday. East Moline Police Chief John Reynolds says if they find out who made the call, they will arrest them.

Obituary – Marvin Taets

August 20th, 2018

Marvin E. Taets, 94, formerly of Sheffield a resident of Hawthorne Inn at Liberty Village, Princeton died there on Thursday, August 16, 2018. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 23rd at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield. Father Mark Miller will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield, with a rosary to be recited at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association or VITAS Hospice.

Marvin was born October 24, 1923 in Gold Township, Bureau County, IL the son of Phillip and Elizabeth (Van Cauwenberge) Taets. He was raised and educated in Gold Township. On September 25, 1946 in Kewanee he married Mary Van Poucke, they had 66 years together before her death on Dec. 19, 2012. Marvin had farmed in the Sheffield area for 30 years until retiring in 1977 when they moved into town and Marvin worked for Bureau Service Co. until retiring in 1989. He had also worked at Kraft Cheese Factory and with Bureau County Assessor’s Office. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield and enjoyed family and friends, his faith, farming and growing things, building and fixing things, helping others, reading, fishing, getting mail, and following the activities his kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

Survivors include two daughters, Jean Ann (James) Carter, Atkinson, IL and Nancy (Larry) Dynes, Atkinson, IL; son, Dennis R. (Sharyn) Taets, Fredericksburg, VA; daughter-in-law, Peggy Taets, Sheffield; 10 grandchildren, Carrie (Bill) Northcott, Kimberly (David) Hexter, Jenifer (William) Congdon, Scott (Jill) Dynes, Jonathan (Crystal) Taets, Adam (Danielle) Carter, Matthew (Amanda) Dynes, Michele (Robert) Gerstein, Tracey (Casey) Carton and Sarah (Joe) Kampe; and sixteen great grandchildren, Catherine, Elizabeth, Jack, Michael, Thomas, Ethan, Justin, Jackson, Bennett, Callen, Devin, Alexandria, Logan, Cole, Dominic, and Katie. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Arlene Taets, brothers, Wallace and Raymond Taets, and a son Gary Taets.