News Headlines – June 18, 2018

June 18th, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: It’s going to be another dangerously hot day across Illinois today. One person in Illinois is among those sickened by tainted breakfast cereal. Springfield Police say a local man is in jail for one murder, and is a suspect in another. Planners in Naperville want to turn the old library into a craft distillery.

>>Illinois To Bake Again Today

(Davenport, IA) — The only place you can escape the heat in Illinois is in the air conditioning. The National Weather Service is leaving a Heat Advisory in place today for the entire state until 7 p.m. Forecasters say high temperatures will be in the 90s. But the humidity will make it feel even hotter in some places today.

>>CDC: One From Illinois Sickened By Tainted Cereal

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is on the list of states where people have gotten sick from eating tainted breakfast cereal. The Centers for Disease Control on Friday said one person from Illinois got sick with Salmonella after eating Kellog’s Honey Smacks cereal. The CDC says 71 people in 31 states have gotten sick so far. Kellog recalled the cereal last week.

>>Springfield Man Jailed For Murder, Suspect In Second

(Springfield, IL) — Springfield Police say a local man is a suspect in one murder, and may be the suspect in a second. Officers arrested Jason Danenberger Saturday night after a pair of murders on the city’s north end. Danenberger is being held on just one set of murder charges though, Springfield Police say they are looking to see what role he played in the other killing. Danenberger could appear before a judge later today.

>>Naperville Developers Wants To Turn Old Library Into New Distillery

(Naperville, IL) — From books to bourbon. A pair of developers in Naperville want to turn the city’s old library into a craft distillery. Derek Krauss and Joe Rehbein detailed their plan last week to the city’s liquor commission. Naperville’s old Nichols Library is a city landmark, but is set to be a part of a new commercial-residential building project in the city’s downtown.

>>Illinois Top 200 Voters Picking Authors This Week

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois already has a best book of the past 200 years, now the state’s bicentennial best-of voters are picking the state’s best author. Voting is open at for the state’s best author of the past two centuries. Voters get to choose between Ray Bradbury, Carl Sandburg, Earnest Hemingway, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and others. Voting is open till Friday.

Obituary – Ruth Wealer

June 17th, 2018

Princeton – Ruth H. Wealer, 93 of Princeton, IL passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018.
Ruth was born on July 31, 1924 in Oak Park, IL to H. Rea Larson and Harriet L. (Gloppen) Larson. She was a 1942 graduate of Austin High School, in Austin, IL. Ruth married the late Victor F. Wealer in Chicago, IL on September 29, 1945.
She was a member of the Christian Women’s Club, the Red Hat Society and the Lake Thunderbird Friendship Club. Ruth enjoyed photography, art and scrapbooking.
Ruth is survived by her four sons; John Rea – Louisiana, MO, Michael James – Coatsville, PA, David Paul – Princeton, IL, Keith Allyn – Princeton, IL, one daughter Daryl Marie – Henry, IL. Twelve grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren and one sister, Jean Cvicker.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Victor (2000), two children; James Allyn and Debra Susan.
Services will be held at Chapel Hill Gardens in Oakbrook Terrace, IL at a later date and time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bureau County Senior Center.
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News Headlines – June 16, 2018

June 17th, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A jury says a southern Illinois man is guilty of murder for a fight that lead to the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student. Illinois will see its second ever African American Supreme Court justice sworn in today. Decatur’s new VA clinic is open. Governor Rauner talked-up higher education in his latest budget stop in the Quad Cities.

>>Guilty Verdict In SIU Student’s 2014 Death

(Murphysboro, IL) — A southern Illinois man is looking at 60 years in prison for a fight that lead to an SIU student’s 2014 death. The jury in Pravin Varughese’s death returned a guilty verdict late last night against Gaege Bethune. Prosecutors say Bethune punched Varughese during a fight over gas money or drugs, and that fight drove Varughese into the woods in southern Illinois, where he’d eventually die of exposure.

>>Illinois’ New Supreme Court Justice To Be Sworn In Today

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois will see only the state’s second ever African American Supreme Court justice sworn in. Justice P. Scott Neville Jr. will be sworn in today. Neville is replacing Justice Charles Freeman, who was the first state’s first African American justice. Neville will serve till 2020, then he would have to run for election.

>>Decatur VA Clinic Opens

(Decatur, IL) — Veterans in central Illinois have another choice for care. The VA opened its new clinic in Decatur yesterday. Todd Oliver with the VA Illiana Health Care System says the new clinic will give veterans options for primary care, optometry and mental health services. Vets who need more specialized care will still be sent to the VA clinic in Danville.

>>Governor Touts Budget, Higher Education Funding In Quad Cities Stop

(Moline, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is getting a lot of miles out of the new state budget. The governor stopped in the Quad Cities yesterday to talk about the state’s new 38-and-a-half billion-dollar spending plan. Rauner says the biggest accomplishment is that the state will pay its bills this year. The second biggest achievement in the budget is the 25 million-dollars in new money that will be invested into MAP grants for college students.

>>Five Hundred Thousand-Dollar Bond In Western Illinois Officer-Involved Shooting

(Aledo, IL) — The suspect in a western Illinois officer-involved shooting needs 50 thousand-dollars to get out of jail. A Mercer County judge yesterday ordered that Alex Cady be held on a 500 thousand-dollar bond. He’d have to post ten percent to get out. Police say Cady and another man had guns and drugs during a bust this week. Somehow a Mercer County deputy ended up shooting the other man, who has not been charged in the case.

Obituary – Dorothy Dickenson

June 17th, 2018

Dorothy Marie Dickinson, 92, of Princeton, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Aperion Care, Princeton.

Dorothy was born on February 17, 1926, in Putnam, Illinois, to Elmer and Ruth Larson. They preceded her in death. She married Eugene Dickinson on September 3, 1944 He preceded her in death in October 31, 2004.

She is survived by six children, Lynn (Bill) Bohnsack, Cheryl (Bill) Currie, Susan Johnson, Michael (Diane) Dickinson, Judy (Norm) Anderson, and Joel (Linda) Dickinson; 11 grandchildren; and 13 greatgrandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her three sisters, Roberta Hall, Arlene Moore, Harriet Dickinson, one brother, Richard Larson and an infant son.

Dorothy was the last living charter member of the Princeton Bible Church.

A private graveside service will be held at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Dover. Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Homes is handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton Bible Church or The Tiskilwa Bible Church.

News Headlines – June 15, 2018

June 15th, 2018

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ unemployment rate is down once again. Parts of southern Illinois could see dangerous heat this weekend. Western Illinois University’s president says his school is not out of the woods yet. Illinois is looking to auction off some seized outdoor gear.

>>Illinois Unemployment Rate Drops Again

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ unemployment rate continues to fall. The Illinois Department of Employment Security yesterday said the jobless rate for May dropped to four-point-three percent, and that’s down a tenth of a percent from the month before. IDES Director Jeff Mays says job gains for the first five months of the year are growing faster than in each of the past two years.

>>Illinois Metro East Looking Heat Advisory

(St. Louis, MO) — Illinois’ side of the St. Louis suburbs are looking at dangerous heat this weekend. The National Weather Service is leaving a Heat Advisory in place for the Metro East from noon today till 8 p.m. on Sunday, Forecasters say high temperatures in some places will hit 100 degrees, and the humidity will make it feel hotter than that.

>>WIU President: University Not Out Of Woods Yet

(Macomb, IL) — Western Illinois University is still facing a number of challenges. WIU President Jack Thomas told trustees at the school last week that Western is not out of the woods yet. Thomas says it helps that the state of Illinois has a budget this year. But he says WIU must find a way to reverse a massive drop in enrollment, and the financial challenges that come with that.

>>Broker Says There Interest In Bloomington’s Old State Farm Building

(Bloomington, IL) — There is interest in State Farm’s old headquarters in Bloomington. But, so far, there isn’t a buyer. The broker who is helping with the sale, Chad Freese, told “The Bloomington Pantagraph” yesterday that there’s a diverse interest in the historic building in Bloomington’s downtown. But, because State Farm will only sell the building as a whole, Freese said it may take a while to sell the 13-story, 200 thousand square foot building.

>>Illinois DNR To Auction Seized Hunting, Fishing Items

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources may have a bargain for some outdoorsmen. The state yesterday announced an auction for next Saturday in Pawnee, in central Illinois, where the state will sell seized bows, tree stands, traps, fishing tackle, and even trail cameras and coolers. The IDNR says there won’t be any boats, RV’s, ATV’s, or firearms for sale. All the gear was taken from hunting and fishing violators.