News Headlines – November 17, 2017

November 16th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois’ election managers say they’ll decide next week what to do about President Trump’s voter database. A judge in Urbana isn’t delaying the trial of the man accused of kidnapping a Chinese-born U of I scholar. Quincy teachers won’t be going out on strike next week. One of the Quad Cities’ biggest streets is a big step closer to being finished.

>>Illinois Board Of Elections To Look At Database Next Week

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ election managers say they’ll decide next week what to do about the Trump Administration’s request for voter information. The Illinois State Board of Elections yesterday said it will review questions about security regarding the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program at its meeting next week. A number of lawmakers and advocates say they fear the program is vulnerable to hackers or will be used to suppress voters.

>>No Trial Delay For Student Charged With U Of I Kidnapping

(Urbana, IL) — A judge is not delaying the trial of the man accused of kidnapping a Chinese-born U of I scholar. Judge Colin Bruce yesterday said that the request from Brendt Christensen’s lawyers to delay the trial for about a year is ‘unwarranted.’ Christensen is set to go on trial at the end of February. The judge gave federal prosecutors until the beginning of February to decide if they will seek the death penalty.

>>Quincy Teachers Accept Offer, Avoid Strike

(Quincy, IL) — Students in Quincy will be in class, as scheduled, on Monday. Teachers last night voted to accept a four-year contract offer from Quincy schools. Teachers were supposed to head out on strike on Monday. The deal still has to be ratified, so the final details about salaries and benefits aren’t being released just yet.

>>Lincoln Man Gets 30 Years For Overdose Death

(Lincoln, IL) — A central Illinois man is heading to prison for three decades for selling the heroin that killed a Lincoln man. A Logan County judge on Tuesday sentenced Dustin Miller to 30-years in prison, the maximum sentence, for Clint Clark’s 2016 overdose death. The judge told Miller that he is giving him the maximum term to send a message to other drug dealers in central Illinois.

>>John Deere Road To Reopen Next Week

(Moline, IL) — Black Friday shoppers in the Quad Cities will have an easier time getting around. Crews yesterday said that John Deere Road in Moline will reopen to four lanes of traffic by the end of next week. The road has been under construction since 2014. There is a bit more work to go. Crews say the final stretch of work should wrap-up next year.

Obituary – Betty Miller

November 16th, 2017

Betty M. Miller
Age: 96
City: Neponset, Illinois
Time of Death: 1:50 a.m.
Date of Death: November 16, 2017
Place of Death: Colonial Hall, Princeton, IL

Burial: Private family graveside service at Bunker Hill Cemetery, rural Buda, Illinos.
Date of Birth: November 1, 1921 / Bradford, Illinois / Burt & Blanche (Manning) Harris

Married: Lyman Wilbur Pratt / February 3, 1938 / Iowa
he died: September 16, 1972
Then she married: W. Wayne Miller / November 26, 1974 / Neponset, IL
he died: January 18, 1999

Survivors: Daughter – Carolyn (Richard) Foes – Princeton, IL
Son – Larry A. (Rose Marie) Pratt – Neponset, IL
4 grandchildren: Jeffrey (Janet) Foes of Alton, Missouri, Adam (Jessica) Pratt, of University City, Missouri, Ben (Katie) Pratt of Ballwin, Missouri, and
Sarah (Chris) Pecoraro of Lena, Illinois
8 great-grandchildren;
6 step-children: Beth Sommers, John Miller, Lois Boese, Carol Garond, Mary-Jane Stabler and Bob Miller and their children and grandchildren.

Preceded in death: her parents; 2 husbands; 4 brothers and 1 sister and 2 step-children: Eileen Gunning and Ron Miller.

Employment: Betty was a homemaker and also helped her husbands farm.

Memberships: She enjoyed sewing, working outside, decorating, and cooking.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers to Bunker Hill Cemetery Association or the Henry County Humane Society

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Obituary – Robert Wilson Jr.

November 16th, 2017

Robert M. Wilson, Jr., age 76, of Walnut, died Monday, November 13, 2017, at his home.
Bob was born December 10, 1940 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. the son of Robert, Sr. and Juanita (Vincent) Wilson. He married Joan Devine on August 16, 1969 in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She preceded him in death on September 15, 2013. Bob was a speech teacher and librarian at Walnut High School for 30 years and was also employed at Avanti Foods for several years. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and the Walnut Masonic Lodge #722 since 1965. Bob was an avid St. Louis Cardinals Fan.
Survivors include two sisters, Sheila (Alan) Otten of Altenburg, Mo. and Lori (Dale) Foster of Anna, Mo.; five nieces, Tina Otten, Paula Dorsey, Angie (Roger) Levan, Heather Wright and Kyli Foster; and three nephews, Casey (Beth) Otten, Chad (Tracy) Otten and Sean Foster.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and one brother.
Visitation will be Friday, November 17, 2017 from 10 – 11:00 AM at St. John Catholic Church in Walnut. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the church with Reverend Thomas Shaw officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.
A memorial has been established to St. John Catholic Church. Guests may also donate to their charity of choice.
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News Headlines – November 16, 2017

November 15th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is talking a lot about jobs on the campaign trail. Some faculty members at the University of Illinois want to have their say in renaming the university’s school of business after a donor. East Peoria schools are the latest in the state to report high lead levels in their water. The Quad Cities should soon have a ‘no questions asked’ opioid treatment program.

>>Governor Rauner’s Campaign Stops In The Quad Cities

(Moline, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is continuing his tour of the state as candidate Rauner. The governor stopped in the Quad Cities yesterday to talk about his campaign pledge to bring more jobs to the state. Rauner said that more needs to be done to make the state more attractive to job creators. He then blamed House Speaker Mike Madigan for the state’s bad for business reputation.

>>U of I Faculty Senate Wants Say In Business School Name

(Urbana, IL) — Some faculty members at the University of Illinois want their voices heard in the naming of university’s school of business. The university’s Academic Senate yesterday said that school administrators need their input before changing the name of the College of Business to the Gies College of Business. Larry Geis donated 150 million-dollars to the U of I, and the college is being renamed in his honor. U of I leaders say the senate’s rules only apply when the school is changing the name of a college, not giving a college a name.

>>East Peoria Schools Report Higher Lead Levels

(East Peoria, IL) — East Peoria schools are the latest in Illinois to report higher than acceptable lead levels in their water. The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday said that a kitchen sink at Lincoln Elementary School in East Peoria failed a lead test. District leaders quarantined the sink, and say it won’t be used for food prep or drinking water. The state says tests showed elevated lead levels in sinks or water fountains in five other East Peoria schools as well.

>>Lincoln, Logan County Chamber Pausing Operations

(Lincoln, IL) — The Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce is taking a break, though no one is sure that the group will ever resume operations. Chamber CEO Cathy Wilhite said this week that financial troubles forced them to lay off their entire staff and close up shop. Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman says he hopes the Chamber can recover, particularly to once again host the annual Lincoln Balloon Festival which was the Chamber’s signature event.

>>Quad Cities To Get No Questions Asked Opioid Treatment

(Rock Island, IL) — Rock Island County’s sheriff hopes to stop arresting some opioid or heroin addicts as of the first of the year. Sheriff Gerry Bustos yesterday said he hopes to have a Safe Passage treatment program, which allows drug users to turn in their drugs and get help, up and running by January 1st. Bustos says it’s important to get users help, even if that means a ‘no questions asked’ policy.

News Headlines – November 15, 2017

November 15th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Another Illinois Republican congressman says Alabama’s Roy Moore should get out of the race. There’s a push for answers about the death of the other man killed along side a fallen Rockford police officer. Illinois’ teacher shortage doesn’t look to be going away. The FBI is not saying what it is looking for in Lake Decatur.

>>Another Illinois Republican Says Alabama’s Moore Must Go

(Wheaton, IL) — A second Illinois Republican congressman says Alabama’s Roy Moore should drop out of the race. Suburban Republican Peter Roskam yesterday said that Moore needs to end the distraction. Northern Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger last week said that Moore needed to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate for the good of the party.

>>Rockford Marchers Want Answers About Other Man In Officer’s Death

(Rockford, IL) — Friends and family members of the other man who died alongside a fallen Rockford police officer want a federal investigation. About 25 marchers made their way through the streets of Rockford yesterday, pressing for answers about Eddie Patterson’s death. Patterson was shot and killed in the same traffic stop that killed Officer Jaimie Cox. The marchers say they think that police are hiding information about how Patterson died.

>>Illinois Teacher Shortage Lingers

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois cannot get past its teacher shortage. “The State Journal Register” in Springfield reported yesterday that schools across the state had over two thousand open positions at the start of the school year. A 2016 survey showed about 16-percent of schools had to cancel a class or activity because they didn’t have a teacher to head the classroom. The paper says there aren’t enough young people getting into teaching as a career.

>>FBI Mum On Lake Decatur Search

(Decatur, IL) — The FBI isn’t saying if agents found what they were looking for in Lake Decatur. In fact, the FBI isn’t saying what they were looking for at all. Agents yesterday searched the water near Ivy Hill Park for what they would only describe as ‘evidence in a local case.’

>>Alligator Snapping Turtle Returns To Illinois

(Urbana, IL) — The alligator snapping turtle is apparently back in Illinois. Researchers for the University of Illinois’ Natural History Survey last week said that they found a female snapping turtle in Union County in southern Illinois. It’s the first wild alligator snapping turtle found in the state in about 30-years. The hope is that the turtle is a sign that the species is returning to Illinois.