Former Peru Physician Sentenced To Prison In Sex For Drugs Case

October 17th, 2018

A former Peru physician is going to prison for running a sex for drugs operation. Constantino Perales was sentenced yesterday to 12 years in federal prison for running the operation out of his now-closed clinic. Perales was arrested more than five years ago, in August of 2013, after two dozen police officers and federal agents raided his Peru clinic. The arrest capped a six month investigation into illicit drug deliveries. The judge rejected Perales’ request for leniency based on his declining health. Following the sentencing, the 67 year old Perales was taken into custody by the US Marshal Service to be transferred to a federal prison.

News Headlines – October 16, 2018

October 16th, 2018

Illinois Lawmakers Eye Sports Betting

Illinois lawmakers are setting the table to legalize sports gambling. A joint statehouse committee will meet today in Springfield to look at everything from daily fantasy sports to betting kiosks in bars and restaurants. Supports say Illinois can use the millions-of dollars that legal gambling would generate to pay down old bills or build new roads. There is some talk at the statehouse of voting on a gambling plan as early as next month.

Illinois AFM Outbreak Holding At 10

Illinois’ public health managers say the state’s AFM outbreak is holding at ten. The Illinois Department of Public Health yesterday said the number of cases of acute flaccid myelitis is unchanged since late last week. AFM is a rare, polio-like disease that has sickened dozens of children in almost 20 states. Doctors don’t know what causes AFM or how it is spread.

Three Illinois Kmart, One Sears Stores To Close

The Kmart stores in Moline, Quincy, and suburban Norridge will be the next to close in Illinois. The company yesterday released its list of 142 stores that will close as Sears goes through bankruptcy. A Sears store in Joliet is also on the list to close. The company says the stores will close soon and liquidation sales are expected to begin within two weeks.

U.S. Steel Signs New Contract, Illinois Workers Included

Steel workers in Illinois are among the thousands covered by a new contract with U.S. Steel. The company yesterday announced a new contract that covers 14 thousand people across the country. The steel plants in the Metro East are included. Details of the new deal will be made public when the contract is finalized.

Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Worth Almost One Billion Dollars

It’s not just the Mega Millions jackpot. Illinois Lottery officials say the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots combined are worth almost a billion dollars. Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth at least 654 million, and tomorrow’s Powerball jackpot is worth 345 million. Combined, that’s 999 million-dollars.

Obituary – Leslie Wooden

October 16th, 2018

Leslie H Wooden, 81, of Wyanet, Illinois passed away at Morton Terrace on Saturday, October 13, 2018, surrounded by loved ones.

Leslie was born on September 13, 1937 to Gilbert and Bernice (Howell) Wooden in Princeton, IL. He attended Bradford High School and soon after joined the US Navy where he served 8 years and then became an owner/operator of a semi-truck, and had the opportunity to see the United States. He started his family, raising three children.

He met and married his loving wife Margaret (Hoover) Wooden on September 15, 1989 in Springfield, IL. He was a member of the Lions Club serving as District Governor in District 1K, he was also a member of the Elks Club in Princeton, IL. Leslie enjoyed golfing, reading, traveling, socializing and above all giving his children a hard time and spending time on the road with his wife, Margaret.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, three children; Dale Wooden, Jeanette (Brian) Keim, Brian (Karen) Wooden. Four step-children; Shari Baudoux, Michael (Dara) Carr, Laura (Ralph) Salzillo, Randall Carr. Seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one brother; Paul Wooden.

Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Raymond Wooden, David Wooden, Larry Wooden and Dennis Wooden.

Leslie is a proud Anatomical Gift Donor and requested there be no services.

He was an avid supporter of the Lions Club and asked that any memorials be directed to the Lions Club Vision Program or The Parkinson’s Foundation in his name.

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News Headlines – October 15, 2018

October 15th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois’ Medicaid expansion is still costing the state billions of dollars a year. Police in Champaign are looking for answers after a deadly weekend shooting. Illinois Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot is now the second largest in lottery history.

>>Governor Rauner: Medicaid Expansion Still Costing Illinois

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says Medicaid expansion is still costing the state billions of dollars a year. The governor told the State Journal Register that former Governor Pat Quinn allowed over 600 thousand-people to join the state’s healthcare program. Now, Rauner said the program’s cost are exploding. The paper says the Medicaid expansion added over three billion-dollars to Illinois’ Medicaid program that already cost over 20 billion a year.

>>Champaign Police Look Into Deadly Weekend Shooting

(Champaign, IL) — Police in Champaign are looking into a deadly weekend shooting. It happened on the city’s southwest side early yesterday morning. Police are asking neighbors for any surveillance video that may help them find the shooter. The victim, a 35-year-old man, had been shot in the chest.

>>Mississippi River Will Slowly Fall This Week

(Rock Island, IL) — The Mississippi River won’t get any higher in the Quad Cities. Forecasters say the river crested early yesterday morning at just over 18 feet. The river is officially in flood stage at anything over 15 feet. But while the river isn’t rising any more, it’s still going to be flooded for a little while. Some streets in Moline and Rock Island are still closed because of the high water.

>>Quincy Schools Will Have Counselors After Fire Killed Two Students

(Quincy, IL) — Counselors will be at Rooney Elementary School in Quincy this morning, after a weekend fire killed two students. Quincy Superintendent Roy Webb said that third-grader Toby Brewer and kindergarten student Emma Kramer died in a fire Friday night. Webb says counselors will be at the school all week. Quincy firefighters are not saying what caused the fire, or why the two kids didn’t get out of the house.

>>Mega Millions Jackpot Likely The Second Largest Ever

(Springfield, IL) — The Mega Millions jackpot just keeps growing. Illinois Lottery officials say tomorrow’s jackpot will be just over 650 million-dollars. That’s the second largest jackpot ever. The lump sum payout for a 654 million-dollar jackpot comes to about 373 million.

High School Football – Week 8

October 14th, 2018

Princeton 21 – Monmouth-Roseville 0
Orion 57 – Bureau Valley 0
Hall 49 – Erie-Prophetstown 0
St. Bede 35 – Kewanee 0
Sterling 49 – LaSalle-Peru 12
Rochelle 42 – Ottawa 7
Marquette 31 – Rockford Christian 0
Amboy 35 – Galena 14
Rockridge 37 – Morrison 25
Newman 47 – Fulton 12
Riverdale 7 – Sherrard 6
Rock Falls 34 – Mendota 6
Sycamore 34 – Geneseo 6
Hiawatha 46 – River Valley 0