News Headlines – August 17, 2018

August 17th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A federal judge is not going to allow Brendt Christensen’s lawyers to go fishing for evidence from the White House. Leaders in one southern Illinois county are set to decide if they’re going to declare themselves a gun sanctuary. Illinois is the worst in the nation in a new small business survey.

>>Judge Denies Christensen Request For White House Evidence

(Urbana, IL) — The man accused of kidnapping a Chinese-born U of I scholar won’t get to see if President Trump talked about his case. A federal judge on Wednesday said the request from Brendt Christensen’s lawyers is a fishing expedition, They wanted to know if President Trump talked about the case with Chinese leaders this year. Christensen is due to go on trial for Ying Ying Zhang’s disappearance in April.

>>Illinois Democrats Rally In Springfield, Set Sights On November

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Democrats are setting their sights on November. Democratic candidates and the party faithful rallied in Springfield yesterday for their annual meeting at the State Fair. Former Vice President Joe Biden was supposed to speak, but canceled. Instead, Democrats got their pep talk from the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

>>Southern Illinois County To Decide Gun Sanctuary Status

(Marion, IL) — Leaders in one southern Illinois county are set to decide if they’re going to declare themselves a gun sanctuary. Williamson County Commissioner Ron Ellis says the county board will vote today on the idea. But Ellis says the vote is more about politics than the Second Amendment. Ellis said some Republican leaders in the state are pushing the idea to drive turnout this fall.

>>New Survey Gives Illinois An F For Small Business Climate

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois is dead last in a new survey about small businesses across the country. The website Thumbtack released the survey this week; Illinois gets an F. The survey says 75 percent of small business owners in the state say Illinois does more for big companies than for small businesses.

>>Moline Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam

(Moline, IL) — The real IRS doesn’t call and demand payment. Moline Police yesterday put out the warning about a new IRS scam making the rounds in the city. Officers say the scammers call and demand payment. Police say if you get a call, just hang up.

Obituary – Ruth Rapp

August 17th, 2018

Ruth E. Rapp, 95, of Princeton passed away on August 10, 2018 at Aperion Care of Princeton, IL. Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at the Evangelical Covenant Church, Princeton, IL. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. prior to the service. Pastor Derek Boggs and Reverend John Weborg will officiate. Burial to follow at Oakland Cemetery in Princeton, IL.

Ruth was born in Berlin Township, Bureau County, Illinois. The daughter of John and Lillian (Kumpf) Eggers. She was a graduate of Princeton High School, class of 1941 and married Robert C. Rapp on September 13, 1941. Ruth became a lifetime rural resident of Princeton where she helped her husband farm till their two sons were able to help with the livestock and field work.

She was then employed at Harper-Wyman in Princeton, followed by Perry Memorial Hospital in bookkeeping and insurance claims for several years. She had been confirmed at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Princeton, IL and then became a life-time member of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Princeton, IL after her marriage to Robert.

Ruth was a long-time member of her neighborhood lady’s Presbyterian Hill Club. She was also active with her sons in the South Princeton 4-H Club and Cub Scouts. Ruth especially enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin and Florida with her husband, children and grandchildren, along with becoming an avid horse racing fan at the Quad City Downs and horse and dog racing tracks in Florida. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, a great homemaker and terrific cook.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, her three brothers, George Eggers, Ivan Eggers and Roger Eggers, her half-brother Bruce Eggers and her oldest son Donald Rapp, who had retired from farming in early 2000 and resettled with his wife Sandra in Kissimmee, Florida near where Robert and Ruth had previously purchased their winter vacation home.

She is survived by her other son Robert (Terry) Rapp, of Princeton, IL, her daughter-in-law Sandra Rapp, of Kissimmee, FL, Five grandchildren; Brenda (Greg) Echevarria and Christy (Scott) Cornman of Florida, Vince Rapp of Princeton, Doug (Jessica) Rapp of North Carolina and Andrew (Tara Maloy) Rapp of Princeton, IL, her half-sister Betty Anne Eggers of North Carolina, ten great grandchildren, Noah, Sam and Lily Cornman of Florida, Kortnie, Jackie, Adam and Eli Rapp of Morrison, IL, Mason and Riley Rapp of North Carolina and Brixen Rapp of Princeton, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Mike Eggers, George Eggers, Vince, Doug and Andy Rapp, and Scott Cornman. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Eggers, Jerry Rogan, Jim Rapp and Charlie Evans.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Evangelical Covenant Church of Princeton, IL, St. Matthews Lutheran Church of Princeton, IL or Aperion Care of Princeton, IL

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News Headlines – August 16, 2018

August 16th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Folks who text and drive in Illinois can expect a new, tougher stance from police. Illinois’ Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is looking to sell some of its most valuable pieces to pay off its debt. Illinois is included in the states facing a measles outbreak.

>>New Law Looks To Get Tougher On Texting And Driving

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois drivers who get caught texting from behind the wheel three times in a year could soon lose their license. Governor Rauner this week signed a new law that gets tougher on texting while driving. Starting next July, texting and driving becomes a moving violation, which goes on a driver’s record and could lead to the loss of their license.

>>Lincoln Museum Foundation Looks To Sell Valuable Items

(Springfield, IL) — Managers at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library are taking a big step toward selling some of their most valuable items. The museum’s foundation this week said it is looking to hire auctioneers to sell the Taper collection, which includes 14 hundred items tied to President Lincoln. Foundation director Carla Knorowski says they have to sell the collection to pay off nearly 10 million-dollars in debt that’s due next fall.

>>Illinois Company Blames Trump Tariffs For Decision To Close

(Wauconda, IL) — An Illinois-based maker of tool boxes and gun safes is closing up shop, and is blaming President Trump’s tariffs for the decision. Stack-On Products this week told state officials that it will close offices in Wauconda and McHenry in October, and move production to Mexico. Stack-On’s Al Fletcher says the company made the decision two months ago when President Trump’s tariffs lead to a spike in steel and aluminum prices.

>>Illinois Included In States Seeing Measles Outbreak

(Springfield, IL) — Add Illinois to the list of states included in the latest measles outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday said 107 people in 21 states, including Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, and Kansas, have been confirmed sick with the measles. The CDC says most of the people who have gotten sick with the measles have not been vaccinated.

>>Governor Rauner: 2018 Election Most Important In Illinois History

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says voters cannot stay home this November. The governor rallied the Republican faithful in Springfield yesterday by saying this year’s election is one of the most important in Illinois history. Rauner told a crowd at the Illinois State Fair that the choice is either to vote for him, or vote for higher taxes and more corruption from J.B. Pritzker and Mike Madigan.

News Headlines – August 15, 2018

August 15th, 2018

Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair

Illinois Republicans are converging on Springfield and the Illinois State Fair for Governor’s Day. Today’s festivities draw a focus on the crucial November balloting. Governor Bruce Rauner is trying to win re-election along with a slate of statewide and congressional candidates. Rain is forecast all day. Democrat Day is tomorrow.

Joe Biden Cancels On Illinois Democrats

Illinois Democrats need a new headliner for their big day at the State Fair. Former Vice President Joe Biden is canceling his visit tomorrow. He reportedly is sick and under a doctor’s order not to travel. Biden was supposed to deliver a speech to Democratic candidates and party officials ahead of their annual rally at the Illinois State Fair.

Chicago, Springfield, Rockford Lead Illinois’ Opioid Help Calls

The Illinois Department of Human Services says five thousand people have called the state’s new opioid helpline. DHS officials say Chicago, Springfield, and Rockford lead the list of cities with the most calls. But Human Service officials warn that’s not a complete list, because callers are not required to say where they’re from.

Tennessee Waffle House Suspect Found Unfit For Trial

The central Illinois man accused of shooting up a Tennessee Waffle House won’t be going to trial anytime soon. A judge has declared Travis Rynking mentally unfit for trial. Police say Reinking killed four people last April. Prosecutors say he needs more mental health treatment before he can face the murder charges.

Governor Rauner Promises A Million Dollars For Fairgrounds Coliseum

Governor Rauner looks to be the biggest donor yet to the Illinois State Fair’s foundation. The governor yesterday said he’s donating a million dollars to fix the State Fair Coliseum. The Coliseum has been closed for the past two years because of structural weaknesses. The governor says he’s working with other donors to fix some of the other needs at the fairgrounds.

News Headlines – August 14, 2018

August 14th, 2018

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: A new report says only one in four kindergarteners in Illinois is ready for the first grade. Lawyers for a southern Illinois man want to revisit his murder conviction because they say there is not enough evidence. Animal rescuers in Rockford say they’re dealing with a parvo outbreak.

>>New Report: Only 24 Percent Of Kindergarteners Ready For School

(Springfield, IL) — A new report says three-quarters of Illinois kindergarteners aren’t ready to start the first grade. The Illinois State Board of Education yesterday released a report that says only 24 percent of young children are where they’re supposed to be when it comes to social-emotional development, language and literacy, and math at the end of kindergarten. A State Board spokeswoman said the report shows that Illinois has a lot of work to do in getting kids ready for elementary school.

>>Lawyers For Southern Illinois Man Push Back On Murder Conviction

(Murphyboro, IL) — A southern Illinois man convicted of murder for the 2014 death of an SIU student is getting more time before he could head to prison. A judge yesterday delayed 24-year-old Gaege Bethune’s sentencing till September. Bethune’s new lawyers are trying to fight his conviction, they say there’s not enough evidence to support a murder charge. Prosecutors say Bethune got into a fight with SIU student Pravin Varughese in February of 2014 that led to his death of hypothermia.

>>Former Mercer County School Bookkeeper Charged With Theft

(Aledo, IL) — Prosecutors say Mercer County Schools’ former bookkeeper stole tens of thousands of dollars over a couple of years. The Mercer County State’s Attorney’s Office yesterday announced charges against Angie Dellitt. She’s facing two counts of theft, one that covers what investigators say she took from the school and another that covers what she allegedly took from Mercer County Schools’ booster club. Prosecutors say she spent the money on trips, meals, and hotel rooms.

>>McLean County Democrats To Fight Signatures In Election Consolidation Drive

(Bloomington, IL) — Democratic leaders in McLean County are getting ready to challenge the folks who want to combine the county’s two election offices. Democratic chairman Eric Rankin yesterday said he thinks there are problems with signatures on the petition to consolidate Bloomington’s election commission and the county’s election office. Rankin says he thinks Democrats can get the question removed from the November ballot.

>>Rockford Shelter Warns Pet Owners About Parvo Outbreak

(Rockford, IL) — Animal rescuers in Rockford are warning pet owners about a parvo outbreak. Managers at Winnebago County’s Animal Services shelter yesterday said that anyone who adopted a dog from the shelter in the past ten days needs to get to a vet immediately. The shelter says they are doing all they can to fight the outbreak. Parvo is very contagious among dogs, but can be prevented through a vaccine.