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Pritzker says tax increases worth it for construction plan

Pritzker says tax increases worth it for construction plan

By JOHN O’CONNOR AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday he is confident that Illinois residents will swallow $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes to pay for a massive state construction program , while a key Republican said some of the taxes aren’t acceptable and lawmakers may have to seek revenue…Read more »

Nonprofits sue state over Illinois group home oversight plan

Nonprofits sue state over Illinois group home oversight plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Three nonprofit groups are suing the state to stop a new case management plan for thousands of Illinoisans who receive publicly funded care in group homes. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports Wednesday that the groups filed their lawsuit in Springfield federal court, requesting a preliminary injunction against the Illinois Department of Human…Read more »

Middle school teacher charged in 20-year-old abuse case

Middle school teacher charged in 20-year-old abuse case

ALTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois middle school teacher has been charged with the sexual abuse of a high school student more than 20 years ago. Fifty-one-year-old William C. Ingersoll is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor from 1998 to 2000. An Alton Police Department spokeswoman said Ingersoll was charged with…Read more »

Pregnant woman seeks deportation asylum in Chicago church

Pregnant woman seeks deportation asylum in Chicago church

CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant woman is seeking asylum in a Chicago church after she says she received a deportation order requiring her to leave the U.S. by Thursday. Adilene Marquina, 34, who has a high-risk pregnancy and is afraid to travel back to Mexico, is staying at the Faith, Life and Hope Mission on…Read more »

2 bullets strike bus after students taken to Chicago museum

2 bullets strike bus after students taken to Chicago museum

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say stray gunfire struck a suburban school bus after it dropped students at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Chicago police and Northbrook School District 28 officials said only the driver was aboard the bus Tuesday morning when two bullets struck the vehicle. Authorities said the bus was at…Read more »

Charleston mother gets 20 years in son’s neglect death

Charleston mother gets 20 years in son’s neglect death

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 23-year-old Charleston woman to 20 years in prison in the death of her 2-year-old son in 2017. Coles County Court records show Savannah M. Weiss pleaded guilty Monday to murder. The (Charleston) Times-Courier and Mattoon Journal-Gazette reports a judge accepted a plea agreement in the case. Authorities say…Read more »

Roads flooded in many locations Wednesday

Salem Township Highway Commissioner Jim Bryant says any road that normally floods during heavy rains is underwater Wednesday morning.  Robin Road, South College, South Hotze, Hoots Chapel Road, and Westline Road in the Crooked Creek Bottoms as well as CJ Heck Road near the lake and East Church Street.   Please do not attempt to travel…Read more »