Illinois News Roundup for Monday


Published on April 30 2012 5:49 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

>>Olive Branch Looking To Move

(Olive Branch, IL)  --  The city of Olive Branch could soon be in a whole new geographic area on the Illinois map.  It was hard hit during a massive Southern Illinois flood last year and now city officials are looking to move the town out of the flood plain.  It could be shifted about 100 acres from its current location.  The community is invited to get details and provide input at a meeting this Thursday, May 3rd, at the horseshoe Lake community center. 

>>Illinois Man Dies In St. Louis Tent Collapse

(Waterloo, IL)  --  A Waterloo, Illinois man is dead after a storm ripped down a tent near Busch Stadium in St. Louis over the weekend.  Winds reaching up to 70-miles an hour destroyed the tent, which had people inside at the time of the storm.  Many of them were treated at the scene for minor bruises and cuts but others were transported to local hospitals.  The St. Louis Cardinals held a moment of silence for the victims prior to yesterday's game against Milwaukee.

>>Illinois Professor Working Toward Cancer Cure

(Bloomington, IL)  --  An Illinois Wesleyan University professor has turned his curiosity for light and sound into a potentially life-saving cancer treatment.  Physicist Gabe Spalding is using light patterns to create a remedy that would allow the heat from sound vibrations to destroy bad tissue.  The idea is to destroy pain centers in the brain so people don't have all the side effects of medicine, plus, they won't have to treat Parkinson's Disease or a tumor.  The research has yet to be used in clinical trials in the U.S., so it could be years before the procedure in implemented here.

>>Kinzinger To Talk Gas

(Ottawa, IL)  --  Adam Kinzinger wants to talk about high gasoline prices.  The Republican Congressman will hold a town hall meeting about it tonight at 7 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall.  For as long as he's been in the U.S. House, Kinzinger has talked about making the country more energy secure so it doesn't depend on foreign oil imports.  He says energy security would also create jobs and lower gasoline prices.


>>State museum faces financial crisis

(Springfield, IL)  --  The Illinois State Museum may close one of its six sites or start charging an entrance fee if its finances don't improve.  Admission to Illinois museums is currently free.  Officials say they have trimmed staff and hours, and there's no place else for them to cut costs.  The museum system has six locations in Illinois, two of them in Springfield.  It also has facilities in Dickson, Lockport, Rend Lake and Chicago.

>>Man Allegedly Uses Stun Gun In Rape

(Lebanon, IL)  --  A Lebanon, Illinois, man is accused of using a stun gun in order to rape a woman.  Richard Lee is now charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon.  The alleged victim told police Lee was an acquaintance who came to her Shiloh home where he shocked her with the stun gun, tied her up and raped her.

>>Police Hope Tattoos Can ID Victim

(East St. Louis, IL)  --  East St. Louis police are hoping to identify a woman found dead yesterday, using the unusual tattoos on her body.  The woman was discovered along North 39th Street in East St. Louis.  She's described as a black female with several distinctive tattoos, including one that reads "Princess" on the back of her neck.  Police have not released how the woman died.

>>Man Fatally Stabbed In Schaumburg

(Schaumburg, IL)  --  A man dies after being stabbed in an apartment in northwest suburban Schaumburg.  Schaumburg fire officials responded at 10:12 p.m. Saturday to a report of a person needing medical assistance at an apartment on Georgia Court.  A man in his 20s or 30s was taken with serious injuries from a stabbing to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.  He was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m.


>>NIU QB Dubbed Mr. Irrelevant

(New York, NY)  --  Chandler Harnish is this year's Mr. Irrelevant.  The Indianapolis Colts took the Northern Illinois quarterback with the 253rd and final choice in the NFL Draft on Saturday.  He is the first quarterback since 1997 to be selected with the last pick in the draft.  The Indiana native passed for just over 32-hundred yards and 28 touchdowns with six interceptions last year with the Huskies.