Illinois News Roundup for May 8


Published on May 8 2012 11:42 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

>>Lawmakers Back In Session

(Springfield, IL)  --  It's back to business for Illinois lawmakers. They're in Springfield today, still trying to craft a budget, plus negotiate reform measures for the state's pension and Medicaid systems.  Governor Quinn wants them to finish all three before leaving for summer break.  He says he'll call them in during their vacation if they don't get the job done.

>>Student Loses Foot In Train Accident

(Champaign, IL)  --  A University of Illinois student is in stable condition after losing her foot in a train accident.  Police say the student hopped on a parked train with a friend around five this morning, hoping to spray graffiti.  But the pair wasn't expecting the train to take off.  When it did, they jumped from the train but the student's foot got caught underneath.  It was completely severed in the incident.  She underwent surgery and is in stable condition.  

>>Aaron Tippin In Nebo, Illinois Tomorrow

(Nebo, IL)  --  A country music super star is making a special stop in Nebo, Illinois  this week.  Aaron Tippin will be the featured speaker at the Oakley-Lindsay Foundation Sporting Clays for Scouting on Wednesday.  He's expected to perform one song at the Boy Scouts event.  Tippin is an avid outdoorsman and may even engage in some course shooting and turkey hunting.  It's one of the biggest fundraising events for the Mississippi Valley Council of the Boys Scouts of America.

>>Student Gets Perfect Score On Math SAT

(Buffalo Grove, IL)  --  A sixth grade Illinois student gets a perfect 800 on math portion of the SAT.  Yoon, from Buffalo Grove, and several other students were selected to take the exam after scoring ahead of the curve on a school assessment test.   Yoon says he was confident while taking the test but didn't expect a perfect score.  Math is his favorite subject but the 12-year old also likes playing the piano and playing sports.

>>Former Dixon CFO Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzlement

(Rockford, IL)  --  Former Dixon Financial Officer Rita Crundwell pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing more than 53-million dollars from the small Illinois town.  A federal grand jury last month indicted Crundwell on charges of wire fraud for allegedly siphoning millions from Dixon since 1990 into a secret account.  She allegedly used the money to create a horse-breeding operation, and bought luxury homes, cars and jewelry.

>>Gas Prices Continue To Fall In Illinois

(Springfield, IL)  --  Average gas prices in Illinois have fallen one-half cent per gallon in the past week, averaging four-dollars per gallon.  That compares with the national average that has fallen about three cents per gallon in the last week to three-77.  According to, prices are 29 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and 15 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

>>U.S. Senate Confirms Judicial Candidate For Illinois

(Washington, DC)  --  The Senate has confirmed John Lee as a federal judge on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois.  Senator Dick Durbin called John Lee an outstanding choice of the federal bench, noting Lee is only the second Korean-American to serve as a federal district court judge in the country.  Lee, a Harvard graduate, is a partner at the Chicago law firm of Freeborn & Peters LLP.

>>Jury Selection To Begin In Trial Of Troy Man

(Belleville, IL)  --  Madison County prosecutors have lined up a half-dozen witnesses to testify that the man who allegedly delivered the heroin that killed a 17-year-old Triad High School student last year was a drug dealer.  Taylor Kennedy was charged last May with the single felony count for the January 2011 death of Shannon Gaddis.  If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.  Jury selection begins today.

>>Boy Scout Saves Sister With Severed Artery

(Godfrey, IL)  --  A 13-year-old Boy Scout used his training to save his younger sister's life.  He acted quickly after she severed an artery falling from a trampoline at the family's home while their parents were at work.  Andrew Goeken of Godfrey tells "The Alton Telegraph" he used his Boy Scout training to apply pressure with paper napkins to the compound fracture on the left arm of his 12-year-old sister, Caroline.  He stabilized her until paramedics could get there.  She is expected to make a full recovery after surgery.

>>Emanuel To Testify In Springfield

(Springfield, IL)  --  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the Capitol city.  He's testifying in the House Personnel and Pensions committee.  Though Emanuel often pushes legislation in Springfield, this is his first actual trip there since he took office last year.

>>First 2013 Dodge Dart Rolls Off Assembly Line

(Belvidere, IL)  --  The first production version of the 2013 Dodge Dart has come off the assembly line and it happened right here in Illinois.  The car was manufactured in Belvidere, at a plant that was nearly shut down just three years ago.  Union leaders say the Dart helped revive the plant and with the first one off the line, they anticipate the area's economy will pick up.  The car is scheduled to hit showroom floors late next month and will cost about 16-thousand dollars.  

>>Decatur Bans Sell Of Fireworks

(Decatur, IL)  --  It's now illegal to sell consumer fireworks in Decatur.  The city council banned the products at their recent meeting.  Residents who wanted to purchase the products were required to get a permit but retailers weren't checking for the permits, which made it easier for unqualified people get their hands on the fireworks.  Firecrackers and bottle rockets can no longer be sold but small novelty items like snakes, sparklers, and poppers are still on shelves.

>>Man Accused Of Burning Son With Iron

(Joliet, IL)  --  A Joliet man is behind bars, accused of using a clothes iron to force his son to admit to stealing.  Police say Josue Manrique noticed one dollar was missing from the top of his dresser early Sunday morning.  That's when he allegedly whipped the boy out of his sleep but when the boy didn't confess, Manrique turned on the iron and put it on the boy's forearm, hand, and chin.   Relatives reported the incident to police and Manrique was arrested, charged with aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery of a child.