Illinois News Roundup for Monday, May 21

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Published on May 21 2012 3:46 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

>>Quinn, Polish President Visit Troops

(Marseilles, IL)  --  Governor Pat Quinn and Polish President  Bronislaw Komorowski surprised soldiers at the Marseilles Training Center yesterday.  Polish troops are trained on the site.  Fifteen people, including Quinn and 13 soldiers, were honored with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, which is given to foreigners for distinguished contribution to international cooperation with Poland. The visit by Polish dignitaries came while international leaders met in Chicago for the NATO Summit.  Quinn also met with leaders from the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, and Italy.

 

>>Southern Illinois Murder Trial Underway

(Murphysboro, IL)  --  The trial of a man accused of killing someone with the Carbondale police chief's stolen gun is underway.  Jury selection got started early this morning at the Jackson County courthouse in the case against Matthew Jones.  He's facing two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting Deaunta Spencer after the two had a fight.  The gun used in the shooting is said to be the one stolen from the police chief's car last June, but Jones is not accused of taking the firearm.

 

>>State Offering Foreclosure Assistance

(Vernon Hills, IL)  --  The state is offering free help to homeowners who may be facing foreclosure.  Governor Quinn's Mortgage Relief Project will be visiting the College of Lake County on Saturday, June 9th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  The free seminar will help connect homeowners with all available assistance, resources and knowledge to help them keep their homes.  For more information or to receive immediate assistance in advance of the event, call 800-532-8785 during regular business hours or visit www.idfpr.com.

 

>>Recall On Diced red Onions

(Undated)  --  There's a recall on diced red onions.  Gills Onions LLC is recalling more than 23-hundred pounds of onions is said to be tainted with Listeria.  The onions were sold in thirteen states, including Illinois, and have an expiration date of May 14th, 15th, and 17th, 2012.  No illnesses have been reported.

 

>>NATO Leaders Back At McCormick Place For Summit

(Chicago, IL)  --  Leaders from NATO are going to be back at Chicago's McCormick Place today for Day Two of the NATO summit.  The delegates are expected to finalize an agreement pulling all troops out of Afghanistan by 2014.  They also are going to talk about a potential missile defense shield and how to strengthen alliances with non-NATO members.  Protestors plan on moving towards Chicago-based Boeing in hopes of shutting it down.

 

>>Gambling Expansion Expected To Get Another Look

(Springfield, IL)  --  Two key state lawmakers involved in gambling legislation are predicting that the legislature will vote on an expansion bill before the end of the month.  The question is whether Governor Pat Quinn will soften his opposition to slot machines at horse racing tracks.  The bill would allow new casinos in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, near Waukegan and in the south Chicago suburbs.  It also would allow slot machines at racetracks.

 

>>Budget Would Have 'Drastic' Effect On School Districts

(Springfield, IL)  --  If the current budget resolution is passed, the Springfield School District and others could see a significant drop in state aid.  In Springfield, that money accounts for about 30-percent of the  education fund budget.  For the 2011-12 school year, the district received 36-million dollars in general state aid.  If the resolution passes, the district could see a drop of close to six-million dollars.  Budget writers say the proposed cuts to education spending would affect dozens of school districts across the state in a similar fashion.

 

>>Attacks Reported Inside St. Clair County Jail

(St. Clair County, IL)  --  Three inmates are facing charges in two recent attacks inside the St. Clair County Jail.  In a May 11th fight at the jail, an inmate bit off a piece of a man's ear and flushed it down a toilet.  The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department says the fight was over gambling debts from a dice game.  The 18-year-old victim lost the top part of one of his ears and was treated at a hospital for his injuries.  On May 3rd, a pregnant woman was stabbed by another inmate in a holding area.  Her fetus was not injured.  Charges have been filed in both cases.