New Theatre Coming to Peru
The theatre in the Peru Mall will be moving into a new building by the end of next year. Peru Community Development Director Bob Vickery says the contract between Peru Mall and Carmike Cinemas expires at the end of 2015. Vickery says the company is planning on building a new theatre north of HyVee on a plot of land that will use approximately 7.6 acres. The new theatre will have ten screens with all new state-of-the-art equipment and fixtures and will cost around $10 million. Vickery says the theatre aims to have the new building open for the release of the new Star Wars movie at Christmas of 2015.
Vickery mentioned that the theatre is one that is typically found in a market that houses around 100,000 people and will have big reclining chairs, new food stands and more. The current plot of land has corn, but once it is harvested, the site work will begin before winter.
Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Republican state Senator Jim Oberweis have debated which candidate has the best plan to create jobs and improve the lives of Illinois residents. Durbin says he wants to build a stronger middle class by providing tax incentives to companies that create good-paying jobs. Oberweis says the average Illinois family earns less today than when Durbin ran for re-election six years ago.
Ebola Test in Chicago
A child traveling from Liberia to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago will be tested for Ebola "out of an abundance of caution" in what officials say is part of an important first trial for the city's new Ebola response system. The child was among two ill travelers taken to hospitals for monitoring after arriving Tuesday. The city released a statement Wednesday saying the child is improving and has a normal temperature. Health officials emphasized there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in Chicago.
IDOT Hiring Lawsuit
A judge is ordering an investigation into hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, stemming from a lawsuit alleging improper hiring practices. Attorneys for Gov. Pat Quinn's administration have said a separate monitor wasn't necessary and a state inspector general had completed a detailed probe and changes were made.
Chicago Prison Escapees Sentenced
A bank robber who escaped from Chicago's high-rise Metropolitan Correctional Center has been sentenced to 36 years in prison. Joseph Banks and an accomplice smashed a hole in a cell window and climbed down 20 stories using a rope fashioned from bed sheets in 2012. Banks was caught two days later on the city's North Side. Kenneth Conley was captured two weeks later.