Updated: January 29th - 5:40 am
Fatal Single-Vehicle Accident
The La Salle County Sheriff's office is investigating a single-vehicle accident that caused a fatality Wednesday afternoon near Earlville. Authorities say the accident happened in Meriden Township around 4 PM Wednesday. More details are expected to be released later today.
Positions in the City of Peru
Several positions for the city of Peru were discussed at Monday night's city council meeting. Council members discussed hiring an engineering technician to give an extra hand to Eric Carls in the city engineer's office. The council said with the number of projects set for the city over the coming years, they wouldn't run the risk of not keeping the new position busy. Alderman Rodney Perez was against the idea, saying they should wait, including with the new changes in Springfield.
A position for city administrator was also under discussion on Monday. Alderman Mike Radtke suggested that the council find out what the administrator would do for the city and asked why the skills and qualifications of an administrator would be needed for Peru. The discussion was tabled for a later meeting.
Lawmakers Discuss Police Standards
Recent police-caused deaths and ongoing concerns about racial sensitivity are behind a set of police reform bills sponsored by Illinois Democrats. The bills include creating standards for the use of police body cameras and chokeholds as well as cultural sensitivity training. It isn't known how much support the measures will receive in the full Legislature.
Allegations Press for Closing of a Rockford Academy
The troubled Rock River Academy in Rockford is closing after ending its contract with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The state stopped sending girls to the facility last month after the Chicago Tribune published a series looking into allegations of violence, assault and prostitution.
Bernie Mac's Wife Drops Lawsuit
The wife of the late comedian Bernie Mac has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against his Chicago doctor. Rhonda McCullough alleged in the lawsuit that Rene Earles failed to recognize signs of respiratory distress in the weeks before Mac's death in 2008 from pneumonia. Earles treated Mac for more than a decade for the lung disease sarcoidosis.
No Prison Time for Kankakee County Township Supervisor
A former township supervisor in Kankakee County who stole more than $60,000 won't be going to prison. A federal judge has sentenced Leon Mondy to three years of probation. Prosecutors say Mondy has admitted taking money from several Pembroke Township accounts and gambling with it.
Gaming Board Doubles in 2014
Illinois made about $165 million last year from video gambling, compared to $75 million in 2013. The Illinois Gaming Board says casino revenue fell by nearly $87 million during the same time period. Illinois now has more than 19,000 video gambling machines at bars, truck stops and fraternal organizations.