Updated on 3/07/14 05:38
Fatal Crash Involving Peru Ambulance
A crash Wednesday evening in Woodford County involving a Peru ambulance took the life of a Metamora woman. According to the Woodford County Coroner’s Office, the accident happened on Illinois Route 116 between Metamora and Roanoke just after 5 PM. The driver of the car, 64-year old Galeen Driscoll, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say says that 44-year old Daniel Dempsey of Peru in the ambulance was taken to Saint Francis in Peoria while another individual in the ambulance, 61-year old Jim Zborowski (ZAH-brow-skee) of Peru, was treated and released. The accident is still under investigation.
Pontiac Woman Dies in I-55 Crash
A fatal crash on Intersate 55 south of Pontiac that occurred around 6 PM Wednesday took the life of a Pontiac woman. Livingston County Coroner Michael Burke says 32-year old Shandell Knittel was driving northbound on I-55 when her SUV crossed the median and collided with a southbound semi-truck. Knittel was pronounced dead at the scene.
La Salle County Not Moving Yet on Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
La Salle County is still holding out on issuing same-sex marriage licenses despite a recent announcement. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced earlier this week that all counties can immediately begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses. La Salle County Clerk JoAnn Carretto says her office is still in the process of upgrading software and forms, so La Salle County is not issuing the licenses. She said she has been getting inquiries and telling people about the counties that are now issuing the licenses. Carretto said she is also willing to take down contact information and will inform those by phone of when the county will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Another Lawsuit aimed at Pension Law
(AP) - A fifth lawsuit has been filed by state employees challenging Illinois' new pension law. The lawsuit was filed by current and former employees at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Parkland Community College. It says the legislation passed by the General Assembly in December violates several provisions of the state constitution.
Financial Issues Ahead for Illinois Universities?
(AP) - Illinois' public university presidents have spelled out the things they'll be forced to do if the state's temporary tax increase expires in January. They tell lawmakers the financial strain will mean higher tuitions and larger classes with more being taught by adjunct professors instead of more highly paid tenured professors.
Less Health Insurance for Kids
(AP) - A report by child advocates says fewer Illinois kids lack health insurance but cases of abuse and neglect are rising. The findings are part of an annual report by a non-partisan group called Voices For Illinois Children.
Senator Wants Judges Wages to be Lower
(AP) - State Senator Darin LaHood of Peoria says it's time for Illinois to consider setting lower salaries for starting judges. Chief Justice Rita Garmin has presented the court system's annual budget request as lawmakers look for ways to cover a loss of revenue if the state's income tax increase expires. The state is barred from cutting the pay of sitting judges.
State Unemployment Down
(AP) - The Illinois unemployment rate fell in January even though the state lost more than 27,000 jobs from the previous month. The rate of 8.7 percent was down from December's 8.9 percent. Officials say all the snow and cold limited the number of construction jobs and the end of holiday shopping hurt the retail sector.
Insane Clown Posse moving to Ohio
(AP) - An annual festival headlined by the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse will be held in Ohio this year. The Detroit-based duo was looking for a new venue for its Gathering of the Juggalos event after sites in Missouri and Illinois fell through. Past Gathering of the Juggalos events have been marred by unruliness, drug use, fights and arrests.