LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



Updated - 9/1/14, 5:28 AM

McLean County Death
A McLean County man has been found dead in rural central Illinois. McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says the man was found on the side of a road in rural LeRoy early yesterday. He was taken to a Bloomington hospital where emergency department workers pronounced him dead.


Baby in Trash Can
Police say a newborn baby found alive inside a trash bin in Jacksonville is in good condition. Lieutenant Chris Johnson says authorities are still searching for the mother of the infant. The baby was apparently placed in the trash bin Saturday morning.


Elmhurst Shooting
The DuPage County coroner says a suburban Chicago man shot and killed his wife and two adult children before committing suicide. Coroner Richard Jorgensen says Francis Stack shot Joan, Francis Jr. and Mary Stack. The coroner says Francis Stack then shot himself. Police found the four bodies in the family's Elmhurst home while doing a well-being check.


Medical Marijuana Applications
The official applications have been posted for aspiring medical marijuana businesses in Illinois. The applications and detailed instructions were posted Friday on the program's website. The application period opens September 8th and runs through September 22nd for a limited number of permits. Applications to obtain medical marijuana must be hand delivered to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in Chicago.


Governor on Minimum Wage
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it's like to live on the state's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. Quinn has made raising Illinois' minimum wage a cornerstone of his re-election campaign against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. He says he'll limit his spending on food and other expenses for the next week to $79.


Help to Homeless JRW Player
Offers of help are pouring in after a newspaper story revealed that one of Chicago's Little League champions and his family have struggled with homelessness. The Sun-Times reported this week that Jackie Robinson West star Jaheim Benton and his family have been sleeping at the homes of friends and family since July. But the paper reported Saturday that Benton's family has received offers ranging from a free home and free rent for a year.


Smoke-free U of I
The University of Illinois is reminding football fans that its new smoke-free campus policy applies to tailgaters in Memorial Stadium parking lots. Signs were posted at entrances to all UI parking lots and the stadium in time for Saturday's season-opener against Youngstown State. The campus went smoke-free on January 1st after a student referendum. Hundreds of other college campuses around the country have done the same.