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  • Security To Be Tightened, Sweeps Expected At Springfield's Public High Schools, In Wake Of Gun Incidents

    Expect tighter security… including possible sweeps for contraband… at Springfield’s public high schools in the days ahead. 

     

    An unloaded gun was recovered at Southeast High School Friday… the second incident involving a student and a firearm in District 186 so far this school year. 

     

    Superintendent Jennifer Gill says student security is the highest priority… but so far, the district is apparently not considering installing metal detectors at the high schools.

  • New Springfield Teacher Contract To Come Up For Vote Monday

    The Springfield school board is expected to vote Monday night on a new teachers contract… and, as usual, the board will not release any details about the agreement until after the vote. 

     

    The board and the Springfield Education Association have been in talks for months… and reached a tentative agreement earlier this week. But neither side is discussing the length of the contract, or how much it will cost the district in additional pay.

     

    The union will hold its own ratification vote for the contract Monday, just before the school board takes final action.

  • Fired IDOT Workers Sue; Other Questionable Hires Still On State Payroll

    A group of 50 IDOT workers are suing over their firing last month… saying their jobs were eliminated only to provide political cover for Governor Pat Quinn as he seeks re-election. 

     

    The workers were laid off following an investigation that indicated they, and perhaps as many as 200 others, got their jobs improperly because of political connections instead of merit.  The lawsuit filed this week demands the state turn over information that the workers say will show they were unfairly fired.

     

    Meanwhile, more than 160 people who may have been improperly hired as “staff assistants” at IDOT are still on the job in different job titles.  That’s according to a review of state records by the Associated Press.  Some of those hires date back to 2002. 

     

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has called for those workers to also be fired, but IDOT says there are no plans to do so.

  • Another Gun Found At A High School In Springfield

    Another incident of a firearm at a high school in Springfield. 

     

    District 186 says police and school administrators recovered an unloaded firearm at Southeast High School Friday.  The gun was not on a person when it was recovered, but a statement from the district says suspects were detained as part of a police investigation into the incident. 

     

    The district beefed up security for Friday night’s football game at Southeast against visiting Chatham Glenwood. Superintendent Jennifer Gill also says there will be tighter security at the city's high schools in the days to come, with more informal "sweeps."  But for now, Gill is downplaying the idea of installing metal detectors at the schools, because she says they are expensive to obtain and operate.

  • Pay Raise Ordinance Would Boost Salaries For City Officials Elected Next Spring

    Springfield aldermen will get the chance to vote on a pay raise for the next city council… and citywide elected officials. 

     

    An ordinance on first reading next week would provide annual raises tied to increases in the Consumer Price Index.  Any annual raise could not exceed three-percent, but if prices actually went down in a year, the officials would still automatically get a one-percent raise. The raises would take effect after next spring’s city elections. 

     

    Currently the mayor makes more than $129,000… the city clerk and treasurer get almost $89,000 each… and aldermen are each paid $15,000 a year.

     

  • Illinois Rail Safety Week Starts Sunday

    Sunday marks the start of Illinois Rail Safety Week. 

     

    Springfield police plan educational efforts and enforcement actions… including targeted patrols around some of the city’s busiest train crossings.  They’re trying to crack down on drivers who ignore lights and crossing gates… and pedestrians who trespass on railroad property. 

     

    Last year nearly 50 Illinoisans died in collisions with trains while in vehicles or on foot.

  • Prayer Walk To Seek Divine Guidance On Race Relations

    An improvement in race relations in Springfield will be one of the things hundreds of people will be praying for during a prayer walk to the State Capitol Saturday morning. 

     

    The second annual “God Belongs In My City” event will begin at around 10am at Comer Cox Park and travel to the Statehouse for more prayers and speeches.  Various Christian denominations around the city are taking part.

     

  • Local Sites Rebound After Natural, Manmade Crises

    Life is getting back to normal at Washington Park after the oil spill that affected the park lagoon this week. 

     

    Park district officials say the Carillon Art Festival will go on as scheduled this weekend. 

     

    Meanwhile, the water-logged Dana Thomas House has rebounded from a basement flood last month… and more heavy rains in the past few days.  The historic site will resume live music concerts later this month.  The September 20th musical event has been jokingly titled “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”

  • Rock Island Sheriff Resigns After Cyberstalking Allegation

    The sheriff of Rock Island County has resigned… and will forfeit his pension… after entering a plea on a charge of attempted official misconduct. 

     

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office prosecuted the case against Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd, who was accused of cyberstalking a woman he met at a gym in Rock Island.  Prosecutors say the woman was an undocumented immigrant… and that Boyd sent her repeated coercive and harassing text messages, including one that constituted a threat. 

     

    Despite the plea, Boyd told reporters he does not believe he committed a crime.

  • Surcharge On Criminal, Traffic Cases Could Fund Police Cams

    Springfield’s plan to purchase body cameras for police officers could get a boost from a proposal by two state lawmakers. 

     

    They’re proposing a $6 surcharge on the fines paid in criminal cases and traffic offenses.  That could generate $4 to 6 million a year, which could be used for grants to local law enforcement agencies for the purchase of dashboard or body cams. 

     

    The lawmakers say the cameras provide protection for both police and the public… and could prevent the type of upheaval that followed the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri.

     

  • Cleanup Crews Still Making Headway Against Oil Spill

    Crews have cleaned up more than 80-percent of the oil that spilled following an auto repair shop fire in Springfield this week… but it could take a couple of weeks or longer to mop up the rest. 

     

    There continues to be no sign of long-term damage at Washington Park or other places affected by that thousand-gallon spill of waste oil from the Merlin 200,000 Mile Shop on Wabash.  Crews are no longer working around-the-clock… but still have days of work ahead to collect the rest of the oil and remove contaminated debris from the scene. 

     

    The bill for the cleanup could be tens of thousands of dollars... and that bill will be sent to the owners of the Merlin shop.

     

  • EPA TO Study Sangamon River Contaminants

    The Illinois EPA wants more study about contaminants that are making their way into the Sangamon River between Decatur and Springfield… which could lead to recommendations on ways to reduce the problem. 

     

    The last study a decade ago showed that several portions of the river had elevated levels of fecal coliform… which can cause health problems in humans.  Some parts of the river watershed in Sangamon, Macon and Christian counties had other contamination issues as well. 

     

    The Decatur Herald-and-Review says any recommendations for changes in land use practices would be voluntary.

     

  • U Of I Trustees Refuse To Hire Professor Over Anti-Israel Tweets

    The University of Illinois board of trustees has upheld the decision of university chancellor Phyllis Wise to rescind a job offer to a controversial professor. 

     

    Steven Salaita had been hired for a tenured position, but the job offer was withdrawn after controversy erupted over Salaita’s Twitter feed, which had numerous harshly-worded posts that were sharply critical of Israel’s military action in the Gaza Strip. 

     

    Trustees voted 8-1 to reject Salaita’s demand to honor the original job offer.  Salaita has indicated he may sue over the decision.

  • Channel 3 Anchor May Only Have Months To Live

    A Central Illinois news anchor is telling viewers that he may only have a few months to live. 

     

    WCIA-TV anchor Dave Benton has been battling brain cancer… and announced Thursday that it has returned, and that the tumor is inoperable.  Benton says he will be trying an antibody treatment that he hopes will slow the tumor’s growth, and says he will keep working for as long as he is able. 

     

    But Benton also says he is at peace with his fate, and says he is now in God’s hands.

  • Surcharge On Criminal, Traffic Fines Could Fund Police Body Cams

    As Springfield considers body cameras for its police officers, help could be on the way from the state. 

     

    Two state lawmakers are proposing an additional $6 charge to be tacked on to the fines that people pay for criminal convictions or traffic violations.  A portion of that money would be used to pay for grants to help law enforcement agencies buy the body cams.

     

    The devices can record audio and video of an officer’s interaction with citizens.

     


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