Illinois voters approve collective bargaining amendment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — (AP) — Illinois voters have approved an amendment to their state constitution guaranteeing the right to bargain collectively. Union rights have taken a beating in Republican-led states in recent years. Twenty-seven states now have right-to-work laws, and Wisconsin went so far as to strip nearly all of its public workers, including teachers, of collective bargaining rights. Tennessee voters last week approved a change to the state Constitution that reinforces the state's existing law freeing workers from being required to pay union dues. The Illinois measure required 60% of those voting on the question to vote “yes” for it to pass or 50% of all votes cast to be in favor of the question.wftv.com
Veterans home COVID-19 outbreak results in $58M settlement
— (AP) — A federal judge has approved a nearly $58 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed in response to the deaths of dozens of veterans who contracted COVID-19 at a Massachusetts veterans home. A total of 164 plaintiffs include veterans who tested positive for the disease and survived as well as the families of those who died. Several of the veterans who survived COVID-19 have died of other causes since the lawsuit was filed, Aleo said. The families of veterans who died will receive a minimum of $400,000 each, while veterans who contracted the disease and survived will receive a minimum of $10,000 under the settlement's terms. With the approval of the settlement, which is being paid by the state, claims against all five were dropped.wftv.com
Thieves crash getaway cars trying to flee, police say
— Two people are facing charges after officers said their attempts to flee from the scene of a crime hit a snag. When the pair tried to escape, they left in separate cars, that crashed into one another, KYTV reported. After the crash, both suspects tried to run, but were quickly caught by officers. Nobody was hurt in the crash, KYTV reported. Officers said they recommended the store not keep its doors propped open during business hours to prevent future thefts.wftv.com
Woman charged with sending bee swarm on deputies at eviction
— (AP) — A Massachusetts woman who released a swarm of bees on sheriff's deputies as they tried to serve an eviction notice is facing multiple assault and battery charges, authorities said. Rorie S. Woods, 55, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Oct. 12 in Springfield District Court and was released without bail, Masslive.com, citing court records, reported on Wednesday. She and other protesters maintain that they were trying to prevent a wrongful eviction. When Woods was told that several officers were allergic, she said “Oh, you’re allergic? “We had a court order that’s been presented to us and it’s our job to effectuate that court order,” Hoffman said.wftv.com
Woman charged, accused of freeing swarm of bees on deputies
— (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing multiple assault and battery charges for allegedly releasing a swarm of bees on a group of sheriff's deputies, some of them allergic to bee stings, as they tried to serve an eviction notice, authorities said. The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department deputies went to a home in Longmeadow on the morning of Oct. 12 and were met by protesters, according to the official department report. Woods, who lives in Hadley, soon arrived in an SUV towing a trailer carrying bee hives, the report said. She started “shaking” the hives, broke the cover off one, causing hundreds of bees to swarm out and initially sting one deputy, according to the report. When Woods was told that several officers were allergic to bees, she said “Oh, you’re allergic?wftv.com
Illinois tax rebates are coming -- in time for the election
Rebates on income and property taxes are part of a $1.83 billion inflation-relief package built into this year's budget. “Prices at the pump and at the supermarket have taken Illinois families on a roller-coaster ride over the past months. Rebates will arrive by mail or direct deposit in the closing days of the campaign season, when voters make up their minds. Property tax rebates will be equal to the amount a homeowner claimed as a credit on income tax returns last year, up to $300, Harris said. Other initiatives include a six-month freeze on an increased motor fuel tax, a year-long suspension of the sales tax on groceries, and a back-to-school sales tax holiday on classroom supplies during August.wftv.com
Ginobili and his Eurostep reach Basketball Hall of Fame
The first clue that, no, Manu Ginobili did not invent the Eurostep should come from the move’s name. In turn, it brought him to the Basketball Hall of Fame. When Ginobili played, the Spurs won. Ginobili didn’t know what, or even where, San Antonio was when he first went there. Ginobili didn’t get to Springfield on that trip.wftv.com
Darren Bailey, playing to downstate crowd, resumes calling Chicago a ‘hellhole’ at state fair’s GOP day
Republican candidate for governor Darren Bailey again had harsh words about Chicago, resuming his description of the city as a "hellhole' during Republican Day speeches at the Illinois State Fair.chicagotribune.com
More police promised for Chicago trains after fatal shooting
Chicago police and transit officials on Saturday pledged additional security for the city's trains to stem a spike in violent crime after the shooting death of a passenger overnight. A 29-year-old man, Diuntel Moon, was shot multiple times in the chest and abdomen on a Chicago Transit Authority Red Line train on 79th Street in the Chatham neighborhood about 2 a.m. Saturday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference. “No resident should think twice about their safety on any part of CTA or in our neighborhoods.”news.yahoo.com
Monkeypox: Illinois governor declares state of emergency over virus
J.B. Pritzker issued a public health emergency declaration early Monday evening as monkeypox cases continue mounting there. >> Read more trending news“I am declaring a state of emergency to expand the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies in responding to, treating, and preventing the spread of MPV,” Pritzker tweeted. Illinois has the third-highest number of infections nationwide, trailing only New York and California, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Kathy Hochul declared a state disaster emergency and two days after New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a public health emergency for the city. However, anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.”As of 2 p.m. Friday, New York had confirmed 1,345 monkeypox cases, followed by California with 799 and Illinois with 419, according to the CDC.wftv.com
Lawsuit says Bass Pro won't honor lifetime warranty on socks
— (AP) — A Missouri man says in a class-action lawsuit against Bass Pro that the outdoor outfitter is refusing to honor its lifetime warranty on socks. Instead of getting another pair with a lifetime warranty, Slaughter said he was given socks that only carried a 60-day warranty, according to the Springfield News-Leader. A Bass Pro representative said the company won’t comment on pending litigation. The lawsuit said Bass Pro is misrepresenting the socks in its ads because it says they are “The last sock you’ll ever need to buy” because of the lifetime warranty. Slaughter said in the lawsuit that the warranty was a major factor in his decision to buy the socks.wftv.com
Federal judge throws out lawsuit alleging required signage on Illinois’ gas tax freeze violates free speech
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a group representing gas station owners that fought a requirement for businesses to display signs advertising a freeze on the state’s gas tax.chicagotribune.com
Endangered red wolf pup born at Illinois zoo
Endangered red wolf pup born at Illinois zoo Stock photo of a red wolf pup. The Henry Robinson Zoo in Springfield, Illinois, welcomed a male pup, Ranger, on May 13, officials said. (Mark Kostich/Getty Images/iStockphoto)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A new baby has arrived at Illinois’ Henson Robinson Zoo. >> Read more trending newsAccording to WICS and WRSP, the Springfield attraction announced that red wolves Pepper and Red welcomed a male pup, Ranger, on May 13. “The Henson Robinson Zoo is proud to be a part of this critically important program.”©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Pritzker says state now in compliance with a law requiring DNA evidence in rape cases to be tested within six months
Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the Illinois State Police no longer has any DNA evidence from sexual assault cases that has not been tested within six months, a significant improvement from a backlog that existed for years.chicagotribune.com
Ford recalls Explorer SUVs that can roll away while in park
Ford Recall A Ford dealership in Springfield, Pa., Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than a quarter-million Explorer SUVs in the U.S., Friday, April 29, because they can roll away unexpectedly while shifted into park. The recall covers certain 2020 through 2022 Explorers with 2.3-liter engines, as well as 3-liter and 3.3-liter hybrids and the 3-liter ST. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (Matt Rourke)DETROIT — (AP) — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than a quarter-million Explorer SUVs in the U.S. because they can roll away unexpectedly while shifted into park. The recall covers certain 2020 through 2022 Explorers with 2.3-liter engines, as well as 3-liter and 3.3-liter hybrids and the 3-liter ST. Also included are 2020 and 2021 Explorer Police hybrids and those with 3.3-liter gas engines. If that happens, the SUVs can roll away even if they are placed in park gear, without the parking brake on.wftv.com
Georgia assistant district attorney accidentally shoots himself inside courtroom
Accidental shooting: An assistant district attorney in Effingham County, Georgia, accidentally shot himself in the leg earlier this month. (Bob Weston/iStock )SPRINGFIELD, Ga. — An assistant state attorney in southeastern Georgia accidentally shot himself while showing his weapon to another prosecutor, records show. Breedon’s gun discharged while he was inside Assistant District Attorney Ian Heap’s office at the Old Effingham County Courthouse Building in Springfield, the television station reported. It is legal for assistant district attorneys to carry firearms, the television station reported, citing state laws. Investigators with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office requested that the case be rendered inactive, WJCL reported.wftv.com
After long being mired in politics, Lincoln museum has ‘potential to be incredibly great’ under restructuring plan
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield has long been mired in political shenanigans, but advocates hope a bill just passed by state legislators will lead to better and more transparent institution.chicagotribune.com
Applebee's franchisee worker fired over leaked email
— (AP) — Applebee's has confirmed that an employee of a Missouri-based franchisee has been fired after sending an email speculating that high gas prices and the end of pandemic stimulus money would force employees to work longer hours for lower pay. “This is the opinion of an individual, not Applebee’s,” Kevin Carrol, Applebee’s chief operations officer, said in a statement, adding that the franchisee terminated the midlevel worker. Issues arose after someone shared the email last month with Jake Holcomb, who was the manager of an Applebee’s restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas. The restaurant remained closed the next day and the email began circulating widely online. For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, Springfield News-Leader.wftv.com
Applebee's franchisee worker fired over leaked email
Applebee's has confirmed that an employee of a Missouri-based franchisee has been fired after sending an email speculating that high gas prices and the end of pandemic stimulus money would force employees to work longer hours for lower pay. “This is the opinion of an individual, not Applebee’s,” Kevin Carrol, Applebee’s chief operations officer, said in a statement, adding that the franchisee terminated the midlevel worker. Issues arose after someone shared the email last month with Jake Holcomb, who was the manager of an Applebee’s restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas.news.yahoo.com
Oregon man learns he won $8.9M lottery jackpot after scanning forgotten ticket
Oregon man learns he won $8.9M lottery jackpot after scanning forgotten ticket An Oregon man recently checked a forgotten lottery ticket and learned he had won an $8.9 million jackpot, the Oregon Lottery said in a news release. >> Read more trending newsAccording to KMTR, an Oregon man recently checked a forgotten lottery ticket and learned he had won an $8.9 million jackpot. Imagine walking around with $8.9 million in your pocket -- and not knowing it! The Moose Lodge also received a prize of its own for selling the winning ticket – $89,000, the release said. “The last couple of years have been a challenge for us,” Moose Lodge Manager Michael Scott told the lottery.wftv.com
Police find 6-month-old boy alone in Oregon motel room days after mother overdoses
Child found: A 6-month-old child was found strapped in a stroller and unresponsive in an Oregon motel room. (Jason Doly/iStock)SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A 6-month-old boy was found barely alive in an Oregon motel room by a social services worker, days after his mother had a fatal overdose, authorities said. Police said their investigation revealed that the boy had been in the stroller for four days, the release stated. She was found dead in the motel room from an apparent overdose, and officers recovered “what is now considered a non-criminal user amount of heroin” in the room, the police department said in its news release. The child will be released to the Oregon Department of Human Services when he is discharged, KPTV-TV reported.wftv.com
Missouri man convicted of beating neighbor to death, lighting her house on fire
Man convicted of murdering neighbor Mugshot of Pavel Samsinak, who was found guilty of killing his neighbor, Alice Hale, and then setting fire to her house. — A Springfield, Missouri, man has been found guilty of murdering his neighbor, a retired elementary school janitor. Samsinak was convicted of the murder of his neighbor, Alice Hale, in September 2020. According to court documents, police believed an argument over the property line between Samsinak and Hale’s homes led to the deadly altercation, KYTV reported. The jury deliberated for only 45 minutes before finding Samsinak guilty of all charges.wftv.com
Illinois governor to lift mask mandate except for schools
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that at the end of the month he will lift the requirement for face coverings to be worn in most indoor spaces to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the mandate will stay in place for K-12 schools where students, teachers and staff are clustered together. “All of us are getting tired of wearing masks, that’s for sure,” Pritzker said at an event in Champaign. “But I have to say, I mean an enormous compliment to the people of Illinois ..., you have done such a good job of keeping each other safe.”news.yahoo.com
Missouri officers kill suspect, citing 'imminent danger'
Officers in Springfield, Missouri, fatally shot an Arkansas man after they determined he had put a woman and her children in “imminent danger," police said Saturday. Police were called Friday night to a domestic disturbance at an apartment, where they said 28-year-old Mitchell R. Hooe of Arkansas was armed with a gun. Officers confirmed that a woman and her children were in the apartment with Hooe.news.yahoo.com
Nicaraguans hit the streets to celebrate St. Sebastian's day despite rising virus cases
With colourful costumes and traditional dances, residents of Diriamba in southern Nicaragua pay tribute to the town's patron saint Sebastian. The annual celebration took place despite rising numbers of coronavirus cases in the Latin American country.news.yahoo.com
Turkey’s ‘party train’ carves its way through country’s snowy hillsides
The atmosphere is buzzing aboard this Turkish train as it winds through snow-capped hills from Ankara to Kars. The Eastern Express has become Turkey's most coveted and festive train journey, making multiple stops in the country's east. Tickets were snapped up within minutes when the service started up again after a hiatus due to the coronavirus.news.yahoo.com
Media outlets recall country's unity after Sept. 11 attacks
Media outlets that often spend hours each day exploring the country's differences paused to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by recalling almost wistfully the sense of common purpose that united Americans in the aftermath.
As New York salutes health workers, Missouri fights a surge
New York has thrown a ticker-tape parade for the health care workers and others who helped the city pull through the darkest days of COVID-19, while authorities in Missouri are struggling to beat back a surge blamed on the fast-spreading delta variant and deep resistance to getting vaccinated.
AT&T spinning off DirecTV after losing millions of customers
AT&T is spinning off its DirecTV into a new company at a fraction of the $48.5 billion it paid in 2015. The satellite TV service has lost millions of customers on AT&T's watch. (AP Photo/File)AT&T is spinning off its DirecTV into a new company for a fraction of the $48.5 billion it paid for the satellite TV service in 2015. DirecTV has lost millions of customers on AT&T’s watch, and is valued in the deal at just $16.25 billion, including debt. The new DirecTV company will include AT&T TV, a streaming version of cable TV, and U-verse, AT&T's older cable service.
VIRUS TODAY: In COVID-19 era, Americans choose dying at home
For many families, home is a better setting than the terrifying scenario of saying farewell to loved ones behind glass or during video calls amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Here’s what’s happening Sunday with the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S.:THREE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY:— More Americans are making the decision to have their terminally ill loved ones die at home rather than in nursing home and hospice settings. For many families, home is a better setting than the terrifying scenario of saying farewell to loved ones behind glass or during video calls amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gavin Newsom is facing a potential recall election, in part stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. “So I really do think that we need to watch this and be careful.”___Find AP’s full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic: https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic
In pandemic, more people choose to die at home
Simmons has been making more trips to homes to pick up bodies to be cremated and embalmed since the pandemic hit. For many families, home is a better setting than the terrifying scenario of saying farewell to loved ones behind glass or during video calls amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)MISSION, Kan. – Mortuary owner Brian Simmons has been making more trips to homes to pick up bodies to be cremated and embalmed since the pandemic hit. People were suddenly working from home and had more time, and they were more comfortable with home hospice knowing the alternative with lack of visitation at nursing homes. Caring for the needs of a critically ill relative can mean sleepless nights and added stress as the pandemic rages.
‘So frustrating:’ Doctors and nurses battle coronavirus skeptics
Treating the sick and dying isn't even the toughest part for Montgomery as the coronavirus surges in her corner of red America. It’s unclear how Trump’s bout with the virus will affect the situation, but some doctors aren’t optimistic. After a few days of treatment at a military hospital, the president tweeted Monday, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. That has been frustrating for all of us,” Montgomery said in an interview, adding: “It wears.”Combating virus skeptics is a battle across the country. Dr. Jay W. Lee, a family physician in Orange County, California, recalled a patient who demanded the “largest hydroxychloroquine prescription you can give me."
Nets hire Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash as coach
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Steve Nash speaks during induction ceremonies at the Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Mass. The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)The Brooklyn Nets hired Steve Nash as their coach Thursday, putting the Hall of Fame point guard in charge of the team that hopes to have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving together next season. The Nets finished the season under Jacque Vaughn, who they said would remain on staff as Nash's lead assistant. In Steve we see a leader, communicator and mentor who will garner the respect of our players," Marks said.
New Hampshire 16-year-old swims across English Channel
In this photo provided by Darcie DeBlois-Rivard, long distance swimmer Vera Rivard, 16, of Springfield, N.H., below, swims the English Channel between Dover, England and Calais, France, as a channel ferry sails by, above, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. The swim took her more than 14 hours, and she is the second American to cross the channel this year. (Photo Darcie DeBlois-Rivard via AP)WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, N.H. A 16-year-old from New Hampshire successfully swam across the English Channel, completing a 33-mile (53-kilometer) swim by reaching a sandy beach in France after darkness fell. "As she leaves the beach in England for her English Channel attempt, I will be the proudest parent ever! After that, she booked a slot to swim the English Channel and has been training ever since in both the United States and Ireland, she said.
ComEd to pay $200M over bribery, Illinois speaker implicated
(Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool, File)CHICAGO Electric utility ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, federal prosecutors announced Friday. A deferred prosecution agreement for ComEd filed in federal court states that Public Official A is the Illinois House Speaker, but Madigan the the longest-serving state House speaker in modern American history is not mentioned by name. The U.S. Attorney's office scheduled a Friday afternoon news conference to announce developments in a public corruption investigation." The U.S. Attorneys Office said it filed a one-count criminal information on Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago charging ComEd with bribery. A deferred prosecution agreement that's subject to approval by the U.S. District Court requires ComEd to pay a $200 million fine.
Coroner: 3rd Illinois warehouse shooting victim identified
(Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. The third person who died after being shot at a warehouse in central Illinois has been identified. Marsha Strumpher, 54, of Springfield, died at a hospital Saturday from multiple gunshot wounds, Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. The victims who died Friday are Christopher Aumiller, 25, and Bill Gibbons, 61, both of Springfield, Allmon said. Their autopsies conducted Saturday concluded both died of multiple gunshot wounds. There will be a memorial vigil for the victims at Centennial Park in Springfield at Tuesday evening.
Coroner: 3rd Illinois shooting victim dies, 2 identified
Police believe Michael L. Collins opened fire on three of his coworkers Friday, killing two at the Bunn-O-Matic facility in Springfield, Illinois, shortly after 11 a.m. The victims who died Friday are Christopher Aumiller, 25, and Bill Gibbons, 61, both of Springfield, according to Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon. Their autopsies conducted Saturday morning concluded both died of multiple gunshot wounds, Allmon told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. The third victim is a 54-year-old woman, who died Saturday just after 4:30 p.m. at HSHS St. Johns Hospital. Collins and his coworkers had all arrived for work at about 7 a.m. Friday in the welding area of the facility, Springfield Police Chief Kenny Winslow said.
2 dead, 1 hurt in Illinois warehouse shooting; suspect dead
He said the bodies of two employees of Bunn-O-Matic were found by police officers searching the building. He said a female employee was found injured in the parking lot and was rushed to an area hospital. Winslow identified the gunman as 48-year-old Michael L. Collins of Springfield. Police say Collins knew the people he shot. Winslow could not say for sure if Collins took his own life.
Universal Orlando offering summer packages to Florida residents
ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando is offering exclusive packages to Florida residents during the summer months. One of the offers is for Florida residents to save $10 on any annual pass. Universal Orlando is also offering a package called the Exclusive Florida Resident Universal Partner Hotel Getaway. Universal Orlando opens two new attractions in the coming months. To learn more about all of Universal Orlando's ticket options and vacation packages, visit Universal Orlando's website.