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  • New Illinois law will let adults earn high school diplomas

    ROCKFORD, Ill. – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates. Rauner signed the amendment to the Illinois School Code on Friday at Goodwill of Northern Illinois in Rockford. It will allow those over age 21 who didn’t finish high school to receive a high school diploma through certified programs. Rauner’s office says diplomas are more advantageous than GED certificates because they give adults “better skills for […]

  • Child safety-seat checks at 100 Illinois locations Saturday

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois Department of Transportation officials will offer child safety-seat checks at dozens of locations around the state on “National Seat Check Saturday .” The Transportation Department is teaming up on Saturday with AAA and safety advocates during National Child Passenger Safety Week to assess safety seats at nearly 100 sites around Illinois. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a child’s safety seat is improperly installed nearly 60 percent of the time. More than one-quarter of children […]

  • SIUE offering free tuition for info in racial slur case

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Officials at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville are offering a semester’s free tuition and fees for information in a case involving a racial slur. The Belleville News Democrat reports that the school on Thursday offered the reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who left a note with a racial slur on a student’s door at an on-campus apartment. SIUE police are investigating and say the incident could result in a felony charge. The […]

  • Officials: Illinois motorist intentionally hit road workers

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. – A southern Illinois man faces felony charges after officials said he intentionally drove his vehicle into two road construction workers trying to divert him from a construction zone. The Belleville News Democrat reports 36-year-old Benjamin Dorrington of Fairview Heights was charged Thursday with two counts of aggravated battery. Police say Dorrington on Monday drove past “road closed” signs in Fairview Heights and bumped into the workers with his vehicle, continuing through the construction zone when the […]

  • Demonstration planned at St. Louis County outlet mall

    ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis County outlet mall is being targeted by protesters one week after a judge acquitted a former police officer in the shooting death of a black man. Organizers have called for supporters to gather Friday evening on the parking lot near a Cabela’s store at the St. Louis Outlet Mall in the north St. Louis County town of Hazelwood. On Thursday, a “White Allies Only” protest in downtown St. Louis drew several hundred people, most […]

  • Former Missouri college wrestler sentenced for HIV exposure

    ST. LOUIS – A former suburban St. Louis college wrestler has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for infecting another man with HIV and endangering four other sexual partners. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 25-year-old Michael Johnson was sentenced Thursday after reaching a plea deal. He initially was ordered to serve 30 years after a 2015 conviction for recklessly infecting another with HIV and four other counts. But an appeals court tossed the guilty verdict, finding that a […]

  • Missouri man sentenced for hitting officer with car

    ROCK HILL, Mo. – A Missouri man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for ramming a car into a suburban St. Louis police officer, causing the officer to fracture his elbow and skull. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 23-year-old Deandre Blevins, of Wentzville, was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded no contest earlier to first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. Authorities say Rock Hill Officer Steven Sperber was investigating an unrelated vehicle in February […]

  • 20-year sentence for man in attack on 94-year-old veteran

    CHICAGO (AP) _ A 20-year prison sentence was handed to a Chicago man who pleaded guilty to attacking a 94-year-old World War II veteran. Olajuwon Claiborne was tearful as he apologized Thursday to the now 95-year-old Josephine Regnier before being sentenced by a Cook County judge. Regnier was attacked last December outside her home in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood. The grandmother was left with bruises and several broken ribs after she was beaten and robbed while waiting for her daughter […]

  • Illinois receives $110M in emergency preparedness grants

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Illinois is receiving more than $110 million in federal grants to help prevent and respond to terrorism and other emergencies. U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the funding from the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday. Durbin says recent terror attacks around the world have underscored the “grim reality” that Illinois must be prepared to address emergency events, including acts of terrorism. More than $68 million will go to the city of Chicago, while the […]

  • FBI warns about consequences of making social media threats

    CHICAGO (AP) _ The FBI’s new public service campaign designed to make people think before making social media threats includes the voice of someone who has made them. Jabari Dean threatened to kill whites at the University of Chicago after video of the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer was released. The threat prompted the university to close for a day. The 21-year-old Dean on Thursday says the threat resulted in him getting kicked […]

  • White ‘allies’ march against Jason Stockley verdict

    ST. LOUIS (AP) – Hundreds of mostly white protesters gathered Thursday in downtown St. Louis and marched, chanting “white silence is violence” and “no justice, no profits.” The protest was the latest of several since a judge on Friday announced a not-guilty verdict for a white former St. Louis police officer charged in the shooting death of a black suspect. The gathering had been designed to show white support for the protesters’ cause. Demonstrators marched down a busy street to […]

  • Traffic blocked near Forest Park and I-64 unannounced protest¬†

    ST. LOUIS (AP) –¬†A couple hundred demonstrators have blocked traffic for about half an hour on the western edge of St. Louis in an unannounced protest of the not-guilty verdict for a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of a black suspect. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the protesters briefly blocked traffic near the southwest corner of Forest Park Thursday afternoon. Police formed a line to keep the protesters from walking onto Interstate 64. Protest organizers had […]