LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



July 24  5:26 am

KKK Brochures
Brochures for the Ku Klux Klan have been appearing again in La Salle County. Reports of the brochures stemmed in Streator late last week in neighborhoods to the north and east according to Streator Police. Seneca Police reported that the brochures have made an appearance throughout the village earlier this week.  Authorities say the brochures are within ziplock bags that contain recruitment information for the Loyal White Knights of the KKK along with a phone number to call and small pebbles. Authorities ask residents that receive these brochures to contact your local police department.

Bond for Oglesby Man
Bond has been set at $200,000 for an Oglesby man involved in a standoff early Monday morning. 34-year old Eric Fischer is in jail following an eight hour standoff that went from late Sunday night into early Monday morning. La Salle County Sheriff's officials say Fischer was charged with domestic battery after he allegedly beat his wife. Police say the man barricaded himself in his house with 2 handguns and 3 dogs after police were called by the man’s wife. Negotiations with the man went on for several hours, but eventually, police say, law enforcement action was needed to take him out of the house. 

La Salle County Police Pursuit
A Peoria man is in jail after a police chase early Wednesday morning. The La Salle County Sheriff’s office says deputies assisted Grundy County and Morris police after a pursuit had entered into La Salle County. La Salle County deputies eventually stopped the driver on Illinois Route 71 in Newark. Deputies say that the driver, 27-year old Joshua Foster, is charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding of police, speeding at 100 MPH, along with some other traffic.

Amboy Accident
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says they have completed their investigation into a May Fatal accident in Sublette.  Back on May 24th, a motorcycle collided with a van, killing the motorcyclist, 34 year old Deryle Nickel of Amboy, injuring a passenger on the motorcycle, and also injuring 8 people in the van.  The Sheriff’s Office says they have concluded that alcohol was not a factor in the accident, and the driver of the van, a 37 year old Amboy woman, has been ticketed for failure to yield at a stop intersection.

Streator START Meeting
The Streator Action Revitalization Team (START) meeting yesterday has changed dates. The meeting at The Silver Fox only had a few members in attendance, who were brainstorming ideas and was not intended to be the public meeting. City Engineer Jeremy Palm says the public meeting of the START team will take place on Wednesday, August 6th at Streator City Hall. Palm said items discussed between the START members yesterday will be up for discussion in the August meeting.

Driver Killed by Tire
A tire that flew off an SUV bounced across an interstate highway in Chicago and slammed into a car, causing an accident that killed its driver. The Illinois State Police says the accident took place Wednesday morning along Interstate 94 on Chicago's South Side. Police identified the victim as 64-year-old Jovanka Mijatov of Schererville, Indiana. The tire came off an SUV in the southbound lanes, then bounced into the northbound lanes and struck the car.

Health Insurance Refunds
The federal government says more than 108,000 Illinois health insurance customers will benefit from more than $8 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation's health care law. The law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of the premiums they collect on medical care and quality improvement. They must return the difference to consumers and employers.

Illinois Marijuana
The new medical marijuana law is putting Illinois medical professionals at the center of a quickly changing legal landscape. The Illinois law has a limited list of qualifying health conditions for people who want to use pot to ease their symptoms. But one -- spinal cord disease -- could be broadly interpreted to cover any patient complaining of back pain. Patients will start applying for marijuana ID cards in September.

Illinois Credit Rating
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has changed its outlook on Illinois' credit rating for the worse. The agency Wednesday revised its outlook from "developing" to "negative" on Illinois' A-minus rating. S&P says the state's $35.7 billion budget isn't structurally balanced. It also cites an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that found the state can't force retirees to pay for part of their health care.

Clean Water Initiative
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation expanding the state's Clean Water Initiative. It makes storm water management and green infrastructure projects available for state financial aid. Quinn proposed the plan during his State of the State address this year.