LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



Updated: September 29th, 5:19 AM

Kendall County Plane Crash
A pilot is dead following a plane crash in Kendall County yesterday evening. Kendall County Sheriff’s deputies say they received a call around eight o’clock Sunday evening for a plane crash just south of Plano. Deputies say the crash was hard to locate and the use of night vision from a helicopter was needed. A cause is not yet known and the crash remains under investigation.

Harvest Safety
With the harvest season slowly underway, farmers are reminding drivers to keep aware of farming equipment on the road. Officials at the La Salle County Farm Bureau say that a handful of farmers have begun harvesting their crops recently. Officials reminds drivers to be cautious when farmers are driving on the roads and be aware of sudden stops and turns. Officials expect the harvest the season to be in full-swing by mid-October.

DeKalb County Crimes
DeKalb County authorities are on the lookout for a man involved with a theft. Authorities say they are on the lookout for Aaron Hervey, who they say is wanted in connection with stolen merchandise from a residence in Cortland on September 10th. Authorities say they are also on the lookout for an individual who threw a railroad spike through the window of a vehicle in Shabbona on September 12th. Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the DeKalb County Crime Stoppers.

Durbin Investigates Aurora ARTCC Fire
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says he'll seek an investigation into how a contract employee was able to sabotage a regional control center and bring Chicago's two international airports to a halt. Authorities say Brian Howard started a fire in the telecommunications room of the control center in Aurora and then tried to commit suicide. He faces felony charges.

Downtown Rock Island Fire
A huge fire has damaged or destroyed eight buildings in downtown Rock Island. The fire in the western Illinois city began just after 4 a.m. Saturday in a vacant building that was scheduled to be demolished. Firefighters from four departments worked about 2 ½ hours to extinguish the fire. No injuries were reported

High School Hazing Incidents
Officials say 10 high school football players were disciplined last week after allegedly beating three teammates in separate locker-room hazing incidents. A video of at least one of the incidents at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School was posted online. The sophomores allegedly beat one teammate with hands and belts.

Northwestern Application Question
Northwestern University's graduate school has added an optional question to its applications asking prospective students about their sexual orientation. The school posted a statement on its website this week explaining that the intention is to better understand the makeup of its community and better address its needs and concerns.