LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



Updated: September 14th - 9:30 AM

Man Sought in Streator
Streator Police are on the lookout for a man who they say fired a weapon in a public area. Authorities are on the lookout for 23-year old Brandon Stewart after he fired the weapon Saturday. Stewart was last seen leaving the incident, possibly in a 2006 Nissan Utility vehicle. If anyone has any information on Stewart, please contact the Streator Police Department. A picture of Stewart and the possible vehicle can be seen on the WSPL Facebook page.

Starved Rock Trails
All trails at Starved Rock State Park are officially open. Park Superintendent Mark McConnaughay made the announcement earlier this weekend that all of the cleanup work has been completed after severe storms damaged and downed trees throughout the park on June 30th. McConnaughay says the pedestrian bridge between the Lodge and the trail to Saint Louis Canyon remains closed due to truck damage last month.

Illinois Medical Marijuana
The state lawmaker who sponsored Illinois' medical marijuana law said it bars the release of information about those applying to grow and sell the drug to prevent the state officials who review the applications from being influenced by political connections. State Representative Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, told the Southern newspaper Friday that the law's confidentiality clause also prevents companies from getting information about competitors.

Ford Plant Layoffs
Hundreds of workers demanding higher wages walked off the job yesterday at a Lear Corporation plant in northwest Indiana that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that could affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago. Workers at the plant in Hammond which employs 760 workers making seats for Ford Explorer and Taurus models have complained of fast-food-like wages.

Kankakee Gun Violence
Five men are in federal custody on gun charges resulting from investigations of gun violence in the Kankakee area, the U.S. attorney's office in central Illinois announced Friday. US. Magistrate Judge David Bernthal ordered the five detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.

Funding to Health Centers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $11.7 million in funding to community health centers across Illinois, Senator Dick Durbin announced on Friday. The money is available through the Affordable Care Act. It will be used to hire additional health care workers, hire new care providers, and allow the facilities to stay open for longer hours.