Updated: December 28th - 6:18 AM
Illinois Man Detained In Jerusalem
An Illinois man is being detained in Israel on charges of plotting anti-Muslim violence. An Israeli court ordered Everett Adam Livvix held until the end of court proceedings against him. He was arrested in November and charged with weapons possession. The indictment accused Livvix of planning to blow up Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. His lawyer says Livvix denies the charges.
Murder Charges Filed
A central Illinois man now faces a first-degree murder charge after a toddler he's accused of beating died of his injuries on Tuesday. The Peoria Journal Star reports 19-year-old Deon Davelle Wells was initially charged with aggravated battery.
Mother And Sons Shot in Rockford
Services have been set for Monday for a woman, her boyfriend and her two young boys who were found shot to death in a duplex in Rockford last weekend. The Register Star reports a combined memorial for the victims will be held Monday morning at Rockford First, a church in Rockford. The victims were 24-year-old Martia Flint, 24-year-old Demontae Rhodes, 6-year-old Tyrone Smith the Third and 4-year-old Tobias K. Smith.
Teen Ticketed in Fatal Peoria Crash
Authorities in Peoria issued four traffic citations to a teenage driver involved in a fatal one-car crash last weekend that killed a Sparland teen. Police did not identify the driver because of privacy exemptions for juveniles. Peoria police gave the driver tickets for failing to reduce speed, improper lane usage, having too many passengers and reckless driving. Danielle Smith died when the sport utility vehicle rolled in the Saturday crash.
Local Unemployment Numbers
Local unemployment numbers remain fairly unchanged from October into November. Illinois Department of Employment Security officials say that La Salle County's unemployment remained unchanged at 7.9 percent. Bureau County fell slightly to 7.2 percent from 7.6 percent and Putnam County was up slightly to 7.1 percent from 6.6 percent. Livingston County saw a slight decline to 5.8 percent from six percent. Officials said that manufacturing saw the biggest gain in jobs with 100, while leisure and hospitality jobs fell 75.
Rita Crundwell Assets
About 700 horse competition trophies are at the center of a court motion involving former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell, who was convicted of stealing nearly $54 million from the city. Federal prosecutors filed the motion Friday in U.S. District Court in Rockford seeking to seize the trophies and other Crundwell assets. The city has so far received $9 million from the sale of other Crundwell assets. Crundwell is serving nearly 20 years in prison.
Road Work Suspended
Illinois Department of Transportation officials say they are suspending non-emergency roadwork to improve holiday traffic flow. The department announced Wednesday that, where ever possible, all highway lanes will open through Sunday at midnight. A similar suspension of roadwork will take place for the New Year's holiday next week. Work zone speed limits will be in effect where posted, even if no construction workers are present.