Saturday, September 23, 2017

Coroner Confirms ID of Remains Found in Tazewell Co.

Tazewell County Coroner James Baldi confirmed early this morning that remains found in rural Tazewell County in July belonged to missing teenager, Robert Bee, Jr. Bee was 13 when he ran away from his Pekin home in November 2016, when being seen by a truant officer. His remains were found on July 24 about two miles away. A man discovered the skeletal remains while mowing his property near Route 29. Investigators believe the remains were in the woods behind the property, but some were moved by animals onto the man's property.There's no word on a cause of death. the case remains under investigation.

Source WEEK TV

Friday, September 22, 2017

Report: Most Illinois Cities Gain Jobs, Just Not Enough

Illinois' economy is still stuck in the mud. The latest report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security says most cities in the state added jobs over the past year. But IDES boss Jeff Mays yesterday said they didn't add enough. The report says Illinois as a whole added about 25 thousand jobs between last August and last month. But 20 thousand of those jobs came in Chicago or the suburbs. Mays says the state's economy is stuck in neutral.

State of the University Address

The president of Illinois State University is encouraging the community to stay confident during his 4th annual State of the University Address. Larry Dietz said with the damage of the 2-year Illinois budget impasse, ISU is trying to recover and prepare in the event it occurs again. He said the university is also taking time to revise its strategic plan. Dietz also announced he is seeking a mid-year salary increase for those who qualify, and a promotion salary enhancement for full-time associate professors

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Obmacare Rates to Spike in 2018 for Illinois

A report from an Illinois agency says residents who buy insurance on the state’s health care exchange could see rate increases for the lowest-priced plans by 2018. The Chicago Tribune reports the state Insurance Department submitted rates to the federal government Wednesday. The rates would jump by 16 to 37 percent, increasing the average cost of the lowest-priced silver plans by 35 percent statewide.

Collins In Custody for Fatal DUI Also Faces Home Invasion Charges

The man accused of leaving the scene of a deadly crash in Bloomington is now facing charges in connection to a crime in Normal.  Jakeb Collins is the second person to be arrested for a home invasion and armed robbery on the 400 block of South Oak Street in Normal that occured about ten months ago. A second suspect, Shaquar Rhone, was sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Father Kills Two Children, Sets Fire, Then Kills Self

Bloomington Police tell us that all three victims in Tuesday's house fire died before the fire was fully involved.

BPD says Eric Ringenberg was seen on home surveillance video hiding cell phones before he set the fire. The surveillance video shows him strangling his two small children, before starting the fire in the home's basement. Then he killed himself.

Pamela Ringenberg, Eric's wife, woke up in her bedroom when the fire alarm went off. Home surveillance video shows her searching for family members and a phone to call for help before fleeing the home. She suffered from smoke inhalation.

Houchin Family Alpacas Participates in National Alpaca Farm Days

Compared to most livestock in North America, alpacas are relatively new. First commercially imported in 1984, many people have seen alpacas on their favorite television shows or on the news, but have never met one in person. Now is your chance!

On September 23rd and 24th, alpaca owners from across the United States and Canada will invite the public to come to their farm or ranch to meet their alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals, the luxury fiber they produce and why the alpaca business is perfect for environmentally conscious individuals.

From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday September 23 and 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday September 24, Houchin Family Alpacas will welcome guests to join them for many activities including, getting up close and feeding the alpacas, spinning and felting demonstrations, shop for all natural alpaca products, and learning about raising and owning alpacas.  All for FREE.

Houchin Family Alpacas is located at 16708 E 400 North Rd., Heyworth, IL  61745

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