Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Vicitim of Fatal Shooting in Streator ID'd

The victim of a fatal shooting in Streator has been identified.  Three suspects are in custody after a shooting in Streator and a high-speed pursuit which ended early Wednesday in Dwight after 33-year-old Maria De la Torre of Streator was shot. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  One suspect was arrested a short time later, while two others were taken into custody several hours later.The names of the suspects have not been released.

Possible Murder Suspects Apprehended

Three possible murder suspects” are in custody after a search that started late Tuesday in Livingston County. Police in Streator say they were investigating the shooting death of a 33-year-old woman. Police say they were called just before 9 p.m. on a report of shots fired, according to a release from the department. The victim was transported to a hospital in Streator and pronounced dead a short time later. Names of the victim or the possible suspects were not available at press time.

Wanna See a Rivian?

Ready for your first glimpse of a Rivian? The Normal, IL-based automaker plans to  debut its electric pick-up truck and SUV at the LA Auto Show in November, according to Engadget.com.Rivian bought the former Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal in 2017 for $16 million and the the help of local tax incentives and state EDGE credits. The truck will be ready for consumers in 2020 with the SUV targeted for a 2021 commercial debut.

Rauner Office Open To Asian Carp Talks With Other States

Illinois may be getting closer to working with other states in keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.
Governor Rauner said in a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers earlier this month that he's willing to be part of a coalition of states that will pay for an upgrade on the Illinois River to keep the fish out of the lakes.  The Army Corps has a plan that'd cost 275-million-dollars to secure the river.  The governor's office has said for years that the plan is too expensive.  There is no word what the costs would be as part of the coalition.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Charges Against Former Bloomington-Normal Pastor For Child Abuse

A former pastor in Bloomington-Normal is facing charges for the injuries to his two-month-old daughter.
Prosecutors in McLean County filed charges yesterday against 25-year-old Matthew Everly for aggravated battery of a child, reckless conduct, and domestic battery.  Investigators say Everly's two-month-old daughter showed up at the doctor with two broken legs and a broken arm.  If convicted, Everly could spend the next 60 years in prison.

Cause of Fire at University Liquors Determined

It was an electrical fault in a cooler’s refrigeration system that cause the fire May 14th at University Liquors in the 700 block of W. Beaufort in Normal, according to investigators Monday. Damage to the building and its contents is estimated at over $1 million. The business is insured and plans to rebuild and restore it are underway.

Statehouse Democrats Question Governor's Death Penalty Plan

There's not a lot of support at the Illinois Capitol to resurrect the death penalty in the state.  Democrats at the statehouse yesterday grilled the governor's office about the need to bring back the death penalty, and the mechanics of how it would work.  State Rep. Christian Mitchell called the governor's proposal slap-dash, haphazard and pathetic.  The governor's office says Illinois must once again have the ultimate penalty for cop killers and mass murderers.