Author Archives: Monica Seals

2 Cook County judges test positive for coronavirus

CHICAGO (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has reached the bench in Cook County for the first time. The office of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans says two judges assigned to the courthouse in the suburb of Bridgeview tested positive. The release also says the number of court system employees to test positive is now…Read more…

Naomi Lee Ernst Crowell

CENTRALIA — Naomi Lee Ernst Crowell, 86 of Centralia, went to Heaven to be with her Savior at 7:24 p.m.  May 26, 2020, with her loving family by her side. She was born on December 11, 1933, in Centralia, the daughter of Gaustav August and Ruby Fern (Schneider) Ernst.  She married Reverend Denny Crowell on…Read more…

Illinois driver services centers reopen for some next week

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has announced driver services centers will reopen with limited services next week. They will open Monday and Tuesday for new drivers, people with expired licenses and IDs and people making vehicle transactions. They will be open with expanded hours through July 31. Centers in Chicago will…Read more…

Men sue Chicago police after being exonerated in 2003 murder

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men who were arrested as teenagers and spent nearly half their lives behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of murder have sued Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors. John Fulton and Anthony Mitchell last year were exonerated of the 2003 murder of Christopher Collazo. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by Fulton…Read more…

Philippine court convicts American of online child abuse

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an American to life in prison on charges of sexually exploiting children using webcams to sell videos, photos and livestreams to buyers abroad. The National Bureau of Investigation says the conviction of David Timothy Deakin is a strong warning to offenders that they cannot hide even…Read more…

Illinois COVID-19 deaths top 5,000; new daily cases dropping

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ death toll from the coronavirus pandemic now tops the 5,000 mark, including an Army Reservist from suburban Chicago who is the third member of the U.S. military to die from COVID-19. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said that 34-year-old Sgt. Simon Zamudio of Carpentersville died last Friday. Cook County…Read more…

Positive COVID-19 test for worker at House meeting place

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The chief of staff for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says a worker at the Springfield convention center where lawmakers met in special session last week has tested positive for COVID-19. In a Wednesday email to lawmakers, Jessica Basham said early indications are the individual had no interaction with lawmakers of…Read more…

Illinois comptroller says legislators won’t get pay raise

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says the state’s legislators will not be getting raises in the next budget year, which begins July 1. Mendoza made her decision known in a video she released Wednesday. The issue of a pay raise for legislators came up as they debated budget details in the early-morning…Read more…

Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The meat and poultry industry has historically relied on immigrant labor to do some of the most dangerous jobs in America, from employing refugees to a notorious record of hiring immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Now that reliance and uncertainty about the pandemic is fueling concerns about possible labor shortages…Read more…

Illinois’ COVID-19 hospitalizations, infection rates drop

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker says metrics used to measure the spread of the coronavirus are trending downward as Illinois prepares to further open businesses. Illinois’ rate of positive COVID-19 tests, which hit a high of 23% in April, is roughly 9%. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is at a six-week low. Public health…Read more…