Electric-vehicle plant invests $75M, brings Joliet 745 jobs

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A Canadian electric-vehicle maker will build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Joliet to produce small trucks and heavier electric machinery. Illinois officials said Friday that Lion Electric Co. will invest at least $75 million in a plant that ultimately will produce 20,000 zero-emission vehicles a year and create 745 or…Read more…

3 dead after black powder device explodes near Illinois park

NORTH UTICA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say three people have died after a black powder device exploded along a bank of the Illinois River in the northern part of the state. First responders were called to an area west of the Starved Rock State Park boat ramp where they discovered three dead males around 7:20…Read more…

Pritzker targets June 11 for full reopening of state

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday that the state will enter the “bridge phase” with less restrictive mitigations on Friday, May 14. Under the “Bridge Phase” of reopening, businesses, gyms, zoos, and more can expand capacity limits from 50% to 60%. The governor also announced the state is currently on pace to hit…Read more…

Centralia woman sentenced for defrauding Secretary of State’s office

SANGAMON COUNTY — A 58-year-old Centralia woman was sentenced Thursday in U.S. Federal Court in Springfield to 18 months in prison after she previously pleaded guilty to part of a federal indictment accusing her of defrauding the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office and the Illinois Department of Revenue of nearly $350,000. Candace Wanzo, a former…Read more…

Chicago suburb set to pay reparations, but not all on board

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago suburb of Evanston is preparing to pay reparations in the form of housing grants to Black residents who experienced housing discrimination. The Illinois city is being hailed as the first to do so and being held up as a model in its approach for other cities looking to do…Read more…

Study: Residents left big metros during pandemic for family

A new study and Census Bureau data show migrants moved out of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas and into smaller ones during the pandemic. The data released this week shows increased declines in the nation’s densest metros and gains in small cities in the Sun Belt and West. The study found that many COVID-year migrants…Read more…

Marion man arrested in multi-state child sex crime case

WILLIAMSON COUNTY — Illinois State Police investigators arrested a 19-year-old Marion man Wednesday on child sex crimes alleged in multiple states across the country. Joshua Bloodworth was arrested by agents conducting an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation. ISP DCI Zone 7 and agents from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office executed a search warrant at…Read more…

Dead person found in car submerged in Illinois-Indiana lake

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Police say a dead person has been was found inside a car submerged in a lake straddling Northwest Indiana and Illinois. Hammond police Lt. Steve Kellogg says officers responded about 11 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a vehicle in Wolf Lake. They found the car completely submerged and saw tracks…Read more…

Chicago launches concert series for fully vaccinated people

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago leaders are planning the return of cultural events this summer, including a concert series only for people who are fully COVID-19 vaccinated. The concerts, called the Protect Chicago Music Series, begin later this month and will require ticketholders to show vaccination cards and identification. Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison…Read more…

First responders to honor area nurses with parade at Centralia hospital

CENTRALIA — Marion County first responders will be paying tribute Thursday to area nurses with a parade through the parking lot of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. The parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the hospital parking lot at 400 North Pleasant Avenue in Centralia. Local EMS, police, and fire department personnel…Read more…

US parents excited over prospect of virus shots for children

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Many parents and educators are excited over the news that the Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine by next week for youngsters ages 12 to 15. Officials are hoping that extending vaccinations to children will drive down the nation’s caseload even further and allow schools to…Read more…

Peloton recalls treadmills after a child dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Peloton is recalling its treadmills after one child died and 29 other children suffered from cuts, broken bones and other injuries from being pulled under the rear of the treadmill. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that Peloton received 72 reports of adults, kids, pets or other items, such…Read more…

America’s new normal: A degree hotter than two decades ago

America’s normal temperature is now a degree hotter than just 20 years ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Tuesday released climate figures showing the nation’s new normal temperature keeps getting hotter. They also show normal is wetter in the eastern and central U.S. while drier in the West. Meteorologists every decade update normal climate…Read more…