USPS has shorted some workers’ pay for years, CPI finds

A Center for Public Integrity investigation finds that the U.S. Postal Service regularly cheats mail carriers out of their pay. Arbitrators and federal investigators have found managers at hundreds of post offices around the country have illegally underpaid hourly workers for years. Private arbitration records from 2010 to 2019 show that at least 250 managers…Read more…

Illinois Dems set to OK new legislative maps over criticism

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats are expected to approve new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some community groups that the process was rushed and maps were drawn behind closed doors to keep Democrats in power in the state Legislature. Tuesday’s vote is a do-over of maps that majority Democrats approved and Gov. J.B.…Read more…

Illinois police: 2 women found dead, officers kill suspect

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Central Illinois police say officers responding to a shooting at a mobile home park found two people dead from gunshot wounds before officers fatally shot the suspected gunman. Normal police Chief Rick Bleichner says two women were pronounced dead at the scene Monday, while three other people were taken to a…Read more…

2 Illinois brothers released as probe of 2 bodies continues

LYONS, Ill. (AP) — Two brothers who told police they buried their mother and sister’s bodies in their suburban Chicago home’s backyard years ago after they died have been released from custody as authorities continue investigating two bodies found buried there. The brothers, ages 41 and 45, were released on their own recognizance Monday following…Read more…

Judge restores unvaccinated Illinois mom’s right to see son

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge has reversed a ruling to bar a divorced mother from seeing her 11-year-old son because she isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. Cook County Judge James’ Shapiro issued an order Monday that vacated his Aug. 10 decision, though he offered no explanation. Rebecca Firlit’s lawyer has said the judge, not Firlit’s…Read more…

Democrats set to OK new legislative maps over criticism

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats are expected to approve new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some community groups that the process was unnecessarily rushed and maps drawn behind closed doors to keep Democrats in power. Tuesday’s vote is a do-over of maps that majority Democrats approved and Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed earlier this…Read more…

State mask bans face federal civil rights inquiries

The Education Department says it’s investigating five Republican-led states with universal mask bans, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health conditions. The department’s office for civil rights sent letters to education chiefs in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. Those states have barred schools from requiring masks among…Read more…

Salem man charged with 9 counts predatory child sex assault

MARION COUNTY — Bond has been set at $500,000 for a 26-year-old Salem man formally charged Friday in Marion County Court with multiple counts child sex assault. Devon Q. Gibbs is back in the Marion County Jail following his arrest Thursday by Greenville police who knew Salem police wanted him for questioning. He was charged…Read more…

Early armyworm arrival damaging crops and lawns in area

Armyworms are invading the area, and are causing extensive damage to some crops and lawns. According to Nick Seiter, Research Assistant Professor, Field Crop Entomology Department of Crop Sciences with the University of Illinois, the worms tend to feed on different grasses such as alfalfa, hay, and pasture, as well as lawns. However, Seiter notes…Read more…

Structure problems force nearly 100 from NW Indiana tower

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — Nearly 100 people have been moved from a nine-story public housing building in northwestern Indiana after inspectors found serious structural problems. The East Chicago Housing Authority ordered 94 residents from the Nicosia Senior Building on Wednesday, moving them to rooms at three Hammond hotels. The Times of Northwest Indiana reported…Read more…

2 dead, 1 hurt in shooting outside Illinois courthouse

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say two men were killed and another was injured in shootings outside a northern Illinois courthouse stemming from a long-running internal gang dispute. Kankakee Police Chief Robin Passwater says the shootings occurred after one of the victims, Victor Andrade, emerged from the Kankakee County Courthouse and was fatally shot by…Read more…

Police: Illinois brothers say mother, sister buried in yard

LYONS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities plan to excavate a suburban Chicago backyard after two adult brothers found living in what police call a “hoarder home” said they buried the bodies of their mother and sister there. Police say excavation equipment was arriving Friday morning at the residence in Lyons. The investigation began Thursday after officers…Read more…

Illinois requires educators, health workers to get vaccine

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will require all educators from kindergarten through college and health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines or submit to weekly testing. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday also announced a fresh statewide mandate on wearing masks indoors in response to a spike in cases, particularly in southern Illinois. Pritzker says hospital systems…Read more…

Shooting near county courthouse in northern Illinois

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say at least one suspect is in custody after a shooting at the county courthouse in the northern Illinois community of Kankakee. Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey told WGN TV that the shooting happened at about 9:45 a.m. Thursday near the courthouse and county jail. Downey has provided no other…Read more…