Salem CILA resident arrested in stabbing of caregiver

SALEM — Salem police have arrested a 34-year-old resident of a Salem CILA home in connection with the Sunday stabbing of a caregiver at the home. According to Detective Dan Bosomworth of the Salem Police Department, they were called around 9:;03 p.m. Sunday to 508 Shroeder Drive to assist a woman who reported she had…Read more…

Chicago substitute charged with groping himself in class

CHICAGO (AP) — A substitute teacher at a Chicago elementary school has been charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child after he allegedly touched himself inappropriately in front of students in a classroom. Twenty-nine-year-old James Ruml, of Chicago, appeared in court Saturday on the charges and posted bond. Prosecutors say that on…Read more…

Omicron surge is undermining care for other health problems

The omicron surge this winter has swamped U.S. hospitals with record numbers of patients with COVID-19. But it has also caused frightening moments and major headaches for people trying to get treatment for other ailments. Less-urgent procedures have been put on hold around the country, from cochlear implant surgeries to steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis.…Read more…

Long-sought Great Lakes projects get funding under new law

The Biden administration’s new infrastructure package will pump more funding into two high-profile Great Lakes projects. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will devote $479 million to construction of a new shipping lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The money will be enough to finish the long-sought lock, which will boost passage of…Read more…

Bankers survey: Rural economy stays strong in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows the region’s rural economy remains strong. However, bankers say they have growing concerns about the rising costs associated with running farms. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index released Thursday fell in January to 61.1 from December’s…Read more…

Feds OK renaming Lake County creek to remove offensive name

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A federal board has renamed a Lake County creek to remove its longtime name considered offensive to Native Americans. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved the change in December that officially renamed Squaw Creek to Manitou Creek. The Daily Herald reports the three-member Manitou Creek Drainage District navigated the federal…Read more…

3 Illinois residents charged in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Three more Illinois residents have been charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol after an investigation revealed their mobile devices were inside the building that day. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that investigators became aware of the devices after serving a search warrant on Google. Investigators them compared the…Read more…

Army Corps to spend $732M on Mississippi River lock upgrade

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps will spend $732 million to expand a congested lock and dam in Missouri. Federal officials said adding a second lock in Winfield, Missouri, will reduce travel time for barges and allow for two-way traffic. Funding for the lock’s construction was part of a broader Biden administration announcement…Read more…

Judge heard on video mocking lawyer removed from court

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge who made sexist comments about an attorney that were broadcast live on YouTube won’t be hearing any cases in the immediate future. In an order made public Wednesday removing Judge William Raines from the bench, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said Raines also must undergo “sensitivity training…Read more…

Drew Peterson’s hearing on murder conviction appeal delayed

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A hearing on a motion seeking to dismiss former Chicago-area police sergeant Drew Peterson’s 2012 conviction for killing his third wife has been delayed. The Will County Circuit Court Clerk’s office says the hearing originally scheduled for this Friday will be held Feb. 7. Peterson says attorney Joel Brodsky provided ineffective…Read more…

Major airlines cancel, change flights to US over 5G dispute

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major international airlines have canceled flights heading to the U.S. or changed the planes they’re using. The moves Wednesday represented the latest complication in a dispute over concerns that 5G mobile phone service could interfere with aircraft technology. Carriers took widely different approaches to the brewing crisis affecting international…Read more…

JCSO: New efforts in solving 30-year murder, decapitation mystery

JEFFERSON COUNTY — New efforts are underway to identify a 1993 murder victim whose decapitated head was found in Jefferson County. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, on January 27, 1993, in the decapitated head of a presumed white woman was discovered on the side of a wooded roadway within Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.…Read more…

AT&T, Verizon pause some new 5G after airlines raise alarm

AT&T and Verizon say they will delay some new 5G wireless service after the airline industry raised alarms about potential interference with important systems on planes. The airlines had warned of massive flight cancellations and disruptions. The Biden administration got involved to settle the showdown between the telecom companies and airlines over AT&T and Verizon…Read more…

Irvin, Aurora’s 1st Black mayor, makes GOP bid for governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has joined the race for Illinois governor. He announced his campaign on Monday as a Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Irvin was elected the first Black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city in 2017. He is the fifth candidate seeking the GOP spot on the November…Read more…

Metro Police fatally shoot armed man at gas station

WOOD RIVER, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say police officers in the Metro East area of Illinois fatally shot a man who pulled a gun on them. KMOV-TV in St. Louis reports that the shooting happed at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday in the Madison County community of Wood River. Police say a gas station employee…Read more…