Illinois News Roundup for Monday, June 25
Published on June 25 2012 2:47 pm
Last Updated on June 25 2012 2:47 pm
Written by Greg Sapp
>>Enyart Selected As 12th Congressional Candidate
(Belleville, IL) -- Bill Enyart is the Democratic candidate for Illinois' 12th Congressional District. The former Illinois National Guard Commander was selected unanimously over seven candidates vying to replace Brad Harriman on the November ballot. Harriman won the primary election in March but later dropped out because of a medical condition. Enyart will square off against Republican Jason Plummer this fall.
>>Record Setting Gay Pride Parade
(Chicago, IL) -- It was Chicago's biggest gay pride parade to date, with an estimated 850-thousand people lined up along the route to enjoy the festivities. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn marched at the front of the parade yesterday. Both are supporters of the LGBT movement and also support the right for same-sex couples to marry. Parade officials say there were no major problems during the event.
>>Weekend Violence Continues In Chicago
(Chicago, IL) -- Weekend violence in Chicago is down compared to the past month, but it still claimed the lives of at least three people this weekend. The youngest victim was a 13-year-old boy, who was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting. More than 200 people have been injured in weekend shootings in the past six weeks, at least 30 have been killed. City officials say most of the violence is gang related. They collected more than 55-hundred guns Saturday as people voluntarily handed them over in an effort to take weapons off the streets.
>>Pet Piranha Bites Off Baby's Fingertip
(Maine Township, IL) -- A one-and-a-half-year-old girl is recovering after having her fingertip bitten off by the family's pet piranha. Officials in Maine Township say the girl was playing near the fish tank when she must've reached inside. Her parents initially thought their dog attacked the girl but a doctor told them otherwise. When they realized it might be the fish, the girl's dad reached inside the tank, grabbed the piranha, cut it open and discovered the fingertip. He rushed it to the hospital so doctors could try and reattach it.
>>Quinn Keeps Eye On Drought Conditions
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn says he and his team are keeping a close watch on drought conditions impacting Illinois crops. He says it's very important that the harvests are in good shape, not only for the people who live here but for people all across the world. Agriculture is the state's number one industry with billions of dollars worth of soybeans and corn being shipped overseas. Quinn says he's hoping farmers get the rain they need to have a bountiful harvest.
>>Michelle Obama To Join Quinn For Bill Signing
(Chicago, IL) -- First Lady Michelle Obama is joining Governor Quinn for a bill signing tomorrow. The bill is designed to help military families and veterans obtain an expedited temporary professional license in Illinois while they wait for the standard license to be approved. Mrs. Obama has been on the forefront of veterans issues, especially when it comes to improving the jobs outlook for military spouses. Quinn says Mrs. Obama is behind the new measure coming to Illinois, which is the 23rd state to adopt the policy.
>>Rockford Mom Charged In Baby's Death
(Rockford, IL) -- A Rockford woman is behind bars, accused of killing her seven day old baby. Tina LaMonica allegedly used cocaine while she was pregnant with the child, which forced a premature birth. The autopsy report confirms the allegation. LaMonica is charged with first degree murder and is being held on a one million dollar bond.
>>Marion Man Dies During High Speed Chase
(Marion, IL) -- A Marion man is dead after crashing his car during a police chase. Authorities say Nathon Miller's vehicle left the road and hit a tree as he attempted to flee police early this morning. Authorities have not released information on what started the high speed chase. A passenger in the vehicle was airlifted to Saint Louis University Hospital with major injuries.
>>Hamilton Cleans Up
(Hamilton, IL) -- Families in Hamilton are cleaning up after strong thunderstorms yesterday. Around Hancock County, many trees toppled over, windows were shattered and roofs were damaged. Quarter-sized hail and 60-mile-per-hour winds were also reported in Hancock and Adams counties.
>>Cool Treats Popular In High Heat
(Quincy, IL) -- Sales are heating up for some businesses in Quincy. TCBY, Gengenbacher's Shaved Ice Shack and the Wavering Aquatic Center all say people are buying more frozen treats because of the hot weather. Some owners say they may be considering a hot day discount for when temperatures hit a certain point.
>>Firefighter Accused Of Arson
(Baylis, IL) -- A firefighter in Baylis is being investigated by the state fire marshal for arson. Michael D. Rohn is accused of setting fire to a trailer yesterday. Rohn was arrested and relieved of his duties.
>>Prescription Drug Assistance May Still Be Available
(Champaign, IL) -- People expecting to lose prescription drug assistance from the state may still be able to get help. Local agencies in Champaign are holding a special enrollment session for those who won't be receiving Medicaid or Illinois Cares Rx benefits after this week. The session goes from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Square Village in Urbana.
>>Central Illinois Sees Sun Halo
(Undated) -- A lot of people in Central Illinois are still talking about a phenomena in the sky over the weekend. The ring of light that formed around the sun Saturday is called a Sun Halo. It happens when light bounces off thin ice crystals from clouds in the sky and form a circle. You can see the same thing in the wintertime around street lamps or porch lights when small ice crystals are in the air.