National Night Out 2012 will be observed Tuesday, August 7th, in communities across the country. People are being encouraged to hold block parties that include visits from local police, to foster improved neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
One of the nation’s oldest criminal cases will have two new faces when the trial begins Sept. 20 in DeKalb County Circuit Court.
Kane County Associate Judge James Hallock will preside over the bench trial and decide the fate of Jack D. McCullough, who waived a jury trial last week on charges of kidnapping and killing 7-year-old Maria Ridulph. The Sycamore girl was abducted from her neighborhood Dec. 3, 1957.
The other new figure in the case is Geneva attorney Tom McCulloch, who was named interim public defender replacing Regina Harris, who resigned in June after five years to start a private practice.
Governor Pat Quinn says without a retirement system overhaul, Illinois will spend more on pensions than education in the next five years. Quinn's office says under current projections, required state pension contributions will rise to over $6 billion in the next few years if no reform is enacted.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has released another video message on his website detailing his recovery from a January stroke. In the three minute message, the Illinois Republican says he's still working as much as he can. Kirk says physically he is improving, and so far has been able to climb 145 flights of stairs.
Northern Illinois University officials are investigating reports of an alleged secret bank account channeling thousands of dollars to several university workers. NIU spokesman Paul Palian confirms to WNIJ the university's police department is looking into the matter:
In recent weeks, WNIJ has reported on cuts to mental health services in northern Illinois. The situation has especially been felt in McHenry County, which saw its main behavioral health provider close this summer, largely because of delayed state payments.