Almost $11,000 is unaccounted for in an internal audit of a northern Illinois sheriff’s department’s towing fund. The Ogle County Sheriff's Department expects the audit to take a couple of months.
The forensic audit also found about $61,000 in fees were not deposited in the county's general fund as required.
The investigation began after a forensic auditor could not account for the money in the administrative tow fund, which was controlled by former Sheriff Michael Harn. An ordinance allows the sheriff's department to charge $350 to tow vehicles.
Officials in Rockford and Winnebago County say they're ready to discuss merging their emergency call centers.
The two systems were separated about a decade ago.
The Winnebago County Sheriff's Department handles emergency calls outside of Rockford, while the city's 9-1-1 center dispatches police and fire and helps callers inside city limits. They currently serve as backup centers to each other.
The public memorial for Cubs legend Ernie Banks will be held on Wednesday in downtown Chicago. A statue of Banks will stand at Daley Plaza from Wednesday until Saturday.
Banksdied Friday from a heart attack at the age of 83. He was a Baseball Hall of Famer, two-time National League MVP, and the first African-American to play for the Cubs, where he spent his entire major league career.
A new community group is pulling together to improve Rockford by making life better for its young minority residents. About one hundred people showed up for the organizational meeting for the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.
Thousands of visitors are expected this weekend to try to catch a glimpse of bald eagles in their natural habitat near Starved Rock State Park.
Kevin Ewbank, a park ranger with the US Army Corps of Engineers, says the national bird migrates this time of year to unfrozen bodies of water like the bottom of the dam at the Illinois Waterway near the state park.