Candlelight Sparks Domestic Violence Vigil In DeKalb

Oct 4, 2016
Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Survivors gathered for an annual vigil this week at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeKalb.

The event was hosted by Safe Passage, a group that provides services like crisis intervention and housing options to victims.

Margaret Thacker is a domestic violence survivor. She says she’s come a long way since being picked up by a police officer years ago in Ohio.

Thacker shared her story because she wanted to send a message of encouragement.

Illinois DNR website

New numbers from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources show that the number of people applying for the state's first legal bobcat hunt was 13 times more than the number of available permits.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that nearly 6,500 hunters applied for 500 permits.

The recipients will be chosen through a lottery in about two weeks and notified by mail. Permits can't be transferred to other people once they're awarded.


While it's not unexpected, a new poll from SIU's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows Hillary Clinton ahead of Donald Trump in their race for President.

"Dennis Hastert 109th pictorial photo" by United States Congress

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation removing statutes of limitations for child sex abuse crimes.  The move is a response to the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

Madigan's office says lawmakers have four similar proposals pending on the matter. The soonest any one could be taken up is next month during the fall session.

Madigan will speak about the proposals Tuesday along with Scott Cross, who says Hastert abused him when Cross was a high-school wrestler.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth (R)

Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth faced off in their first debate Monday.

The two U.S. senate candidates criticized their own political party’s nominees for president.

Duckworth, a Democratic U.S. Representative, responded to an inquiry about  Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

"She needed to turn over those emails," Duckworth said. "We needed to make sure that things were more transparent. I do have real concerns."

Incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk commented on Donald Trump’s 1995 tax returns, which were recently leaked to the New York Times.