Courts, Police, Fire

Courts, Police, Fire

Woodford sheriff wants to fix clock, bell at 1897 courthouse

EUREKA (AP) — A sheriff says he's committed to getting a clock and bell working again atop an Illinois courthouse that was built in 1897.

The clock tower and a one-ton bronze bell were added to the Woodford County courthouse in Eureka in 1906. But neither has worked reliably for about 10 years.

Hundreds of schools close, flights delayed amid Midwest snow

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of schools are closed across the Midwest and Detroit's main airport is seeing hours-long delays as a major snowstorm crawls across the region.

The National Weather Service issued weather advisories and warnings across several northern U.S. states on Wednesday, from the Dakotas to Michigan and much of the Northeast.

Bus driver jumps out window during shooting on bus

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a Chicago Transit Authority bus driver jumped out of a window when he heard gunfire on his bus.

Muslim enclave that was foiled attack target urges justice

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Muslim group called Wednesday for full prosecutions against the four people accused of plotting an attack on their rural enclave in upstate New York.

Nurse arrested over incapacitated woman who gave birth

PHOENIX (AP) — A licensed practical nurse has been arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month at a long-term health care facility, Phoenix police said Wednesday.

Authorities investigate 2 dead at auto repair shop

DECATUR (AP) — Authorities in central Illinois are attempting to determine the cause of death of two people whose bodies were found in an auto repair shop.

Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day says 34-year-old Beau W. Ford and 30-year-old Jacinda M. Jiles were found dead Saturday in the back room of the shop in Decatur.

Shutdown votes set up political test for Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders agreed to hold votes this week on dueling proposals to reopen shuttered federal agencies, forcing a political reckoning for senators grappling with the longest shutdown in U.S. history: Side with President Donald Trump or vote to temporarily end the shutdown and keep negotiating.

Legally Speaking: Steve Ziegler

After 22 years as a Champaign County prosecutor, the last 14 as the right-hand man to the state's attorney, STEVE ZIEGLER is retiring in February.

Carle tax trial, Day 14: Charity-care specifics under microscope

URBANA — "Applied to Carle for charity care in 1952; charity care approved in 2011."

That was one example pulled out of a spreadsheet Tuesday by Champaign County Assistant State's Attorney Joel Fletcher and shown to an expert witness for the Carle Foundation, Indianapolis-based health care consultant Kevin Cornish.

Jim Dey | Is Illinois' FOIA statute a sword or a shield?

Earlier this month, lawyers representing thousands of Illinois prison inmates and the state reached an out-of-court settlement in which Illinois officials agreed to provide improved health care services for those behind bars.