Fights Break Out On SIU Carbondale Campus
(Carbondale, IL) -- Three people were hurt after multiple fights broke out on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Students started pouring into the streets after the dorms lost power just after 9 o'clock last night. Students say they saw at least 30 police officers on the scene, carrying batons and Mace. A spokesperson for the university says students used the blackout as an opportunity to have an impromptu party. But, he says the party got a bit out of hand and there was some minor property damage to vehicles. Several people were taken to Memorial Hospital in Carbondale and treated for minor injuries.
Judge Orders Congressman To Prove He Doesn't Owe Child Support
(Springfield, IL) -- Congressman Joe Walsh allegedly owes more than 100-thousand dollars in child support and now a judge has ordered him to prove he made the payments. Walsh split from his ex-wife Laura in 2004 when his kids were ages 16, 13, and nine. Laura says the ongoing battle over the payments has been quote, "extremely difficult." Congressman Walsh makes 174-thousand dollars a year as a U.S. Representative. His attorney says more than two-thousand dollars a month is automatically deducted from his paycheck to support his youngest child, now 16. Nevertheless, the Congressman has until November 8th to prove that he paid the 100-thousand dollars that Laura claims he never made.
Time To Get Your Flu Vaccines
(Springfield, IL) -- It's that time of year again. Time to get your flu shots before the winter weather arrives and flu season kicks in. The vaccine is starting to arrive at local health departments, pharmacies, and health care facilities around the state and the Illinois Department of Public Health is recommending people get vaccinated as soon as possible. This year, there are two types of vaccines available. One is the exact same as last year's which wards off three different strands of flu while the other injects a smaller amount of the vaccine just under the skin with no needle. That shot is called "Fluzone Intradermal" and is recommended for people between the ages of 18 to 64. Officials say it's not too early to get flu shots. Flu season typically runs from October through May with the peak time in January.
Nine Finalists For Teacher Of The Year Announced
(Springfield, IL) -- Nine Illinois teachers are in the running to become "Teacher of the Year." The Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico says the finalists represent the quote "best of the best" that Illinois has to offer. The finalists are Carol Bivins, Sandra Curran, Melissa Byrne, Julie Knutson, Jeffery Lehman, Carol Mertes, Josh Stumpenhorst, Rebecca Wattleworth, and Nancy Wojtanowski. The 2011-12 Illinois Teacher of the Year will be announced during the Those Who Excel banquet on October 22nd at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. The Teacher of the Year will represent Illinois at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and in the Council of Chief State School Officers' National Teacher of the Year Program.
Lieutenant Governor Appoints Science Advisory Committee
(Alton, IL) -- Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon has reinstated an advisory committee that fell by the wayside when the state was without a lieutenant governor. The Science Advisory Committee is a group of experts that will assist Simon in her efforts to protect Illinois' rivers from potential threats and reduce flood damages. The seven-member panel serves as the scientific arm of the Illinois, Mississippi, and Ohio/Wabash River Coordinating councils. The committee will work with Simon to advance scientific research and help determine what legislative policies should be implemented to protect Illinois waterways. The committee previously published research illustrating the importance of preventing Asian carp and other invasive species from moving between the Great Lakes and Illinois River.
Pork Burgers Debut At Soldier Field
(Springfield, IL) -- Pork burgers are on the menu at Soldier Field this year. The Illinois Pork Producers Association says "DaBurger" was created with Bears fans in mind. In fact it's served three different ways. Fans can choose from the Pork BLT, the Bacon Cheddar Delight, or the Pork Three Ways Sandwiches. Either way, IPPA director of marketing Erin Cleary says the burger respects the fans' passion for pigskin. A specialty cart will keep DaBurgers hot and juicy for fans, and allow each burger to be made to order. During the first four Bears home games, Illinois Pork Producers will grill and offer free samples of ground pork on the Southeast Lawn of Soldier Field.
Series Of Downstate Veterans Workshops Start Tomorrow
(Metropolis, IL) -- A series of downstate workshops for veterans start tomorrow. Information to help veterans and their loved ones identify Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and the risks of suicide will be among the list of topics presented by speakers from the Marion Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Question and answer periods will also be available. Each workshop is free and will be held from 1 to 3 o'clock in the afternoon. The first session is tomorrow at the Girl Scout House in Metropolis. A second workshop will be September 23rd at the Kaskaskia VFW Post in Chester. The final session will be on October 5th at the VFW Post in Carmi.