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Life Sentence For Killer McCullough
(Chicago, IL) -- It's life in prison for the ex-Illinois cop convicted of killing a seven-year-old more than 50 years ago. Prosecutors say Jack McCullough kidnapped and murdered Maria Ridulph near Sycamore in 1957. The case went unsolved until last year when McCullough -- then residing in Seattle -- was arrested and later charged. McCullough says he'll appeal the sentence.
Grand Jury Says No Charges Against Mom
(Undated) -- An Illinois grand jury says no charges will be filed against the woman accused of abandoning her disabled daughter at a bar in Tennessee. Eva Cameron of Algonquin won't face charges in connection with the incident last summer. Authorities say Cameron left her 19-year-old disabled daughter at a bar and then drove off. Illinois officials are petitioning to assume guardianship of the young woman.
Quinn Wants Lawmakers To Consider Gay Marriage Proposal
(Chicago, IL) -- Same sex marriage could be a reality in Illinois as early as next month, if Governor Quinn has his way. He wants lawmakers to pass the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act" when they come back to session in early January. Kelly Cassidy, one of the state's openly
gay state reps, says they plan on calling the proposal for a vote when they have 60 supporters on board.
State Rep Sends Holiday Cards To Troops
(Alton, IL) -- State Representative Dan Beiser is working with the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. It allows anyone to send holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. He says vets should be honored every day of the year, especially during the holiday season when many are away from their families. For more information on how you can participate, contact Beiser's office at 618-465-5900.
New Health Clinic Coming To Taylorville
(Taylorville, IL) -- Taylorville is getting a new healthcare clinic next month. SIU's Dr. Erica Nelson says the clinic will offer general obstetrics, pre-natal care, and full women's healthcare. She says those services are already available in Taylorville and surrounding areas, but there aren't enough because many of their patients travel into Springfield to be treated. The clinic will be open once a week to start, but hours could expand later.
Police Bust Jack In The Box Robber
(Belleville, IL) -- Belleville Police may have caught the person responsible for several robberies. They busted a woman holding Jack in the Box employees hostage at gunpoint on Sunday. The restaurant is located on Illinois Street. Police received a tip about the robbery from a customer who saw the woman force employees into a back room. She surrendered without incident. Police say the woman fits the description of the person who held up an O'Reilly Auto Parts store and a business in O'Fallon.
Be Careful With Christmas Decorations
(Chicago, IL) -- Be careful with Christmas decorations this year. The state's Fire Marshall says there were nearly 30 fires associated with Christmas décor last year. Electrical failures and lighting malfunctions account for a third of the fires. Officials say you should never connect more than three strands of mini-string sets. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulbs. Be sure to turn off the lights on the Christmas tree before going to bed. And you should always make sure your tree isn't blocking an exit, and make sure it's at least three feet from candles, fireplaces, and heaters.
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