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Senate Votes For Fiscal Cliff Deal
(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. Senate has voted in favor of a fiscal cliff deal that should help most Illinoisans. There had been a midnight Eastern time deadline for automatic spending cuts and tax increases to go into effect on New Year's Day. That came and went but the Senate remained in session to vote around 2 a.m. Eastern time.
Bloomington Man Allegedly Threatens Judges
(Bloomington, IL) -- A Bloomington man is behind bars after allegedly trying to intimidate several judges. Kevin Simpson allegedly called a female judge earlier this month and demanded a hearing be set in his child custody case, otherwise, he told the judge he'd wait for her outside the courtroom. Simpson allegedly told another judge he was "next on his list" and even showed up in the judge's courtroom without a scheduled hearing. Simpson faces intimidation and harassment charges. He's in jail for now and is scheduled to be arraigned January 18th.
January Is National Blood Donor Month
(Undated) -- January is National Blood Donor Month. Illinoisans are urged to donate blood at least once this month, in an effort to keep blood supply up. There's typically a decline in donations during the winter months but health officials say there's no drop in the need for blood. About five million
people each year require blood transfusions for one reason or another. Contact your local blood centers for more information.
Illinois Teams Play In Bowl Games Today
(Miami, FL) -- A couple Illinois teams are playing in bowl games today, in Florida. The Northwestern University Wildcats will face Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl, at 11:00a.m. And the Northern Illinois University Huskies are facing Florida State in the Orange Bowl at 7:30 tonight. The Huskies have received lots of attention for their bowl appearance. In fact, Rockford will celebrate the team for the whole month of January. The city has proclaimed it NIU Huskies Month.
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