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Quinn Orders State Of Emergency
Governor Pat Quinn has ordered a state of emergency for Illinois in light of the ongoing severe weather. Thousands of Illinoisans were reportedly trying to cope with flood damage as of yesterday. Quinn said a hospital in Morris -- which is located 60-miles southwest of Chicago -- had to be evacuated. Quinn is also warning residents to stay off the roads and be alert around flood-prone areas.
Risk Of Electrocution Up When Homes Flood
The risk of being electrocuted increases when flood waters start entering your home. Ameren Illinois officials say people should never try to turn off the power on an electrical power box if they're standing in water, or even if the floor is wet. They also say people should avoid going into flooded basements and avoid using electrical appliances. State officials are urging people to stay inside but if they have to go out, they should stay away from roads with high standing water.
Staff Attack At Menard Prison
Another staff member has been attacked at Menard Prison. A DOC spokesperson says an inmate attacked and injured the staff member yesterday afternoon. A second employee was injured when he came to help out. Both were treated at the facility. The inmate has been placed in
segregation and will be disciplined following an investigation.
Illinois Murder Suspect Arrested In Vegas
An Illinois murder suspect is busted in Vegas. Police say Ian Blake was hiding out at a hotel on West Tropicana Boulevard. He was wanted for First-Degree Murder in connection to a shooting that left a Rockford man dead last summer. Police say a CrimeStoppers tip lead to Blake's arrest.
IL Student Charged For Having Bomb-Making Goods
An Illinois high school student faces federal charges in connection with bomb-making materials discovered in his home. Eighteen-year-old Thomas Lee Stanton was indicted yesterday by the feds in his hometown of O'Fallon. The indictment charges Stanton with unlawful possession of destructive devices. Police allegedly found the student from O'Fallon High School in possession of multiple devices including something called a "cricket" bomb constructed of carbon dioxide cartridges.
Auditor General Says I-F-A Poor Bookkeepers
The state's auditor general says the Illinois Finance Authority keeps poor records of already-issued bonds. Auditors allege that makes it difficult to determine whether borrowers are complying with the terms of their loans. The Finance Authority had more than 24-billion-dollars' worth of bonds outstanding as of last summer. The auditor says it found several instances of poor bookkeeping, including missing financial statements and lost annual certifications by borrowers.
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