Quinn Signs Immigration Driving Bill
(Chicago, IL) -- Illegal immigrants in Illinois can legally get behind the wheel in as little as 10-months. Governor Quinn signed a new law yesterday, which clears the way for more than 250-thousand immigrants to get temporary driving licenses. They'll have to carry auto insurance in order for the license to be valid. Lawmakers say the new law will help make roads safer for everyone but those who opposed the idea say it opens the door for increased fraud within the state.
Pinckneyville Junior High Teacher
(Pinckneyville, IL) -- A teacher down in Pinckneyville could soon be out of a job. WSIL-TV reports 7th grade Language Arts teacher Matthew Leitzen allegedly dropped a note in the hallway on December 19th, threatening the lives of school officials just days after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. He's been suspended without pay but the district is in the process of letting him go. Leitzen can respond to the potential firing before he's officially dismissed.
Three Arrested for Using Fake Cash
(Sterling, IL) -- Three people are behind bars for allegedly using fake money at Wal-Mart. Jimmie Martin, Jeffery Morris, and Vauncile Ruby allegedly purchased items at the Sterling, Illinois store with counterfeit 20-dollar bills, then tried to return the items at the Dixon store. They were arrested and taken into custody. Police say they used the fake cash at several other stores in Sterling. The three are charged with various felony crimes, including burglary and forgery.
New Lenox Girl Saves Mom During Diabetic Coma
(New Lenox, IL) -- A nine year old New Lenox girl is being hailed a hero after saving her mom's life. Aleksandra Sheridan acted quickly when her mom went into a diabetic coma while she was behind the wheel, back on January 18th. The car spun out of control and skipped a curb. Sheridan reached over from the front passenger seat, turned the key, and shut off the ignition on the VolksWagon Beetle, bringing it to a halt just before it hit a tree. It's the second time Sheridan has come to her mom's rescue during a low-blood sugar incident.
Stamp Prices Go Up A Penny
(Undated) -- The cost of stamps went one cent up yesterday, from 45- to 46 cents. It'll also cost a penny more to mail a postcard, which went up from 32-to-33 cents. Shipping priority, express, and international will also cost extra. The rising rates come as the U.S. Post Office continues to struggle financially as more people are turning to the internet to communicate.