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>>Report: Jesse Jackson Jr. Getting Significant Jail Time
(Chicago, IL)  --  Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is reportedly facing a long sentence in federal prison.  The "Chicago Sun-Times" reports Jackson is working out a plea deal on accusations he used campaign cash to buy a Rolex and fix up his house.  Jackson resigned from Congress last year, citing the investigation and treatment for bipolar disorder.  His wife is also under investigation and she could end up facing charges as well.  Sandi Jackson resigned from the Chicago City Council last month.
>>Schock Investigation Deepens
(Washington, D.C.)  --  A full-scale investigation could be launched against Congressman Aaron Schock for allegedly violating campaign finance laws.  The Office of Congressional Ethics found there is substantial reason to believe Schock asked donors to contribute five-thousand dollars for a Super PAC.  Schock isn't the only Illinois Congressman in hot water.  The OCE says freshman Congressman Rodney Davis should be subpoenaed in a full probe because he wouldn't cooperate with the initial review, and didn't reveal whether Schock had any direct involvement with allegedly soliciting the money.  At the time of the alleged incident, Davis was identified as the Super PAC's managing director.

>>One Dead At Decatur's ADM
(Decatur, IL)  --  One man is dead after falling into a confined work space at Archer Daniels Midland Company in Decatur.  Authorities say the man was cleaning the inside of a tank at the corn processing plant when he fell just after 2:00 yesterday afternoon.  The worker has not yet been identified.  Investigations are ongoing.

>>Threat Not Credible At Central Illinois School
(Tolono, IL)  --  Officials with the Unit 7 school district are applauding staff and faculty at Unity Junior High for acting fast after a student talked about bringing a gun to school.   The student allegedly made the statement inside a classroom.  A letter was sent home yesterday so parents would be aware of the comment, but Superintendent Andrew Larson says there was no credibility to the threat.  He tells the "Champaign News Gazette" that no gun was found at the school and students were never in any danger.

>>Teen Accused Of Setting School Bathroom On Fire
(Monticello, IL)  --  A 16-year old Monticello High School student has been charged with arson.  He allegedly lit a toilet paper holder on fire inside a bathroom at Washington Elementary School on January 31st.  The fire spread and caused damage to the ceiling.  The teenager could spend up to seven years behind bars if he's convicted.  He'll appear in court on February 22nd.

>>Thousands Participate In Earthquake Drill
(Undated)  --  More than 300-thousand people in Illinois are learning how to prepare for an earthquake today, as they participate in the "Great American Shakeout."  John Nell is leading a drill at Lewis and Clark Community College.  He says ideally people should take cover underneath a desk or table but if that's not possible, they should cover their head and their neck.  He says most people die when falling debris hits their head or injures their neck.  Schools, businesses, government agencies, families and others are participating in the drill this morning.

 

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