MetroSource News 03/13/2013
Lawmakers Cracking Down On Gang Violence
(Springfield, IL) -- Gang violence is out of control in some parts of the state, especially Chicago. That's according to a group of lawmakers who say they've had enough of hearing about kids being killed. State Rep Tom Cross says more than 500 kids have been killed in Illinois since 2008. He's supporting several bills that will crackdown on gun and gang violence by creating tougher penalties for gang members who recruit new members, sell guns to minors, and carry guns with scratched off serial numbers. Lawmakers want the criminals to serve 85-percent of their prison sentences for crimes.
Southern Illinois Group Says No Way To Fracking
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois could become a giant in the oil industry if it allows companies to start fracking. Governor Quinn says it could put thousands of people to work and rebuild the economy, especially in southern Illinois. But not everyone is excited about the idea. Tabitha Tripp is a volunteer with Southern Illinoisans against Fracturing the Environment. She says she's concerned fracking will contaminate drinking water, make people sick with terminal diseases, and cause unnecessary earthquakes in the region.
Peoria Teacher Fired After Sex Charges
(Peoria, IL) -- A Peoria Manuel High School teacher is without a job after allegedly having sex with a student. Amanda Ludwig has allegedly been sending the 15-year-old male student text messages since last August. Officials say she and the student finally had sex in a classroom just over a month ago. Ludwig has been charged and could spend at least ten years in prison.
Big Ten Wrestler Tosses Second Place Medal
(Champaign, IL) -- Here's another example of poor sportsmanship after a championship loss. An Iowa Hawkeye's wrestling star reportedly tossed his second place Big Ten medal in the trash after losing to a sophomore at the U of I. Matt McDonough is accustomed to winning gold at his big meets. He has two NCAA national championships and a career record of 120 wins and seven losses. He finished 20 and three this year and is preparing for another title during the NCAA tournament later this month.
Fake Facebook Page Created For The Alton Telegraph
(Alton, IL) -- A newspaper in Alton is the butt of a Facebook hoax. Someone posted derogatory and racial comments on a fake page called "The Alton Telegraph." Newspaper officials say it's not their page, despite the fact that it displays their logo and has reposts of actual "Telegraph" stories. Officials say their real page dropped "Alton" in its name and is listed simply as "The Telegraph."
Seventy Percent Of People Don't Trust Government
(Undated) -- If you don't trust your elected officials, you're not alone. A new study reveals seven out of every ten people are skeptical of government decisions. The "Pew Research Center" survey reveals it's the older generations that have lost faith in politicians, while the younger crowds still offer the benefit of the doubt. More liberals trust the government than any other political group but overall, public perception of government is down since President Obama took office.
IL Golfer Survives Sinkhole Fall
(Waterloo, IL) -- A golfer in southern Illinois is recovering from a bizarre incident in which he was swallowed up by a sink hole under a golf course fairway. The "Post-Dispatch" in St. Louis reported yesterday that course workers rescued Mark Mihal after he vanished into the 18-foot-deep hole on the 14th fairway at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Illinois. Mihal did suffer a dislocated shoulder but is otherwise OK after spending nearly 20-minutes in the hole as rescuers attended to him. Mihal said the incident happened so quickly he didn't have time to react.
Google Settles Privacy Violations
(Undated) -- Internet giant Google will pay the state of Illinois a piece of a seven-million-dollar settlement over alleged violations of the public's privacy. In all 37 states and the District of Columbia are included in the settlement announced yesterday. The settlement is the result of an investigation that found Google collected personal data through unsecured wireless routers as part of its Street View mapping service.
Unclaimed Property Auction Goes Online
(Undated) -- An auction to sell unclaimed property in Illinois is coming soon to the Internet. Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced the auction items include gold coins, emerald jewels and a special four-leaf clover paper weight. The online auction starts Monday at 10 a.m. and runs through the same time on March 22nd.
Check out www.treasurer.il.gov for a preview of the auction.
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