(Watson, IL) -- Crews have been searching through the night for a missing seven-year-old girl from Watson. Willow Long disappeared from her home on Circle Drive yesterday morning. Her mother last saw her around 8:45 a.m. wearing an oversized purple shirt or nightgown. She’s about four-feet tall with shoulder length red hair. She may be having trouble seeing because she wasn’t wearing her glasses when she left home. Anyone with information should call police.
>>Quinn Wrapping Up Trip To Japan
(Tokyo, Japan) -- Governor Quinn is wrapping up his trip to Japan. He’s attending a conference with several other governors from the Midwest. Quinn said he’d use trip as an opportunity to promote Illinois to Japanese companies. Right now, Japan is the second largest source of foreign direct investment in Illinois and is responsible for keeping at least 50-thousand people in the workforce. Quinn will be back in Chicago tomorrow.
>>Kinzinger Challenger Jumps Back Into Race
(Rockford, IL) -- First he was in, then he was out, now Tea Party Leader David Hale says he’s back in the race to replace Congressman Adam Kinzinger. Hale is from the Rockford area. He says he’s decided to jump back in the race after doing a bit of soul searching, and after hearing that Kinzinger is backing a plan to launch a missile strike on Syria. The two will square off in the primary next March.
>>Flu-Like Outbreak Under Control At Danville Prison
(Danville, IL) -- It appears a flu-like outbreak at Danville Correctional Center is under control. About 100 inmates got hit with a contagious virus which causes fever, headache, sore throat, and weakness. DOC Officials say the inmates are improving steadily. The infected inmates will remain quarantined for at least another two weeks.
>>Bears Win Season Opener
(Chicago, IL) -- The Bears upset the Cincinnati Bengals in a comeback win at Soldier Field yesterday. Cutler and crew trailed going into the half, but came back to win it by three, with a final score of 24-21. Cutler threw for 242 yards while linebacker Charles Tillman snagged two interceptions. Brandon Marshall landed his first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter, putting the Bears on top with about eight minutes on the clock. The Bears will head to Minnesota to play the Vikings next Sunday.
>>Cost Of Capitol Renovations Irk Lawmakers
(Springfield, IL) -- Those extravagant renovations to Illinois' Capitol building in Springfield don't appear to be sitting well with frugal lawmakers. Recent reports of the 50-million-dollar taxpayer-funded renovations have irked several Illinois lawmakers including Senator Patricia Van Pelt. The Chicago-area Democrat said she's embarrassed the state is spending so much to refurbish the historic Capitol. The itemized repairs include 320-thousand-dollars for historically accurate chandeliers and 160-thousand-dollars for two sculptures adorned on a grand staircase.
>>Smokers Warned Of New IL Cigarette Butt Law
(Springfield, IL) -- If you smoke when you drive don't be surprised if you get pulled over by the authorities for flicking cigarette butts out the car window. That's because a new Illinois law that takes effect January 1st adds cigarette butts under the definition of litter. Any person caught flicking them out the window whether it's lit or not will be cited. Under the law a third offense will be considered a Class Four felony.
>>C. IL Listed In Moderate Drought Status
(Bloomington, IL) -- Central Illinois is now listed in "moderate drought" status. That's according to the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska which says Illinois' conditions have been downgraded from "abnormally dry." The downgrade comes as central Illinois has recorded no rain over the last month. Meanwhile, forecasts are calling for a dry September too.
>>Mom Delivers Newborn In Truck Outside Hospital
(Libertyville, IL) -- A suburban Chicago woman and her newborn baby are doing just fine this morning after mom gave birth in a truck. The "Daily Herald" says Alma Martinez of Park City gave birth to her newborn girl on the front seat of her pickup truck last week. Martinez was only feet away from the emergency room at Advocate Condell Medical Center when labor started. The baby's father reportedly ran inside the ER and summoned doctors who then rushed outside to help the birth happen without any injuries.