Young Brothers Die After Fall Into Icy Pond in Chicago Suburb

Young Brothers Die After Fall Into Icy Pond in Chicago Suburb

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) – Authorities and relatives said two young brothers died after they fell into an icy pond while visiting their grandmother in a Chicago suburb.

Police said that hours after Palatine firefighters pulled the boys from the pond Wednesday afternoon both youths died at local hospitals.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the boys as 6-year-old Romalice Brooks and 4-year-old Ro’Siah Brooks.

Relatives said the boys were brothers. Their mother, Teghan Ivy, told WLS-TV her sons were visiting their grandmother with her when she was inside and heard her sons screaming her name.

She tried to save them but also fell through the ice and was unable to reach them.

Benton Woman Dies after Falling into Burning Leaves Wednesday

BENTON(WQRL/WISH/WMCL) – An elderly woman died after falling into pile of burning leaves in a semi-secluded area of her property in the area of East Taylor and 10th Street in Benton Wednesday afternoon.

According to Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum, firefighters went to that area just after 4:30 p.m. and learned that a neighbor saw the woman and made an immediate call to 911.

Upon firefighters arrival, the woman was found semi-conscious with severe burns. An immediate request for Air Evac was made by Benton Fire and Abbott EMS personnel.

The woman was treated on scene for life threatening burns and transported by air to an appropriate facility where she succumbed to her injuries later that evening.

The incident is still under investigation. Names have been withheld until family members are notified.

The incident was handled by the Benton Fire Department, Benton Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Abbott EMS and Air Evac.

No further details are available at this time.

Mt. Vernon Buys Register News Property, Planning Green Space

Mt. Vernon Buys Register News Property, Planning Green Space

Mt. Vernon City Hall. Photo by Robert Lawton, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

MT. VERNON (WRXX) – Mt. Vernon officials announce the successful closing on the purchase of the Register News property Wednesday.

The property, located at 911 Broadway, was purchased for $589,000 with plans to use the site as a new green space and to relocate the building to use for storage.

The City Council and the Jefferson County Development Cooperation said they believe redeveloping the site as a green space will not only improve the look of downtown, but will help to draw more people and businesses to the area.

“This is an exciting time for Mt. Vernon’s downtown district,” Mayor John Lewis said. “This project removes what the community has considered an eyesore and re-imagines it into a beautiful outdoor community gathering space that we hope will encourage further redevelopment of downtown Mt. Vernon.”

Trial Begins Monday for Woodlawn Man Who Allegedly Shot Man to Death

Trial Begins Monday for Woodlawn Man Who Allegedly Shot Man to Death

MT. VERNON (WRXX) – A 31-year-old Woodlawn man is heading to trial Monday in Jefferson County Court for allegedly shooting another man to death at a Mt. Vernon bar in 2021.

Jaquez Gardner is charged with three counts first-degree murder and being an Armed Habitual Criminal in connection with the shooting death of Jamarco Foulks while at the Corner Tavern at 19th and Perkins in Mt. Vernon.

Gardner had allegedly left the area following the shooting and was found staying at a hotel in the metro east area when he was arrested on a Jefferson County warrant charging him with murder.

Attorneys in the case finalized their preparations in the case Wednesday and are scheduled for jury selection Monday morning.

Pritzker, Duckworth Win Reelection in Top-of-Ballot Races in Illinois

Pritzker, Duckworth Win Reelection in Top-of-Ballot Races in Illinois

(WRXX) – Top-of-the-ballot races in Illinois largely went to Democrats with incumbent Gov. JB Pritzker and Senator Tammy Duckworth easily winning reelection to their seats.

Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias won the nod to become the new Secretary of State to replace retiring Jesse White and Democratic incumbent Attorney General Kwame Raoul was reelected to his seat for another four years.

In Congressional races, Republican incumbents Mike Bost and Mary Miller won reelection to their seats, beating their Democratic challengers by double-digit margins.

Local races returned completely opposite results at the polls, with few Democrats appearing on the ballot for office and only one Democrat winning an unopposed seat on the Fayette County Board.

One of the few two-party races on the local ballot was a race between Incumbent Republican Sheriff in Jefferson County Jeff Bullard who retained his office with a 70% victory over his challenger Independent Rodney King.

Bullard thanked the voters of Jefferson County for placing their trust in him and vowed to work for better public safety and service.

In a challenged Judicial race, Republican Judge Michael McHaney handily won the race for a seat on the Fifth Judicial Appellate District against Democrat Brian Roberts.

Kentucky Man Killed in I-57 Crash in Williamson County

Kentucky Man Killed in I-57 Crash in Williamson County

(WQRL) – A 56-year-old Kevil, Kentucky man was killed in an early Tuesday morning crash on northbound I-57 in Williamson County.

According to Illinois State Police, around 5:10 a.m., 41-year-old David R. Vaughn of Fairfield was driving north on I-57 at milepost 52 when a deer ran onto the roadway. Vaughn swerved to avoid the deer and drifted off the pavement. He overcorrected and lost control of the semi. The semi rolled onto the passenger side and came to rest in the center median and across the traffic lanes of I-57 northbound.

The Kevil man was driving a blue Peterbilt truck north on I-57 at milepost 52. Due to the darkness at the time of the crash, the man did not see the semi in time to avoid contact. His truck struck the underside of the semi-trailer. He was taken to an area hospital and later pronounced dead. His name is not being released until family members are notified. Vaughn was not hurt.

All lanes reopened at 11 a.m.

Southern Illinois County Election Results

Southern Illinois County Election Results

(WQRL) – Franklin County elected Republican newcomer Kevin Wilson as its new County Clerk in Tuesday’s mid-term election.

Wilson beat Democrat John H. Gardner Jr. 9,556 to 2,764. Wilson will replace Republican Greg Woolard who is retiring after service two terms in office.

In the County Treasurer’s race, Incumbent Republican Steve “Verse” Vercellino (ver-suh-lee-no) beat Democrat Any Sileven (SY-levin) 9,353 to 2,979 to retain the office.

And for County Board in District – Republican Neil Hargis will retain his seat and will be joined by two other Republicans – Curtis Overton and Angela Evans.  

In Williamson County voters chose Republican Ted Hampson over Democrat Marcy Cascio-Hale 17,682 to 6,902 to become State’s Attorney and fill the remaining two years of former State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti’s term. Zanotti stepped down from the position earlier this year.

Republican Jim Rasor beat Democrat Incumbent Brent Gentry in the County Commissioner race 16,641 to 8,124.

Incumbent Republican Ashley Gott beat Democrat William “Andy” Boner in the County Treasurer’s race 18,823 to 5,706.

In the County Clerk’s Race in Hamilton County, Republican Heather Bowman beat Democrat Samuel Bryant Wilson 2,798 to 640 for the office.

Bowman replaces Democrat County Clerk Mary Anne Hopfinger who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Hamilton County Board in Tuesday’s election.

As for the County Board, incumbent Republicans Kelly Woodrow, John Mead and John Chapman will keep their seats and will be joined by two more Republicans James “Jimmy” Johnson and Adam Little.

Southern Illinois County Election Results

Southern Illinois County Election Results

(WQRL) – Franklin County elected Republican newcomer Kevin Wilson as its new County Clerk in Tuesday’s mid-term election.

Wilson beat Democrat John H. Gardner Jr. 9,556 to 2,764. Wilson will replace Republican Greg Woolard who is retiring after serving two terms in office.

In the County Treasurer’s race, Incumbent Republican Steve “Verse” Vercellino beat Democrat Amy Sileven 9,353 to 2,979 to retain the office.

For County Board in District 1, Republican Neil Hargis will retain his seat and will be joined by two other Republicans – Curtis Overton and Angela Evans. 

In Williamson County voters chose Republican Ted Hampson over Democrat Marcy Cascio-Hale 17,682 to 6,902 to become State’s Attorney and fill the remaining two years of former State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti’s term. Zanotti stepped down from the position earlier this year.

Republican Jim Rasor beat Democrat Incumbent Brent Gentry in the County Commissioner race 16,641 to 8,124.

Incumbent Republican Ashley Gott beat Democrat William “Andy Boner in the County Treasurer’s race 18,823 to 5,706.

In the County Clerk’s Race in Hamilton County, Republican Heather Bowman beat Democrat Samuel Bryant Wilson 2,798 to 640 for the office.

Bowman replaces Democrat County Clerk Mary Anne Hopfinger who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Hamilton County Board in Tuesday’s election.

As for the County Board, incumbent Republicans Kelly Woodrow, John Mead and John Chapman will keep their seats and will be joined by two more Republicans James “Jimmy” Johnson and Adam Little.

Over $2B Powerball Jackpot Won by Ticket Drawn in Southern California

Over $2B Powerball Jackpot Won by Ticket Drawn in Southern California

ALTADENA, Calif. (AP) – Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in southern California has won a record $2.04 billion Powerball jackpot.

The winning numbers drawn Tuesday morning at the Florida Lottery draw studio in Tallahassee were: white balls 10, 33, 41, 47 and 56, and the red Powerball was 10.

The jackpot ticket was sold at Joe’s Service Center in Altadena, northeast of Los Angeles. The business will receive a maximum Powerball bonus of $1 million.

The Multi-State Lottery Association said Monday night’s scheduled drawing was delayed by nearly 10 hours until Tuesday because a participating lottery had issues processing sales.

The jackpot was by far the largest lottery jackpot ever won, topping the previous record $1.586 billion prize won by three Powerball ticketholders in 2016.

Illinois Sailor Who Died During Pearl Harbor Bombing to Be Buried at Home

Illinois Sailor Who Died During Pearl Harbor Bombing to Be Buried at Home

(IRN) – An Illinois sailor who died aboard the USS West Virginia during the bombing of Pearl Harbor will be returned home to be buried with full military honors Nov. 15.

Keith Tipsword, a machinist in the Navy, will be buried in his hometown of Moccasin.

There were 105 total casualties from the ship with 60 unknown and unresolved sets of remains.

A project that began in 2017 has since identified 13 casualties.  

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