• Tri-County offering classroom empowerment grants

    by  • September 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Tri-County Electric Cooperative is offering eight Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment grants to teachers and schools. The grants are for projects that improve the learning environment or increases educational resources for the school. Administrators and teachers for Kindergarten through 12th grade at both public and private schools are eligible to apply. The application requests information...

    Read more →

    DeRyke pleads not guilty to murder of niece

    by  • September 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 22-year-old Effingham County man has pleaded not guilty to three counts first degree murder in the stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece Willow Long. Justin DeRyke entered the not guilty pleas this afternoon during a court appearance in Effingham County Court. Authorities allege DeRyke killed Willow late Sept. 7 or early Sept. 8...

    Read more →

    Man mistakenly released from jail captured

    by  • September 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man serving a 12-year sentence at Stateville Correctional Center who was mistakenly released Monday from Cook County Jail has been captured in Kane County. Cook County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith says 25-year-old Jeremiah Harris was captured Wednesday afternoon in Carpentersville without incident. Smith said investigators were given information that...

    Read more →

    Court receives “message” from man indicted in niece’s stabbing death

    by  • September 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    EFFINGHAM — A grand jury in southern Illinois has indicted a man on charges that he stabbed his 7-year-old niece to death. The indictment returned Wednesday by Effingham County grand jurors accuses 22-year-old Justin DeRyke of three counts of first-degree murder. The indictment replaces a criminal complaint bearing those charges against DeRyke earlier this...

    Read more →

    Judge plans decision on lawmaker pay lawsuit

    by  • September 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A Cook County Circuit Court judge was expected to hear arguments today in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn’s decision to stop lawmakers from being paid until they agree on how to deal with Illinois’ nearly $100 billion public pension  problem. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued after Quinn used...

    Read more →