Storms create uncertainty for Illinois travelers
CHICAGO (AP) - The busy holiday travel weekend underway in Illinois comes with predictions for nasty weather and hazardous driving conditions.
A major storm system aimed at the state has forecasters talking of heavy rain, freezing rain or snow, depending on the region.
It adds up to uncertainty for travelers heading off on holiday trips. As of Friday afternoon, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport was experiencing 15-minute delays because of low visibility. Chicago's Midway International Airport was seeing 30-minute delays.
The National Weather Service says Saturday could bring up to six inches of snow to northwestern Illinois. The Chicago area could get freezing rain, sleet and snow. East central Illinois and central Illinois may see heavy rain and flooding.
Saturday could bring heavy winds and thunderstorms to far southern Illinois.
Madigan: State's top child porn trader arrested
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says two McHenry County men arrested on child pornography charges include the state's top trader of the lewd images.
Madigan on Friday announced the arrests this week of 63-year-old Robert Huggins of Algonquin and 58-year-old David Wolters of Woodstock.
Wolters is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography and is being held in the McHenry County Jail on $50,000 bond.
Huggins is charged with five counts of reproducing child pornography and five counts of pornography, and Madigan says he was identified as the state's highest volume trader of child pornography. He was released from jail on Friday after posting 10 percent of his $150,000 bail.
Madigan says there have been 54 arrests as part of a crackdown on online pornography.
COOK COUNTY-JAIL OVERCROWDING
Cook County judge, president spar over jail issue
CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County's chief judge is taking a swipe at the county board president over the issue of jail overcrowding.
Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Friday issued a statement accusing Board President Toni Preckwinckle of being untruthful about what's causing jail overcrowding.
Preckwinkle has said delays in getting cases through the court system result in people sitting in jail longer than normal waiting for cases to be resolved.
Evans says his office hasn't received enough funding for a growing workload, or for a stand-alone pretrial services program.
Preckwinkle says her office doesn't have enough information on whether that would be effective to justify spending the money.
She has said she'll ask the County Board for permission to oversee the release of some jail inmates on electronic monitoring to ease overcrowding.
ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND-SUBSIDIARY
ADM subsidiary admits overseas bribery, fined
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice says an overseas subsidiary of agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Company has agreed to pay $17.8 million in fines after pleading guilty to bribing Ukrainian officials.
The agency said Friday that Alfred C. Toepfer International Ukraine Limited pleaded guilty in federal court in Illinois to conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
ADM is based in Decatur, Illinois. ACTI Ukraine is its Ukrainian subsidiary.
The bribes were made between 2002 and 2008 to receive refunds on Ukrainian value-added taxes.
In a statement, ADM CEO Patricia Woertz called the conduct "regrettable."
Both she and the Justice Department noted ADM disclosed the bribes after discovering them.
ADM was not prosecuted but agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $36.5 million.
Boeing notifies bidding sites about 777X status
CHICAGO (AP) - Boeing says it has begun telling states whether they're still in the running to build its new 777X.
Boeing has gotten proposals from 22 states covering 54 locations that all want to build the plane. Boeing says it is narrowing the list down and is telling each location its status in the process. Boeing isn't releasing the list publicly.
The company says it expects to pick a location early next year.
Boeing began looking for a new location to build the successor to its popular 777 after union workers in Washington state rejected a deal that would have kept the work there. The 777X is expected to bring thousands of well-paying jobs to wherever it is assembled.
Boeing is aiming to deliver the plane in 2020.
Stretch of Illinois highway named for soldier
PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A stretch of highway in southern Illinois will be named after a veteran killed in a blast in Iraq.
The honor will go to Private First Class Wyatt Eisenhauer, who died when an improvised explosive device detonated in 2005. The Southern Illinoisan reports his parents were presented Thursday with a smaller version of a sign that will label the highway. The sign will mark a section of Illinois Route 127 as the "Pfc. Wyatt D. Eisenhauer Memorial Highway."
Eisenhauer's mother, Gay Eisenhauer, says she's happy that service members like her son are being remembered.
Peoria man pleads guilty in woman's stabbing death
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois man has pleaded guilty to killing a woman while trying to target his estranged wife at a title business where the women worked.
The Journal Star reports 30-year-old Kenon Allen entered the plea Thursday in Peoria County Circuit Court to counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder. Twenty-seven-year-old Mary Sue Roberts died in the 2011 stabbing attack. Allen's estranged wife also was injured but survived.
Police say Roberts was working at the TitleMax loan center when Allen came in and started a confrontation. He allegedly stabbed both women and fled the store.
Allen faces between 26 and 70 years in prison when he is sentenced February 6th.
75-year term for Peoria man in store owner's death
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 75 years in prison in connection with the 2010 death of a convenience store owner during a robbery.
The Journal Star reports that 22-year-old Keith Little of South Peoria was sentenced on Thursday to the maximum sentence. Little was convicted of first-degree murder in October in the death of Peoria Food Stop owner Abdallah Kattoum.
Little and another man were arrested weeks after the shooting when their auto crashed during a police chase. Prosecutors said a weapon recovered by police fired bullets matching those that killed Kattoum.
In 2011, Little withdrew from a plea agreement in which he agreed to testify against the second man, forcing prosecutors to drop charges against him.
NAPERVILLE HOUSE FIRE
2 Naperville house fire victims identified
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Authorities have identified the victims of a house fire in the Chicago suburb of Naperville.
The DuPage County coroner said Friday that 56-year-old Janet Lambert and 57-year-old Thomas Lambert died in the Wednesday blaze. The coroner did not say how or if the two were related. The coroner says cause and manner of death are pending investigation.
Three others were hurt in the fire.
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