State Briefs 8/24/09
Police fatally shoot man at day care
ROCKFORD – A 23-year-old black male was shot and killed by police Monday afternoon at a downtown church and day care.
School was in session at House of Grace Daycare and Preschool, 518 N. Church St., but no children or staff members were injured.
According to officials, at 12:16 p.m. police were on the lookout downtown for a man involved in a domestic dispute in which he threatened to use a knife. Officers were in the area of Palm and Court streets, where they located a man matching the description.
Two officers exited their vehicle and the man ran inside Kingdom Authority International Ministries Church. Officers followed the man inside.
A fight ensued between the police and the man, who got a hold of an officer’s gun. One of the officers then fatally shot the suspect.
According to police Chief Chet Epperson, the man was wanted on a warrant and was involved in a domestic dispute Sunday night. Investigations of the suspect and the use of lethal force are under way. The officers were not injured and have been placed on administrative leave.
House of Grace cares for 43 infants and 166 toddlers.
Rockford Register Star
Jerry Seinfeld to hold show in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD – Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is to return to Sangamon Auditorium this fall, venue officials announced Monday.
The observational comedian's show is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 9, a Friday.
According to Sangamon Auditorium marketing director Bryan Leonard, tickets will cost $79.50 and $64.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 31. Tickets will be available at the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office, (217) 206-6160 or www.sangamonauditorium.org.
Sangamon Auditorium is on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Man, city argue over who should mow grass
VIRDEN — The grass between the sidewalk and road bordering Bill Sharp’s house is now as tall as a stop sign, but he says he’s not going to mow it.
Sharp has been fighting with the city of Virden over whose responsibility it is to handle the grass. Sharp said that the dispute over who’s responsible for the patch of property started about three years ago when Sharp planted trees there. Virden officials cited a city policy that prohibited the planting of vegetation on such areas and asked Sharp to remove the trees.
Sharp said the matter wound up in court, and he eventually was ordered to remove the trees because the judge said the land was city property.
Virden Mayor Wayne Joplin agrees the land is city property, but says “about 98 percent” of the town’s residents mow the strips between the sidewalk and the road.
Man says he’s running against Schock in 18th district
WASHINGTON, Ill. – He doesn't have name recognition. He doesn't have money. He doesn't have political experience.
But Democrat Carl Ray has desire to serve the 18th Congressional District. The rest, he says, will come as he battles incumbent Republican Aaron Schock, a fundraising powerhouse who has national notoriety and a ferocious following to boot.
Ray, 44, of Washington, who works as a capital planner with Caterpillar Inc.'s advanced systems division in Normal, says he has a "working knowledge" of government and 20 years of varied business experience in strategic, capital and capacity planning and technology.
No one else has declared their candidacy for the 18th District seat
Ray, who is married with two children, has filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.
He said his decision to run initially was prompted by Schock's "no" vote against the State Children's Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP, that extends health coverage to uninsured children, combined with Schock's vote against the stimulus package and other legislation.
Peoria Journal Star
Riverfront Museum negotiating for IMAX screen
PEORIA – Negotiations continue with IMAX representatives to bring an attached giant screen movie theater to the Peoria Riverfront Museum project.
A first draft of a contract with IMAX is in the hands of lawyers working out the most minute of details, said Sheldon Schafer, vice president of education at Lakeview and the point person in the effort to bring the theater to the riverfront.
Since the digital technology is new and still developing, Schafer had concerns that there wouldn't be enough IMAX movies available for the museum to show. The operational plan is to show museum movies during the day on the giant IMAX screen and first-run Hollywood movies in the evenings.
It's not yet known when ground-breaking will occur. A several million dollar gap in funding for the $77 million museum remains even after Peoria County voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax increase in April to raise up to $40 million for its construction.
Peoria Journal Star