WLIP Voice of Lake County 2/16/18

Home Invasion Arrest Gurnee
Vander Tuuk 2-16-18

(Gurnee, IL) Police in Gurnee have announced an arrest in connection with a home invasion. Back on January 23rd several suspects broke into a home on Belle Plaine Ave, and took cash from the occupants at gunpoint. An investigation led to one suspect, who was arrested on Wednesday. The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Xzemenize Boose of North Chicago. He is charged with home invasion, armed robbery and residential burglary, and was jailed on a 750-thousand-dollar bond. Police say the investigation remains open, and that they are looking for at least one, if not more suspects. Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact Gurnee Police or the Lake County Crimestoppers.

Terror Convict Gets Wish, And Reprimand
Vander Tuuk 2-16-18

(Waukegan, IL) A California man convicted of making threats against the Lake County Courthouse and the Gurnee Police Department will represent himself at his sentencing hearing. Daniel Pederson requested the dismissal of his defense earlier this month, and after extensive questioning from a Lake County judge, the request was granted on Thursday. Pederson was accused of threatening to “light up” and kill people at the two locations back in 2014. He pleaded guilty in 2016…but later pulled his plea and was convicted at trial. After being granted the right to represent himself at his sentencing, Pederson apparently got angry and fired off expletives when not given the dates he wanted. The judge in the case reprimanded him for it, and told him he will hold the 36-year-old to a higher standard.

Illinois schools say pension shift would be financial burden
Associated Press 2-16-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois school administrators say they can’t afford to pay teachers’ pension costs as part of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to balance the state budget. The governor said Wednesday he wants to save $700 million a year by shifting the employer portion of teacher pensions from the state to schools. Some districts say the plan would force towns to raise property taxes and schools to cut programs…and higher property taxes go against a main campaign promise of the governor to lower them. Rauner says he will work on legislation to help schools cut other expenses.

Can middle-class candidate defeat millionaires in Illinois?
Associated Press 2-16-18

CHICAGO (AP) A former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor’s race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire. Daniel Biss likes to tell people he’s given his campaign just $25 — and then his wife decided to one-up him and donate $50. He jokes they’re “pretty well maxed out.” Biss seems to be gaining support for his progressive campaign. In TV ads filmed in his family’s modest home, he talks about sending his kids to public school and living on a budget. In another ad, he links wealthy Democratic rivals J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy to two Republicans, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and President Donald Trump. He calls them all “rich guys” who’ve avoided taxes.


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