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Fatal Wauconda Area Accident
Vander Tuuk 2-21-18

(Wauconda, IL) An Elgin man is dead, after being pinned between two trucks near Wauconda. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the incident took place just after midnight Tuesday near Route 176 and Fairfield Road. A preliminary investigation shows that a 47-year-old man pulled over his box truck to adjust his load. A 45-year-old colleague then pulled over his truck to assist. Officials say it appears the 45-year-old forgot to put his truck in park, and it rolled into the 47-year-old, pinning him in between the vehicles. The unidentified victim was taken to Advocate Condell in Libertyville where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the second truck was uninjured. The incident remains under investigation…an autopsy on the deceased victim is scheduled for today (Wednesday).

RL High School Student Arrested After Gun Video Found
Vander Tuuk 2-21-18

(Round Lake, IL) A Round Lake High School student has been arrested, after posting what appeared to be a threatening video on social media. According to police, they were notified about the video on Monday, which purported to show a 15-year-old student loading shotgun shells into a gun, while a song about school shootings played in the background. The gun turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun, and the shells (which don’t actually fit in the weapon) were a slight of hand by the student. School officials were notified by students who saw the video on Snapchat and Instagram…they in turn contacted police, who say the teen admitted to the act. He has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Senate plan would require rear-facing car seats until age 2
Associated Press 2-21-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) The Illinois Senate is endorsing a plan to require children to ride in rear-facing car seats until age 2. The Senate Public Health Committee voted 7-0 Tuesday on Sen. Michael Hastings’ plan. The Democrat lawmaker says rear-facing restraints offer more protection for toddlers. The American Academy of Pediatrics says the seats better support a child’s head, neck and spine because the force of shell of the seat absorbs the force of collision and distributes it over the entire body. First-time violators would receive a $75 fine, something both sides of the aisle scoffed at. Hastings recanted that part of the legislation and will change first violations to a warning.

Illinois private scholarship program applications to reopen
Associate Press 2-21-18

CHICAGO (AP) An application system is scheduled to reopen next week for Illinois families wanting to apply for the state’s new private school scholarship program. Empower Illinois, one of the organizations overseeing the Tax Credit Scholarship program, says the application system will reopen Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The system crashed Jan. 31, the first day applications were accepted, which Empower Illinois said was due to extreme demand. Officials say they’re now making the application a two-step process. Families will fill out an online form and then will receive an emailed link to complete their application within three days. Lawmakers approved the controversial $75 million tax credit program last year as part of a school funding overhaul. It’s available through the Invest in Kids Act.

Illinois to pick state’s ‘200 greatest’ to mark bicentennial
Associated Press 2-21-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois residents are invited to help choose the 200 greatest people, places and things in state history as part of Illinois’ bicentennial celebration. The public will get to cast votes online for a new category every two weeks. By early December voters will have selected 10 favorites in 20 categories. Voting opened Monday on the first category, top movies. Those results will be announced March 5, when voting will begin on the second category. Other categories include top museums, musicians, scenic spots and inventions. Online voting is being coordinated by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, The State Journal-Register and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. Museum Director Alan Lowe says “Illinois has made huge contributions to the world” and it’s time to celebrate them.

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