WLIP Voice of Lake County 2/26/28

Weekend Accident Leaves One in Critical Condition
Vander Tuuk 2-26-18

(Antioch, IL) A weekend accident near Antioch left one person with serious injuries. Lake County Sheriff’s Officials say the incident took place on Saturday night around 8 o’clock along Grass Lake Rd, just west of Bluff Lake Rd. Authorities say a 1962 Chevy Corvette driven by a 51-year-old man left the roadway for an unknown reason and ended up in a ditch. The victim was ejected from the vehicle, and was transported to Advocate Condell in Libertyville in critical condition. The incident remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit.

Fugitive Captured
Vander Tuuk 2-26-18

(Waukegan, IL) A man wanted on warrants out of Vernon Hills has been found and captures. Lake County Sheriff’s officials say Ryan Vela of Arlington Heights was wanted on a sexual assault warrant that was issued February 13th. Last Friday, officials discovered that Vela was at his Arlington Heights residence, and were able to apprehend him. The 33-year-old now faces charges of criminal sexual assault, and is being held on a 100-thousand-dollar bond. He’s due in court in late March.

Sex-harassment, taxes, Rauner v. Madigan key in Ill. Races
Associated Press 2-26-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) One of every five lawmakers sworn in to office next year will be new to the Illinois General Assembly. Thirty members of the House and Senate have announced retirement or already left. It’s an election year tainted not only by the state budget mess but sparked by the #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement. It’s an election that promises a referendum on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and the three years they’ve spent battling over the budget. Many candidates are distancing themselves from the political enemies. The first indications of where Illinois is headed should come with the March 20 primary.

Justices take up Illinois challenge to public sector unions
Associated Press 2-26-18

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that could deal a painful financial blow to organized labor. All eyes will be on Justice Neil Gorsuch Monday when the court takes up a challenge to an Illinois law that allows unions representing government employees to collect fees from workers who choose not to join. The unions say the outcome could affect more than 5 million government workers in 24 states and the District of Columbia. The court split 4-4 the last time it considered the issue in 2016. Gorsuch joined the court in April and has yet to weigh in on union fees. Organized labor is a big supporter of Democratic candidates and interests. Unions strongly opposed Gorsuch’s nomination by President Donald Trump.

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