WLIP Voice of Lake County (2/28/28)

Update on Three Stabbing Victims
Vander Tuuk 2-28-18

(Waukegan, IL) Three of four men stabbed during a weekend fight in Waukegan are expected to recover. The incident took place Saturday in the parking lot of the La Canoa Restaurant on Green Bay Road, leaving 24-year-old Oscar Castaneda dead…and three others injured. Originally there was no update on the condition of the three other victims, but they are expected to survive. Friends and family of Castaneda say he was not involved in the fight that led to the stabbings, but that he was in wrong place at the wrong time. 23-year-old Jonathon Celis was arrested for the incident and is facing first degree murder charges. He’s due in court tomorrow.

Former Student Sues School Over Relationship With Teacher
Vander Tuuk 2-28-18

(Waukegan, IL) A former student at a Lake Forest Montessori school is suing the institution over a nearly two-year long inappropriate relationship with a former teacher. Celina Montoya is currently serving a 4-year prison term after a 2016 conviction on a criminal sexual assault of a child charge. The civil lawsuit, which was filed anonymously, claims the Montessori School of Lake Forest knew of the alleged relationship between the student and Montoya in 2013, but did not immediately terminate her, or report her actions to DCFS. The 43-year-old former instructor is also named in the lawsuit. It’s unclear what the suit is seeking in terms of monetary damage awards…the school hasn’t commented on the allegations.

House panel OKs gun curbs on partisan votes
Associated Press 2-28-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) An Illinois House committee is considering firearms legislation in response to the recent Parkland, Florida school shooting. The Judiciary-Criminal Committee is considering legislation to prohibit sales of high-capacity ammunition feeders or using body armor in committing a crime. Other proposals would prohibit the sale of assault-style weapons to anyone younger than 21 and ban the sale of bump stocks allowing assault-style weapons to be fired more quickly. Still more legislation would intensify mental health screening of gun buyers and require a 72-hour cooling off period for purchasing assault-style weapons if they remain legal.

Illinois House speaker discloses harassment complaints
Associated Press 2-28-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has released an internal review showing nine incidents of sexual harassment or discrimination in his state office in the past five years and how they were resolved. The long time lawmaker, who also leads the state Democratic Party, is under scrutiny for his handling of two cases of sexual harassment involving political campaign staff members in recent months. Several officeholders including Democratic candidates for governor have said he should resign from one or both positions. He told reporters Tuesday, “I’m not resigning. I’m moving forward.” The list included lawmakers, staff members and a lobbyist who made sexual comments, made unwanted advances, or refused to pay wages to staff members. Madigan lawyer Heather Wier Vaught noted resolutions included counseling, reassignment, and supervision of future interactions.

House panel OKs Medicaid funding plan
Associated Press 2-28-18

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) An Illinois House committee has endorsed a revised hospital assessment program which distributes billions of dollars in Medicaid funding. The House Appropriations-Human Services Committee voted 14-0 Tuesday on a revised formula, which accounts for federal requirements that more Medicaid patients be covered by cost-saving managed care operations. State Rep. Greg Harris responded to hospitals’ concerns about managed care reimbursements by adding increased oversight of the privately run organizations. Ann Igoe, vice president of hospitals and health systems for the SEIU Healthcare union, says the legislation gives additional funds to the state’s neediest hospitals.

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