7-30-2007


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SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO IDOC FOR JULY 4TH INCIDENTS

As a result of a July 4th incident, a Springfield man will spend three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 33 year-old Darrin M. Lewis appeared in Bond County Court on two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, two counts of Theft and one count of Aggravated DUI. The charges stem from Lewis being arrested on two separate occasions on July 4th. On Thursday, July 26, the charges were amended to Criminal Trespass to Property and Aggravated DUI. Lewis was sentenced to 364 days on each trespass charge and three years in IDOC on the DUI charge. Each sentence will run concurrently.


MORE COUNTIES REPORTING WEST NILE VIRUS

Three additional counties have reported positive West Nile virus mosquito batches to the Illinois Department of Public Health this week, bringing the total number of counties reporting West Nile to seven, compared to 32 counties as of this time last year. The three most recent counties, all providing positive mosquito batches in July, are Lake, Sangamon and Lee counties. They join Dupage, Tazewell and Cook counties. Madison County has reported a single human West Nile case. With the low number of counties reporting positive tests, one increase, is the number of human cases reported this summer.

The first human case was reported in DuPage, the second in Cook and the most recent case in Madison County. At the end of July last year, no human cases had been reported. State Public Health Director, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, reminds residents that even though the number of counties reporting positive samples are lower this year, you still need to remain vigilant about protecting yourselves from mosquito bites. Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially during dusk and dawn. When outdoors, wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Apply repellents containing deet and make sure that all doors and windows have tight fitting screens.


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STATES REACH AGREEMENT WITH AOL AND THEIR CANCELATION PRACTICES

It was announced recently that Illinois, along with 47 other states and the District of Columbia, have reached an agreement with AOL, requiring the company to make changes in how it handles cancellation requests. The agreement also requests refunds to consumers who tried, but were unable, to cancel their AOL service. The investigation was based on numerous consumer complaints alleging that overly aggressive AOL representatives pressured consumers to reconsider the decision to cancel and other reports of consumers receiving bills after service had been canceled. Under the agreement, AOL also must clearly disclose to consumers the terms of AOL’s service before asking for a consumer’s acceptance or requiring payment information when a new account is created or reactivated. While denying that it violated any laws, AOL has committed to continue to address consumer complaints as they arise and to provide refunds to consumers who were billed after they cancelled their AOL accounts.


GRANT TO HELP ATTRACT FUTUREGEN IN ILLINOIS

Recently it was announced that the Illinois Clean Coal Review board will put a $2.5 million grant on the table to help attract the billion dollar FutureGen coal gasification project in Illinois. The grant is part of the statewide effort to bring FutureGen and the jobs it will create to Illinois. The Illinois Clean Coal review board is a group of professionals spanning the various fields involved with clean coal technology. The grants for the project have the potential to be paid back ten times over in the opportunities it could provide to Illinois businesses and the Southern Illinois coal industry. Mattoon and Tuscola are two of four sites in line for the FutureGen project. The other two communities are located in Texas. There is also current legislation making it's way through the House of Representatives to create an incentive package of fiscal guarantees for the project.

 

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CONSUMERS WARNED OF GREETING CARD SCAM

The Internet Crime Complaint Center is warning citizens of reports of Internet fraud related to electronic greeting cards containing malware or malicious software. The cards, which are also referred to as e-cards, are being sent via spam. The perpetrators use social engineering tactics to entice the victim, claiming the card is from a family member or a friend. Generally the card directs the recipient to click the link in the email to open the card. After clicking the link, the recipient is unknowingly taken to a malicious web page. The FBI warns consumers to be cautious of unsolicited emails. It's recommended to not open any emails from unknown senders.


FORECLOSURE CRISIS ADDRESSED

Tuesday, Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, convened a Homeownership Preservation Summit in Chicago, bringing together more than 100 members of the mortgage lending industry, consumer advocacy groups, and government agencies. Madigan said, " The purpose of the summit is to lay the groundwork for strategies to help the rapidly growing number of homeowners in Illinois who are facing foreclosure as a result of being placed into sub-prime loans they could not afford." Foreclosure rates in Illinois jumped 55 percent in 2006 and are projected to rise much higher in 2007. Recent years have seen an increase in sub-prime loans with multiple risk features, leading to the increase in the number of foreclosures in the past two years. In an attempt to address the crisis, Madigan drafted a bill, which is currently pending in Springfield, requiring licensees to verify a borrower's ability to repay an adjustable loan at it highest rate, not just at the low teaser rate. The main purpose of the legislation and the summit initiatives will be to help homeowners already in trouble. Madigan's office will assemble a series of on-going working groups that will continue the work begun at the summit.

 


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SPORTS

The Mulberry Grove Jaguers competed Saturday in the Mid America State Championship and won all three games, defeating teams from Michigan, Chicago, and Bloomington. They are now the number one seed in the tournament and were scheduled to play again on Sunday . The tournament is being played in Peoria Illinois.. The team's record this season currently stands at 24 and 5.

Saturday, the Watson's Senators defeated Salem 9 to 4 in the Alton Tournament.

The Bond County Cougars won 13-1 over Morton Fusion and also won 5-3 against Springfield Hitting Center. The Cougars ended their season with a great 20-9 record.


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OBITUARIES

RAYMOND H. "DOC" RICKOFF

Raymond H. "Doc" Rickoff, age 73 of Bartelso, passed away Saturday July 28th at St. Louis University Hospital. Funeral services for Raymond H. Rickoff will be held Tuesday at 10am at St. Cecilia Church in Bartelso. Burial will follow at the St. Cecilia Cemetery. Visitation will be held today Monday July 30th, from 4 to 9PM and Tuesday from 8 to 9:30am at the Moss Funeral Home in Germantown. Memorials to the donors choice.


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