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A hidden secret over a century ago, the Underground Railroad ran through Central Illinois

In the early morning of Jan. 16, 1848, Albert Greene of the Mount Hope settlement in McLean County was celebrating his sixth birthday by battling a case of the measles. Feverish and restless, he thrashed and sweated his way into a semi-sleep when unusual activity in the house's kitchen jolted him fully awake. He heard hushed conversation and the shuffling of many feet, and he smelled coffee brewing and meat frying.

Greene was awakened to hear the sound of wheels outside his home's front door. He heard people passing back and forth between the house and the covered wagon that had pulled up. Then the wagon pulled away and the house was silent again.

The Greene family's early-morning visitors were escaped slaves, probably from Mississippi or Louisiana. His father, an abolitionist who had relocated to the Midwest from New England, had received word to expect two fugitives who would need transport to Tremont, the next "depot" on the Underground Railroad that ran through central Illinois.

According to John Ackerman, Tazewell County clerk and recorder of deeds, an estimated 800 slaves passed through Tazewell on their way to Canada between the late 1840s and the end of the Civil War. The main pathway of the Underground Railroad, a secretive network of citizen volunteers, entered Tazewell County near Delavan, passed through Tremont and Morton, and circumvented Washington en route to Metamora.

Read more: https://thesouthern.com/news/state-and-regional/a-hidden-secret-over-a-century-ago-the-underground-railroad-ran-through-central-illinois/article_2962723d-cc22-5a2c-9db3-6a8057dafcef.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:39 AM (0 replies)

Praise him?

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 02:18 AM (0 replies)

'Safety Net' Hospitals That Often Treat Chicago's Most Vulnerable Communities Face Dire Financial

‘Safety Net’ Hospitals That Often Treat Chicago’s Most Vulnerable Communities Face Dire Financial Strain

A new report underscores just how much small hospitals on Chicago’s South and West sides struggle financially, and what can be done to prevent them from closing.

These small so-called “safety net” hospitals tend to be staples in their communities. They typically treat low-income and elderly Black and Latino patients, and often don’t have enough money flowing in to make ends meet.

A new study commissioned by the Health Care Council of Chicago estimates that by 2024, a dozen of these hospitals could lose at least $1.8 billion combined. And that doesn’t even account for money hospitals lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they suspended money-generating surgeries and shifted patients to video and phone visits to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“We cannot do this for another three or four years and expect that we are not going to see the threat of more hospital closures, more job loss, while health does not get better,” said David Smith, CEO of Third Horizon Strategies and lead author of the paper. “This does not have to be our future.”

Read more: https://www.wbez.org/stories/safety-net-hospitals-that-often-treat-chicagos-most-vulnerable-communities-face-dire-financial-strain/09eb1a75-c471-49de-b14f-bd12cb743600
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:59 AM (0 replies)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Cuomo Controversy, Dr. Seuss Cancelled & Antifa Capitol Riot Lies

Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 01:27 AM (0 replies)

5 state corrections officers face charges in Lexington bar fight

BLOOMINGTON – Five Illinois Department of Corrections officers are due in court later this month on charges of aggravated battery and mob action related to a mid-February incident in Lexington.

Adam Deal, 38, of Pontiac; Jason Dyer, 43, of Cooksville; Adam Greenway, 29, of Flanagan; Nicholas Page, 25, of Peoria; and Gino Wendes, 24, of Kankakee, are due back in McLean County court March 19 for an arraignment following their arrests Feb. 25.

Lexington Police Chief David Belvery said they’re accused of starting a fight with three other men at about 11 p.m. Feb. 12 at Dat Bar on Main Street in Lexington. There were no serious injuries from the fight and the men were charged two weeks later. Belvery said they were with a larger group of about one dozen employees from the Illinois Department of Corrections in Pontiac.

Deal was charged with three counts of aggravated battery in a public place (Class 3 felony) and one count of mob action (Class 4 felony). Dyer was charged with five counts of aggravated battery in a public place and one count of mob action. Greenway and Page were each charged with one count of aggravated battery in a public place and mob action. Page was charged with one count of aggravated battery in a public place and mob action, and Wendes was charged with two counts of aggravated battery in a public place and mob action.

Read more: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/5-state-corrections-officers-face-charges-in-lexington-bar-fight/article_55f6807b-eb9b-58db-afde-04fd171b15f5.html
(Bloomington Pantagraph)

Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do?
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:30 AM (0 replies)

Springfield officer on leave after barroom incident

A Springfield police officer is on paid administrative leave after an incident last month at the Blue Grouch Pub in Sangamon County, which is bordered by land under city jurisdiction.

Deputies were called to the Maple Street bar shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 on a report of disorderly conduct – someone needed to be removed. The apparent target was standing outside, drunk and holding a dog, when deputies arrived, according to a Sangamon County sheriff’s report. He told deputies that he was OK and planned on going home.

A bartender told deputies that the man, whose name was redacted from reports provided by the sheriff’s office, had been harassing a patron and throwing things. He’d refused to leave when asked, the bartender said, and had told customers that he was a city cop. A bar patron said that he’d called him names and tried punching him, but missed – he said he wanted the incident documented, but did not want to press charges. The bartender told deputies that she didn’t want to make a report, but she wanted him to leave. A customer also told deputies that the man might have a gun. Deputies went outside and spoke again with the man they’d seen earlier.

“I asked (redacted) if he was carrying a handgun in his pocket,” a deputy wrote in his report.(Redacted) immediately got upset with me and he began cursing and calling us names. (Redacted) also refused to remove his hands from his pockets when deputies asked him to. (Redacted) was placed in handcuffs for everyone’s safety and for refusing to comply with deputies’ commands. (Redacted) did not resist while placing him in handcuffs but he continued to curse and call us inappropriate names.”

Supervisors from the city police department and county sheriff’s office were called. No one from the tavern wanted to press charges, and so deputies uncuffed him and left him at the tavern with supervisors.

Read more: https://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/springfield-officer-on-leave-after-barroom-incident/Content?oid=13233576

The officer later stalked the customer and attempted to intimidate the bar owner.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:18 AM (0 replies)

University of Illinois sued over sexual misconduct

Two former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students are suing the University of Illinois for failing to protect them from a professor they say was violent and exploitative. The lawsuit, filed last month in the Illinois Court of Claims, alleges the university focused on generating income from Chinese students at the cost of protecting students.

The lawsuit outlines claims that are part of another lawsuit the former students filed in September 2019 against former UIUC professor Gary Gang Xu. Both lawsuits allege that he raped and assaulted a former undergraduate student and forced another former student to do work for his commercial projects, for which she was uncredited and unpaid. The 2019 lawsuit, which is pending in federal court in Urbana, also claimed that the university had a financial incentive to keep what it knew about allegations against Xu quiet. The women now seek about $11.7 million from the U of I board of trustees for pain and suffering, unpaid wages and attorney fees.

Robin Kaler, a spokesperson for UIUC, said the university was aware of the most recent lawsuit but could not comment on its contents. "The university investigates and takes appropriate action whenever conduct is reported that may jeopardize or impact the safety or security of our students or others," Kaler said in an emailed statement. A lawyer representing Xu did not return repeated requests for comment by deadline. Xu denied sexual assault allegations reported by The Daily Illini student newspaper in 2018.

The 2021 lawsuit claims the university failed to investigate claims of sexual harassment and assault in a timely and adequate manner. Xingjian Sun, the plaintiff who detailed an abusive relationship with the professor, reported Xu's behavior to UIUC on multiple occasions. But she rescinded the claims shortly after "as is typical of a victim of domestic violence ... to protect her safety after Xu beat her and threatened to hurt her and her family if she did not," the lawsuit reads.

Read more: https://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/u-of-i-sued-over-sexual-misconduct/Content?oid=13235591
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:10 AM (1 replies)

Simms pleads guilty to fraud

KANKAKEE — The former executive director of the region's wastewater treatment plant and Kankakee's Environmental Services Utilities department has entered a guilty plea to a federal fraud charge.

Richard Simms, formerly of Kankakee and currently a resident of Marietta, Ohio, will be sentenced at a 2:30 p.m. June 28 hearing in U.S. District Court in Urbana.

The guilty plea was entered Monday.

He is eligible for a federal prison sentence ranging from 30 to 37 months and to repay the approximate $1,257,000 paid from the ESU and $768,000 from Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency, the region's wastewater treatment plant, from the timeframe of October 2014 to April 2018. ESU is the Kankakee department which oversees Kankakee's public works and sewer system.

Simms, 73, who retired from these positions in April 2018, also agreed to three years of supervised release in the plea deal.

Read more: https://www.daily-journal.com/news/local/simms-pleads-guilty-to-fraud/article_67099e26-7b76-11eb-ba57-0f7a194ef477.html
(Kankakee Daily-Journal)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 12:02 AM (0 replies)

Springfield Ward 3 nominee Williams voted down on 6-3 city council vote

The Springfield City Council voted down the appointment of Roy Williams Jr. for Ward 3 alderman at its meeting Tuesday.

Ward 2 Ald. Shawn Gregory, Ward 4 Ald. John Fulgenzi and Ward 7 Ald. Joe McMenamin voted for Williams' appointment.

Ward 1 Ald. Chuck Redpath, Ward 5 Ald. Andrew Proctor, Ward 6 Ald. Kristin DiCenso, Ward 8 Ald. Erin Conley, Ward 9 Ald. Jim Donelan and Ward 10 Ald. Ralph Hanauer voted against him.

Because the resolution was moved to "emergency passage," Williams needed seven "yes" votes.

Read more: https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/2021/03/02/springfield-city-council-votes-against-alderman-appointee/6894377002/
(Springfield State Journal Register)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:44 PM (0 replies)

Democrats push resolution 'condemning' GOP lawmaker for attendance at Jan. 6 rally

Nearly three dozen Democratic members of the Illinois House of Representatives signed onto a resolution Monday to “condemn” a southern Illinois Republican lawmaker for attending a Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C. that preceded the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.

House Resolution 132 also references a complaint filed Monday with Illinois Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope to investigate the actions of Rep. Chris Miller, of Oakland, on Jan. 6.

The legislative inspector general is responsible for investigating complaints of violations of any law, rule, or abuse of authority or other forms of misconduct by members of the General Assembly.

“Supporting and participating in insurrection against the government is way beyond the pale and violates our oath of office,” Rep. Bob Morgan, D-Deerfield, wrote in an email Tuesday to Capitol News Illinois. “The State of Illinois deserves to know what role Rep. Miller had in the riot of January 6 in Washington, D.C., and that is why I referred this matter to the Legislative Inspector General for proper investigation.”

Read more: https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/2021/03/02/democrats-push-resolution-condemning-lawmaker-attendance-rally/6892025002/
(Springfield State Journal Register)
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Mar 2, 2021, 11:27 PM (0 replies)
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