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News Around Illinois – December 13, 2019

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Central Illinois Man Arrested On Charges Of Threatening US Rep. Rodney Davis

ROCHESTER – A man has been charged with threatening to shoot central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis. 64-year-old Randall Tarr lives in the town of Rochester, just outside Springfield. Federal prosecutors say late last month, he saw a TV ad about Davis, called a number in the ad, and left a voicemail. According to a transcript in court documents, the message is threaded with profanity, repeatedly calls Davis “stupid,” criticizes him for (quote) “backing the Russians,” and just before the threat, he says “I’m a sharpshooter. I could.” Tarr was released to home detention. He faces up to 10 years in prison for “threats to assault, murder or kidnap a federal official.” – Brian Mackey, Illinois Newsroom

Pritzker Drops $5M On Tax Campaign, Expects Expensive Fight

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is giving $5 million to a campaign supporting a graduated income tax. It’s the first reported contribution in what’s expected to be an expensive fight over the state’s tax policy. Next fall, voters will decide whether to end the Illinois Constitution’s requirement that the income tax be flat — where everyone pays the same rate. Pritzker is advocating for a change that would result in higher taxes on annual income greater than $250,000. The group on the other side of the issue is called “Vote No on the Blank Check Amendment.” It has yet to report any contributions and did not immediately respond to a request for comment. – Brian Mackey, Illinois Newsroom

Woman Charged With Stealing As Much As $100,000 From PTO

ELMHURST — A suburban Chicago couple whose house was ransacked this week is begging whoever made off with some belongings inside to return just one thing: The small white box containing the ashes of their infant son. Sue and Jim LaDeur say the burglar or burglars who broke into their Elmhurst house on Tuesday may have mistaken the white box on a dresser in their bedroom for a jewelry box. And now the LaDeurs who had hoped to bury the ashes next to their own graves some day hope that by telling their story that someone will mail the box to the crematorium that is named on a label or just drop it off at a fire or police station.  – Associated Press
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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director at Illinois Public Media. He oversees daily newscasts and online stories. He also manages The 21st Show, a live, weekday talk show that airs on 7 NPR stations throughout Illinois. He is the executive producer of IPM's annual environmental TV special "State of Change." And he is the co-creator of Illinois Soul, IPM's Black-focused audio service that launched in February 2024. Before arriving at IPM in 2019, he served as News Director at WKAR in East Lansing and spent 17 years as a TV news producer and manager at KXAS, the NBC-owned station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Reginald is the recipient of three Edward R. Murrow regional awards, seven regional Emmy awards, and multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists. Born in Vietnam, Reginald grew up in Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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