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News Around Illinois – February 12, 2020

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Actor Jussie Smollett Faces 6 New Charges In Chicago

Census Still Looking For Workers In Rural Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The US Census Bureau is still looking for people to go door-to-door in the coming months to help residents participate in the once-a-decade population count. Theresa Miles is the assistant regional census manager covering central and southern Illinois. She says the Census Bureau is in the final stages of a recruitment push. “Certainly, we still need many people, in particular in the rural counties that may not be as populated,” said Miles. “It’s hard to reach people sometimes in places like that, so we need candidates everywhere.” The part-time jobs pay between $19 and $23 an hour. Click on this sentence for more information. – Mary Hansen, NPR Illinois

Proposed Bill Would Allow “Mental Health Days” For School Children

SPRINGFIELD – New legislation would allow children to take five days off from school to address problems related to their mental health. Kevin Rubenstein is president of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education. He supports the idea, but says the legislature should also provide more money to help kids while they’re at school. The five days off would be in addition to other absences already allowed, like for religious observances. Opponents of the legislation say it would do more harm than good and that staying home won’t solve the kids’ problems. – Olivia Mitchell, NPR Illinois

Education Group Says Illinoisans Gives Schools Low Grade

Man Buried In Corn, Dies Inside Farm’s Grain Bin

MORRISONVILLE — A central Illinois man has died after becoming buried in corn while working inside a farm’s grain bin. Sixty-one-year-old David L. Lowis was pronounced dead at the scene Monday morning at a farm in rural Morrisonville. Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans says first responders had to cut a hole in the grain bin to get to Lowis, but he died after being submerged in corn. WCIA-TV reports that an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday on the Taylorville man. – Associated Press


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