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News Around Illinois – February 14, 2020

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Jury Finds Henslick Guilty In 2009 Holly Cassano Murder

URBANA — Jurors on Friday found an Illinois man guilty of murdering 22-year-old Holly Cassano, more than a decade after she was stabbed to death at her mobile home in Mahomet.  Michael Henslick, now 31, was 21 at the time of Cassano’s murder in November 2009, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported. Police have previously said Henslick’s arrest was made possible by techniques used by Parabon NanoLabs. The Virginia company often works on cold cases with law enforcement, comparing DNA evidence to information in public databases used by people seeking more information about their ancestry.  – Associated Press

State Police Support Fingerprinting FOID Card Applicants

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police supports legislation that would fingerprint applicants for the Firearm Owners Identification card. The change could help discover those with violent criminal histories and prevent them from owning firearms. The proposal is getting more attention nearly one year after a workplace shooting in Aurora that left five dead along with the gunman.  The measure also would charge more for FOID applications and renewals with the extra money going toward enforcement. The Aurora shooter had his FOID card revoked, but his guns were never seized.  The legislation passed the House last year but would still need Senate approval.  – Mike Smith, NPR Illinois

Weather Service: High Flood Risk Along Mississippi

DAVENPORT, Ia. – For the second year in a row, the risk of major flooding on the Mississippi River is high. On Thursday, the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities released its first Spring Flood Outlook. Hydrologist, Jessica Brooks, says compared to this time last year, more snow is on the ground in Minnesota and Wisconsin. And its water content is high. Historically, the chance of major flooding is 22 percent, on average but under current conditions, it’s more than 95 percent. – Michell O’Neill, WVIK News

Students: Teacher Told Classmate To Leave US For Anthem

CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools says it has launched an investigation after four students complained that a teacher told a Hispanic student she should go back to her own country because she didn’t stand during the national anthem. The Senn High School students allege the teacher made the comment during a Jan. 30 Hispanic heritage assembly. The school district says if the teacher did make such a comment it would be a violation of the district’s anti-discrimination policy. The students staged a sit-in Wednesday to protest what they consider the district’s slow response to their complaint. – Associated Press

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Proposed Urbana City Council ward maps are available for review

The Urbana City Council is expected to review three proposed ward boundary maps at its June 3rd Committee of the Whole meeting. Meanwhile, the proposed maps are posted at the city’s website  for public review and comment. A link on the website’s front page takes users to information on ward redistricting. The map that wins council approval will replace Urbana’s current ward map.