(CHICAGO) A former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is suing his political committee and the state Democratic party, alleging that reporting a top lieutenant for sexual harassment hindered her from advancing in the speaker’s organization. Alaina Hampton filed the lawsuit this past Wednesday, contending that her effort to stop Kevin Quinn’s unwanted advances prevented her from getting further work on Democratic campaigns, plus led to Quinn’s firing a day before she went public with her allegations. Hampton calls it all a proactive “cover-up” by Illinois House Speaker Madigan.
(BENTON) A Southern Illinois man has been sentenced to 23 years in federal prison in connection with the 2014 attempted robbery of a Cairo bank during which two women were killed. The Southern Illinoisan reports that 35 year old Otha Don Watkins III of Cairo received the sentence after pleading guilty back in January to assisting in the crime among other charges. First National Bank employees Anita Grace and Nita Jo Smith were killed and a third employee was seriously injured. Watkins’ accomplice, James Watts, pled guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison plus ten (10) years. Watkins is alleged to have driven Watts to the bank and communicated with Watts on a two-way radio while he attempted to rob the bank.
(SPRINGFIELD) The 2018 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing season is nearly two weeks away as the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has stocked more than 80,000 rainbow trout in fifty-four (54) ponds, lakes, and streams around the state. While the statewide season begins at 5:00 on the morning of Saturday, April 7, at all locations, the Spring Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing season opens at 5:00 tomorrow morning, March 24, at nine (9) locations. Anglers need both a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp to take part, unless they are under the age of 16, blind, disabled, or an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. For more, check the DNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov or go to www.ifishillinois.org.