(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois State Police reports that fifty-nine (59) newly commissioned Troopers will report for duty next Monday as the ISP held a graduation ceremony in Springfield last Friday. Three cadets each are headed to the State Police Districts headquartered in Effingham, Carmi, and Collinsville. The new Troopers completed a 27-week program of physical and classroom instruction, which included training in critical incident response, control and arrest tactics, Illinois vehicle code, and cultural diversity. The ISP reports that more than 3,000 sworn personnel and civilians work for the 96 year old state agency.
(CHICAGO) An Illinois priest under criminal investigation for sexual abuse is still missing and absent without leave. Church officials with the Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel report Reverend Richard McGrath moved out of the St. John Stone Friary in Chicago on his own accord and has not been seen or heard from. The 72 year old was removed from public ministry in 2017 and assigned to the Friary while police investigated potentially inappropriate material on his cellphone. The search is continuing.
(CARBONDALE) Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is about to spend more than $2 million to purchase five new Cessna 172 planes for its popular Flight School Program. Officials say the new planes will replace eight decades-old aircraft that are becoming outdated and expensive to maintain. The new Cessnas are four-seat, single-engine planes that cruise at about 140 miles-per-hour and that current and past student flight fees will help pay for them. The new planes will be used in private pilot certification courses, instrument certifications, for single-engine time building, and for other flight instruction certifications.