Scott Walker officially announced his presidential run on July 13th, but I told you that, (unofficially), back in February.
Of the 18 counts of corruption that sent former Governor Rod Blagojevich to prison, 5 of them were dropped in July. But that still leaves 13 counts against him. Blagojevich and his family were elated, but that changed when they learned that his sentence of 14 years would most likely not be reduced. No doubt, he will be let out earlier than that, though... probably for being such a model prisoner.
It looks like the Illinois courts are going to the dogs... and it's about time. Governor Rauner signed into law a bill allowing specially-trained "facility" dogs to accompany children and developmentally disabled adults in certain cases. The bill passed the House and Senate by a combined 175-0. The law goes into effect at the start of next year.
Jack Henderson, 54, of Waukegan, was out riding his bike, as he often did. On the morning of July 14, he stopped on the sidewalk at the corner of Washington Street and Martin Avenue to adjust his bike. All of a sudden, a car crashed into him and didn't stop. A witness at the scene said that the driver of the car "just kept on going". Mr. Henderson died shortly afterwards. Waukegan police are needing help in identifying the car and driver of the vehicle which was caught on a nearby security camera. The hit-and-run driver was wearing a red jacket and was driving a dark green sedan (see picture). Anyone with information should call: 847-599-2631.
A 16-year-old Kenosha girl crashed into Lee's Family Daycare & Learning Center on July 22, thinking she had her foot on the brake pedal when, in fact, she was actually stepping on the accelerator! There were 22 children and 8 adults inside the building at the time of the crash, but no one was hurt. The driver did not have a license, permit, or even insurance. The woman in the passenger seat was Ranie Hall, 33, also from Kenosha. Hall was charged with allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle. The girl was also ticketed. Now they are both in big trouble, but it could have been much worse!
Tom Fulmer, a mayoral candidate in the upcoming Kenosha race for 2016, messed up. He was arrested twice in July for disorderly conduct and violating a restraining order. Fulmer was caught using vulgar language in public and acting inappropriately. He also did not cooperate with police. Fulmer said that he is a viable candidate, but really he is an unsuitable candidate!
Good Foods Group relocated to Pleasant Prairie from Illinois a couple of years ago. In July, Good Foods completed their expansion, with Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch joining in the celebration. Kurt Penn, CEO and founder of Good Foods thanked Wisconsin and only had good things to say about their relationship. Just another good company that Illinois let go.
After Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's escape from a maximum-security prison in July, the Chicago Crime Commission has updated their "wanted" list. El Chapo is now Chicago's Public Enemy #1. Chicago gangster Al Capone held that same title in 1930. El Chapo escaped through a mile-long tunnel that ended at the shower stall in his cell. He used a custom-made motorcycle to aid in his escape. His drug operation is ever-present in Chicago, as well as many other cities. Many people are dead, or living in bad conditions because of him.