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The Rock Island County board will downsize from 25 members to 19.\u00a0

Following an hour-long discussion and two failed amendments, board members on Tuesday approved an ordinance to downsize to 19 single-member districts. The change will take effect with the November 2022 election.\u00a0

Board members Lauren Boswell-Loftin and Robert Westpfahl opposed downsizing.\u00a0Drew Clevenger and Ken \"Moose\" Maranda were absent.\u00a0

Prior to the vote, Kai Swanson introduced an amendment to change the number of districts to 15 instead of the original 19, but the motion failed when he and Angie Normoyle were the only board members to vote for its approval.\u00a0

\"Our constituents have a right for their board members to fight for their issues. That's what we're able to do when we sit at the decision-making table,\" Boswell-Loftin said. \"But when we reduce the numbers to 19 or 15, you are going to reduce the voices that are heard in Rock Island County. It has us going backwards. When most communities are trying to grow and get progressively better, we are regressing.\u00a0

\"We see what is going on in the country right now,\" Boswell-Loftin said. \"The attempts at voter suppression and the attempt to exclude people from the decision-making table\u00a0\u2014 but I never thought Rock Island County would be on board with that and I hope that we aren't. I oppose the motion. I would like our county board to remain as it is; let me know what the negative impact of where we are right now with 25.\"

\"I think a good compromise is 19 (districts), I don't have a problem with that,\" Rod Simmer said. \"As much as I want to stick with 25, I think 19 is a good compromise.\"

Dorothy Beck said when she ran for election to the county board two years ago, downsizing the number of districts was the only issue the majority of her constituents agreed with. Adjusting to 15 would be a \"very drastic step to take,\" she said.\u00a0

Normoyle introduced the other failed amendment, one that would have allowed for the county board chairman to be elected by residents to serve at-large, adding a 20th member to the board.\u00a0

Downsizing first picked up steam in 2012 when county residents approved a non-binding referendum with 72% of the vote in favor of reducing the board and districts. The referendum did not specify a number.

According to state statute, all counties with fewer than three million inhabitants and a township form of government must reapportion districts every 10 years so that each board member represents the same number of residents. State law mandates the apportionment plan must be completed and filed with Rock Island County clerk Karen Kinney no later than one day after the July 20 board meeting.

According to the new ordinance, board members will be paid $2,400 per year plus $100 per meeting and the chairman, elected by the board, will be paid $20,000 per year on top of the $2,400 base pay.

\"I do think 19 better serves (the county). I want to make sure no one is marginalized,\" Dure Mielke said. \"If we go to 15 (districts), we are going to have less of a rural voice.

\"I have long favored downsizing. This is the optimal time to do it,\" Mielke said.\u00a0

Boswell-Loftin suggested tabling the ordinance until the next month.\u00a0

\"We don't have to downsize,\" she said.

Bob Westpfahl said he would decline to vote on downsizing the board at all until he could see a map showing him how large his new district would be.\u00a0

County Board Vice Chairman Brian Vyncke said a new map could not be drawn until the Census numbers had been reported and the county knew how many people needed representation.\u00a0

During public comments, Rev.\u00a0Dwight Ford, executive director of Project NOW and leader of Grace City Church, expressed concern that downsizing the number of districts would leave minority and marginalized communities behind.\u00a0

He asked that when the county eventually hires a consultant for remapping the districts, that \"the consultant would use an equity lens.\"

\"I am seeking and trying to get a better understanding for underrepresented populations, whether they be rural or urban,\" Ford said. \"And to make sure those districts don't go to a place where it infringes upon the possibilities of people being fully participatory agents and those that may want to run for office who are of a low-income status.\"

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter of George Floyd, 45, after the officer kept his knee on the Black man\u2019s neck for more than nine minutes, minutes after he was non-responsive. The case touched off worldwide protests, some violence and a national reckoning around racism and policing.

Quad-City law enforcement and Black community leaders reacted to the verdict:

Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane

\"Tim

Lane

\u201cLaw enforcement has made changes in the last year, largely based on this case. Some states, however, have left out the voice of law enforcement.

\u201cLaw enforcement would have the opinion that most areas need more officers and more supervising officers. This would allow them to provide more training to each officer.

\u201cUnfortunately, qualified immunity and funding have been at the forefront of the discussion; neither of which will solve the problem.

\u201cTraining, staffing and public relations is what we need. There\u2019s a lot that is still needed to solve the problems right now in this country.

\u201cThe Scott County Sheriff\u2019s office is always looking to have a diverse staff, but it is difficult because people are not applying to be peace officers right now.\u201d

Asked how more officers or supervision would have prevented George Floyd\u2019s death, given several officers were present, Lane continued:

\u201cMost agencies do not have enough staffing in order to cover time off and cover what is needed on the streets and still have sufficient training.

\u201cEven though there were multiple officers on scene, most of the officers were completely inexperienced.

\u201cThere was no supervisor on scene to tell the officers specifically what to do when they were doing it. A supervisor on scene directing the officers to reposition Mr. Floyd and to assess his physical condition could have saved his life.\u201d

Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos

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Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos:\u201cI truly see George Floyd as the victim in all this. This should have been a relatively minor police contact. Derek Chauvin is the one who has completely changed policing in America by disregarding George Floyd\u2019s life.

\u201cI truly see George Floyd as the victim in all this. This should have been a relatively minor police contact. Derek Chauvin is the one who has completely changed policing in America by disregarding George Floyd\u2019s life.

\u201cPolicing in America\u00a0\u2014 it has to be a cooperation between law enforcement and law-abiding citizens. Enforcing the law has to be done through ethical behavior and fair treatment, regardless of where you live. Because of this case, that\u2019s damaged right now, and we have to fix that.

\u201cLaw enforcement is filled with really good women and men who want to serve their community, protect their community. We have to work hard, find common ground, gain trust again\u00a0\u2014 even among our greatest detractors.

\u201cWe need to work hard to gain their trust again.

\u201cI\u2019ve worked very hard to make law enforcement more diverse. It\u2019s difficult.

\u201cWe haven\u2019t even scratched the surface of how important diversity is. Our police forces must reflect our community. I think some minority communities are distrusting of law enforcement and that may keep them away from our profession.

\u201cWe have a lot of work to do.\u201d

Eric Puryear, Davenport attorney and activist

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Eric Puryear is a Davenport attorney who is a Second-Amendment activist. He has led a number of peaceful protests against police brutality outside the Davenport Police Department.

\"I was surprised by this verdict. Not that the facts supported the verdict \u2014 but because police get away with murder so often that it is surprising when there is accountability.\"

\"I have long been a supporter of body cameras for the police. We learned something else from this case, however. A brave 17-year-old girl with a cellphone got us to this place today. It's a testament to the fact we all have a moral obligation to do what we can to put a stop to this kind of brutality.\"

\"Unfortunately, I do not think this will change the behavior of the police anywhere in this country. Everything I've seen \u2014\u00a0 from depositions of police officers here to how police agencies and unions have reacted \u2014 I don't believe this verdict will change anything at all. The hearts and minds of police officers and their organizations are in the wrong place. And until we fix their hearts and minds, we will have the problem of police brutality.\"

Bri Williams, Black Lives Matter activist

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Bri Williams

\"I just watched the live coverage of Chauvin\u2019s trial verdict, and it felt like I was reliving the (George) Zimmerman verdict in 2013 for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Only this time, I got to breathe a sigh of relief. To me this proves that protesting does work and our voices will be heard. It\u2019s a small step in the right direction, and sentencing will show whether true justice is served. I hope this sends a message that we won\u2019t back down in our fight for Black lives and that maybe law enforcement will make the necessary changes.\"

Athena Gilbraith, Davenport activist

\"Athena

Davenport resident Athena Gilbraith is a local activist and a member of the Iowa Democratic Black Caucus.

\"Before the verdict, I had two feelings inside. The first was of hope, that everyone could see \u2014 Black or white \u2014 that this was murder. You want to have a sense that there is no way they can find him not guilty. But deep down I was preparing for 'Not Guilty.' And deep down I felt like this is America in 2021 and when have police ever been convicted in a case like this case.

\"I think the verdict changes things because I think white America has seen what justice for all can look like. Both Black and white America are used to seeing it not be that way. We are able to see justice today. That's important. But this was just one case. How many other Black men and children have been murdered?

It took a video. And a year of protesting. It took so much, just to get where we are today. It shouldn't take that much. It shouldn't be that hard. It shouldn't take so much for America to believe Black people.\"

Photos: Drum Circle Vigil For George Floyd
Photos: Hundreds participate in a bi-state protest in honor of George Floyd
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A Quad-City man will serve 18 years in federal prison for distributing heroin that resulted in the death of an East Moline man.\u00a0

Ajayi Marcel McIntyre, 42, was sentenced April 13, 2021. He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of distributing heroin on April 17, 2018, that was given to Kyle Medinger, who used it and died of a heroin overdose.

McIntyre was charged in a federal indictment in June 2018.

Two people related to this incident, David Flores and Ashley Gengler, were charged in Rock Island County court.

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With vaccinations continuing on both sides of the river, Quad-City health officials feel there's no better moment for people to get vaccinated.

\"For months, we've asked you to be patient and wait your turn to get a COVID-19 vaccine,\" Janet Hill, chief operating officer of the Rock Island County Health Department, said during Tuesday's Quad-City COVID-19 briefing. \"The time is now.\"

There are still populations that have had issues getting vaccinated, something officials are trying to address.

Joining the COVID-19 briefing were Pastor Steve Perkins with the Bethel AME Church in Davenport and Toni Robertson, vice president of the League of United Latin American Citizens Council 10 in Davenport, both addressing COVID-19 vaccination in communities of color.

\"The pandemic has been really tough on the African-American community,\" Perkins said. \"Things I've discovered that really contribute to this is the likelihood because of the fact they live in poverty, or they reside in neighborhoods that are overcrowded ... inadequate health care. It has really taken a toll.\"

Both Perkins and Robertson pointed to several issues leading to the lack of vaccinations among minorities\u00a0\u2014 lack of access or understanding of technology, fear that lack of health care will prevent them from getting a vaccine and more.

\"We, as Hispanics, carry a lot of the underlying jobs, as we all know, the meat-packing plants were hit very hard,\" Robertson said. \"It's a job that is necessary and the Hispanics were afraid to even speak up if they had an illness because they didn't want to lose their jobs. The same way with our in-town communities, they don't speak, they don't talk about things, they're so worried\u00a0\u2014 there's so many of them that are undocumented and won't speak up because they don't want to be deported. They think that, if I come out and you know who I am, I may have a chance of losing my family.'\"

So both Perkins and Robinson\u00a0\u2014 both vaccinated\u00a0\u2014 have made it a priority to help as many minorities get vaccinated as possible. That includes informing them that the vaccine is free and accessible regardless of health care status; the vaccine is safe and effective; and, at this moment, is as available as it's been since it first became available in December.

\"For me, it was not about the shot in my arm, it was about, now that I've got the shot, I feel free for the first time in a whole year to be able to move about,\" Perkins said. \"Not necessarily unmasked, but now I can move about; I can feel so much freer because I've been vaccinated.

\"Every person deserves a chance to live a healthy life, and that's why being vaccinated for me is so important.\"

Hill reported that 82,363 vaccine doses have been administered in Rock Island County, with 34,744 people fully immunized to COVID-19. Vaccines are available by appointment at the mass vaccination site at the Camden Centre in Milan. Hill said an appointment was important to help the health department plan for how much vaccine would be used and walk-ins would usually be turned away.

There is also a special Pfizer clinic available Wednesday at the health department, 2112 25th Ave., Rock Island. To sign up, go to richd.org or the department's Facebook page.

Hill also noted that people should eat something and drink water before getting a vaccine as there have been people who have fainted if their blood sugar is too low or they are dehydrated.

Scott County Health Director Amy Thoreson reported that 116,909 doses have been administered in the county, with 49,964 people fully immunized. Of the 0-17 population, which includes those 16 and 17 years old who are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, there have been about 1,000 vaccinations, but the department doesn't have a good number on whether those are first or second doses.

\"Knowing that the bulk of those were likely after it was approved for them, we're hoping a lot of those are first doses so we know the numbers will be even greater when those kids get fully vaccinated,\" Thoreson said.

COVID-19 by the numbers

Rock Island County reported 26 new cases, bringing its pandemic total to 14,067. There have been 311 deaths in Rock Island County related to the pandemic. The county's positivity rate is 5.3%, while the region's positivity rate is 6.9%. Illinois region mitigation factors are implemented when positivity rates are above 8%.

The average age of new cases in Rock Island County is 31. There are 15 people currently hospitalized.

Illinois reported 2,587 new positive cases, bringing the state's total to 1,306,787 total positive cases. There have been 21,694 deaths in Illinois.

In Scott County, there were 43 new positive cases of COVID-19, raising the total of 20,534 since the start of the pandemic. There have been 235 deaths in Scott County. The county's positivity rate is 9%.

Iowa reported 555 total new positive cases, bringing the total to 389,906. There have been 5,983 deaths in Iowa related to COVID-19.

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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 Reactions to the conviction of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty in the death of\u00a0George Floyd:

\"Today, after 11 months, we have finally received a verdict that suggests we may have some common sense of justice. While it's important to have faith in the future of our own humanity, it should not have taken George Floyd losing his life,\u00a0Gianna Floyd losing her father, for our hearts and minds to change.\"

\u2014 House Speaker Chris\u00a0Welch, D-Chicago

\"Until we can achieve a society where everyone is given the opportunity to fulfil their best lives, we must continue to fight for real safety and justice for all. Public safety must belong to us, the people.\u201d

\u2014\u00a0State Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago

\u201cWhile I\u2019m pleased that the jury made the right decision, this verdict will not bring George Floyd back. As a country, we still have a long way to go to fully eradicate racism.\"\u00a0

\u2014 State Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago\u00a0

\u201cOver a year ago, George Floyd\u2019s death spurred unrest across the nation. Today\u2019s verdict offers some consolation that racism, bigotry and violence carry consequences.\"

\u2014\u00a0State Sen. Adriane Johnson, D-Buffalo Grove


IN THEIR WORDS: Midwest law enforcement leaders react to Derek Chauvin trial

\u00a0

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Davenport Assumption didn\u2019t get many shots on goal in Tuesday\u2019s Mississippi Athletic Conference girls\u2019 soccer match against visiting Muscatine.

The Knights, however, capitalized on the attempts they got.

Assumption scored two goals just before halftime and then held off the previously undefeated Muskies for a 2-0 win at the St. Vincent Athletic Complex.

\u201cWe knew Muscatine was one of the top teams, and we knew how good they were. But we really just played as a team this game,\u201d Assumption\u2019s Jade Jackson said. \u201cWe\u2019ve been working on connecting passes through the middle and out wide. They put up a good fight, but as a team we did well on all cylinders.\u201d

Neither team was able to generate much offense during the first half. But with just under six minutes left before halftime, a pass went forward to Assumption\u2019s Sam Scodeller, who was fouled in the box by the Muscatine goalkeeper. Assumption\u2019s Lexi Moore took the penalty kick, and knocked it into the goal.

\u201cOnce we got that first goal, it kind of got us going,\u201d Assumption head coach Elizabeth Maus said.

Three minutes later, Jackson found herself one-on-one with the Muscatine keeper. But she unselfishly slid a pass over to Scodeller, who was wide open for the goal that gave the Knights a 2-0 lead.

\u201cI just had the intuition that Sam was going middle,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cI knew that I\u2019d have a better angle passing it to her. I knew that she would have the good tap in, and she did. She finished really well.\u201d

Assumption goalkeeper Dawson Dorsey was able to slam the door on the Muskies (4-1, 3-1 MAC). She made eight of her nine saves in the second half to secure the shutout.

\u201cIt\u2019s her first year coming out as a keeper, and she\u2019s really stepped up,\u201d Maus said of Dorsey. \u201cWe like the way that she\u2019s developed so far. Gosh, she\u2019s only four or five games in, and we can really count on her back there. We\u2019re really happy with the progression that she\u2019s made so quickly.\u201d

Assumption (4-1, 3-1 MAC) had been practicing a new formation and working on connecting passes. This only led to four shots on goal in the contest, but Maus was pleased with the win over a quality opponent.

\u201cThis is a good confidence booster for us coming off of a game that we did not do so well in,\u201d she said. \u201cWe found some connections in the box, and that\u2019s something we haven\u2019t done yet, so this is definitely a confidence booster for us going forward.\u201d

Photos: Assumption girls soccer beat Muscatine 2-0
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The executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, the victim of an online extortion attempt in late March or early April, will resign and retire, effective June 30.

Board chairman Charles Scholz said at the end of Tuesday's regular board meeting that Executive Director Steve Sandvoss has announced his retirement. Scholz didn't comment further except to commend Sandvoss, 55, for 32 years of service to the board.

Sandvoss, a lawyer from Rochester, has been on paid administrative leave from his $162,000-a-year job since the board voted unanimously on April 5 to place him on leave. He will remain on paid leave through June 30, board spokesman Matt Dietrich said.

An Illinois State Police investigation into the extortion attempt continues, ISP spokeswoman Beth Hundsdorfer said.

Sandvoss has declined requests for interviews.

After Sandvoss reported being a victim of an online extortion attempt, state police began an investigation, Dietrich said.

Sandvoss was at the helm of the election board during an alleged Russian cyber attack on 20 state election systems, including Illinois', in June 2016.

The board, an independent state agency governed by a board of four Democrats and four Republicans, held a special meeting on Sandvoss' status about a week ago. The board didn't conduct any discussion in public about the issue and adjourned without taking action after emerging from a closed-door session.

Assistant Executive Director Bernadette Matthews will continue as the acting executive director until the board appoints a new permanent director, Dietrich said.

He wouldn't comment on whether the extortion attempt played a role in Sandvoss' decision to retire.

Sandvoss has worked for the board since 1988. He became the board's general counsel in 2004 and was promoted to executive director in 2015.

Board officials said in a news release earlier this month that placing Sandvoss on administrative leave was done \"out of an abundance of caution.\" At that time, the board didn't know all the details of the extortion attempt, Dietrich said.

Election board officials believe that no election data were compromised, and no board equipment was involved in the extortion attempt against Sandvoss.

At this point, the board doesn't think the extortion attempt was related to Sandvoss' job, Dietrich said without elaborating.

The board hasn't taken action to change Sandvoss' status, so he will remain on administrative leave, Dietrich said.

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The Obama Foundation has announced a new fundraising goal of $400 million over five years that will go toward building the Obama Presidential Center at Jackson Park and other investments.

Most of the \u201cHometown Fund\u201d campaign will go toward workforce and building costs for the presidential center, while the remaining $75 million will boost programming for youth on the South and West sides, according to a news release from the foundation.

\u201cWe are seeing significant interest from civic and corporate leaders in Chicago who want to be part of this movement to change the economic trajectory of the South Side of Chicago,\u201d Valerie Jarrett, president of the Obama Foundation, wrote in a statement. \u201cWe\u2019re proud to be able to convene these leaders and channel investment in ways that will strengthen our community.\u201d

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On the construction side, the foundation will fund workforce trainings for projects including the presidential center. There also will be money for community initiatives for younger youth in Chicago through two of the foundation\u2019s programs: My Brother\u2019s Keeper Alliance and Girls Opportunity Alliance.

A month earlier, the foundation announced more than a third of its construction hires for the upcoming presidential center will hail from South and West side neighborhoods as part of a drive to give jobs to the Chicago communities that bolstered the rise of the nation\u2019s first Black president. Around that time, a foundation official also disclosed that it had raised about $847 million, though they did not say how much it had spent.

Groundbreaking for the planned $500 million campus remains scheduled for the fall despite a second lawsuit to obstruct the presidential center\u2019s arrival in storied Jackson Park.

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Geneseo volleyball coach Casey Komel had mixed emotions after her team swept the Alleman Pioneers in straight sets on Tuesday night at Alleman\u2019s Don Morris Gymnasium, 25-10, 25-7.

Komel said she was looking forward to Thursday\u2019s Western Big 6 and season finale against Quincy. A win will at least wrap up second place in the conference and put the cap on a successful season for the senior-laden Maple Leafs, who sit at 16-2 on the season and 12-2 in the conference with their only losses coming to Western Big 6 leader Sterling.

But Thursday will also bring an end to an era for Geneseo volleyball, as a talented group of seniors will play their last match.

\u201cI\u2019m going to sit down and work through my emotions this week. Many of this group have started for two years, others for three years and one player for all four years,\u201d Komel said. \u201cWe\u2019ve had a great run together, our seniors work so well together, support each other and provide tremendous leadership and role-modeling for younger players.\u201d

In the first set of Tuesday night\u2019s match, the host Alleman Pioneers displayed evidence of how far they have come as a team this season, results not-withstanding.

\u201cEvery match, we show signs of how good we can be, and on Tuesday against Geneseo, we were able to keep many balls alive in the first set and actually played solid volleyball against an excellent team,\u201d said Alleman Coach Morgan Maddox.

Geneseo's first set win was fueled by power at the net and an error-free service game. The Pioneers were able to stay in many points, mainly thanks to senior Colleen Kenney\u2019s ability to dig balls off the floor, as well as the improved play of seniors Izzy Pinc, Erinn Hoffman and Hollie Rochau. Senior Maddi Barickman\u2019s power serving, however, helped the Leafs put the set away.

\u201cWe\u2019ve experienced some positive growth and solid improvement throughout the season, our goals involve building a program where our players have an understanding of the college-level rotation and system we are implementing, and building more team confidence to finish points and matches,\u201d Maddox said.

Alleman was led by Kenney with 11 digs, Pinc and Hoffman with six kills each and junior Anne VanDeHeede with seven assists. Junior Avrie Schmidt added three blocks.

The night\u2019s second set was dominated by Geneseo\u2019s hitters and the serving of senior Maggi Weller.

Komel offered extended playing time to multiple players throughout the match, and junior Hannah Copeland led the effort with six kills and three blocks.

Senior Brenna McGuire also contributed five kills and three blocks, senior Maddi Barickman had 10 assists and two kills and Weller ruled from the service line with five aces.

\u201cMaggi served the ball with such power and precision, she fueled 11 straight points to end the second set, which is quite an accomplishment, and throughout the entire match, we only had one service error,\u201d Komel said. \u201cI cannot say enough about our team this year, the way we support each other and do all of the little and unselfish things that create a winning program, I have been so honored to be their coach and will look back on this season with a smile and a sense of pride.\u201d

The Pioneers end their season with matches against Cambridge, Galesburg and Mercer County, with hopes of improving on their season record of 1-10.

\u201cBetter days are ahead for Alleman volleyball,\" Maddox said. \"We will be working hard in the off-season to build a foundation for youth volleyball and help our varsity players to have the confidence needed to compete and win.\u201d

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ELDRIDGE\u00a0\u2014 Kendall Knisley scored four goals for the North Scott girls soccer team in a win over Davenport North, but she was prouder of something else.

The sophomore also had a nifty assist to put the finishing touches on a 6-0 win for the Lancers in Mississippi Athletic Conference action at The Pitch on Tuesday night.

Knisley made a sprinting run down the right side to the Wildcats\u2019 goal-line then sent a centering pass right to Adeline Finnicum, who had an easy finish from 8 yards out in the 54th minute to finish the scoring night for the Lancers (4-4 overall, 2-2 MAC).

\u201cI will score if I have the opportunity, but I would much rather have assists,\u201d Knisley said. \u201cI don\u2019t care about scoring that much. I care about assisting to my team because it makes them more confident and helps them stay in the flow of the game.\u201d

Lancers coach Dion Ayers said he loves Knisley\u2019s attitude but added it is nice to have a weapon like Knisley, who can finish from anywhere on the field.

The slickest play Knisley made might have a been a shot that didn\u2019t go in. Midway through the second half and just a minute before she exited the game for good, Knisley blasted a shot from about 30 yards that hit the underside of the crossbar before just barely rolling away from goal.

\u201cWe haven\u2019t had a threat like that from the outside in a long time,\u201d Ayers said. \u201cShe is just a true team kid. Does she look to shoot and score? Yes, but she is just as happy putting a ball through to her teammates and letting them score, which is pretty cool. But five or six of her goals have been from outside the 18 (penalty box area) so she is more than capable of scoring from there.\u201d

Davenport North coach Tyler Holle said his team knew about Knisley and had a game plan for her. It just wasn\u2019t enough to stop her.

\u201cWe pointed her out and knew what she was capable of, but she was still able to get open,\u201d Holle said. \u201cThat is a credit to her and what (North Scott) did offensively.\u201d

The Lancers were connected and humming. Five of the six goals had assists. Bailie Arbogast assisted to Knisley in the fifth minute to put North Scott up 1-0. Paige Copp scored 10 minutes later after stealing a pass from a defender and beating Wildcats keeper Emma Jauron to the top left corner.

Knisley got her second in the 18th minute off an assist from Copp. In both her first-half goals, Knisley stepped to meet the passes from Copp and Arbogast to free herself up instead of waiting on the ball.

\u201cMy teammates were the reason I scored four goals,\u201d Knisley added. \u201cWe\u2019ve got some strong players. We\u2019ve got some speed and some great passers.\u201d

Knisley\u2019s two second-half goals came two minutes apart in the 44th and 46th minutes, both off solid passes from Reese Hilsenbeck. She headed in her third goal and beat Jauron from about 12 yards out on her fourth goal.

\u201cThey were just great passes from Reese,\u201d Knisley said.

After getting stomped by Bettendorf and falling to Muscatine last week, the Lancers have now won three in a row.

\u201cThat Bettendorf game just fueled us up because we learned how to play better as team and what we needed to work on,\u201d Knisley said.

As for the Wildcats (3-2, 2-2), North did not record a shot on goal, although Holle thought his team accomplished some goals. Jauron finished with 11 saves.

\u201cWe came out and executed in the first half but, unfortunately, we gave away three balls on our back line that led to three first-half goals,\u201d Holle said. \u201cWe are doing what we practice, and that is all I can ask for as a coach. The mistakes happen in a game, and it was just unfortunate that our mistakes led to three, first-half goals. I told them I was proud of their effort like I always am.\u201d

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PEORIA \u2014 In the closest Peoria mayoral election in recent memory, Rita Ali has become the first Black person and the first woman to be elected to lead the city, winning by a 43-vote margin.

Ali, 62, picked up just over 50% of the 16,554 voters to win the April 6 election, defeating 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo, according to a final count released Tuesday afternoon by the Peoria County Election Commission. The results of that count are slated to be certified by Election Commission members Wednesday morning.

Montelongo has said that he plans to seek a discovery recount once that happens, given the closeness of the race. No other mayoral contest in the past 25 years has been as close, according to election records, and no other race depended upon hundreds of mail-in ballots to determine the final winner.

Montelongo previously indicated through his attorney that he believed mailed ballots weren't being properly segregated by days of receipt, making it impossible to tell which day each arrived, foreshadowing a potential legal challenge to the results. On Tuesday, Montelongo said in a statement that his campaign \"continues to be concerned about the Election Commission's blatant refusal to keep records and count ballots in a manner mandated by statute\" but did not state whether he would file a legal challenge.

Election Commission director Tom Bride has defended the agency's handling of ballots as being in compliance with the law and identical to the methods it has used for years.

Montelongo's statement also said his lawyers are awaiting video footage they'd requested from the Election Commission.

Ali said the result was meaningful for the city as a whole.

\"It's a big deal for Peoria and certainly historic,\" said Ali, who is currently an at-large councilwoman. \"I'm really happy to be a part of it, but it's not just a victory for me; it's a victory for our city and our citizens.\"

Ali, the vice president for workforce development at Illinois Central College, said she plans to retire from that position on June 30 to allow some transition time for the college. But she plans to hit the ground running on May 4, when she's scheduled to be sworn in as mayor.

Prior to that, she said, there's a meeting planned on Friday with outgoing Mayor Jim Ardis where \"we'll talk about a number of things, including some transitional matters.\"

Ali garnered 8,240 votes, while Montelongo got 8,197, giving Ali a 43-vote lead. About 22.5% of registered voters cast ballots in the race. A total of 117 ballots, or about 0.73%, had no vote for either Ali or Montelongo.

The results technically aren't official until Wednesday, when members of the five-person Election Commission come to the commission's offices, review the tallies and formally sign off on them. That's expected to be completed by about noon.

Montelongo had been leading on Election Night by 73 votes.

But state law allows mailed-in ballots to be received and counted for up to two weeks after the election, as long as they were postmarked by Election Day. Ali picked up ground on each tally, in keeping with a pattern of outperforming Montelongo on mail-in ballots.

The commission has already conducted a retabulation \u2014 basically a recount \u2014 of 5% of the precincts in the election and 5% of the machines used in early voting, Bride said Tuesday. That's required by state law.

The loser in any race can request a more formal discovery recount of up to one-quarter of the precincts in the election within five days of the result being certified \u2014 in other words, by the end of next Wednesday. At the time, they identify which precincts they want recounted.

Such a recount doesn't change the result of the election. But if it uncovers any irregularities in the tally, they could be used as evidence in a court case challenging the results.

Of the historic nature of the race, Ali previously said breaking such a glass ceiling would mean a great deal because of the impact it could have to inspire others.

\"Out of 54 mayors and village presidents over 170 years, to break that mold and to open that door of opportunity to allow other people of color and other women to see that can be done.\"

Marvin Hightower, the head of the local NAACP chapter, acknowledged that history had been made.

\"You know the many times I have been at City Hall, and I always, for some reason, look over at the pictures of the past mayors, and they had all white men until this year,\" he said. \"This is definitely a historic moment.

\"And it's a transitional time for Peoria, and it's definitely an exciting time, especially given everything that we have gone through and are going through, to have new leadership at City Hall,\" Hightower said. \"It's historic and exciting all at the same time.\"

Some 552 votes have been added since Election Day on April 6 \u2014 about 3.3% of the total votes. They came from ballots that arrived by mail and were postmarked by Election Day, as well as from provisional ballots given to voters at polling places and ballots that had been subject to challenge in one way or another.

But few mail-in ballots actually showed up in the first few days after the election, with the last batch of them arriving from Florida in time for the April 12 tally.

Bride said the most recent counts \u2014 on Tuesday and last Friday and Wednesday \u2014 reflected additions from voters whose signatures had been challenged on a ballot and came in to provide documentation that their vote was valid.

Only one mail-in ballot had arrived this week, he said, and because it had a postmark after Election Day, it wouldn't be considered valid.

Looking forward, Ali said she wants to establish \"quality relationships with the existing council members and the new ones who are coming on after the April 6 election.\"

The council will have two newly elected members also taking office in May. Denise Jackson defeated Denise Moore for the 1st District council seat, and Andre Allen succeeds Montelongo in representing the 4th District.

\"I want to make sure we have a highly productive team that turns problems into opportunities for Peoria's progress,\" Ali said.

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In the final week of the season, Rock Island volleyball coach Morgan Gray wants her team to simply focus on the first five points and the last five points.

Considering Rocky does not start any seniors, Tuesday night's 21-25, 25-18, 25-22 Western Big 6 Conference loss against Galesburg provided examples of the importance of that lesson for the future squad.

The Rocks (7-9, 6-7 Big 6) faced deficits of five or more early in each set of their sixth straight loss. The Streaks improved to 8-13, 6-7.

\"Our biggest struggle right now, is that we're just beating ourselves, and that's when we make the most errors,\" Gray said. \"It's really hard to gain momentum when you're starting off a set so slow. And it's really hard to win a game if we're giving the other team all of our errors at the end.\"

Galesburg shut down any attempt at a quick start in the third set, leading 5-0 out of the gate. Rocky tied it up 19-all before the Streaks closed out a win after being swept by Rocky earlier in the season.

\"Unfortunately we don't have any practices left, but at that point, it's not something you can practice, it's mental toughness,\" Gray said, \"and who has it and who doesn't.\"

Gray has also been giving non-starters more playing time to see what they can do.

\"We do have some injuries, some illnesses, so it's a perfect chance to get new people on the court,\" she said. \"I'm just examining, are they able to get in the game and do their job well.\"

Rocky junior Emily Allison has been out with an injury and likely will sit for the last two games (at Orion and at Sterling) considering her Iowa Select club volleyball team will be playing at nationals this summer.

\"I'm challenging all of our players,\" Gray said. \"I know they're young, but I'm challenging them and I'm holding them to a high standard because I know they have it. We're just not reaching our potential right now.\"

Junior Grace Gustafson led Rocky with a match-high eight kills, with freshman Addison Bomelyn and junior Campbell Kelley each tallying six.

Makayla Huff (two aces) had seven kills to lead Galesburg as Lily Hudgins tallied 23 assists.

Longtime Silver Streaks coach Marla Clay described the back-and-forth match as another \"classic battle\" between the two teams.

Clay was proud of her team for getting the road win after being swept at home earlier in the year.

\"We've just steadily improved and we keep plugging away and fighting,\" she said. \"Things turn out well when you don't give up.\"

She said her team built early leads behind good servers before Rocky swung back.

\"I tell them, they've just got to hold their composure and understand it's a game of waves, and we've got to get that last wave,\" she said.

Clay said in the pandemic-altered spring season with lots of playing and few practices, her team has continued to listen and keep working hard.

\"When we do have the chance to work on something, it seems like we've gotten better with it on the court,\" she said. \"I was just really impressed with our ability to hold our composure.\"

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WASHINGTON\u00a0\u2014 Through all the shortened starts and games where the offense fell short, the Cardinals have asked their bullpen to do a little bit of everything and more so far this season. With a strong start from Adam Wainwright and a slim lead from some timely hitting, the Cardinals finally, in game No. 17, got a chance to put their bullpen to work as they intended.

It did not go as imagined.

Tasked with holding a one-run lead through the eighth inning, setup reliever Giovanny Gallegos hit a batter, walked three, and forced the go-ahead run home with a bases-loaded walk to send Washington to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Gallegos allowed one hit\u00a0\u2014 but the two runs were enough to flip the game and blow the save before closer Alex Reyes threw a pitch.

The Cardinals tried a little bit of everything to pull Gallegos out of the mess created by a leadoff walk, a hit batter, and a game-tying single\u00a0\u2014 all before the first out.

They brought the infield in for the first out.

That worked so well the Cardinals intentionally walked Kyle Schwarber to load the bases and then swapped infielder Edmundo Sosa into the game for center fielder Scott Hurst. They went to a five-man infield\u00a0\u2014 in the eighth inning\u00a0\u2014 of a tie game. The inventive wall of infielders, which is not uncommon when a home team can walk off a game, never got a chance to see if it worked when Gallegos struck out Starlin Castro with a called strike three. That reprieve in the inning was brief.

Gallegos struggled to find the strike zone with Yan Gomes and pushed in the go-ahead run with a walk. Whatever the numbers\u00a0\u2014 one-run lead, three outs to get, five infielders to get them\u00a0\u2014\u00a0the game came down to not having a fourth base to put a runner.

The Cardinals got the tying run into scoring position in the ninth, but that\u2019s where Yadier Molina finished the game, watching as two fly balls ended what had been a pitching duel.

Wainwright became the first Cardinals starter to complete the seventh.

What Patrick Corbin did through six innings and 76 pitches it took reliever Tanner Rainey 12 pitches to take apart.

Despite the lefty\u2019s expedient and efficient shutout of the Cardinals through six innings and his spot in the order coming up third in the bottom of the inning, Nats manager Dave Martinez went to the bullpen to hold a 1-0 lead. By the time Rainey faced his third batter, the Cardinals had tied the score and were a ball in play away from a lead.

Rainey walked Yadier Molina, the first batter he faced.

Molina saw 10 pitches in the at-bat before taking a full-count ball.

The next batter, rookie Dylan Carlson, drilled his second triple in as many days to score Molina from first, knot the score, 1-1, and put the go-ahead run 90 feet away. Two batters later Austin Dean skied a fly ball to left that was plenty deep enough to score Carlson.

Unlike Martinez, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt stuck with his starter.

In a similar spot\u00a0\u2014 up by a run, his spot in the order due up in the next inning\u00a0\u2014 Wainwright stayed in the game and promptly struck out the side. Nats catcher Yan Gomes greeted Wainwright in the seventh inning with a nine-pitch at-bat to lead off. The ninth pitch was a 92-mph fastball that caught the edge of the strike zone for a called strike three. The next two Washington hitters didn\u2019t stand for that same pitch. They swung over it. Victor Robles whiffed on a 91.7-mph sinker for Wainwright\u2019s ninth strikeout of the game, and pinch-hitter Yadiel Hernandez set himself up for Wainwright\u2019s curveball.

When he got it, he swung over it.

Wainwright\u2019s 100th and final pitch got him a 10th strikeout.

For the veteran righthander, making his 278th start with catcher Molina, it was his first 10 strikeout game since May 2019.

The only blemish on Wainwright\u2019s line was a solo homer by Josh Bell in the sixth inning. Wainwright had struck out the previous three batters on three different pitches\u00a0\u2014 curve, cutter, and sinker\u00a0\u2014 before hanging a curve that Bell lofted for his first home run as a National.

Homers had been Corbin\u2019s undoing so far this season. The lefty allowed 15 earned runs in his first 6 1/3 innings this season, and that included four home runs in the 11 hits allowed. Corbin\u2019s ERA when he began the night against the Cardinals was 21.32. The race was on for both breaking-ball veterans to shave their ERAs. Wainwright started the day at 7.11 and after his first quality start of the season cut his to 5.03. Corbin\u2019s six shutout innings more than cleaved his ERA in half, to 10.95.

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Black Americans from Missouri to Florida to Minnesota cheered, marched, hugged, waved signs and sang jubilantly in the streets.\u00a0

But many said they had prepared for a different result after watching countless deaths of people of color at the hands of police go unpunished. The shooting death of another Black man, Daunte Wright, by officers in suburban Minneapolis during the trial and of 13-year-old\u00a0Adam Toledo\u00a0in Chicago last month heightened tensions and muted the court victory for many.

\u201cWe are relieved but not celebrating because the killing continues,\u201d the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who traveled to Minneapolis for the verdict, said in a telephone interview. \u201cWe hope this is the breaking point to stop legal lynching.\u201d

Guilty verdicts in Floyd's death bring joy — and wariness

London Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., moments before the verdict was read in George Floyd's murder trial Tuesday, wondering how he would cope if the white police officer who killed the Black man was acquitted.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd \u201ccan be a giant step forward\u201d for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that \"it's not enough.\u201d

Biden spoke from the White House\u00a0hours after the verdict\u00a0alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, with the pair saying the country\u2019s work is far from finished with the verdict.

\u201cWe can\u2019t stop here,\" Biden declared.

Biden and Harris called on Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform, including by approving a bill named for Floyd, who died with his neck under Chauvin\u2019s knee last May. Beyond that, the president said, the entire country must confront hatred to \u201cchange hearts and minds as well as laws and policies.\u201d

Biden to America after Floyd verdict: 'We can't stop here'

WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd \u201ccan be a giant step forward\u201d for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that \"it's not enough.\u201d

With a collective nervous energy, millions of people paused in front of television sets or other screens Tuesday for a verdict in the case that for nearly a year has exposed the raw nerve of racial relations in America.

Three times they heard a Minnesota judge, Peter Cahill, read the jury's verdict declaring former Minneapolis police Officer\u00a0Derek Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter for kneeling on the neck of a Black man, George Floyd, until he died last May.

Cahill's words led to a visible release of tension, both in the faces of news anchors onscreen and in crowds captured by cameras outside.

\u201cThank you, Jesus,\u201d responded anchor Don Lemon on CNN.

\u201cMy stomach isn't in knots anymore,\u201d said analyst Eddie Glaude on NBC.

\u201cI do think this will restore some faith in the justice system that was so badly needed,\u201d said Gayle King, CBS News anchor.

Through the media covering Chauvin case, a collective pause

NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 With a collective nervous energy, millions of people paused in front of television sets or other screens Tuesday for a verdict in the case that for nearly a year has exposed the raw nerve of racial relations in America.

Heightening tension, police shot and killed a teenage girl in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon, just as the verdict in the George Floyd murder trial was being announced.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was at the scene Tuesday night on the city's southeast side, The Columbus Dispatch\u00a0reported.

Reports: Police shoot, kill teenage girl in Columbus

Chauvin guilty of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) \u2014 Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man\u2019s neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

Photos: Reactions across US to guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin trial
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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 The executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, who was placed on leave after being the subject of an extortion scheme online, will resign effective June 30, according to an agency news release.

Steve Sandvoss made the announcement about his resignation at an elections board meeting Tuesday morning.

Sandvoss has been on leave since April 5 following a personal online extortion attempt that he reported to the Illinois State Police. The ISP denied a freedom of information act request by Capitol News Illinois seeking details of the reported incident.

Chicago activists and politicians praise guilty verdict in George Floyd murder

The board has not released details about the online extortion attempt, other than that an agency internal investigation by its chief information security officer \u201crevealed that no SBE data or systems had been compromised in the incident,\u201d according to Tuesday\u2019s news release.

Matt Dietrich, ISBE spokesperson, said that internal investigation is completed.

The board has approved Bernadette Matthews to serve as interim executive director until a permanent replacement is named.

Matthews previously served as assistant executive director of the agency, a role she has held since 2017, according to her LinkedIn page. Before that, she was the agency\u2019s deputy general counsel for nine years.

Sandvoss, 55, joined the Illinois State Board of Elections in 1988.

He became executive director in January 2015 after serving as the agency\u2019s general counsel starting in 2004.

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Youth turkey hunters harvested a preliminary total of 1,280 birds during the 2021 Illinois youth turkey season, compared to the record 1,744 turkeys taken in 2020.

A total of 5,438 youth turkey permits were issued, compared to 5,433 in 2020.\u00a0

With the exception of Whiteside (12 compared to 10), nearly all the Quad-Cities area counties were down significantly. This is likely due to the cold weather we saw in the northern half of the state, along with the Easter holiday occurring during the season.

The top five counties for harvests were Jefferson (48), Fayette (44), Marion (41), Hamilton (38), and Pike (37).

I can tell you that my youth hunter never made it in the field because of the conditions as the turkeys were still in their winter pattern around my area, but that\u2019s hunting.

4-H youth outdoor opportunities begin soon

The 4-H Fishing Club will start Saturday, from 9-10 a.m. at Central Park in Aledo. Future events will meet at various ponds in Mercer County every Saturday from May 1 through May 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Pond locations to be announced prior to the date. Area youth must have their own rides to the ponds for each meeting.

The groups is open to youth 8 to 15 years of age and there will be a limit of 10 individuals per event. The fee of $10 is for bait, which the club will provide. New 4-H members must pay the annual 4-H $20 program fee.

You can sign up on the Illinois Extension office website at www.extension.illinois.edu or call your local office for more details.

The Bi-State Sportsman Association, found at 571 Cleveland Road, Colona, will be hosting the Rock Island County 4-H youth shotgun club on Thursdays at 6 p.m. Equipment and ammunition will be provided by the Illinois 4-H Foundation, the NRA, United Way, Midway USA, and many Quad-Cities area outdoor organizations.

The range fee is $50 for every six-week session along with the annual 4-H membership. Area youth ages 10 to 18 that are residents of Henry, Mercer, and Scott counties may participate. To register, go to go.illinois.edu/RI4HShotgunClub.

4-H will also be starting its archery programs at the Cambridge Youth Center in Cambridge\u00a0 and the YSSA Range & Academy in Moline soon. Youth must be between 8 and 18 years of age.

The Cambridge sessions begin Monday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. for beginners, 6:30 p.m. for intermediate students, and 7:30 p.m. for advanced shooters. The range fee is $2.50 per session. To register, go to go.illinois.edu/HC4HArchery.

The Moline 4-H Archery Club will meet on Fridays at 6:30 p.m., with open enrollment anytime. There is a $20 range fee that is good for the six-week program. To register for that camp, go to go.illinois.edu/RI4HArcheryClub.

River Action Earth Week Cleanup Saturday

River Action will sponsor an Earth Day Cleanup this Saturday at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve from 9 a.m. until noon. This is an opportunity to help River Action clean up invasive species at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve.

Gloves and bags will be provided to all participants. They do request that you bring hand tools, spades or loppers if you have them.

No registration is required, and you can meet the group at the Loud Thunder Park Office, which is located at 19408 Loud Thunder Road, Illinois City.

If you are not familiar with the preserve layout, there will be signage to the cleanup site.

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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 Municipal leaders are pushing back on a proposal by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that would further reduce state funds given to local governments each year.

Several municipal groups held a virtual news conference Tuesday to outline their concerns with the governor\u2019s suggestion, representing over 200 municipalities in the Chicago-Metro area. Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, who serves as vice president for the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, acted as a moderator for the event.

Morley said local governments cannot afford cuts to the share of state income taxes directed to municipalities, known as the Local Government Distributive Fund, or LGDF, in light of the disastrous effects of the coronavirus pandemic on city revenues.

\u201cWe'd like to address really two issues as it relates to LGDF. One is, we want to protect against further cuts,\u201d he said. \u201cThe other thing that we want to talk about is not only halting any further reduction in the distribution of funds that rightly belong to the municipalities, but we actually want to discuss how we restore the distribution of these funds to the original levels that were agreed upon over 50 years ago.\u201d

According to Morley, when Illinois first adopted its flat income tax in 1969, it was agreed that 10 percent of the revenue generated from the income tax would be redistributed by state government back to municipalities.

This was the case until 2011, when Democratic former Gov. Pat Quinn reduced the LGDF share of income tax revenue, while also raising Illinois personal income tax from 3 to 5 percent, and its corporate tax rate from 4.8 to 7 percent in an attempt to balance the state\u2019s budget.

Illinois currently has a 4.95 percent income tax rate and a 7 percent corporate tax rate, and the LGDF contribution has fallen to 6.06 percent of state income revenue.

In 2020, Pritzker pushed an amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would have allowed for the state\u2019s income tax to be graduated rather than flat.

According to the Illinois Department of Revenue, accompanying legislation passed by the General Assembly would have kept taxes the same or lower for the vast majority of Illinoisans while raising personal income taxes for those earning over $250,000 annually. The top rate would have been 7.95 percent on those earning more than $1 million.

The state Department of Revenue projections estimated the tax increase would affect about 3 percent of Illinoisans.

Following a lopsided defeat for the amendment in November, Pritzker promised to not raise the flat tax, but suggested \u201cpainful cuts\u201d would be necessary to balance the state\u2019s budget.

The governor\u2019s February proposal included one such cut, another 10 percent reduction to the $1.2 billion LGDF in order to make up for a $152 million shortfall in the projected 2022 Fiscal Year budget caused by the failure of the graduated tax.

\u201cThe residents of Illinois, I think, spoke out overwhelmingly against additional taxes,\u201d Morley said. \u201cNow this is just another option, another way to go about taxing the residents of our municipalities and the state of Illinois when they've already told us that they're taxed enough.\u201d

Morley said that almost 10 percent of Elmhurst\u2019s budget comes from the LGDF, and that further cuts means less money for roads, fire departments and law enforcement.

Vernard Alsberry Jr., village president of Hazel Crest, also spoke at the news conference as a representative of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association.

\u201cThe coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis has increased inequities and hardships faced by communities throughout the state, but nowhere is that more true than the south suburbs. Our already vulnerable region is struggling to recover,\u201d Alsberry said. \u201cLGDF funding is a financial lifeline to our communities.\u201d

Many of the mayors and municipal leaders described unfunded mandates such as pensions, mandatory trainings and equipment for police departments as an unfair drain on municipalities being asked to do more while being given less each year.

\u201cGov. Pritzker proposed a balanced budget that is a responsible plan and makes the vital investments in agencies on the front lines of the pandemic response like public health, healthcare and family services and employment security,\u201d a spokesperson for Pritzker said in an email Tuesday. \u201cThe Governor looks forward to working with the General Assembly to pass a balanced budget that lifts up working families who have suffered amid this pandemic and that continues to rebuild our economy.\u201d

Despite the rate reduction in LGDF, the governor\u2019s office said the actual amount received by municipalities will be made up by \u201cclosing corporate tax loopholes\u201d to the tune of $228 million, which will offset the $152 million diverted from the LGDF.

The governor\u2019s office also noted that Illinois municipalities are also set to receive $5.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief support following the passage of President Joe Biden\u2019s American Rescue Plan.

20 things you didn’t know about Illinois
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A supervisor on scene directing the officers to reposition Mr. Floyd and to assess his physical condition could have saved his life.\u201d","byline":"","hireswidth":1218,"hiresheight":1700,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/cf/dcf8bfc1-612b-5a5c-be93-c1c5a44b2037/607f4f4b42be4.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1218","height":"1700","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/cf/dcf8bfc1-612b-5a5c-be93-c1c5a44b2037/607f4f4b422e1.image.jpg?resize=1218%2C1700"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"140","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/cf/dcf8bfc1-612b-5a5c-be93-c1c5a44b2037/607f4f4b422e1.image.jpg?resize=100%2C140"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"419","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/cf/dcf8bfc1-612b-5a5c-be93-c1c5a44b2037/607f4f4b422e1.image.jpg?resize=300%2C419"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1429","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/cf/dcf8bfc1-612b-5a5c-be93-c1c5a44b2037/607f4f4b422e1.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1429"}}},{"id":"90a768aa-5127-5f8e-b256-19df56665595","description":"\u201cIn the aftermath of the jury trial for former Officer Chauvin and his finding of guilt, law enforcement leaders must be committed to supporting reforms that will prevent the actions by law enforcement that led to the death of George Floyd. All law enforcement must work harder to build trust and meaningful relationships, and all citizens must be willing to accept this outreach and together we can build safe, fair and equitable communities for all.\u201d","byline":"","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/0a/90a768aa-5127-5f8e-b256-19df56665595/607f4f4b82954.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/0a/90a768aa-5127-5f8e-b256-19df56665595/607f4f4b81fc1.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/0a/90a768aa-5127-5f8e-b256-19df56665595/607f4f4b81fc1.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/0a/90a768aa-5127-5f8e-b256-19df56665595/607f4f4b81fc1.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/0a/90a768aa-5127-5f8e-b256-19df56665595/607f4f4b81fc1.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"e65e740c-438f-534b-b20e-1b04f597792b","description":"\u201cThe American justice system has not always served all of her people well and the death of George Floyd is a shocking example of where we can fail each other. \"As an officer of the law, I believe that today justice has prevailed. We hear you; this moment matters. The Madison Police Department is prepared to stand in solidarity with our community as we grieve and process the events of May 25th, 2020. I am hopeful that this decision will help our communities heal and will create new opportunities to work and grow together.\u201d","byline":"","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/65/e65e740c-438f-534b-b20e-1b04f597792b/607f4f4bb99ba.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/65/e65e740c-438f-534b-b20e-1b04f597792b/607f4f4bb9447.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/65/e65e740c-438f-534b-b20e-1b04f597792b/607f4f4bb9447.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/65/e65e740c-438f-534b-b20e-1b04f597792b/607f4f4bb9447.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/e/65/e65e740c-438f-534b-b20e-1b04f597792b/607f4f4bb9447.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"ffac48d0-c9b9-568d-a083-a0fb1c901160","description":"\u201cI truly see George Floyd as the victim in all this. This should have been a relatively minor police contact. Derek Chauvin is the one who has completely changed policing in America by disregarding George Floyd\u2019s life.\u201d","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"620","height":"533","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/fa/ffac48d0-c9b9-568d-a083-a0fb1c901160/607f5310f0e7b.image.jpg?resize=620%2C533"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"86","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/fa/ffac48d0-c9b9-568d-a083-a0fb1c901160/607f5310f0e7b.image.jpg?resize=100%2C86"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"258","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/fa/ffac48d0-c9b9-568d-a083-a0fb1c901160/607f5310f0e7b.image.jpg?resize=300%2C258"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"880","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/fa/ffac48d0-c9b9-568d-a083-a0fb1c901160/607f5310f0e7b.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"34b9cf96-d6fe-588a-8daf-e6c78c255b62","description":"\u201cI always respect the decision of the jury, and now we\u2019ll move on from there. Juries have very tough jobs to do, and they do it well. I think that in this case they\u2019ve come to the right conclusion. They had the information they needed to make the decision. \u201cI hope everyone respects it and there\u2019s no more violence. That\u2019s not any way to solve problems. Let our system work. And you saw today that it does work.\u201d","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"406","height":"619","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/4b/34b9cf96-d6fe-588a-8daf-e6c78c255b62/607f640eee0a2.image.jpg?resize=406%2C619"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"152","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/4b/34b9cf96-d6fe-588a-8daf-e6c78c255b62/607f640eee0a2.image.jpg?resize=100%2C152"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"457","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/4b/34b9cf96-d6fe-588a-8daf-e6c78c255b62/607f640eee0a2.image.jpg?resize=300%2C457"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1561","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/4b/34b9cf96-d6fe-588a-8daf-e6c78c255b62/607f640eee0a2.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"9cc21d3d-5f8f-5f8c-ad8a-b1cada891501","description":"\u201cPersonally I think that what Chauvin did was obviously negligent. I don\u2019t know enough about the charges to say whether or not I believe he was criminally guilty of that. But he was obviously negligent in what he did,\u201d Sherer said. Given some opportunity to absorb charges and evidence, Sherer said he might be able to make a recommendation about whether Chauvin was guilty.","byline":"","hireswidth":1662,"hiresheight":1246,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cc/9cc21d3d-5f8f-5f8c-ad8a-b1cada891501/607f640f2c839.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1662","height":"1246","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cc/9cc21d3d-5f8f-5f8c-ad8a-b1cada891501/607f640f2b87b.image.jpg?resize=1662%2C1246"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"75","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cc/9cc21d3d-5f8f-5f8c-ad8a-b1cada891501/607f640f2b87b.image.jpg?resize=100%2C75"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"225","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cc/9cc21d3d-5f8f-5f8c-ad8a-b1cada891501/607f640f2b87b.image.jpg?resize=300%2C225"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"768","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/9/cc/9cc21d3d-5f8f-5f8c-ad8a-b1cada891501/607f640f2b87b.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C768"}}},{"id":"3881c461-ed1f-56fc-80c7-13b266c69aee","description":"\"As sheriff of La Crosse County, I fully support the criminal justice system in our country and our court system. Derek Chauvin does not represent the great law enforcement officers in our country or La Crosse County law enforcement. \"The great men and women that work tirelessly to provide safety for our communities and protect the innocent from evil each day in our country will continue to do so.","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"394","height":"564","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/88/3881c461-ed1f-56fc-80c7-13b266c69aee/607f640f67fb6.image.jpg?resize=394%2C564"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"143","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/88/3881c461-ed1f-56fc-80c7-13b266c69aee/607f640f67fb6.image.jpg?resize=100%2C143"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"429","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/88/3881c461-ed1f-56fc-80c7-13b266c69aee/607f640f67fb6.image.jpg?resize=300%2C429"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1466","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/88/3881c461-ed1f-56fc-80c7-13b266c69aee/607f640f67fb6.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"d449448f-86a7-56a1-9597-466a0ee451ec","description":"\"Justice was served by the jury\u2019s guilty verdicts on all the charges contained in the criminal complaint in State of Minnesota v. Derek Chavin. The State\u2019s presentation of the evidence was thorough and complete in meeting the State\u2019s burden of proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt on all counts.","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"485","height":"619","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/44/d449448f-86a7-56a1-9597-466a0ee451ec/607f640f8f5d7.image.jpg?resize=485%2C619"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"128","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/44/d449448f-86a7-56a1-9597-466a0ee451ec/607f640f8f5d7.image.jpg?resize=100%2C128"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"383","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/44/d449448f-86a7-56a1-9597-466a0ee451ec/607f640f8f5d7.image.jpg?resize=300%2C383"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1307","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/d/44/d449448f-86a7-56a1-9597-466a0ee451ec/607f640f8f5d7.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"f80cd295-9813-59a3-b55a-279598974936","description":"\u201cThere\u2019s certainly a focus and a desire for law enforcement to adapt and make the necessary changes to make sure that we don\u2019t have any more tragedies.\u201d","byline":"","hireswidth":1367,"hiresheight":1515,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/80/f80cd295-9813-59a3-b55a-279598974936/607f6f1212f98.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1367","height":"1515","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/80/f80cd295-9813-59a3-b55a-279598974936/607f6f12128e9.image.jpg?resize=1367%2C1515"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"111","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/80/f80cd295-9813-59a3-b55a-279598974936/607f6f12128e9.image.jpg?resize=100%2C111"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"332","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/80/f80cd295-9813-59a3-b55a-279598974936/607f6f12128e9.image.jpg?resize=300%2C332"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"1135","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/f/80/f80cd295-9813-59a3-b55a-279598974936/607f6f12128e9.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C1135"}}},{"id":"a4afc40d-b239-5285-8524-4bf22cc46c61","description":"Acting Chief Brian Jackson said the Lincoln Police Department had been closely following the trial of Derek Chauvin. \u201cWe recognize that for many people in our community and country, this trial represented more than just one man being held accountable for his actions,\u201d he said. Jackson said this trial serves as a talking point in a larger national conversation on race and policing in America.","byline":"Photo by Gwyneth Roberts, Journal Star","hireswidth":1618,"hiresheight":1281,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/4a/a4afc40d-b239-5285-8524-4bf22cc46c61/607f6f1245d97.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1618","height":"1281","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/4a/a4afc40d-b239-5285-8524-4bf22cc46c61/607f6f124530d.image.jpg?resize=1618%2C1281"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"79","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/4a/a4afc40d-b239-5285-8524-4bf22cc46c61/607f6f124530d.image.jpg?resize=100%2C79"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"238","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/4a/a4afc40d-b239-5285-8524-4bf22cc46c61/607f6f124530d.image.jpg?resize=300%2C238"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"811","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/4a/a4afc40d-b239-5285-8524-4bf22cc46c61/607f6f124530d.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C811"}}},{"id":"a9c49a1e-8ed9-580b-bb7a-0ff15886238e","description":"\"In May 2020, it was apparent to my senior command staff and I that Mr. Chauvin was guilty and his actions were reprehensible. Today, the jury\u2019s verdict validates those sentiments and holds Mr. Chauvin accountable for his actions. \"Let\u2019s use this moment as an opportunity to find common ground for police and communities all across this country as justice was served.","byline":"Photo by Anna Reed, The World-Herald","hireswidth":1763,"hiresheight":1175,"hiresurl":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/9c/a9c49a1e-8ed9-580b-bb7a-0ff15886238e/607f6f12900f9.hires.jpg","presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1763","height":"1175","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/9c/a9c49a1e-8ed9-580b-bb7a-0ff15886238e/607f6f128fb2c.image.jpg?resize=1763%2C1175"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"67","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/9c/a9c49a1e-8ed9-580b-bb7a-0ff15886238e/607f6f128fb2c.image.jpg?resize=100%2C67"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"200","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/9c/a9c49a1e-8ed9-580b-bb7a-0ff15886238e/607f6f128fb2c.image.jpg?resize=300%2C200"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"682","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/a/9c/a9c49a1e-8ed9-580b-bb7a-0ff15886238e/607f6f128fb2c.image.jpg?resize=1024%2C682"}}},{"id":"b49f2cf1-419f-5e31-9864-40ccf4b2d344","description":"\u201cI have no problem with the verdict whatsoever. From the get go, you don\u2019t know everything or hear everything that happened. I can tell you from the moment I saw that video, it made me sick. \u201cWe have something in this country called due process ... The officer had due process. I did not watch the trial, bit by bit, but I saw the trial highlights and who the witnesses were and what they had to say. I thought the jury would find them guilty. ... I thought the jury had ample evidence to do so and I don\u2019t have any problem that they did so.\u201d","byline":"","hireswidth":null,"hiresheight":null,"hiresurl":null,"presentation":"","versions":{"full":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"849","height":"720","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/49/b49f2cf1-419f-5e31-9864-40ccf4b2d344/607f75e9d4081.image.jpg?resize=849%2C720"},"100": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"100","height":"85","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/49/b49f2cf1-419f-5e31-9864-40ccf4b2d344/607f75e9d4081.image.jpg?resize=100%2C85"},"300": {"type":"image/jpeg","width":"300","height":"254","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/49/b49f2cf1-419f-5e31-9864-40ccf4b2d344/607f75e9d4081.image.jpg?resize=300%2C254"},"1024":{"type":"image/jpeg","width":"1024","height":"868","url":"https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/qctimes.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/49/b49f2cf1-419f-5e31-9864-40ccf4b2d344/607f75e9d4081.image.jpg"}}},{"id":"8b0984f1-a538-5787-a89d-3c2df1e6ceac","description":"\"The jury in the state trial of Derek Chauvin has fulfilled its civic duty and rendered a verdict convicting him on all counts. While the state\u2019s prosecution was successful, I know that nothing can fill the void that the loved ones of George Floyd have felt since his death. The Justice Department has previously announced a federal civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd. 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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in a statement Tuesday said the conviction of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd \"gives me hope that we can strive for a system of justice in our nation that is applied equally to all.\"

\u201cI know today\u2019s ruling provides only a small measure of comfort to the Floyd family. His loss will be forever felt. We will honor George Floyd\u2019s memory by continuing the fight for racial justice,\" said Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said:\u00a0\u201cWhile today\u2019s ruling won\u2019t bring George Floyd back, it brings his family\u2014and the entire community\u2014closer to some semblance of justice, sends a message that our nation cannot ignore police violence and reminds us all that accountability is still possible.\"

She called on Congress to pass the\u00a0George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban chokeholds and end \u201cqualified immunity\u201d for law enforcement and create national standards for policing.

\u00a0U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today issued the following statement after Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all counts in the death of Floyd:

Other reactions to the conviction:

\"George Floyd\u2019s life and death will forever affect the trajectory of race discussions in the United States. His trial ignited strong emotions of pain and mistrust throughout the country. I pray that the public\u2019s reaction here in Illinois is one that remembers George Floyd\u2019s life and death by pursuing peaceful progress for all those who are hurting in America.\u201d

\u2014\u00a0Senate Republican Leader Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods

\"George Floyd\u2019s murder reignited the fight for justice across this country in the never-ending hope that someday justice might be found. This verdict will not undo the tragedy and suffering. But it should serve as a historic marker in our ongoing work to build a just and equal society.\u201d

\u2014 Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park

\"Today, after 11 months, we have finally received a verdict that suggests we may have some common sense of justice. While it's important to have faith in the future of our own humanity, it should not have taken George Floyd losing his life,\u00a0Gianna Floyd losing her father, for our hearts and minds to change.\"

\u2014 House Speaker Chris\u00a0Welch, D-Chicago

\"Until we can achieve a society where everyone is given the opportunity to fulfil their best lives, we must continue to fight for real safety and justice for all. Public safety must belong to us, the people.\u201d

\u2014\u00a0State Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago

\"The killing of George Floyd caused much unrest across the nation as many of us witnessed the horror of George Floyd's final moments. I hope this verdict brings a sense of peace to Mr. Floyd\u2019s family, friends and community.\"

\u2014 State Sen. Doris\u00a0Turner, D-Springfield

\u201cWhile I\u2019m pleased that the jury made the right decision, this verdict will not bring George Floyd back. As a country, we still have a long way to go to fully eradicate racism.\"\u00a0

\u2014 State Sen. Mattie Hunter, D-Chicago\u00a0

\u201cOver a year ago, George Floyd\u2019s death spurred unrest across the nation. Today\u2019s verdict offers some consolation that racism, bigotry and violence carry consequences.\"

\u2014\u00a0State Sen. Adriane Johnson, D-Buffalo Grove

\u201cWith today\u2019s verdict, Derek Chauvin has been held accountable for the murder of George Floyd. At a basic minimum, this is what we need, and I am relieved to see the verdict. But we must ask ourselves now what justice will look like for George Floyd.\"

\u2014 State Sen. Mike Simmons, D-Chicago

\"As many cheer this guilty verdict, this act of justice for George Floyd, let us not forget others for whom no justice or police accountability was found: Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Tamir Rice, and so many others. We will still speak their names along with George Floyd as we work to bridge our differences, fix our problems, and search for a more perfect union in this country.\"

\u2014 Lt. Gov.\u00a0Juliana Stratton


\u00a0

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CHICAGO \u2014 The only way for 13-year-old Adam Toledo to get justice, activists say, is with a federal probe into the Chicago police officer who shot him during a foot chase down a darkened alley.

About a dozen people gathered Tuesday at a legal office in the heart of a Latino neighborhood, near Little Village where the boy was shot last month, to ask the Justice Department to get involved.

\u201cWe cannot leave it up to the police department to investigate itself and expect meaningful reforms,\u201d said attorney and activist Arturo J\u00e1uregui. \u201cThat has never worked in the past and will not work now.\u201d

Calls like this have grown for federal investigations into recent police killings across the nation since President Joe Biden took office and said he believes racial disparities in policing must change.

The family of a child shot dead by police in 2014 have also recently asked the Justice Department to reopen that case. After motorist Daunte Wright was killed by a Minnesota police officer earlier this month, there were also calls for federal authorities to step in. And if former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the killing of George Floyd, whose death sparked mass protests around the country, the only chance for further legal action would be from an ongoing federal probe.

The U.S. Justice Department, though working under an administration with very different priorities, is still bound by the same laws that present a high bar for bringing federal charges. And that may leave victims' families disappointed.

Still, the department is shifting its priorities to focus more on civil rights issues, criminal justice overhauls and policing policies. Attorney General Merrick Garland has declared there isn't yet equal justice under the law.

On Tuesday, as the Chauvin jury deliberated, Biden said of Floyd's family: \u201cThey\u2019re a good family, and they\u2019re calling for peace and tranquility, no matter what that verdict is. I\u2019m praying the verdict is the right verdict. It\u2019s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn\u2019t say that unless the jury was sequestered now.\u201d

Three weeks ago in Chicago, 400 miles away, Officer Eric Stillman, who is white, was responding to a call of shots fired around 3 a.m. when he chased Adam, who was Latino. Bodycam video released last week shows the boy appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before Stillman fires his gun and kills him. The bodycam footage later shows Stillman shining a light on a handgun on the ground near the boy.

The video prompted grief and demonstrations in Chicago, a city with a history of police misconduct and distrust between police and the community, especially Black and Latino residents.

The Justice Department hasn\u2019t said yet whether it will look into any of the recent cases.

To bring federal civil rights charges, federal prosecutors must prove that an officer\u2019s actions willfully broke the law and were not simply the result of a mistake, negligence or bad judgment. It has been a consistently tough burden for federal prosecutors to meet across both Democratic and Republican administrations.

To prove a crime, prosecutors would need to convince a jury that the force used was more than what would be reasonably necessary to arrest or subdue a suspect, meaning convincing jurors that, in the middle of an arrest, the officer made a clear and willful decision to cause someone\u2019s death.

That was a burden of proof that prosecutors said they couldn\u2019t meet in other high-profile cases in recent years, including in the deaths of Eric Garner in New York City, Tamir Rice in Cleveland and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Tamir's family, citing the administration change in Washington, asked the Justice Department last week to reopen the case into the death of the 12-year-old Black boy, who was playing with a toy gun when he was shot dead. The officers involved weren't indicted, and the case was closed in the waning weeks of the Trump administration.

\u201cI\u2019m still in so much pain because no one has been held accountable for the criminal act that took his life,\u201d the boy's mother, Samaria Rice, said in a statement. \u201cI\u2019m asking DOJ to reopen the investigation into my son\u2019s case; we need an indictment and conviction for Tamir\u2019s death.\u201d

Advocates are also pushing for an expansion of another federal option \u2014 its use of pattern and practice investigations, sweeping probes of police departments.

Illinois state, federal elected officials react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts

But Chicago, where 13-year-old Adam was shot, is already under a consent decree following just such a probe that found a record of racism and abuse by Chicago police going back decades. The city agreed to changes in the agreement approved in 2019 by a federal judge. The investigation was prompted by the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald, a Black 17-year-old, by a white officer. Jason Van Dyke was later convicted of murder for shooting the teen 16 times, video of which the city fought to suppress.

An independent monitor\u2019s report last month showed that the city has made some progress on putting changes in place, but that significant work remains undone.

As advocates push for the Justice Department to expand its frequency of major probes of police departments, Garland issued a memo this month easing restrictions placed on the use of consent decrees. By doing so, the Justice Department made it easier for its prosecutors to use the tool to force changes at police departments and other government agencies accused of widespread abuse and misconduct.

The Garland memo rescinded a previous version issued by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, shortly before he resigned in November 2018, that seriously curtailed use of the decrees and required the signoff of top department officials before they could be implemented.

In Chicago, attorney J\u00e1uregui said the community doesn't trust the police but believes the Justice Department will see the case through.

\"We believe the attorney general, Merrick Garland, that he\u2019s a good man, and we believe that he understands the needs of our community.\u201d


IN THEIR WORDS: Midwest law enforcement leaders react to Derek Chauvin trial
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A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest from Tuesday:

SALES TAX HOLIDAY EXPANSION: Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 11-5 on Tuesday to approve legislation proposing to expand Iowa\u2019s annual sales tax holiday to include emergency preparedness supplies.

Iowa\u2019s law exempts purchases of school supplies and clothing items of up to $100 from the state\u2019s sales tax during the first Friday and Saturday of August. Senate Study Bill 1240 seeks to expand the sales tax \u201choliday\u201d to emergency preparedness supplies of up to $100, with exceptions for larger purchases for portable generators and other items.

A provision of the bill would expand the August weekend holiday to include Sunday.

Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton, said some of the changes would be contingent on the potential price tag the bill might carry once a fiscal note has been calculated.

The committee also voted separately to expand the state\u2019s maximum adoption tax credit from the current $5,000 per qualified adoption to $7,500 on Jan. 1, 2022, and to $10,000 one year later.

BUDGET BILL ADVANCES: Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 12-7 Tuesday to approve a $2.03 billion health and human services budget bill and send it to the full Senate for consideration as majority Republicans assemble their fiscal 2022 state spending plan.

Sen. Mark Costello, R-Imogene, co-chair of the Health & Human Services Subcommittee, said Senate Study Bill 1267 would boost funding for a myriad health and social programs by $36.9 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Included in the package was a $20 million boost for a state Medicaid program totaling nearly $1.48 billion and an increase of $15 million for nursing homes and home and community-based service providers.

Sen. Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City, ranking Democrat on the HHS budget subcommittee, expressed disappointment that Tuesday represented the first public meeting by senators on a $2 billion spending bill that was being rushed through the process with little public input or discussion about needs like child care, food assistance and COVID-19 response that aren\u2019t addressed in the bill.

Two members of the public spoke during the meeting, with one speaker expressing sadness that Republicans had resurrected an asset verification bill that the House did not take up by placing the policy language in the budget bill. SSB 1267 was forwarded on a party-line vote.

SENATE CONFIRMATIONS: Members of seven Iowa Senate committees on Tuesday advanced 58 of Gov. Kim Reynolds\u2019 appointments for various state boards and commissions to the Senate calendar for individual or \u201cen bloc\u201d confirmation votes yet this session.

Senators were informed that the governor withdrew her nomination of Marsha Tangen to the School Budget Review Committee, another appointee was forwarded after the confirmation manager indicated the person did not want the position, and several were approved without recommendation from committee members.

Linda Miller, a former state legislator, told Senate Human Resources Committee members she planned to aggressively work to fill the vacant long-term care ombudsman position if reconfirmed to another term as director of the Iowa Department on Aging.

Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Hiawatha, had high praise for Major Gen. Benjamin Correll to stay on as adjutant general of the Iowa National Guard, citing his professionalism in helping the Linn County area recover from the Aug. 10 derecho.

\u201cWe were forever grateful that the National Guard came to our aid at a time when the community was just shocked. We were really down and out, and he brought back some hope very definitely to our community,\u201d she said.

Because of COVID-19 and other delaying factors, senators agreed to extend the confirmation period beyond the normal April 15 deadline to accommodate late-arriving gubernatorial appointments that must receive an affirmative two-thirds majority vote of the 50-member chamber, or at least 34 senators, to be confirmed. Republicans hold a 32-18 edge in the Senate, with one GOP senator on military leave.

-- Gazette Des Moines Bureau

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Athletes of the week

Ellie Rickertsen

School: Northeast

Sport: Track and field

Year: Junior

Rickertsen won a maximum four events last Thursday night at the Tigerrette Relays in Tipton. She prevailed in the 100 hurdles (a season-best time of 15.26 seconds), 400 hurdles (1:08.34), ran a leg on the winning 400 relay and anchored the sprint medley relay to victory. An all-conference selection in basketball, Rickertsen qualified for the Drake Relays in both hurdle events.

Cayne Smith

School: United Township

Sport: Football

Year: Senior

The Big 6 Conference's leading rusher, Smith erupted for 277 yards and six touchdowns last Friday in United Township's 50-36 victory over Galesburg, the school's third consecutive win. Smith, with nearly 1,100 rushing yards for the season, matched a Big 6 record with the six rushing scores. He had scoring runs of 1, 1, 4, 13, 47 and 48 yards. With that, he has 17 rushing scores in five games.

Anna Wohlers

School: Assumption

Sport: Track and field

Year: Senior

The DePaul softball recruit collected discus and shot put wins Saturday at the Clark Weaver Relays hosted by Linn-Mar. Wohlers threw the discus a career-best 128 feet, 7 inches on April 12 at Iowa City West to earn a spot into this week's Drake Relays. At Linn-Mar, she unleashed a career-best toss of 40-0 3/4 in the shot put, which ranked her among the top 10 in the state coming into the week.

Teams of the week

Geneseo boys soccer

Last week: Geneseo earned its first Big 6 Conference title in boys soccer following a 1-1 overtime draw with defending league champion Rock Island last Wednesday. The Maple Leafs finished the year 9-1-1, including a 6-0-1 mark in the Big 6. Hunter Clark-Holke scored off a penalty kick in the 37th minute for Geneseo against Rock Island. The back row of Mason Smith, Mitch Wirth and Carson and Charlie Rice led Geneseo, which allowed only one goal in league play.

Pleasant Valley boys tennis

Last week: Off to a 3-0 start in Mississippi Athletic Conference duals, the Spartans won all nine flights against Linn-Mar in the championship round Saturday at the Muscatine Invitational. Going into Tuesday's dual, coach Randy Brockhage's team has yet to lose a match this season (54-0). In the No. 1 singles flight, Jake Dolphin didn't drop a game in his three matches at Muscatine. He teamed with Brady Adams for 8-0, 8-0 and 8-1 wins at No. 1 doubles.

Rockridge volleyball

Last week: The Rockets finished the season on a seven-match winning streak following a doubleheader sweep over Riverdale last Friday night\u00a0\u2014 25-20, 25-9 and then 28-30, 25-17, 25-16. That, coupled with two wins at Fulton on Thursday night, clinched the Three Rivers Conference West Division for Rockridge at 9-1. Kierney McDonald accounted for 21 kills in the wins over Riverdale, and setter Nicole Sedam distributed more than 335 assists for the season.

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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 Numbers released by the Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday show the COVID-19 infection rate in the state is improving for the first time in weeks.

The department reported 2,587 new coronavirus cases from among 62,406 tests administered for a positivity rate of 3.8%. It is the first time the positivity rate has fallen below 4% since April 6.

Why Illinois vaccination rates vary so much

\u201cThings are looking up a little bit,\u201d Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said during an online question and answer session. \u201cJust over the last three to four days, we\u2019ve seen stabilization or just a little decline. \u2026 That\u2019s exactly what we want to see.\u201d

Hospitals across Illinois are still feeling the effects of the uptick of COVID-19 cases, according to public health officials. Victims of virus took up 2,288 beds statewide late Monday, the highest number of admissions since the first week of February.

The nine deaths reported Tuesday brings the number of Illinoisan killed by COVID-19 to 21,694. More than 1.3 million residents have tested positive.

A guide to political redistricting in Illinois
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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 Democrats and Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly are continuing to wrangle over the possible use of census estimates, as opposed to official numbers, to redraw state legislative and congressional district maps.

It\u2019s a decision that could have a significant impact on whether Illinois residents are equally represented in the Statehouse and Congress, and one that is particularly important for communities of color and other underrepresented groups.

But the decision also could determine whether lawmakers themselves will draw the maps, or whether the job will be handed over to a bipartisan commission. That\u2019s because delays in the 2020 census caused by the pandemic and other factors mean the official, block-level census numbers needed for legislative redistricting won\u2019t be available until several weeks after the June 30 deadline set out in the state constitution for completing the process.

The Illinois Constitution does not specify what data lawmakers are to use when redrawing maps, although they have traditionally relied on final, official numbers from each decennial census. But because of delays in producing those numbers this year, Democrats in the General Assembly have suggested using other data such as the Census Bureau\u2019s American Community Survey, which is based on a sample of households around the country.

That has been the subject of heated debate during hearings of the House and Senate redistricting committees, including a joint hearing held Monday evening in East St. Louis.

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Sen. Christopher Belt, D-Centreville, and Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, speak at a redistricting committee hearing Monday evening in East St. Louis.\u00a0

\u201cIf the General Assembly misses the June 30 deadline, mapmaking will be turned over to a commission of political insiders. The public will be cut out of the process entirely,\u201d Sen. Christopher Belt, D- Centreville, said during that hearing. \u201cThis is not an independent commission, as some have wrongly claimed. It is a commission of political appointees named by legislative leaders. That's not democracy. That's a disservice to the people we represent.\u201d

Republicans, like Sen. Jason Plummer, of Edwardsville, on the other hand, argue that June 30 is really just the deadline for lawmakers to draw the maps. After that, the job is handed over to an eight-member bipartisan commission. And if that commission can\u2019t complete its work by Aug. 10, a ninth member from one of the two major parties is chosen at random by the secretary of state and the deadline is extended to Oct. 5.

They argue that instead of rushing to meet the June 30 date, it would be better to wait for the more accurate census data and let the process be handled by a bipartisan commission \u2013 either the one spelled out in the constitution, or a slightly different one they have proposed in legislation.

\u201cLet me be very clear, the only people concerned about June 30 and providing misleading information about that supposed deadline are those very politicians who want to use this process as a way to empower themselves to the detriment of their constituents,\u201d Plummer said. \u201cExtending the time period would allow us to use the actual census data, not the ACS data.\u201d

In this debate, both sides lay claim to protecting the interests of communities of color and other hard-to-count groups. Republicans argue that the ACS routinely undercounts minority residents and that official census numbers are more reliable, especially after the state spent $50 million last as part of an effort to boost participation in the census.

But Democrats have argued that this year in particular, the survey data may be more accurate in counting those groups because of historically low participation rates among some groups during the 2020 Census.

Belt, who worked in the Metro East area encouraging people to fill out the census forms, said he saw the reluctance on the part of some communities firsthand.

\u201cAnd every single time we tried to do something, we were lucky if we got 14-15 people to come up, because they were afraid, for a host of reasons,\u201d he said. \u201cThen I go to Fairmont City, a largely Hispanic-Latinx community, and they are afraid that the Census Bureau is going to act as a law enforcement agency, and send them back. So they don't come up. And so they don't take part in it.\u201d

Christopher Mooney, who teaches political science at the University of Illinois Chicago, said during a webinar about redistricting Tuesday that there is likely a more strategic reason for Democrats to push for using the ACS data \u2013 positioning themselves for an all-but-certain court challenge.

\u201cIf you lay down a marker (saying), these are the maps we want, and they get challenged, then you have first dibs at editing them up,\u201d Mooney said. \u201cIt doesn't have to go back to the old process.\u201d

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Michael McDonald, a redistricting expert and University of Florida political science professor, also said during that webinar that ACS numbers are poorly suited for redistricting purposes, but that they could be useful in states like Illinois where lawmakers face a deadline.

\u201cIf you're under a tight timeline, and legally you have to have districts adopted by a drop-dead date, and that drop-dead date may be before the release of the actual redistricting data, you're better off getting some districts drawn using some basis for drawing them like the ACS and then cleaning up afterwards,\u201d he said.

20 things you didn’t know about Illinois
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CHICAGO \u2014 Gov. J.B. Pritzker's office released the following statement Tuesday following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin:

\u201cNo courtroom can ever replace a life, but it can and should deliver justice. Today, the jury in Derek Chauvin\u2019s murder trial honored that truth.

\u201cMy heart goes out to the family of George Floyd, who deserve to have him alive today. I\u2019m also thinking of all our Black communities and other communities of color who see their children or their parents or themselves in George Floyd, and Daunte Wright, and Adam Toledo, and Breonna Taylor, and Laquan McDonald.

Illinois reacts to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

\u201cThis verdict marks an important milestone on the journey to justice, but the fullest measure of progress is how we deliver accountability, safety and meaningful change.

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No courtroom can ever replace a life, but it can and should deliver justice. Today, the jury in Derek Chauvin\u2019s murder trial honored that truth.
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\n\u2014 Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) April 20, 2021
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\u201cIn Illinois, we are addressing law enforcement reform, criminal justice reform, economic opportunity, educational equity and health care.

\u201cWe can and must make progress every day until we have a state and a nation and a justice system that truly serve everyone. And as long as there\u2019s more work to be done, that\u2019s what we\u2019ll do.\u201d

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DES MOINES\u00a0\u2014 Ras Smith watched as the guilty verdict was read. His initial reaction, he said, was a sense of relief that justice had been served for George Floyd, a Black man from Minneapolis who was killed while in police custody.

Smith\u2019s relief turned to a sense of confusion, he said, when on the TV screen he saw live video of people celebrating in the streets of Minneapolis.

\u201cWe\u2019re celebrating justice as if it\u2019s this rare thing that we rarely get to taste,\u201d said Smith, a state legislator and Black man from Waterloo. \u201cWe\u2019re celebrating like we\u2019re feeling vindicated, that our cries to America are finally being acknowledged. (It\u2019s) kind of like, \u2018I told you so. This is as bad as we\u2019ve been telling you.\u2019 And that\u2019s hard for me. \u2026

\u201cJustice shouldn\u2019t be this sweet moment that we get to have every once in a while.\u201d

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning Floyd, 45, to the pavement with his knee on the Black man\u2019s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

Smith called the verdict a significant moment in the country\u2019s history, but also said the journey to racial equity is far from completed.

\u201cHolding one personal accountable for his injustice, this crime, I think is fair and just. But I will say, when will the whole entire system be on trial? In order for all of us to get to a place where there\u2019s equitable justice for our people, we have to bend that arc,\u201d Smith said. \u201cWe\u2019re looking for a lifetime of justice. So the work continues.\u201d

Many other leaders in government and advocacy across Iowa also reacted to Tuesday\u2019s verdict. Some of those reactions are noted here.

Gov. Kim Reynolds\u2019 office did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Ross Wilburn, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, state legislator, and Black man from Ames: \u201cWe\u2019re thankful for the jury\u2019s decision, but I can\u2019t help but think about how many cases never had the chance to be heard in court. One verdict doesn\u2019t make up for the senseless, preventable violence that continues to plague communities across the country. Systemic racism and biased systems continue taking lives, and police killings continue to disproportionately target Black and Brown people in America. We applaud those who demonstrated for justice and the police officers who held him accountable with their testimony. We cannot be silent, offer empty words, or ignore the ongoing need for reform. It\u2019s up to all of us to uplift the voices of this movement and defend Black lives in Iowa and across the country.\u201d

Phyllis Thede, a state legislator and Black woman from Bettendorf: \u201cThis is the first phase of the justice process. In weeks we will hear of Derek Chauvin\u2019s sentencing. I will wait to exhale once that process is completed. This day, April 20, is a day to remember and reflect. I hope this brings peace to his family and peace to the Minnesota community.\u201d

Tom Miller, Iowa Attorney General: \u201cI am pleased that there was accountability for the murder of George Floyd. Justice prevailed in this case. I acknowledge, however, that the struggle for equity and fairness in the justice system continues. \u2026 For years, my staff and I have worked on policies to address the disparate impact on people of color in the criminal justice system, especially concerning sentencing reform. Legislation addressing chokeholds and officer misconduct passed in Iowa last year in the wake of Floyd\u2019s murder. I am committed to work for more reforms.\u201d

Iowa Sen. Julian Garrett, R-Indianola, who managed legislation that added support for law enforcement officers: \u201cMy reaction is the system worked. I don\u2019t know that there\u2019s any ramifications on the vast majority of our police officers and our law enforcement officers. The big, big majority are good law-abiding people. They obey the law; they do their jobs and they\u2019re protecting the rest of us. I know there will be people that want to just blame all law enforcement for what any rogue police officer or deputy sheriff or anybody might do that advances their political agenda. But I don\u2019t think that would be a justifiable conclusion in this case. I just see this as a rogue cop who did something he shouldn\u2019t have done and the system worked and he was held accountable for it.\u201d

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Des Moines: \u201cFor nearly a year, George Floyd\u2019s memory and name have been the rallying cry of millions of Americans determined to see change in their communities, our laws, and the systems that still hold deep biases against Black men and women across this country. Today, our nation took an important step forward in that struggle \u2014 proving that accountability is possible for such unmistakable abuses of power like those exhibited by Derek Chauvin last summer.\u201d

Connie Ryan, executive director of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa: \u201cEven with a decision that holds one police officer accountable for his grievous and inhumane actions, let us be clear that justice will only be served in the death of Mr. Floyd when we our society makes real, substantial systemic changes. Until our society makes change in laws, policies, and practice that ensure a Black man cannot unnecessarily and unlawfully die at the hands of a police officer, there is no real justice. Today is a reminder of what must happen in the United States. Will we take hold of this moment to create real change, or will we let it slip through our hands once again? Will more Black people have to be killed again and again for us to have the commitment to make change? Those are the hard questions that we must grapple with as a society. We must make a real commitment to change and take action today.\u201d

Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa: \u201cWe hope today\u2019s verdict brings at least some peace to George Floyd\u2019s family, the Black community, and the entire country. But police brutality still happens too often, and too many Black Americans don\u2019t make it home safely as a result. We will continue the fight to change state and federal laws that fail to create accountability for police brutality, and stand with all those who work toward racial justice.\u201d

\u2014 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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It has been more than 30 years since Dan Kilen was scoring bunches of tries as an outside center with the Quad-City Irish Rugby Club.

Through the decades, some of the memories faded and he saw a little less of the old friends in the sport. But obviously, they still recall how good a player Kilen was.

The longtime Eldridge resident is being inducted this week into the Iowa Rugby Union Hall of Fame, with a somewhat informal presentation taking place Friday night at Johnny\u2019s Italian Steakhouse in Moline.

\"I think one of the most fun parts of it is, like with any organization or teams you\u2019re a part of, when something like this happens it gives you a reason to reconnect with some of the old teammates and stuff,\" Kilen said.

\"So that\u2019s been kind of fun. Some people have reached out that I haven\u2019t talked to in many, many years. That\u2019s been nice.\"

Kilen grew up in Lake Mills, Iowa, in the north central part of the state, and went to Luther College to play football, but eventually focused more on rugby.

He became a big part of a team that enjoyed tremendous success against much larger schools and more powerful programs. With Kilen serving as the team captain, Luther suffered only one defeat in 1980, losing to Davenport\u2019s Palmer College of Chiropractic in the All-Iowa championship game.

He also was chosen to be part of the All-Iowa Select team during his years at Luther, the first of many times he would earn that honor.

With college behind him, Kilen wasn\u2019t quite sure what he wanted to do with his life. He only knew he wanted to keep playing rugby.

\"We had played against the Quad-City Irish and Luther, even though it was just a little school, actually was able to beat them back then \u2026,\" Kilen said. \"One of the players reached out to me and said \u2018Hey, do you want to move down here?\u2019\"

Kilen ended up getting a job at the new racquetball and fitness center in Eldridge \u2014 he and his wife, Kathy, eventually bought the place \u2014 and Kilen was able to continue his rugby career with the Irish.

The team was a dominant force on the Quad-Cities rugby scene for much of the 1980s with Kilen usually playing the all-important attack position of outside center. Although precise statistics were not kept, it is believed he scored more tries than any player in the team\u2019s long history.

The Irish enjoyed great success at both the state and national levels and reached a pinnacle by winning the National 7s Club tournament in 1986.

Kilen figures that probably was the highlight of his career.

\"We had been in contention for several years and had been very close,\" he said. \"We placed in the top four several times, and to do it with your teammates and everything \u2026 we\u2019d really worked hard. We trained hard and put a lot of time into it.\"

Kilen not only played on the Iowa Select team every year from 1981 through 1989, but he was a member of multiple national teams that toured the world, playing in Australia, Hong Kong, England, Scotland, France, Belgium and The Netherlands.

He had a chance to go to Russia with the U.S. Eagles and also play for the first World Cup team in 1987 but turned it down because of the birth of his twin daughters.

Ultimately, it was family and work obligations that led to him giving up the sport he loved.

\"I had been doing a great deal of traveling, playing internationally, and I just wasn\u2019t able to continue to do it,\" he said.

However, he is looking forward to meeting up with a lot of the old gang this week. He will be the fourth member of the Irish to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Earl Strupp III (2013), Tom Billups (2016) and Cecil Youngblood (2018).

Normally, the Hall of Fame inductions take place at the All-Iowa rugby tournament, but that has been canceled for the second year in a row because of COVID-19. Instead, Kilen will receive the award at a smaller gathering Friday.

\"I\u2019ve often said to people that I\u2019ve been very blessed to play with two different clubs in my career that really had the right attitude and the right approach,\" he said, referring to Luther and the Irish. \"We wanted to be the best teams that we could and we put a lot of effort into it.\"

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With Iowa choosing to discontinue one of the programs he leads, Hawkeye swimming and diving coach Marc Long has chosen not to remain in that role.

Iowa announced Tuesday that the 17th-year coach and former Hawkeye all-American had declined the opportunity to continue as the head coach of the Iowa women\u2019s swimming and diving program.

The university announced plans last August to eliminate both its men\u2019s and women\u2019s swimming and diving programs, citing budget issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic, but announced in mid-February it was reinstating its women\u2019s program.

The Iowa men\u2019s program participated in its last scheduled competition in March.

\"This was an incredibly difficult decision to leave a program that means so much to me,\" Long said in a statement.

\"It has been an honor to work with many amazing students, athletes, coaches and staff throughout my time at Iowa. The experience and the positive interaction with alumni, families and fellow coaches has been a privilege.\"

A member of Iowa\u2019s coaching staff since 2002, Long has coached 53 all-Americans, and his teams have broken 169 school records.

He was also one of the founders of a program which provides job shadowing and mentoring connections for Hawkeye student-athletes and started the Hawkeye Business Social, a professional development and networking event for Iowa swimming and diving student-athletes.

Prior to focusing solely on head coaching duties, Long served as Iowa\u2019s aquatics director for six years as head coach and was part of a core committee which designed the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, which houses the Hawkeyes' swimming and diving facilities.

As a competitor, Long was a six-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion.

Inducted into the National Iowa Varsity Club Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019, he captained a 1989 Hawkeye team which finished second in the Big Ten and eighth at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in modern-day history for the Hawkeyes.

Iowa director of athletics Gary Barta in a statement thanked Long \u201cfor his commitment to the student-athletes over the past 17 years as our head coach.\"

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) \u2014 Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man\u2019s neck in a case that touched off worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

Chauvin, 45, could be sent to prison for decades.

The verdict set off jubilation around the city. People instantly flooded the surrounding streets downtown, running through traffic with banners. Cars blared their horns. Floyd family members who had gathered at a Minneapolis conference room could be heard cheering and even laughing.

The jury of six white people and six Black or multiracial people came back with its verdict after about 10 hours of deliberations over two days. Chauvin was found guilty on all charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

His face was obscured by a COVID-19 mask, and little reaction could be seen beyond his eyes darting around the courtroom. His bail was immediately revoked and he was led away with his hands cuffed behind his back. Sentencing will be in two months.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson followed Chauvin out of the courtroom without comment.

As the judge asked jurors if they reached a verdict, a hush fell on the crowd 300 strong in a park adjacent to the courthouse, with people listening to the proceedings on their cellphones. When the final guilty verdict was announced, the crowd roared, many people hugging, some shedding tears.

At the intersection where Floyd was pinned down, a crowd chanted, \u201cOne down, three to go!\u201d \u2014 a reference to the three other fired Minneapolis police officers facing trial in August on charges of aiding and abetting murder in Floyd's death.

Janay Henry, who lives nearby, said she felt grateful and relieved.

\u201cI feel grounded. I can feel my feet on the concrete,\" she said, adding that she was looking forward to the \u201cnext case with joy and optimism and strength.\u201d

An ecstatic Whitney Lewis leaned halfway out a car window in a growing traffic jam of revelers waving a Black Lives Matter flag. \u201cJustice was served,\u201d the 32-year-old from Minneapolis said. \u201cIt means George Floyd can now rest.\u201d

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell, who pounded away at Chauvin's witnesses during the trial, said the verdict sends a message to Floyd's family \u201cthat he was somebody, that his life matters.\u201d

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison commended the bystanders at Floyd's slow-motion death who \"raised their voices because they knew that what they were seeing was wrong,\u201d and then \u201dtold the whole world\" what they saw.

Ellison read off the names of others killed in encounters with police and said: \u201cThis has to end. We need true justice. That\u2019s not one case. That\u2019s social transformation that says no one is beneath the law and no one is above it.\u201d

The verdict was read in a courthouse ringed with concrete barriers and razor wire and patrolled by National Guard troops, in a city on edge against another round of unrest \u2014 not just because of the Chauvin case but because of the deadly police shooting of a young Black man, Daunte Wright, in a Minneapolis suburb April 11.

The jurors' identities were kept secret and will not be released until the judge decides it is safe to do so.

Floyd, 46, died May 25 after being arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill for a pack of cigarettes at a corner market. He panicked, pleaded that he was claustrophobic and struggled with police when they tried to put him in a squad car. They put him on the ground instead.

The centerpiece of the case was the excruciating bystander video of Floyd gasping repeatedly, \u201cI can\u2019t breathe\u201d and onlookers yelling at Chauvin to stop as the officer pressed his knee on or close to Floyd\u2019s neck for what authorities say was 9 1/2 minutes. Floyd slowly went silent and limp.

Prosecutors played the footage at the earliest opportunity, during opening statements, with Jerry Blackwell telling the jury: \u201cBelieve your eyes.\u201d And it was shown over and over, analyzed one frame at a time by witnesses on both sides.

In the wake of Floyd\u2019s death, demonstrations and scattered violence broke out in Minneapolis, around the country and beyond. The furor also led to the removal of Confederate statues and other offensive symbols such as Aunt Jemima.

In the months that followed, numerous states and cities restricted the use of force by police, revamped disciplinary systems or subjected police departments to closer oversight.

The \u201cBlue Wall of Silence\u201d that often protects police accused of wrongdoing crumbled after Floyd\u2019s death: The Minneapolis police chief quickly called it \u201cmurder\u201d and fired all four officers, and the city reached a staggering $27 million settlement with Floyd\u2019s family as jury selection was underway.

Police-procedure experts and law enforcement veterans inside and outside the Minneapolis department, including the chief, testified for the prosecution that Chauvin used excessive force and went against his training.

Medical experts for the prosecution said Floyd died of asphyxia, or lack of oxygen, because his breathing was constricted by the way he was held down on his stomach, his hands cuffed behind him, a knee on his neck and his face jammed against the ground.

Chauvin's attorney called a police use-of-force expert and a forensic pathologist to help make the case that Chauvin acted reasonably against a struggling suspect and that Floyd died because of an underlying heart condition and his illegal drug use.

Floyd had high blood pressure, an enlarged heart and narrowed arteries, and fentanyl and methamphetamine were found in his system.

Under the law, police have certain leeway to use force and are judged according to whether their actions were \u201creasonable\u201d under the circumstances.

The defense also tried to make the case that Chauvin and the other officers were hindered in their duties by what they perceived as a growing, hostile crowd.

Chauvin did not testify, and all that the jury or the public ever heard by way of an explanation from him came from a police body-camera video after an ambulance had taken the 6-foot-4, 223-pound Floyd away. Chauvin told a bystander: \u201cWe gotta control this guy \u2019cause he\u2019s a sizable guy ... and it looks like he\u2019s probably on something.\u201d

The prosecution\u2019s case also included tearful testimony from onlookers who said the police kept them back when they protested what was happening. Eighteen-year-old Darnella Frazier, who shot the crucial video, said Chauvin just gave the bystanders a \u201ccold\u201d and \u201cheartless\u201d stare.

She and others said they felt a sense of helplessness and lingering guilt from witnessing Floyd\u2019s death.

\u201cIt\u2019s been nights I stayed up, apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more, and not physically interacting and not saving his life,\u201d Frazier testified, while the 19-year-old cashier at the neighborhood market, Christopher Martin, lamented that \u201cthis could have been avoided\u201d if only he had rejected the suspect $20 bill.

To make Floyd more than a crime statistic in the eyes of the jury, the prosecution called to the stand his girlfriend, who told the story of how they met and how they struggled with addiction to opioids, and his younger brother Philonise. He recalled how Floyd helped teach him to catch a football and made \u201cthe best banana mayonnaise sandwiches.\u201d

Biden to America after Floyd verdict: 'We can't stop here'

WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd \u201ccan be a giant step forward\u201d for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that \"it's not enough.\u201d

In Minneapolis, city fortified after Chauvin guilty verdict

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) \u2014 Just outside the entrance to Smile Orthodontics, in a Minneapolis neighborhood of craft breweries and trendy shops, two soldiers in jungle camouflage and body armor were on watch, assault rifles slung over their backs. Snow flurries blew around them. A few steps away at the Iron Door Pub, three more National Guard soldiers and a Minneapolis police officer stood out front, watching the street. A handful of other soldiers were scattered nearby, along with four camouflaged Humvees and a couple police cars.

A look at high-profile cases over killings by US police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) \u2014 Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in George Floyd's death after pressing his knee into Floyd's neck as he cried out: \u201cI can't breathe.\u201d

Photos: Reactions across US to guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin trial
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SPRINGFIELD \u2014 Lawmakers and advocates are calling for the Illinois General Assembly to pass a bill that would require nursing homes to offer virtual visits for residents to prevent social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

AARP Illinois, the senior advocacy group which helped craft Senate Bill 2137, held a virtual news conference Tuesday to emphasize the necessity of such legislation as the ongoing pandemic prevents nursing home residents from in-person visits and participating in other daily social activities.

SB 2137, modeled after a law that already exists in New Jersey, is sponsored by Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, co-sponsored by Sen. Donald DeWitte, R-St.Charles, and sponsored by Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, in the House.

AARP associate state director Lori Hendren noted there have been over 70,000 positive COVID-19 cases in nursing homes, and over 10,300 virus-related deaths in Illinois \u2013 or 43 percent of the state\u2019s total death count \u2013 have been nursing home residents.

\u201cThere should be no hesitation, we feel, from elected officials,\u201d Hendren said. \u201cThis is a compassionate plan that has been worked through with listening sessions, and we want to make sure the voices and the faces of everyone we love are accessible.\u201d

The bipartisan effort would create social isolation prevention policies, Collins said, to ensure nursing home residents have the right and opportunity to see their loved ones.

Melissa Rowley, of Chicago, shared her experience with nursing home visitation restrictions as the legal guardian of her 88-year-old cousin, Dorothy, who was developmentally disabled.

When the pandemic restricted in-person visits, Rowley purchased her cousin a device so that she could communicate with her virtually and get a better idea of Dorothy\u2019s mental state outside of updates from nurse practitioners.

Rowley said \u201cit was like pulling teeth\u201d to get the nurses to assist Dorothy with using the technology. Dorothy eventually contracted COVID-19 and Rowley turned to hospice services, which helped connect her virtually as Dorothy\u2019s condition worsened.

Rowley said when she was finally able to visit virtually with her cousin, it was to say her final goodbyes, as Dorothy lost her battle with the virus.

\u201cAs devastating as it was to do this virtually, I was just so grateful that I was able to at least see her and virtually tell her all the things that everyone would want to hear in that situation,\u201d Rowley said.

\u201cI just can't express how much I believe that during these difficult times, virtual visitation is the least we can do to help our loved ones in nursing homes to get through all their fear and isolation and depression from being cut off from everyone, in the context of the people that they love.\u201d

If the bill becomes law, long-term care facilities would be required to adopt and implement a set of policies for virtual visitation, such as the creation of individualized visitation plans, cleaning and sanitizing protocols for the devices, as well as designating a person to train staff, social workers, or volunteers to directly assist residents with technology use.

Illinois state long-term care ombudsman Kelly Richardson said nursing home residents continue to suffer the effects of social isolation and loneliness as a result of the pandemic, which she said can lead to irreversible damage to their quality of health.

\u201cIn fact, 2020 research shows that the harsh consequences of isolation and loneliness on resident quality of life are alarming,\u201d Richardson said. \u201cThere's a 50 percent increased risk for developing dementia, a 32 percent increase of stroke, and nearly a fourfold increased risk of death among heart failure patients. And it doesn't have to be this way.\u201d

While Richardson said she believes there is no substitute for human connection, she said she is hopeful this bill would serve as a safety net until in-person visitation restrictions can safely be lifted.

For a funding source, the bill notes nursing home operators may apply for civil monetary penalty funds from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The civil money penalty funds program aims \u201cto improve quality of life by equipping nursing home staff, administrators and stakeholders with technical tools and assistance to enhance resident care.\u201d It\u2019s paid into by fines on nursing homes penalized for noncompliance with Medicare and Medicaid participation requirements.

Sponsors of the bill said facilities may also request other state and federal aid available for nursing homes to assist in complying with this proposal.

\u201cThe federal government allowed the state, working with the governor and Department of Human Services, to expand $1.7 million to assist in technology apparatus and devices for our community care individuals,\u201d Collins said. \u201cSo I assume that we will have federal funding coming as well, based on the direction that the administration is taking in reference to COVID-19.\u201d

SB 2137 passed unanimously out of the Senate Health Committee and is now awaiting consideration of the full Senate.


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John Waggoner labels the expectations that accompany stepping into a starting role on the Iowa football team\u2019s defensive line as \"healthy pressure.\"

He\u2019s not alone.

For the second straight year, the Hawkeyes are working to fill starting vacancies at three of the four positions on the defensive front.

Players who have watched and learned over the past three seasons, redshirting as freshmen in 2018 and then earning a taste of competition as back-ups in a rotation are now working to step to the forefront of Iowa\u2019s defensive efforts.

\"It\u2019s part of Iowa football, next man in, get yourself ready to go,\" defensive tackle Noah Shannon said Tuesday. \"In the spring, in the fall, you work to be ready when your name is called.\"

Waggoner at an end position and Shannon inside are working for that opportunity this spring.

With end Chauncey Golston and tackle Jack Heflin completing their careers last fall and consensus All-American tackle Daviyon Nixon skipping his final year of eligibility for the NFL draft, sixth-year senior Zach VanValkenburg is the lone returning starter on the Iowa defensive line.

That group stepped forward after A.J. Epenesa, Brady Reiff and Cedrick Lattimore joined Golston in the front four in 2019, an entirely-rebuilt defensive line that followed 2018 starters Anthony Nelson, Sam Brincks, Matt Nelson and Parker Hesse.

Iowa has typically rotated at least eight players at the four positions in recent seasons, preparing younger players to do what Waggoner and Shannon want to do now as they work toward the start of their junior seasons.

\"We\u2019ve had a lot of guys that have done things the right way around here. I think of that group my freshman year\u00a0\u2014 Anthony, Matt, Parker, Sam, all those guys\u00a0\u2014 not only on the field but off of the field they showed us how to do things professionally and the right way,\" said Waggoner, a 6-foot-5, 271-pound end from West Des Moines Dowling.

\"And then, A.J. and Chauncey and others carried that on. I learned a lot from those guys about just how to compete.\"

Both Waggoner and Shannon, a 6-0, 288-pound Aurora, Ill., native who prepped at Oswego, redshirted as freshmen in 2018.

Shannon recalls going up against offensive line starters Ross Reynolds and Keagan Render while playing on the scout team that fall.

\"I got rolled,\" he said.

But he learned, just as he continues to do on a daily basis this spring while lining up across from senior guard Kyler Schott and all-American center Tyler Linderbaum, who is preparing for his junior season.

\"I have to be at my best every play because I know Linderbaum is at his best every play,\" Shannon said. \"I know the technique that he brings with him every play. When I wake up in the morning it feels like game day to me, knowing that I\u2019m going against Linderbaum every day.\"

That iron-sharpens-iron philosophy has served Iowa well, preparing the next generation of Hawkeye defensive linemen for when their opportunity arrives.

Shannon has played in 15 games for the Hawkeyes, recording 11 tackles last season and making a start in Iowa\u2019s win over Nebraska after an ailment sidelined Heflin.

Waggoner\u2019s Hawkeye resume includes action in 14 games. He finished with three tackles last season but also missed four games after testing positive for COVID-19.

They are joined at the top of the spring depth chart by redshirt freshman Yahya Black at right tackle and VanValkenburg at right end.

Junior Joe Evans, who has played in 16 games over the past two seasons, and sophomore Chris Reames opened spring as the back-ups at the end positions while sophomore Logan Lee and redshirt freshman Logan Jones are listed on the second line at the tackle spots this spring.

\"We have a lot of young guys getting reps now, too,\" Waggoner said. \"This spring, especially after not having spring practices last year, it\u2019s giving guys a real chance to grow and improve.\"

Waggoner includes himself in that equation, saying the reps he is receiving now in practice will benefit him when the season begins.

\"Things are starting to slow down a bit for me in the way I see things now,\" Waggoner said.

Shannon, positioned to see the number of snaps he gets in a game double this fall, said the younger guys in the position group are pushing the veterans to improve.

\"The young guys have great energy and great motors, and they\u2019re learning every day,\" Shannon said. \"With each recruiting class, we learn from the older guys how physical you have to be to play the defensive line in the Big Ten.\"

While each defensive line develops its own identity, Waggoner said the expectations for a high level of performance remains a constant.

\"We want it to continue, and right now we\u2019re working make sure that the 2021 line can become as good as it can be,\" Waggoner said. \"That never changes. There is a healthy pressure to be as good as we can be as a group.\"

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The U.S. Labor and Justice departments should investigate the March 23 fatal attack at the Anamosa State Penitentiary and violations affecting the safety of employees within the state prison system, Iowa\u2019s top elected Democrats wrote in a letter Tuesday.

\u201cThis terrible tragedy should never have happened, and we believe, unfortunately, this incident was completely preventable,\u201d states the letter to the U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Secretary of Labor signed by U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of West Des Moines, Iowa House Minority Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City and Iowa Senate Minority Leader Zach Wahls of Coralville.

Two Anamosa prison inmates, Michael Dutcher and Thomas Woodard, are accused of bludgeoning to death correctional Officer Robert McFarland and nurse Lorena Schulte in a failed escape attempt March 23. The men also took another employee hostage briefly and seriously injured another inmate by striking him in the head with prison-issued hammers, investigators said.

The Democrats say in their letter that Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and her administration has \u201cdisregarded and dismissed several warning signs,\u201d including Iowa\u2019s prison system being as much as 10 percent over capacity and up to 9 percent under authorized staffing levels. The lawmakers say offender assaults on prison staff have increased since 2019.

The Gazette has reported a dozen other assaults of prison staff by offenders at Iowa facilities in the year leading up to the deadly attack.

The lawmakers allege in the letter Reynolds and the Iowa Legislature have cut $10 million from the Corrections budget in recent years, \u201cmaking it difficult to maintain balanced staff-inmate ratios.\u201d A 2017 state law also removed the ability of most public employees to bargain for safer working conditions as part of contract negotiations.

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The letter points out that Iowa OSHA violations at the prisons have not yet been addressed. The workplace safety organization last year proposed penalties of about $20,000 against the Corrections Department for violations at the Anamosa prison, The Gazette has reported.

The Anamosa prison didn\u2019t have reliable radios that staff could use to summon help in a violent attack and failed to follow its own emergency response plan, the citations stated. Iowa OSHA also proposed $9,472 in penalties for the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, near Coralville, for similar problems with prison radio communications.

The state Corrections Department is contesting the citations and hearings are scheduled in July and August, department spokesman Cord Overton said earlier this month.

Reynolds announced April 7 she would bring in an \u201coutside team\u201d to conduct an investigation of what led to the March 23 fatal attack. Prison officials from South Dakota and Minnesota were called in for this review, the Des Moines Register reported. AFSCME Council 61, the union that represents many state corrections workers, said the review isn\u2019t independent because the report will go to Corrections Director Beth Skinner rather than lawmakers.

Skinner since has reassigned Anamosa Warden Jeremy Larson, made other staffing changes and created a new position of director of prison security.

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered a stern warning on Tuesday, as a Minnesota jury deliberates in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd last summer.

The city is prepared to arrest and prosecute any potential looters or rioters following the verdict, Lightfoot said. Chicago was rocked by two rounds of looting last summer following Floyd\u2019s death, causing millions of dollars in damage to downtown and neighborhood businesses.

\u201cDon\u2019t test us. Don\u2019t test us. We are ready. We are prepared, and we are ready to arrest and bring to prosecution anyone who would dare try to take the dreams of our small businesses by looting,\u201d Lightfoot said after being asked about the city\u2019s preparedness for potential unrest following a verdict the trial. \u201cDon\u2019t test us, because we are ready.\u201d

Floyd died after Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin held him down with his knee on his neck for several minutes. A jury began deliberating Monday in Chauvin\u2019s trial. The 45-year-old former officer faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The Chicago Police Department has been on a heightened state of alert in recent days due to the release of video of the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo last week. The department\u2019s preparation has included specialized units being readied for large demonstrations or unrest and the cancellation of days off.

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Lightfoot also said she asked for the Illinois National Guard to be placed on standby, which the city previously requested in the lead-up to the grand jury decision on Breonna Taylor\u2019s killing in Louisville as well as the federal election last year.

\u201cWe learned a lot over the course of last summer and fall about additional things we needed to be doing,\u201d Lightfoot said.

Last August, after the second wave of looting, Lightfoot emailed the U.S. Conference of Mayors to tell them the city has \u201cinitiated a number of innovative strategies to prevent looting and to bring those criminal crews out of shadows and into court.\u201d

Part of the city\u2019s strategy has been deploying heavy vehicles like garbage trucks across the city as a blockade on wheels capable of shutting down streets and highways in case of an incident.

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Tuesday is 4/20, which is just a date for many, but for the growing and increasingly mainstreamed cannabis culture, is something akin to a national holiday.

Born of teenage stoner lore, 4:20 p.m. was allegedly the weekly meeting time for a group of five California high school students nicknamed the Waldos, who in 1971 would gather to smoke pot and search for the holy grail of weed \u2014 a flourishing crop supposedly left untended in the forest.

While alternate origin theories abound, former San Rafael High School students Steve Capper, Mark Gravich, Larry Schwartz, Jeff Noel and Dave Reddix have told their story in multiple reports since the 420 term first surfaced in High Times magazine in 1991. Somehow it stuck, and the five have been anointed grandfathers of the international phenomenon.

Over the years, 420 has become slang for getting high, a time of the day to partake and a date on the calendar to celebrate all things weed. As legalization sweeps across the country and cannabis goes corporate, the grassroots event has turned into a marketing opportunity for billion-dollar, publicly traded marijuana companies to commercialize.

Here\u2019s a look at how cannabis stacks up in Illinois and the U.S. circa April 20, 2021 \u2014 50 years after the de facto high holiday took root.

State legalization

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in 17 states and Washington D.C., with New Mexico, Virginia and New York the most recent to approve it.

In 1996, California became the first state to approve the use of medical marijuana through Proposition 215. Colorado and Washington were the first states to approve recreational marijuana sales in 2012, opening the floodgates to a broader retail industry.

Illinois legalized recreational marijuana use on Jan. 1, 2020.

Changes in attitudes

As more states legalize recreational weed, 91% of U.S. adults say marijuana should be legal in some form, including 60% that approve of recreational use, according to a Pew Research study published Friday.

One in 4 Americans used cannabis in some form during the past 12 months, according to a YouGov study released Monday that was commissioned by Chicago-based cannabis firm Cresco.

Nearly one-fourth of cannabis users said they tried it for the first time within the past year, according to the YouGov study.

Midwestern cannabis users consume more edibles and beverages than other regions of the country, the study showed.

More than 4 in 10 cannabis users believe 420 should be recognized as a national holiday, according to the YouGov study.

Growing sales

An April report by cannabis research firm Headset projects legal U.S. weed sales to hit $28.3 billion in 2022, up from $22.8 billion this year, a 24% gain.

Marijuana sales in Illinois have soared since the state legalized recreational use, reaching $1.03 billion last year. That included $669 million in recreational weed sales and more than $366 million in medical sales, according to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which regulates dispensaries in the state.

The pace has accelerated in 2021, with nearly $377 million in total marijuana sales through March, including $279 million in recreational sales and $98 million in medical sales, according to the state.

Tax revenue

States collected $2.5 billion in sales tax revenue in 2020, with California topping the list at just over $1 billion, according to a study released last week by US Drug Test Centers.

Illinois generated $175 million in marijuana taxes in 2020, ranking fifth among all states, according to the study.

Illinois dispensaries

There are 110 recreational dispensaries in Illinois as of April 19, the maximum currently allowed under state law. When Illinois legalized recreational marijuana, it allowed each of the 55 medical dispensaries to add adult-use sales at their existing location and open a second adult-use location.

There were 80 recreational dispensaries licensed to operate in Illinois at the start of 2021, according to the state.

A long-delayed lottery to award 75 new licenses with a social equity focus is likely to move forward this year after the state gave hundreds of unsuccessful applicants a second chance to qualify.

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The Iowa basketball team added some needed frontcourt depth Monday with the signing of upstate New York big man Riley Mulvey.

The 6-foot-11 Mulvey, who was a junior in high school this season, made a verbal commitment in March to sign with the Hawkeyes as part of their 2022 recruiting class, but he recently decided to reclassify to 2021 and enroll at Iowa this summer.

\"Building my relationship with Coach Fran McCaffery over the last 2\u00bd years has inspired my commitment to be a Hawkeye,\" Mulvey said in a statement released by the university. \"I love how the team is connected as a family on and off the court, and the passion of the fans. I am excited to get on the court with my new teammates this summer and see what we can do as a team.\"

Mulvey said in an interview with 247Sports that he began to think about reclassifying when forward Jack Nunge transferred from Iowa to Xavier. He then decided to do it when assistant coach Billy Taylor brought up that possibility to him.

Mulvey grew up in Rotterdam, N.Y., but played last season for St. Thomas More Academy in Connecticut, averaging 14.2 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.9 blocked shots per game.

As a sophomore at Albany Academy in the 2019-20 season, he averaged 12 points, 12.4 rebounds and 6 blocks per game.

McCaffery said he was excited to see how much Mulvey can help a team that lost its top two big men \u2014 national player of the year Luka Garza and Nunge \u2014 from last season.

\"Riley really knows how to play,\" McCaffery said. \"He is a skilled frontcourt player with excellent defensive instincts. He is an excellent shot blocker and can run the floor. Offensively, he can finish around the basket and score off either shoulder. Riley will be a great addition to our program.\"

Mulvey is the Hawkeyes' second recruit in the 2021 class. Payton Sandfort, a 6-7 forward from Waukee, signed in November.

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DES MOINES \u2014 A Linn County legislator is defending his 10 excused absences from the Iowa Senate this session due to what he considers lax coronavirus precautions at the state Capitol in Des Moines during a deadly public health pandemic.

Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, said Monday he has been present for what he considered \u201cessential\u201d days when the Senate was debating bills where he thought his contribution could have an impact. But as a minority member in a chamber dominated 32-18 by Republicans, he noted most votes were party line regardless of points made during floor debate.

\u201cThe bottom line for me is the Republicans didn\u2019t provide a safe working environment, and so I have tried to minimize my exposure to the coronavirus as the state Capitol and I\u2019ve tried to be there when I thought it was essential to be there,\u201d Hogg said in an interview.

The lawmaker\u2019s Capitol attendance was called into question in an April 8 article posted on the conservative Iowa Standard website under the headline: \u201cDemocrat Sen. Rob Hogg cannot show up for work, but shows up for Black Lives Matter riot at Iowa Capitol.\u201d

The website, which bills itself as an alternative to the leftist bias of Iowa\u2019s news media, noted the Cedar Rapids Democrat steered clear of the Statehouse citing health risks but was inside the building on the day of the racial justice protests wearing a mask and talking in proximity to others at the Capitol.

Hogg, a Senate member since 2007, said generally he has avoided being inside the Statehouse but has participated in his assigned subcommittee meetings via online links provided to legislators, lobbyists, media and the public. He said he attended the April 8 event in person at the request of Cedar Rapids constituents who are members of Advocates for Social Justice.

\u201cThey specifically asked me to be there, and so I was. I was masked up, I was outside and I stayed away from people as much as possible. That\u2019s the situation there,\u201d Hogg said.

He noted he went into the Capitol to use the restroom, stop by his desk in the Senate and provide water to people wanting to remove chalk graffiti that protest detractors had written on the Capitol\u2019s west steps.

According to the Senate journals that keep track of daily Senate business and list senators who were excused during the 57 session days that have occurred this year, Hogg was excused 10 days.

A total of 11 excused absences have been granted to GOP senators, and Sen. Zach Nunn, R-Altoona, has been absent for the 2021 session while he is serving on active military duty with the Iowa Air National Guard.

On days when there is no floor action, like Monday, when the Senate was in session for two minutes, no attendance is taken to reflect who was present at the Capitol.

Hogg, who has asthma, said he missed time last June when the 2020 session reconvened after shutting down for a time after Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a public health disaster emergency proclamation. He said he has chosen to limit his presence this year during the session\u2019s 99 calendar days because he does not think GOP leaders have taken adequate precautions at the Capitol to protect against COVID-19 exposures.

There have been at least eight publicly reported disclosures under voluntary guidelines of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus since the Legislature convened Jan. 11. They included Rep. Amy Nielsen, D-North Liberty, who has had ongoing health issues after testing positive Jan. 30, noted Hogg, who was critical of GOP COVID-19 protocols for the 2021 session.

\u201cThey have not had a mask requirement. They have not had public health screenings for legislators or legislative staff. They have not made ventilation improvements. They have not required or enforced social distancing. They have done a few things to allow for remote participation in subcommittees, and I\u2019ve participated in my subcommittees that way. But they did not make other remote access available,\u201d he said.

\u201cThey have been knowingly risking people\u2019s lives and furthering the spread of coronavirus, and I just think it\u2019s unconscionable that we\u2019re now in the 14th month of a public health emergency declared by Gov. Reynolds that Republican legislative leaders failed to follow basic safety precautions,\u201d Hogg added.

\u201cIt\u2019s not a safe workplace, and it\u2019s really kind of an abomination to have the Iowa Legislature not even follow the recommendations of Gov. Reynolds.\u201d

GOP leaders have recommend legislators, employees or visitors to the Capitol wear masks and disclose positive tests or close contacts but do not require those steps. They have defended their decision to return to the Capitol under certain limitations to complete the tasks Iowans have elected them to accomplish.

Iowa legislators receive $172 in per-diem payments ($129 for those who live in Polk County) to cover travel and daily living expenses for 110 days through April 30. The Senate last conducted floor action on April 13, but all senators received per diem for the six days since then.

So far, regular legislative per diem had amounted to $14,580 through last Friday, and the Iowa Standard article called into question whether per diem should be paid to legislators who are not at the Capitol.

Hogg said he voluntarily contributed a share of his June 2020 per diem to charitable organizations in Cedar Rapids and expects to do something similar this year. But he has not made a final decision at this point other than he \u201cwill not be reimbursing the state\u201d for the per diem he has received.

\u201cWe\u2019re going to see at the end of the session where we stand on that,\u201d he said. \u201cI know other senators and legislators have missed votes and missed meetings. If we want to adopt a policy about per diem, I would be interested in seeing what those policies would be.

\u201cI don\u2019t have a strong feeling one way or another on it. I do think if we want to start having a rule that people who aren\u2019t there to vote, that we should adopt that rule across the board,\u201d he added.

\u201cI\u2019m happy to mask up and risk coronavirus to go tell them what I think are the good parameters on that. Should people get per diem for weekends? If we have that discussion, it should be a full discussions.\u201d

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CHICAGO \u2014 Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday she expects fans to be allowed at the United Center for Bulls and Blackhawks games before the end of this season, but the city is waiting for cases to continue decreasing after a recent surge coronavirus cases.

The mayor made the comments at an unrelated news conference after being asked about allowing fans indoors. She said the city has been talking with the Bulls and Blackhawks and they have \u201cvery solid plans\u201d but noted the recent surge in cases.

\u201cWe feel like we might be plateauing and even, dare to dream, going down. Going down is the right time to have that conversation,\u201d Lightfoot said. \u201cSo, we\u2019ll continue with that. I expect before season\u2019s end there will be fans in the United Center.\u201d

Time for fans to make it into the United Center is short, however, as the Bulls and Blackhawks each have seven remaining regular season home games scheduled this season.

The Chicago Cubs and White Sox have been allowed to have a limited number of fans watch games inside their open-air stadiums since Opening Day.

Public health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, meanwhile, said the city isn\u2019t in a position to talk about lifting mask restrictions until a higher percent of the population is vaccinated. The state has maintained that mask requirements will remain in place until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they can be lifted.


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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he is \u201cpraying the verdict is the right verdict\u201d in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin and that he believed the case, which has gone to the jury and put the nation on edge, to be \u201coverwhelming.\u201d

Biden, ahead of a meeting with lawmakers in the Oval Office, told reporters that he was only weighing in on the trial into the death of George Floyd, who died with Chauvin's knee on his neck, because the jury in the case had been sequestered. He confirmed that he called Floyd's family on Monday to offer prayers and said he \u201ccan only imagine the pressure and anxiety they\u2019re feeling.\u201d

Keep scrolling to see photos from Minneapolis as the city awaits a verdict

\u201cThey\u2019re a good family and they\u2019re calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is,\u201d Biden said. \"I\u2019m praying the verdict is the right verdict. It\u2019s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn\u2019t say that unless the jury was sequestered now.\u201d

The president has repeatedly denounced Floyd's death but had previously stopped short of weighing in on the trial itself. His comments came as his administration has been privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict, including considering whether Biden should address the nation and dispatching specially trained community facilitators from the Justice Department, aides and officials told The Associated Press.

The jury resumed deliberations Tuesday morning after spending a few hours Monday discussing the case behind closed doors. In closing arguments earlier in the day, a prosecutor told jurors that Chauvin \u201chad to know\u201d he was squeezing the life out of George Floyd as he cried over and over that he couldn\u2019t breathe and finally fell silent. Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges.

The plans for possible presidential remarks are still fluid, with the timing, venue and nature of the remarks still being considered, in part depending on the timing of the verdict, according to two White House aides who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The White House has been warily watching the trial proceed in Minneapolis \u2014 and then another shooting of a Black man by a white police officer last week \u2014 and are preparing for the possibility of unrest if a guilty verdict is not reached in the trial. Biden may also speak after a guilty verdict, the White House aides said.

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Too often the Chicago Cubs are fighting hard to score runs.

The Cubs hoped an experienced lineup, featuring newcomer Joc Pederson and three star players in walk years, would yield more consistent production. Fifteen games into the season, the Cubs (6-9) are trying to get the offense on track.

In the context of a 162-game season, it\u2019s still early. But this is a veteran group with talented hitters who are collectively underperforming. It\u2019s not too early to have valid concerns about the Cubs offense.

Time is not on the side of an organization that could face tough decisions as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Figuring out what to do with core pieces remaining from the 2016 World Series champions \u2014 with an eye on what comes next for the franchise as free agency awaits Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier B\u00e1ez \u2014 will not be an envious position.

The Cubs have scored more than four runs only three times in 15 games, their 3.4 runs per game is the third-worst average in the majors and their minus-23 run differential was second-worst entering Monday. And those numbers are bolstered by a 13-run outburst in Saturday\u2019s win against the Atlanta Braves.

Evaluating what has gone wrong for the offense manifests in multiple areas, though it hasn\u2019t all been bad, at least on an individual level. Here\u2019s a look at five telling statistics that help explain the Cubs\u2019 issues.

.192 batting average

Between their 49 walks, which ranked 17th in the majors through Sunday, and their 14 hit-by-pitches, which were tied for first, the Cubs are finding ways to get on base.

They\u2019ve relied on situational hitting, too, recording six sacrifice flies (tied for second) and three sacrifice bunts (tied for fourth). But those approaches can\u2019t be the only source of production. The Cubs\u2019 inability to drive in runs with hits \u2014 let alone to get men on base that way \u2014 is problematic. They have the lowest batting average in baseball at .192, and those struggles become magnified with runners in scoring position (.137).

When most of the lineup is slumping, that\u2019s difficult to overcome.

.226 Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP)

The ball not bouncing the Cubs\u2019 way hasn\u2019t helped either.

Their .226 BABIP is also last in the majors. The statistic measures how often balls in play land for hits, excluding home runs. A .300 BABIP is typically considered average. Other factors can impact BABIP: defense, talent and luck. FanGraphs details BABIP extensively, and as with many advanced metrics, a bigger sample size provides a more accurate picture of the data and trends.

The Cubs\u2019 low BABIP hints at an offense producing lower-than-average quality of contact. But posting a .226 BABIP over a full 162-game season is unlikely. Aside from last year\u2019s 60-game schedule, the lowest BABIP a team has produced since 2015 was .276 by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017. More than one-third of teams are currently below that mark, though few have a BABIP has pronounced as the Cubs\u2019, who are coming off a .270 BABIP in 2020 and a .297 mark in 2019.

At some point, the Cubs should have a course correction that results in more hits and by extension more runs. They must hope that happens sooner than later before a tough first two weeks turns into an extended poor start.

28.2% strikeout rate

Drawing walks certainly helps an offense. They drive up the opponent\u2019s pitch count and create stressful innings for pitchers while creating run-scoring opportunities. But those advantages only go so far. Hitters still need to put the ball in play; otherwise, baserunners are wasted.

And that\u2019s where the Cubs\u2019 strikeout problems come into play. Their 28.2% strikeout rate is last in the National League and third-worst in baseball. It\u2019s hard to win when a team strikes out this frequently. The Cubs\u2019 propensity to strike out becomes more pronounced when runners are in scoring position (31.7%).

B\u00e1ez\u2019s strikeout rate is most concerning. His 27 strikeouts lead the majors, and he has struck out in 45% of his plate appearances. Conversely, B\u00e1ez has walked only once this season. Pederson (29.8%), Jason Heyward (29.6%) and Ian Happ (27.1%) are also dealing with strikeout issues, though Happ\u2019s K% is slightly below his career mark entering the season. Heyward\u2019s K% is uncharacteristically high after he averaged 16.2% the last five years for the Cubs.

Expecting the Cubs offense to overcome four hitters battling strikeout woes is a challenging, and perhaps unrealistic, task. The Cubs need to put more balls in play.

81.3% Z-Contact%

When the Cubs are swinging at pitches in the strike zone, they aren\u2019t connecting at a good clip. Z-Contact% measures the rate at which a hitter made contact on pitches within the zone. Even when the Cubs are identifying pitches in the strike zone to swing at, they aren\u2019t producing even league-average results.

The Cubs\u2019 81.3% Z-Contact% ranks 27th in the majors and last in the NL. (The underachieving New York Yankees sit 28th at 80.8%.) Given the Cubs\u2019 strikeout and contact inconsistencies \u2014 their overall Contact% is second-lowest in the majors \u2014 their low in-zone contact rate isn\u2019t too surprising. The Cubs are closer to the league average in called strikes and BB%, so they have been OK identifying balls and strikes. But when they are getting hittable pitches in the zone, they\u2019re failing to connect.

The balls the Cubs do put in play place them among the top 10 in average exit velocity, Barrel% and HardHit%, reflecting well-struck balls. Those are encouraging trends if the Cubs can improve on their contact rate in the strike zone.

2 hitters in top 30 of weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+)

As bad as the Cubs offense has been through 15 games, there has been a bright spot in the lineup. Two, actually.

Bryant and Willson Contreras have consistently been the Cubs\u2019 best hitters (with an honorable mention to Rizzo). The Cubs haven\u2019t been able to get rolling despite their performances. It\u2019s hard to expect the offense to produce when it largely has centered on two hitters. Rizzo\u2019s production over the last five games (9-for-18 with four extra-base hits) is encouraging, and B\u00e1ez has sprinkled in six extra-base hits, including four home runs, amid his contact problems.

As their teammates try to get on track at the plate, Bryant and Contreras lead the Cubs in most offensive categories. They are tied for the team lead with fivehome runs. That already exceeds Bryant\u2019s 2020 total (four) in 94 fewer plate appearances.

The Cubs are one of only five teams whose lineup features at least two players among the top 30 in weighted Runs Created Plus; 100 wRC+ is the league average. Contreras (170 wRC+) and Bryant (166) are tied for 19th and 27th, respectively. The offense\u2019s collective struggles are overshadowing a good start by Contreras and Bryant.

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In recent seasons, close to 700 Division I men\u2019s college basketball players have entered the NCAA\u2019s transfer portal each year as a way to investigate shifting their services to a different school.

With the NCAA Division I Council expected to approve a new rule allowing athletes to transfer one time during their careers without having to sit out a season, that number already has escalated to a new high. About 1,500 players already are in the portal.

Here is a list of players from the Big Ten who, according to various reports, have entered their names into the transfer portal:

Illinois: Adam Miller, Jermaine Hamlin

Indiana: Armaan Franklin (committed to Virginia), Al Durham (committed to Providence), Race Thompson (returning to Indiana), Khristian Lander, Jordan Geronimo, Joey Brunk (committed to Ohio State), Jacquez Henderson, Parker Stewart

Iowa: CJ Fredrick, Jack Nunge (committed to Xavier), Austin Ash, Michael Baer

Maryland: Darryl Morsell, Aquan Smart, Jairus Hamilton, Chol Marial (committed to Oregon State), Connor Odom

Michigan State: Rocket Watts, Thomas Kithier (committed to Valparaiso), Foster Loyer, Jack Hoiberg (committed to UT-Arlington)

Minnesota: Liam Robbins (committed to Vanderbilt), Marcus Carr, Gabe Kalscheur, (committed to Iowa State), Jamaal Mashburn Jr. (committed to New Mexico), Tre Williams, Martice Mitchell, Sam Freeman, Jarvis Omersa (committed to St. Thomas), David Mutaf (signed to play professionally in Spain)

Nebraska: Teddy Allen, Yvan Ouedraogo (committed to Grand Canyon), Akol Arop, Elijah Wood, Brett Porter

Northwestern: Miller Kopp (committed to Indiana), Anthony Gaines (committed to Siena)

Ohio State: Musa Jallow (committed to Charlotte)

Penn State: Myreon Jones (committed to Florida), Jamari Wheeler (committed to Ohio State), Seth Lundy (returning to Penn State), John Harrar (returning to Penn State), Patrick Kelly (committed to Fordham), Trent Buttrick (committed to UMass), Izaiah Brockington (returning to Penn State)

Purdue: Aaron Wheeler (committed to St. John's), Emmanuel Dowuona

Rutgers: Myles Johnson (committed to UCLA), Jacob Young, Montez Mathis (committed to St. John's), Mamadou Doucoure (committed to LaSalle), Daniel Lobach

Wisconsin: Nate Reuvers (decided to turn pro), Trevor Anderson (committed to Valparaiso), Joe Hedstrom, Walt McGrory (committed to South Dakota)

Players transferring into Big Ten programs:

Illinois: Omar Payne (Florida), Alfonso Plummer (Utah)

Indiana:\u00a0Xavier Johnson (Pittsburgh), Miller Kopp (Northwestern)

Maryland: Fatts Russell (Rhode Island), Qudus Wahab (Georgetown), Ian Martinez (Utah)

Minnesota: Jamison Battle (George Washington), E.J. Stephens (Lafayette), Luke Loewe (William & Mary), Sean Sutherlin (New Hampshire), Parker Fox (Northern State), Payton Willis (College of Charleston)

Nebraska: Keon Edwards (DePaul), C.J. Wilcher (Xavier)

Northwestern:\u00a0Elyjah Williams (Fairleigh Dickinson)

Ohio State: Jamari Wheeler (Penn State), Joey Brunk (Indiana)

Wisconsin:\u00a0Jahcobi Neath (Wake Forest)

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For the first time since the end of the 2019 season, Illinois football players competed at Memorial Stadium in front of fans.

A limited number of spectators distanced themselves, many wrapped in blankets on a chilly Monday night. The band and cheerleaders were spread out in a section, adding the sounds absent from most stadiums during 2020 when COVID-19 protocols produced a scaled-back environment.

Illinois\u2019 spring game, which was broadcast live on Big Ten Network, was the first introduction of new coach Bret Bielema in Champaign. It all felt new again to the Illini.

\u201cIt was a rush when we ran out of that tunnel,\u201d linebacker Owen Carney said. \u201cA feeling I definitely missed. It\u2019s been some time. It was great having (fans) out there. It\u2019s hard to describe but I loved it out there.\u201d

The Orange team, comprised of first-team players, crushed the Blue team, filled with reserves, 65-15.

Here are five takeaways from the scrimmage.

1. Quarterback Brandon Peters is unofficially the 2021 starter.

Bielema didn\u2019t confirm it, but Peters played with the first team the entire time he was in the game. And Bielema heaped praise on the senior quarterback after.

\u201cBrandon has continued to be impressive,\u201d he said.

Peters connected on 12 of 18 passes for 291 yards against the reserves, and he threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Khamari Thompson. He also rushed for a 1-yard touchdown run and had no turnovers.

He connected with seven receivers, including a 54-yard pass to Donny Navarro and a 33-yard bomb to Brian Hightower.

\u201cBrandon is a guy that since we got here has been a blessing for us,\u201d Bielema said. \u201cHe\u2019s a guy that has gotten more and more confident with each and every practice.\u201d

Backup Isaiah Williams connected on just 2 of 10 passes for 30 yards, while Matt Robinson and Coran Taylor each threw one incomplete pass. Deuce Spann, who played backup on Peters\u2019 orange team, connected on 5 of 6 passes for 85 yards.

Williams ran the ball seven times for eight yards.

\u201cI was very pleased with what he was able to do once he got behind that (first-team) offensive line,\u201d Bielema said. \u201cAfter we get done with 15 practices, we\u2019ll take a deep breath and see where we\u2019re at.\u201d

2. Tight ends were featured.

Luke Ford was more of a target in the scrimmage than he was all last season.

Ford, who transferred to Illinois in 2019 from Georgia, grabbed just two catches for 15 yards in 2020. During the orange-and-blue game, he caught five passes for 88 yards, including a one-handed 16-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

\u201cI appreciated Luke\u2019s effort,\u201d Bielema said. \u201cI\u2019ve seen his maturity level in everything he\u2019s doing. I really like his demeanor and work ethic. I think he\u2019s concentrating on what\u2019s important now. He\u2019s concentrating on being a good football player. You put in your time and you get rewarded for it. He\u2019s really bought in.\u201d

Tight end Daniel Barker nabbed three catches for 29 yards.

3. The Illini basketball team was honored at halftime.

The Illini basketball team sounded like it received the loudest ovation of the evening.

The team was honored at halftime for winning the Big Ten Tournament championship during a strong season. A banner that will hang in State Farm Center was revealed in the stands.

Star guard Ayo Dosunmu, who is leaving for the NBA draft, addressed the crowd.

\u201cWe had a great time here,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was great making history here.\u201d

4. A strong offensive line could open up holes.

Running back Chase Brown was effusive in describing the offensive line.

\u201cThey were killing it tonight and opening up massive holes for us to run through,\u201d Brown said. \u201cIt just gives me extra confidence.\u201d

The line returns four starters, including three \u201csuper seniors\u201d in center Doug Kramer and tackles Vederian Lowe and Alex Palczewski. Sophomore Verdis Brown also returns.

In the spring game, Brown led the way in the rushing attack with 80 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Reggie Love III added 63 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, and Chase Hayden picked up 52 yards on seven carries.

\u201cReggie has been impressive to me,\u201d Bielema said.

5. Bielema is dialing up the fun.

After the orange team scored a touchdown, Big Ten Network sideline reporter Elise Menaker entered the game in a No. 44 jersey and threw a two-point conversion pass to Daniel Barker.

She celebrated with a dance on the field with Illini players after throwing what Bielema described as a \u201cspiral,\u201d although he backed away from calling it a \u201ctight spiral.\u201d

The play was designed to add a wrinkle of fun as Bielema works to add excitement to a program that has struggled with apathetic fans. The contest was the only college spring scrimmage held Monday night, putting the Illini in more of a spotlight than if it was on Saturday.

Illinois went 2-6 last season before firing coach Lovie Smith after five seasons.

\u201cI think there\u2019s a buzz,\u201d Bielema said.

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The odd case of the Lake View litterbug started three years ago. Someone driving past a home on Versailles Road in the dark of night slowed down to fling a used McDonald's coffee cup onto the edge of a front lawn before pulling away.

The driver did it over and over again, nearly every day since then, throwing one or two coffee cups, sometimes with soggy cigarette butts inside, out the window and onto the property of Edward and Cheryl Patton. The couple eventually filled 10 garbage bags with more than 300 of these coffee cups.

Edward Patton invested in security cameras and high-powered binoculars, and even waited out in the cold, to try to catch the trash-tosser in the act. But he never clearly saw the license plate number and the Pattons remained mystified at who was treating their home as a personal garbage dump\u00a0\u2013 and why.

Earlier this month, some neighbors agreed to help the Pattons find out. They set up a stakeout and jotted down the license plate, which the Pattons shared with Hamburg, New York, police.

Officers set their own trap and, that night, pulled over a 76-year-old man moments after he deposited more trash at the Pattons' home.

The couple say they were shocked to learn his identity: The man cited for harassment was Cheryl Patton's former co-worker,\u00a0Larry Pope, and, she told police, he had resented her for years.

\"I'm flabbergasted,\" Edward Patton told The Buffalo News.

Edward Patton said he didn't know what to think when the first coffee cups were left on the edge of his property.

Bewilderment turned to concern as the pattern repeated itself over the days and weeks to come: Someone driving north on Versailles after sunset would swing onto the southbound side of the street to throw a used coffee cup, occasionally more than one, sometimes with a napkin, onto his front lawn.

It was almost always a McDonald's coffee cup, marked decaf, with some coffee left in it and with a stubbed-out cigarette butt or two inside.

\"Lake

Edward Patton looks over index cards he used to keep track of the litterbug.

Edward Patton is 80 and has had surgeries and medical issues in recent years. His wife is 76. Their house is set far back on the property. It wasn't easy to walk all the way down to the edge of the street to pick up the cups every day, so sometimes they would build up, but he would try to do it regularly to avoid the wind blowing them onto his neighbors' yards.

Any thought that this was an attempt at a prank faded as time went by. The Pattons and their adult children couldn't figure out who disliked them enough to keep this up month after month.

He said neighbors began asking questions about the debris that Patton couldn't answer: \"I had no idea what was going on.\"

Edward Patton sank money into binoculars and video surveillance systems\u00a0 \u2014 including one camera he tried to hide in the crook of a tree branch \u2014 and managed to get footage showing a man throwing coffee cups out of his driver's window. But he couldn't get a clear view of the license plate, even after spending part of a chilly night waiting outside.

Edward Patton logged in the images he obtained and kept track of what he found, and when, on index cards to organize his evidence. After a year or so, he started holding onto the debris he collected, eventually filling 10 garbage bags with about 30 or 40 cups in each bag.

Neighbor Chris Richardson and his father, Robert, started to keep an eye out for the vehicle in question, Edward Patton said. One night when they were waiting outside they saw the minivan as it passed the house and followed it in their car to record the plate number.

Edward Patton, who had never contacted the authorities about the littering, called Hamburg police on Sunday.

Patton showed Officer Dan McCarthy some of his cache of evidence and shared the license plate number. When McCarthy said the vehicle was registered to a man named Larry Pope, who lived a mile away, Edward Patton said the name didn't mean anything to him.

But his wife, sitting close enough to overhear the conversation, perked up.

\"My wife comes off the couch, she was white as a sheet,\" Edward Patton recalled.

Cheryl Patton had worked for many years at Fisher Bus Service in Hamburg, where she also was a union officer. Pope was a former colleague, Cheryl Patton told police, describing him as a \"nemesis\" who was on the opposite side of union-related issues at the company and who regularly hurled insults and veiled threats at her.

Cheryl Patton said she couldn't reveal much about her interactions with Pope at Fisher Bus because some involved confidential work as a union representative.

\"I found it very hard to believe that someone I knew would do something like that, especially at his age,\" she told The News.

McCarthy came back with another officer a few hours later on Sunday to see if police could catch Pope in the act.

At about 9:50 p.m., with two Hamburg police cars waiting on Versailles, someone drove a burgundy Chrysler Pacifica minivan with the same license plate down the street, threw something out the window and made it a short way down the block before police pulled him over.

Officers charged Pope with harassment, a violation, and ticketed him for throwing refuse onto a roadway, a vehicle and traffic infraction. The News' sister publication, the Hamburg Sun, first reported on the incidents in its police blotter.

Reached Friday for comment, Pope hung up on a Buffalo News reporter.

Hamburg Police Chief Kevin Trask said most charges and infractions of this type are pled out before going to trial and often are dismissed in cases where the accused stays out of trouble and has no prior record.

He said the allegations at the heart of this case are unusual.

\"We have neighbor disputes, but nothing like this kind of length,\" Trask said. \"That's a grudge, right there.\"

Edward Patton said he's considering filing a civil suit to have his costs of buying camera equipment reimbursed.

He said he remains fearful that anyone willing to keep this up for three years won't just let things go.

\"This is what scares me about a guy who would think like that,\" Edward Patton said.

Still, the Pattons reported, no one has left any garbage at their house since Pope was apprehended and warned by police Sunday night.

\"It's a huge relief,\" Cheryl Patton said. \"I can look out in my front yard and not see a dozen coffee cups out there.\"

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