State Briefs 7/01/09
Former mayor arrested and charged with stealing campaign sign
BELVIDERE — Former Mayor Rory Peterson was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of misdemeanor theft of less than $300.
Peterson, 52, surrendered to Illinois State Police around 9:30 a.m. after allegations he stole a political sign supporting David Deckert for alderman.
Deckert, a Ward 1 alderman at the time, was defeated April 7 by Ald. Clint Morris, a political ally of Peterson. Peterson is charged with taking a political sign March 8 from private property, a gas station.
The theft originally was reported to the Belvidere Police Department, who turned the investigation over to the state police.
Rockford Register Star
Sara Lee to expand in Rochelle, add jobs
ROCHELLE – Three square meals a day keep Rochelle growing.
Sara Lee is the latest food company to expand in the Hub City, as the recession sends consumers to their dining rooms instead of to restaurants. The 132,000-square-foot expansion of Sara Lee’s distribution facility here is its second in two years. It’ll add up to 40 jobs, bringing the total to 210.
The facility distributes frozen and refrigerated products such as Sara Lee baked goods, Ball Park Franks, Jimmy Dean sausages and Hillshire Farm meats to the central and northwestern United States.
Construction is scheduled to be complete by December. Sara Lee also is expanding its truck-parking area for increased traffic.
Rockford Register Star
Former basketball coach sentenced on theft charges
SPRINGFIELD – Former Springfield High School basketball coach Patrick “Juice” McGuire was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of probation today and ordered to pay $36,200 worth-of restitution in connection to theft charges.
The order was issued by Sangamon County Circuit Judge Leo Zappa after McGuire, 42, pleaded guilty to two theft charges. The charges stem from McGuire convincing people to invest in basketball camps that never occurred.
First assistant state’s attorney John Milhiser said McGuire faced four theft charges. The $36,200 in restitution covers the four victims in all four cases.
The theft charges are class three felonies. McGuire could have been sentenced to up to five years in prison.
McGuire is employed as a security guard by Springfield School District 186.
Infant dies after being found unresponsive
PEORIA — An infant less than a month old died Wednesday morning after being found unresponsive in his mother’s bed in the North Valley.
Glen N. Cheney, who was born June 2, was pronounced dead about 9:15 a.m. at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.
Cheney was lying in an adult-sized bed with his mother, Annette Cheney, in their home. The infant’s grandmother, Patricia Stringer, also of the same address, noticed the baby was unresponsive and woke her daughter. They called 911 about 8:50 a.m., and rescue personnel found the baby unresponsive and not breathing, Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll said.
Annette Cheney told authorities the last time she saw her son alive was between 3 and 3:30 a.m., when he was last fed. She said he had been having difficulty breathing in recent days.
An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Peoria Journal Star