Illinois Democrats ask Evers to review Foxconn impactSubmitted: 02/15/2019
MADISON - Illinois Democrats are asking Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a Foxconn Technology Group facility in Racine County.

U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider and Lauren Underwood along with Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth sent Evers a letter Friday saying the facility's stormwater run-off could exacerbate flooding in the Des Plaines River watershed and affect communities in northeastern Illinois' Lake County. The Democrats want Evers' administration to conduct a stringent review of Foxconn's construction plans with a careful look at stormwater management.

Republican legislators in Wisconsin exempted the facility from a host of environmental regulations, allowing the company to fill wetlands without permits and proceed without an environmental impact statement.

Evers has already pledged to review the facility's air pollution permit.

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MADISON - Wisconsin lawmakers are introducing a bill to end the sales tax that has funded Miller Park's construction and maintenance at the end of the year.

Sens. Van Wangggard and Tim Carpenter along with Rep. Bob Wittke began circulating the bill for co-sponsors Friday.

Five southeastern Wisconsin counties have been subject to the 0.1 percent tax since 1996. The revenue goes toward retiring the $290 million construction debt as well as stadium maintenance.

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LANSING - Five Michigan courts, from the Detroit area to the Upper Peninsula, will participate in a program to try to reduce jail costs by setting reasonable bonds for people awaiting trial.

Chief Justice Bridget McCormack says no one should sit in jail just because they can't afford to pay bail. She wants judges to set bail amounts that protect rights and public safety as well as save money for local governments.

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Update: 2/15/19, 5:45pm

The chief of police says five people were killed and five officers were wounded in a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago.

Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman told reporters that the officers were fired upon Friday afternoon as soon as they entered the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora.

Ziman says the gunman was also killed.

Aurora is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago.

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MADISON - Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul says he's working on legislation to prevent untested sexual assault evidence kits from piling up.

Thousands of untested kits dating back to the 1980s sat on police and hospital shelves for years in Wisconsin because suspects were already identified, prosecutors felt cases were too weak or victims didn't cooperate.

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ASHWAUBENON - Labor officials say nearly 600 Wisconsin workers will lose their jobs when Shopko Stores closes another 11 stores statewide in May.

Shopko announced last year it planned to close stores nationwide and have been adding to the list of closures since then. The Green Bay area company filed for bankruptcy in January.

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NEENAH - Police used an armored vehicle to break into a Neenah home where an armed, intoxicated man was threatening to shoot law enforcement officers.

Authorities were called to a residence about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday by an individual who told them the man, in his early 30s, was making threats and had several weapons in his possession. Police say the man barricaded himself in the home and threatened to shoot any officers who attempted to enter the residence.

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BARRON - A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who spent 88 days in captivity after a violent abduction is thanking supporters from around the world.

Jayme Closs was taken in October in an attack that included the shotgun slayings of her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family's home. A 21-year-old man is charged with kidnapping and murder.

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