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Central Illinois struggles to find solution for bed bugs

DECATUR (AP) The resurgence of a bug that was once nearly extinct has cities in central Illinois scurrying for answers of how to tackle the issue. The Herald & Review reports that bed bugs are becoming a problem in places like Decatur because there's no funding for prevention and extermination. The small, flat, brown bugs that bite don't carry a disease, which causes them to be excluded from falling under the authority of governmental organizations like state health departments. The bugs, which are attracted to warm bodies, spread easily, and are difficult and expensive to eliminate. According to Scott Fisher of Scottie's Pest Control in Decatur, the standard to eliminate bed bugs is three treatments. Treatments prices range from $250 to $1,000 per treatment, depending on the size of the dwelling.

The Times recently reported on bedbugs in La Salle County. Eighteen of theLa Salle County Housing Authority's 1,071 units were affected by bedbugs, according to a November 2016 report. These residences underwent treatment and monitoring.

Illinois employees under investigation for derogatory emails CHICAGO (AP) Illinois officials are investigating a longtime state investigator whose personal email has been the source of racist, sexist and anti-gay emails. The Chicago Tribune reports the state began reviewing 62-year-old Frank Capuzi with the Workers' Compensation Commission after the newspaper's probe of offensive emails that were forwarded from his address to a water department boss and others. A July 2013 email obtained by the newspaper with the subject line "Chicago Safari Tickets" makes light of the shootings of children in black and Hispanic neighborhoods. It also includes an image of four white people in safari attire taking pictures of several black people trying to break into a car. The messages came to light in the ongoing investigation of Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's emails. The newspaper says Capuzi hung up when called and didn't respond to follow up emails.

High waves prompts warning to stay out of Lake Michigan CHICAGO (AP) The chance of high, life-threatening waves has officials warning people in the Chicago area to stay out of Lake Michigan. A Beach Hazards Statement was issued early Monday morning for area beaches by the National Weather Service. According to the waves are expected to be as high as seven feet and there will be a strong rip currant. Weather conditions are expected to be a lot more pleasant on Monday than they were over the hot and humid weekend. The weather service says that temperatures will only reach into the 70s on Monday. Wind gusts up to 25 mph are expected.

John Curran to replace Christine Radogno in Illinois Senate DOWNERS GROVE (AP) DuPage County Board Vice Chairman John Curran has been appointed to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by GOP leader Christine Radogno before she announced her resignation last month. In a news release, the DuPage County GOP says about a dozen candidates were interviewed before Curran was selected to serve the remainder of Radogno's term. DuPage County GOP Chairman Brian Krajewski calls Curran a "strong advocate for fiscal restraint and good government reforms" with a deep understanding of issues facing area residents. The Downers Grove Republican has served on the DuPage County Board since 2008 and is an assistant state's attorney in Cook County. Radogno was the first woman to lead a caucus in the Illinois Legislature. State Sen. Bill Brady took over her leadership post.

Illinois tribute from Mother Jones' grave on way to Ireland MOUNT OLIVE (AP) An Illinois tribute to Mary Harris "Mother" Jones will be featured at a festival in Ireland which honors the labor organizer. Union activist James Goltz will transport a bit of clay from Jones' grave in Mount Olive to the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival . It is Aug. 1-6 in the Shandon District of Cork City, Ireland. Jones was born there in 1837. Goltz and volunteers from the Union Miners' Cemetery dug the clay from Jones' grave in late spring. Jones died in 1930. The Cork festival is in its sixth year. Goltz will also read and present three proclamations heralding Mother Jones and the festival from the AFL-CIO , the Illinois AFL-CIO , and the United Mine Workers of America . Mount Olive is 250 miles southwest of Chicago.

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