News from around the state as reported by GateHouse newspapers.

Illinois penny to be issued Aug. 13

SPRINGFIELD - The third commemorative 2009 Lincoln penny will be issued starting at 10 a.m. Aug. 13 at the Old Capitol State Historic Site.

Four specially designed pennies are being issued this year as part of the observance of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. The first two were issued in Kentucky, where Lincoln was born, and Indiana, where he spent his boyhood.

The Springfield penny, which depicts Lincoln in front of the Old State Capitol, recognizes Lincoln’s professional life as a lawyer in Illinois.

The Aug. 13 event is free and open to the public.

After the ceremony, people can buy two to six rolls of the new pennies as long as supplies last. The price is $8.95 for a two-roll set.

Pennies also can be ordered from the Mint’s Web site,, or toll-free at 800-USA-MINT (800-872-6468), beginning at 11 a.m. Aug. 13.

State Journal-Register

Truck driver gets 120 days in hit-and-run death

PEKIN - The mother of a Creve Coeur teenager who was killed while walking along Interstate 474 in 2008 says a courtroom apology from the man who left her son's lifeless body on the side of the road does nothing to ease her suffering.

Todd C. St. Cerny, 17, was hit and killed by over-the-road truck driver Ross T. Kindelberger, 51, of McLean, on April 25, 2008, while walking along Interstate 474. Kindelberger was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality, a Class 2 felony, by 10th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Timothy Lucas on May 15.

Lucas sentenced Kindelberger to 120 days in the Tazewell County Justice Center with day-for-day good time, which means he will likely serve 60 days. Lucas also sentenced Kindelberger to 48 months’ probation, 100 months of community service, a $1,000 fine and restitution to the family of $1,662 for the tombstone on St. Cerny’s grave.
Pekin Daily Times

Bar robbed by men with shotguns

PEORIA - Shotgun-wielding men robbed a South Peoria bar late Monday night.

Police were called to the Dome Tap, 2305 W. Lincoln Ave., about 11:30 p.m.

Witness accounts put the number of gunmen at anywhere between two and four, but everyone interviewed by police agreed the robbers were dressed in all black, wore ski masks or some type of face covering and were armed with shotguns.

The bartender said one man shoved her to the ground and grabbed cash from the drawer and the tip jar before all the men exited, according to a police report. Police did not disclose the amount of cash taken.

Journal Star

City sends house demolition notice to a dead man

GALESBURG - The Galesburg City Council on Monday tabled a motion to begin demolition proceedings on a property after discovering that a warning notice had been sent to a dead man.

“We sent a 15-day notice to a dead man,” said Alderman Russel Fleming, Ward 3. “Unfortunately, he expired the day the notice was sent.”

Fleming said the man had four children who should have been notified of the city’s plan to demolish the property, which was deemed to be in violation of city codes.

City community development director Roy Parkin said no official warning was sent to the man’s children.

The man did not leave a will, making the situation more complicated.

“We can’t notify people that don’t own the property,” City Manager Dane Bragg said.


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