Illinois news in brief for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

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Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. (Daniel Schwen/WikiMedia Commons photo)

‘Rape in Champaign’ email is linked to prisoner’s early release, Tribune reports

As investigators look into a 2012 email to staff of then-Gov. Pat Quinn about a “rape in Champaign,” the Chicago Tribune reported it could deal with an inmate released from prison early by Quinn in 2010 who later sexually assaulted a young girl.

The paper reported the state employee who the email said “kept his mouth shut” worked at the facility that admitted the suspect for the sex crime.

Soldier from Illinois killed in Afghanistan

One of the two soldiers recently killed after a roadside bomb in Afghanistan is from Illinois.

The Pentagon said 21-year-old Miguel Villalon of Joliet died in Saturday’s attack.

The other victim was 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia.

The Taliban took responsibility for Saturday’s attack.

Illinois in the middle on list of best places to retire

Illinois is in the middle of the pack on a list of the best places to retire.

That’s according to consumer finance website WalletHub. Illinois ranked No. 23 overall. Analysts reviewed all states for cost of living, cost of in-home services, and other factors.

For its taxpayer ranking, Illinois landed at the bottom of WalletHub’s list. The state ranked No. 47 for healthcare facilities per capita.

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Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network and a contributing writer for My Sports Vote, Ambush Sports and Midwest Sports Network. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dogs Sparky and Buster.

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