Officials: 1 dead, 4 police wounded in Illinois shooting
AURORA, Ill. (AP) â€ At least one person was killed and four police officers wounded when a shooter opened fire at an industrial park in Aurora, Illinois, officials said Friday.
Kane County Coroner Chris Nelson confirmed one person was killed. City spokesman Clayton Muhammad said four officers were wounded and in stable condition, but did not say if they were shot.
Muhammad also told ABC7 that the suspect had been â€śneutralized.â€ť He did not elaborate.
The Kane County coroner was at the scene.
Live TV reports showed dozens of first responder vehicles outside a building housing the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, a city of about 200,000 people about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago.
Several ATF teams responded to the shooting and were at the scene, according to the agency's Chicago spokeswoman, and the FBI said it also was responding.
John Probst, an employee at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, told ABC7 that he ran out of the back door as the shooting unfolded Friday afternoon. Probst says he recognized the gunman and that he works for the company.
â€śWhat I saw was the guy running down the aisle with a pistol with a laser on it,â€ť Probst said.
He said the gunman had â€śa pistol with a laser.â€ť Probst said he wasn't hurt but that another colleague was â€śbleeding pretty bad.â€ť
The company makes valves for industrial purposes.
Police said the situation had been contained and that there was â€śno ongoing threat to the public,â€ť according to a statement issued by the Kane County Sheriff's Department on behalf of the Aurora Police Department.
The statement said the Aurora Police Department was expected to hold a news conference at 5 p.m. CST.
The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on a shooting in Illinois and monitoring the situation as he prepared to depart for a weekend trip to his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
West Aurora School District 129 said on its website that it was keeping all students in their classrooms as police investigate, but that â€śteaching will continue with reduced movement.â€ť
Spokespeople for Mercy Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora did not immediately return messages about whether either hospital was treating victims from the shooting. No victims had been sent to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in nearby Downers Grove as of Friday evening, spokeswoman Kate Eller told The Associated Press.
Waukesha Bearings plans expansion
School district announces new elementary boundaries
|A linchpin of Antigo industry is planning a major expansion.|
The Antigo City Plan Commission has approved a preliminary site plan for Waukesha Bearings Corp. to expand its plant at 703 Amron Avenue, the heart of the northside industrial park.
According to Mark Desotell, the city's director of administrative services, the first stage of the expansive project will be a 1,500 square foot addition to the northwest corner of the facility.
That will house the shipping and receiving operations that will be disrupted when the second, much larger project gets underway a few weeks later.
That work, slated to the south of the existing facility will add 35,000 square feet of manufacturing area.
â€śOur understanding is these projects will start as soon as weather permits and will be completed this year,â€ť Desotell said.
The administrator added that anytime an existing manufacturer makes a major commitment, it bodes well for its long-term future in the community.
â€śIt will enable them to extend current commitments into multiple years.â€ť Desotell said, noting there he expects a modest increase in employment opportunities â€świth the p
Krista Betts of Dover Precision Components provided this aerial photo of Waukesha Bearings, the focus of a major expansion.
Antigo's Bill Kelly a Hometown Hero
|The Antigo school board established the boundaries for its consolidated elementary schools Wednesday, shifting students now attending Crestwood, Pleasant View and Spring Valley into in-town facilities.|
The move comes as part of an overall consolidation plan approved in early 2017, with a goal of trimming staff, expenses and facilities and equalizing educational opportunities for all students.
At Wednesday's meeting as a committee of the whole, members approved new district maps for placing students in kindergarten through third grade in one of the city's three elementary schools.
Under the plan, most students north of Highway 64 will go to North; south of Highway 64 and west of Highway 45 to West, and south of Highway 64 and east of Highway 45 to East.
The major switch involves students in the northwestern part of the district, once home to River Grove Elementary, who now attend Pleasant View. They will switch to North Elementary instead.
Preliminary enrollment numbers place East at 133 students; 237 at North; and 129 at West.
Enrollment by grade is:
â€East: Kindergarten, 36; first, 33; second, 37; third, 27.
SCHOOL BOUNDARIESâ€The Antigo school board Wednesday approved a new boundary map for the 2012-20 school year, indicating where elementary students would be attending classes as part of the school consolidation project. Most students north of Highway 64 would attend North Elementary, southwest of Highway 45, West Elementary, and southeast of highway 45, East Elementary. The largest elementary school would be North, shown in the lower photo, with an enrollment estimated at 237 students.
Celebration opportunities abound
|Bill Kelly has been honored as a Hometown Hero by Wisconsin lawmakers.|
Rep. Mary Felzkowski and Speaker Robin Vos presented the Antigo man with the award at the opening of Tuesday's Assembly floor session.
Felzkowski, whose 35th Assembly District includes Antigo, nominated Kelly for the award, largely on the basis of his outstanding efforts guiding the Salvation Army red kettle campaign in Langlade County.
â€śI'm proud to have named Bill Kelly a Hometown Hero today, as I can truly think of no one more deserving who has had such a tremendous impact on our district's charitable endeavors,â€ť Felzkowski said. â€śBill is a powerful presence in Langlade County, and is widely recognized across our community from his winter bell ringing for the Salvation Army.â€ť
In accepting the award, Kelly thanked his wife, Beth, and son, Cavan, who he called instrumental to the campaign's continuing success.
He also applauded all the community bell-ringers, stressing â€śit is something I can never express enough gratitude for, the people who ring these bells.â€ť
Kelly has been with the organization for the past 18 years. Notably, when he
Bill Kelly, flanked by State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Mary Felzkowski, offers remarks before the State Assembly after receiving the Hometown Hero Award.
Antigo hosts outdoor party Sunday
|A quirk of the calendar has placed Valentine's Day midweek, but that is not limiting the opportunities for celebrations.|
Local restaurants and retailers are serving up their finest specials for the annual nod to the romantic, with activities actually kicking off last weekend with the Snow Ball and the tavern league's Black & White event.
But there's much more as well.
Vickie and the Vets Bar and Hall will celebrate Valentine's Day on Wednesday, with dinner served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Specials, all served with a complimentary glass of wine, include prime rib, tenderloin and shrimp. Reservations are appreciated.
Head out to Crab 'N Jack's at Langlade for Valentine's Day specials. Enjoy surf and turf, steak and seafood specials, prime rib and tenderloin gorgonzola.
Stop down at Fifth Avenue Restaurant and Lounge for Valentine's specials, starting with Sue's homemade lobster bisque served for lunch. It goes quickly. In the evening, stop down for cowboy ribeye steak topped with a sautĂ© of Nueske bacon, mushrooms and Asiago cheese; seafood Ourada, shrimp, crab and scallops in a four-cheese cream
The crew at Schroeder's poses with a personalized Valentine's Day basket, one of many gift offerings available.
|It certainly was wintry for the annual Winter Fun and Family Wellness Day at Peaceful Valley Park on Sunday.|
â€śThe people who were here really enjoyed it,â€ť Sarah Repp, the city's director of parks, cemeteries and recreation said after the program ended. But she lamented that the turnout was down a bit this year, blaming it on the snowy weather and competition from other events.
The egg hunt and hockey rink were real attractions.
And so was the park's warming house, where hot dogs, popcorn, chili and soup were being served, all of them for free.
Youngsters were cooking marshmallows on the open fires and there were passengers on the wagon for the rides offered in the area around the park by the Brandt family and their massive Percherons.
Those attending generally agreed that it was just another good reason to live in Antigo and Langlade County, even in a bitter and at times, difficult winter.
In addition to the city of Antigo, the event was sponsored by Langlade Aspirus Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County and the Langlade County Economic Development Committee.
It was a great day for chili at Peaceful Valley Park Sunday as Lori Tischendorf scooped up a bowl in the warming house. Hot dogs, chili, soup, popcorn and more were being offered free of charge for the annual Winter Fun and Family Wellness Day.