Around Illinois: Accused child beater & more grocery store closings top state headlines

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An Illinois man faces accusations of fracturing the skull of a four-year-old baby, and Peoria, like Rockford, experiences several grocery stores closing their doors recently, prompting community concerns.

Here’s what’s making headlines around Illinois Wednesday morning.

TAYLORVILLE – Police say there could be more charges for a father accused of beating a child in Taylorville, south of Springfield.

Officers arrested Chad Johnson at his apartment on Friday. When they arrived on scene, they found his two children: a four-month-old suffering from a fractured skull and brain bleed, and a two-year-old, not injured, who was taken into protective custody.

“Obviously there could be additional charges and new charges based on the outcome of the investigation, and also depending on the health and updates we got on the infant,” said Chief Brian Hile of the Taylorville Police Department.

The four-month-old was sent to a hospital in Springfield for treatment.

PEORIA – After two Krogers shut down earlier this year in Peoria due to poor performance, another grocery store in the area is closing its doors for good.

The Fresh Market is closing both its Peoria and Normal locations. The move has city leaders stressing the importance of shopping local, now more than ever.

Those lost tax dollars could potentially have a bigger impact on the city.

“It is very concerning when it is about grocery stores, but the real driver for this situation are internet sales, and it’s not going to be grocery stores, it’s going to be retail across the board,” said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. “People [need to] understand as they continue to shop on the internet and starve our community from sales tax dollars [that more closings will happen].”

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