Petition Calls For Alderman’s Ouster 

(Springfield, IL)  —  A petition posted on Change.org is calling for the ouster of Springfield Alderman Kris Theilen.  It calls on the city’s mayor to request his resignation over a Facebook comment last week about gun violence.  Theilen wrote, quote, “I almost wish we did have a gang here because about 25-50 kids would quietly disappear.”  Theilen has since posted an apology, saying he put out the remark “in haste” and “didn’t think about how it could be interpreted.”