Princeton City Council hears Z-Tour was a success, remembers Dick Nelson

This past weekend’s Z-Tour is being deemed a success. At last night’s Princeton City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Clausen said the charity bicycling event drew 578 paid riders, up 75 from last year and a couple hundred from the year before. He also noted a major jump, from 70 last year to 150 this year, in the number of those racing the 100 mile course.  He said there were 2 injuries during the event, but both ended up being relatively minor. Proceeds from the Z-Tour go to Zearing…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/22/14

Rauner Open To Higher Income Tax Rate (Chicago, IL) -- There’s talk that Bruce Rauner is open to keeping a higher income tax rate in place. The GOP candidate for governor has been campaigning on the idea of rolling the rate back from five-percent to three-percent, but he admits that can’t happen overnight. He’d like to see a four-year-phase out of the higher rate but he says he’d have to work out the details and yearly rates with members of the General Assembly. That means lawmakers…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/21/14

Ex-Cons Get Second Shot At Finding Work (Springfield, IL) -- State officials are going to bat for people with criminal records. Governor Quinn signed a law yesterday that bans companies from running background checks on applicants until they've been deemed qualified for the job and have been selected for an interview. Those who support the deal say too many people were being turned away from work, even though they'd paid their debts to society. Quinn says the law will help people get a fair…

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Wide Variety Of Events This Weekend

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you have plenty of options. Area bicycle enthusiasts are getting ready for the 4th annual Z-Tour tomorrow morning in Princeton. The charity bike ride begins and ends at Zearing Park. There are 5 different routes to choose from featuring distances between 10 and 100 miles. Proceeds from the ride across Bureau County go to the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton. Ohio holds their 37th annual “Ol’ Fashun Threshun Days”…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/18/14

No Term Limits On November Ballot (Chicago, IL) -- Voters may not be weighing in on whether lawmakers should serve two terms then call it quits. The state's Supreme Court says it will not expedite a direct appeal of the term limits proposal. A Cook County judge ruled the measure was unconstitutional last month and decided it could not go before voters. GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner asked the Supreme Court to weigh in before August 22nd, when the state board of elections finalizes…

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Newly fit area lawmaker named to state health & fitness council

An area state representative is being honored by the governor for his turn to a healthy lifestyle. Don Moffitt, who has lost more than 100 pounds, has been appointed a member of Governor Quinn’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness. The council encourages Illinoisans to participate more actively in health and fitness activities. Members appointed to this committee serve without pay. Moffitt says he knows first-hand how big of an impact proper nutrition and exercise can play in one’s…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/17/14

Lawmakers Delay NRI Probe (Chicago, IL) -- Lawmakers have decided to go ahead and delay their probe into Governor Quinn's anti-violence program, but not without having a bit of political theatre first. Only one of the seven witnesses who'd been subpoenaed to testify about the program showed up to a hearing in Chicago yesterday, the rest sent their attorneys. Republicans weren't happy about that and they grilled the attorneys about handing over emails and other documents that could give…

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4th annual Z-Tour charity bike ride this weekend

Final preparations are being made for the 4th annual Z Tour this weekend in Princeton. The charity bike ride takes place on Saturday morning, beginning and ending at Zearing Park. Organizers say the event features well-marked bike routes, well-stocked rest stops and a nutritious post-race meal. The race itself provides riders a chance to enjoy some of the best bike roads that Illinois has to offer. The routes feature loops that incorporate hills, rolling terrain, and scenic views of Bureau…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/16/14

Medical Pot Rules Approved (Springfield, IL) -- People with about three-dozen illnesses can start applying for a license to use medical marijuana in September. Lawmakers approved the rules for the pilot program, which will allow patients to get up to two-and-a-half-ounces of marijuana every two weeks. The licenses will only be issued to people who have already been seeing a doctor for their illness. To qualify, patients will need a doctor's prescription, plus they'll have to submit to a…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/15/14

Emergency Rules For Concealed Carry (Springfield, IL) -- State officials are making emergency changes to the concealed carry permitting process. They're being more transparent with people who don't get approved to carry a gun in public. New rules require the Concealed Carry License Review Board to let applicants know why they didn't get approved and which law enforcement agency objected to their requests to carry. The applicant then has 10 days to provide the board with evidence that proves…

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