Illinois Briefs – 4/18/14

>>Rauner Firm Has State Grant Awarded By Quinn (Springfield, IL)  --  GOP nominee for governor Bruce Rauner will benefit  from a state contract awarded last year by his opponent, Governor Pat Quinn.   Rauner formerly ran GTCR LLC, a Chicago private equity firm, which he is currently an investor.  Since December of 2012, GTCR has owned Correctional Healthcare, which recently received a five-year renewal of its contract from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.  The…

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Sheriff’s Deputies Handle Knife, Air Gun Situation At Reagan Middle School

Bureau County Sheriff’s Deputies dealt with a potentially scary situation today at Reagan Middle School in Tiskilwa. Bureau County Sheriff John Thompson confirmed earlier today that an 11-year-old student showed up to school this morning with a knife and an Air-Soft gun in his backpack. Air-Soft guns are replica firearms that use air to shoot plastic pellets. Sheriff Thompson said deputies were dispatched around 8:45AM this morning but the situation was dealt with briefly. No…

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Illinois Briefs – 4/17/14

>>Democrats: State Tax Rollback Will Cost Schools Millions (Springfield, IL) -- Democrats in the Illinois Senate say that if the state income tax is rolled back it could devastate schools statewide. Senate President John Cullerton's office released figures on Wednesday showing that school districts would lose over 450-million dollars in funding next fiscal year. Governor Quinn supports a permanent extension of the temporary 67 percent tax increase. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans believe…

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Burglary Stopped In Progress In Utica

A burglary was stopped in progress in Utica last night. According to a La Salle County Sheriff’s Office Press Release, deputies responded to a call around 11:30 last night about a motor vehicle burglary in progress on 2803rd road. A description was given to the deputies and upon further investigation, 4 people were arrested after a traffic stop. 22-year-old Amey Mcdonnell of Joliet, 22 year old Derrick Aquino of Marseilles, 25 year old Jose Avila of Ottawa and 20 year old Anthony Brito Jr.…

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Princeton Water Main Flushing Starts Next Week

If you live in Princeton, you may notice a chlorine smell in your water next week. The City of Princeton Water Department will begin their semi-annual city wide water main flushing between 7AM and 4PM on Monday, April 21st. Customers may experience a strong chlorine smell, cloudy or discolored water and brief periods of low water pressure. If the smell is too strong to drink, the department says to keep a pitcher of water in the fridge for drinking, as the chlorine will dissipate from the…

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Illinois Briefs – 4/16/14

>>Quinn Anti-Violence Initiative Faces New Scrutiny (Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn could face some election-year embarrassment from a new audit of his anti-violence initiative that's already been accused of mismanagement. Republican members of the Illinois House have asked Auditor General William Holland to do a more thorough investigation of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. An earlier audit by Holland found sloppy bookkeeping and poor oversight, though the Quinn…

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Spring Valley Man Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

The Spring Valley man who fatally shot and killed 23-year-old Kyle Zinser has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. 20-year-old Angel E. Moreno was charged with involuntary manslaughter after Kyle Zinser was found dead in Moreno’s basement in January. Moreno allegedly shot Zinser unintentionally in the leg but didn’t call for help until hours later. He remains in custody until a sentencing hearing on May 21st and faces 2-5 years in…

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Tax Day Comes With Scam Potential

Today is Tax Day which means it’s also a day for scammers to try and trick you into paying them money. The IRS has sent out a press release detailing another strong warning to consumers to guard against sophisticated and aggressive phone scams targeting taxpayers. Potential victims may be told over the phone or through email that they are entitled to a big refund or that they owe additional money to the IRS that must be paid immediately. According to the release, the IRS will never ask for…

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Illinois Briefs – 4/15/14

>>Poll: Governor Quinn Trails Rauner By Three Points (Undated) -- Early poll results show the incumbent governor in a slight uphill battle in his re-election bid, The Rasmussen Reports poll has Republican challenger Bruce Rauner ahead of Pat Quinn 43 percent of the vote to 40 percent. Six percent of the 750 people polled say they would prefer a different candidate than Rauner or Quinn, while ten percent were undecided. The general election is November 4th. >>Union Workers To…

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17-Year-Old Arrested In Bureau For A “Bus Pass”

A 17-year-old found out what NOT to do while driving near a school bus in Bureau. According to a Bureau County Sheriff’s Office report, an unidentified 17-year-old male was arrested for passing a school bus near Miller and Kansas Streets in Bureau. The arrest came after a 58-year-old Princeton woman called to complain. The 17-year-old was arrested on Friday and faces a three month license suspension and $150…

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