News Headlines – August 11, 2017

Last Updated on August 10th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

Here’s the latest news:

Rochelle May Be Illinois’ Spot For Possible Toyota Plant

(Rochelle, IL) — Get ready to hear a lot about Rochelle, Illinois. The small city between I-80 and Rockford is reportedly one of the spots that Illinois leaders are eying to pitch to Toyota and Mazda as a possible location for their joint car factory. Rochelle state Rep Tom Demmer yesterday said all he can say is that local leaders are working on a proposal for an unknown company. Many states are trying to land the joint factory, and the four thousand jobs that’d come with it.

J.B. Pritzker Pitches Early Childhood Education Plan

(Chicago, IL) — Democrat J.B. Pritzker wants to spend millions of dollars to get kids in Illinois into school earlier. The candidate for governor yesterday introduced his plan for early childhood education. Pritzker wants to start kids in school at age five, instead of six, and spend millions of dollars in state money to enroll more young children into day care centers. Pritzker said his plan could help give kids a head start on their education.

Champaign County Leaders Make Pitch For New Jail

(Champaign, IL) — Leaders in Champaign County aren’t giving up on their hope to get a new jail. County Administrator Rick Snider yesterday said they’re on the hook for almost 200 thousand-dollars in mandatory upgrades to make the jail handicapped accessible. But voters last year overwhelmingly voted down a new countywide sales tax to pay for a jail. Snider said he doesn’t know where the county will get the nine million-dollars it’d take to build a new jail.

Peoria Park District May Hire Private Manager For Golf Courses

(Peoria, IL) — Peoria’s park district may be getting out of the golf game. Park District Board president Tim Cassidy yesterday said he expects to hear proposals from possibly a number of companies that want to manage the district’s golf courses this month. But Cassidy said the district isn’t 100-percent sure they will hire a private manager. There’s a public hearing on the idea set for August 23rd.

Fire Destroys Hundreds Of Classic Cars

(Staunton, IL) — Fire investigators in Staunton say they’re looking for a cause of a fire that gutted a classic car warehouse and showroom. Flames on Tuesday night destroyed hundreds of vintage automobiles at Country Classic Cars. Drivers on I-55 could always count on the classic cars to be lining the road near where the interstate and Old Route 66 met. Owner Russ Noel says he has other cars that he can sell, but said yesterday that he’ll never be able to get the destroyed cars back. Noel says his losses will likely be in the millions.