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News Headlines – September 4, 2017

Last Updated on September 4th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Blame Harvey for the jump in the price at the pump. Rock Island County is the place to be to watch the Democrats running for governor in Illinois this weekend. That haze you’re seeing in northern Illinois is from Canadian fires. Some southern Illinois animal rescuers are on their way to Texas to help in the flood zone. 

>>Gas Price Up, Blame Harvey 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Blame Harvey for the extra cost to fill up your tank. Gas prices across the state of Illinois are up in the wake of the storm that cut through the Gulf of Mexico and through Houston. The price of a gallon of gas jumped about a dime yesterday. Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says gas prices will likely stay higher than usual for the next few weeks. Most stations in downstate Illinois are selling a gallon of regular gas for anywhere between two dollars 30-cents a gallon to two dollars 50-cents a gallon. 

>>Democratic Candidates To Be In Quad Cities For Labor Day 

(Hampton, IL)  —  If you want to see the Democratic candidates for governor in Illinois, simply spend Labor Day in the Quad Cities. All five of the candidates for governor will be at Hampton’s Labor Day celebration on Monday. Rock Island County Democratic boss Doug House said it’s an honor to have all of the candidates. This is the 50th anniversary for Hampton’s celebration which will be held at Illiniwek Park on Monday. 

>>Dan Biss Picks Chicago Alderman As Running Mate 

(Chicago, IL)  —  Dan Biss is betting hard on the Chicago vote in his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor. Biss, a Democratic state Senator from Evansville, yesterday chose Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate.  Ramirez-Rosa is a member of the Chicago council’s progressive caucus and is backed by many of the city’s largest labor unions. Biss is trying to position himself in the five way Democratic race as the most progressive candidate. 

>>Haze From Canadian Wildfires Seen In Illinois 

(Davenport, IA)  —  You’re not seeing things, there is a haze in the air in northern Illinois. Forecasters yesterday said that haze is actually smoke from wildfires in Canada and Montana. National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Cousins said fires are burning in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and sending the haze down to the U.S. Doctors say if the haze irritates you, try and stay inside. 

>>Southern Illinois Animal Rescuers Headed To Texas 

(Murphysboro, IL)  —  Some animal rescuers from southern Illinois are getting ready to make their way to Texas, to help the pets left behind by Harvey. Crews from both the St. Francis CARE Animal Shelter and Midwest Animal Rescue Service of Illinois will leave later today from Murphysboro, to drive to Texas. Christin King with St. Francis CARE said the hope is to collect donations and deliver them to animal shelters that are dealing with the pets and farm animals left behind because of Houston’s flooding.