News Headlines – September 9, 2017

Last Updated on September 9th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Two more Illinois Air National Guard teams are heading to the hurricane zone. Governor Rauner says it’s time to pay off some of Illinois’ old bills. Cook County’s Toni Preckwinkle says “big soda” is no different than “big tobacco.” Crews in West Virginia say they’ve found a missing southern Illinois-based plane, but aren’t saying anything about the people inside.

More Illinois Air Guard Crews Deployed To Hurricane Zone

(Peoria, IL) — Two more Illinois Air National Guard teams, and their planes, are heading to help in the hurricane zone. Guard commanders yesterday said a pair of C-130 Hercules aircraft left Peoria. One plane will stop in Tennessee before heading to the Virgin Islands. The other plane is scheduled to go to a staging area in Maryland, to be ready once Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the U.S. Two other Peoria-based planes and the crews just got back from hurricane-related missions.

Governor To Borrow Six Billion For Old Bills

(Springfield, IL) — Governor Bruce Rauner is ready to pay off some of the state’s old bills. The governor yesterday announced a plan to borrow six-billion dollars to pay down some of Illinois’ 15-billion-dollar backlog. Republicans say the state can actually save money by borrowing, and Illinois would pay a much lower interest rate. The governor says he hopes to find the money to pay for the borrowing by cutting the state’s budget.

Cook County President Equates ‘Big Soda’ With ‘Big Tobacco’

(Chicago, IL) — The latest defense of Cook County’s wildly unpopular soda tax is to equate “big soda” with “big tobacco.” Cook County Board President Tony Preckwinkle yesterday made the comparison. Preckwinkle said that “big soda” is trying to fight her soda tax just like the tobacco companies fought efforts to regulate their products decades ago. The new strategy to defend the soda tax comes as other Cook County leaders mull a possible repeal vote.

Quad Cities Congresswoman, Unions Want Massive Building Program

(Moline, IL) — The Quad Cities’ Democratic congresswoman is joining with labor unions and environmental groups to push for a new public works program. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos yesterday joined the BlueGreen Alliance to try to jump start a national building program. Kim Glas with BlueGreen said the idea is to invest in the nation’s roads, bridges, and sewers but to do so in an environmentally friendly way. Glas says there’s two trillion-dollars worth of work that’s needed over the next decade.