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News Headlines – February 13, 2018

Last Updated on February 12th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Taxpayers are going to get a look at the governor’s spending priorities this week. Illinois is in the middle of the pack in a new survey of traffic safety laws. Congressman Rodney Davis says he’s more concerned about paying for the military’s readiness than a grand military parade in Washington D.C. 

>>Illinois Governor To Deliver Budget Address This Week 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois taxpayers are going to get a look at what the governor wants to spend this week. Governor Bruce Rauner is set to deliver his budget address on Wednesday. There are several lingering questions about Illinois’ finances this year, including nearly nine billion-dollars in unpaid bills, how much money Illinois actually has to spend, and whether the politics of this fall’s race for governor will mean that lawmakers punt on crafting a balanced budget this spring. 

>>Illinois Gets Fair Grades In Latest Road Safety Survey 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois is in the middle of the pack when it comes to laws for seat belt use and texting while driving. The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety last week released their annual survey. Illinois has nine of the group’s 16 recommended laws that deal with everything from mandatory seat belt enforcement to a state law requiring motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. 

>>March Court Date For Suspect In Putnam County Killing 

(Hennepin, IL)  —  The suspect in the killing of a Putnam County teenage won’t be in court for another couple of weeks. Prosecutors last week agreed to push back Richard Henderson’s preliminary hearing til March. Henderson is the prime suspect in the death of Diamond Bradley, who disappeared last month. But so far Henderson is only being charged with concealing Bradley’s dead body. 

>>Congressman Davis: Pay Military Properly, Then Worry About Parade 

(Washington, DC)  —  Central Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis says he wants to see the military’s needs met before he worries about a national military parade. Davis said over the weekend that he’s not focusing on President Trump’s call for a parade in Washington D.C. Instead, Davis said he’d rather see Congress make sure that our troops are ready and have the equipment that they need to carry out their mission. 

>>Obama Portraits To Be Unveiled Today 

(Washington, DC)  —  It’s doubtful that former President Obama’s new beard will make an appearance, but we’ll see. The National Portrait Gallery will unveil the official portraits of the former president and his wife, Michelle, later this morning. Kehinde Wiley painted Mr. Obama’s portrait, and Amy Sherald painted Mrs. Obama’s portrait. The ceremony will be livestreamed, and is set to begin about 9 a.m. Chicago time.