News Headlines – March 5, 2018

Last Updated on March 4th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  Illinois voters could see a question about legal marijuana on the November ballot. The latest Democratic governor’s debate turned to the cost of a ride to work. State Farm says a couple of hurricanes and major winter storms drove a nearly two billion-dollar operating loss last year. Peoria’s zoo’s latest giraffe finally has a name. 

>>Illinois Senate Okays Marijuana Ballot Question 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Don’t be surprised if you see a question about legal, recreational marijuana on the fall ballot. The Illinois Senate yesterday approved the non-binding advisory question. Supporters say they want to gauge public support for whether the legislature should allow adults over 21-years-old to be able to buy pot in the state. But critics say the question is more about getting people to the polls in November. 

>>Price Of A Train Ticket Takes Center Stage At Democrat Debate 

(Chicago, IL)  —  Dan Biss doesn’t know how much it costs to take the train to downtown Chicago, and J.B. Pritzker doesn’t know how much it costs to put kids in daycare. The price of everyday items became an issue in last night’s Democratic debate. The candidates for governor tied to show that they are in touch with voters in their latest debate. Both wrong answers drew a lot of jokes on social media. 

>>State Farm Posts Operating Loss, Blames Wild Weather 

(Bloomington, IL)  —  A pair of large hurricanes and some severe winter weather is getting the blame for massive payouts at State Farm. The Bloomington-based insurance giant yesterday posted a nearly two billion-dollar operating loss for last year. A statement from the company said a large underwriting loss drove the operating loss. State Farm collected almost 64 billion-dollars in premiums, and paid out almost seven billion to customers. Despite the loss, State Farm managers say the company’s overall net worth increased in 2017. 

>>March Begins, Illinois Warns About Severe Weather Preparedness 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois’ tornado season is typically months away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get ready now. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency yesterday put out its annual warning about severe weather preparedness. IEMA says in addition to a plan, every family should have a supply of food, water, medicine, and some emergency supplies. IEMA is also suggesting a weather alert radio to help track storms that may hit the state this spring. 

>>Peoria Zoo Welcomes Zara The Giraffe 

(Peoria, IL)  —  The Peoria Zoo’s newest addition finally has a name. Zoo manager Yvonne Strode yesterday introduced Zara the Giraffe to the public. Zara was born January 7th, at 122 pounds and was named by voters. The other top suggestions for a name Farah, Fern, Layla, Sophie, and Twiggy.