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News Headlines – April 10, 2018

Last Updated on April 10th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says a full year’s balanced state budget is at the top of his wish list this spring. Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is welcoming a new baby. Investigators in Rockford say the man wanted for killing three people over the weekend likely still has the rifle he used in the crime. A central Illinois mayor is offering to resign if city leaders don’t sue him or press for charges after he acted without their blessing.

>>Governor Rauner: Balanced Budget Among Top Five To-Do’s

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants a balanced budget, pension reform, a new road building plan, and ethics changes by the end of May. The governor yesterday laid out his to-do list for the remainder of the spring session. Rauner says he wants a full-year, balanced budget from the Democratic-controlled legislature, but that’s easier said than done.

>>Governor Appoints New SIU Trustee

(Carbondale, IL) — A former Southern Illinois University vice-chancellor could soon be the school’s next trustee. Governor Rauner yesterday appointed former SIU Carbondale vice-chancellor Tom Britton to the Board of Trustees. Britton spent 17 years with the school. The Illinois Senate will have to vote on his appointment later this spring.

>>Tammy Duckworth Welcomes Baby

(Washington, DC) — Illinois’ Tammy Duckworth is the first sitting U.S. Senator to ever have a baby while in office. Duckworth yesterday announced the birth of her second daughter, Maile Pearl Bowlsbey. Duckworth says she and her husband are excited to be parents once again. But she says being a parent is not just an issue for moms. She hopes to make that point in the U.S. Senate.

>>Rockford Shooting Suspect Believed To Still Have Rifle

(Rockford, IL) — Police in Rockford say their suspect in a weekend triple murder likely still has the rifle he used in the shootings. Investigators yesterday said they are still looking for Raheem King, after they say he shot and killed three people on a private party bus Saturday night. Officers yesterday identified the victims as 22-year-old Daijon Sistrunk, 21-year-old Martavies Blake, and 27-year-old Sean Anderson. Police are not offering a motive for the crime.

>>Central Illinois Mayor Offers Resignation, Wants No Legal Action

(Mt. Pulaski, IL) — The mayor of Mt. Pulaski says he’s willing to walk away from his job, as long as city leaders walk away from him. Mayor Jim Cole over the weekend offered to resign if the city council in the small Logan County town didn’t sue or bring legal action against him. Cole is under fire for allegedly having a city worker do some work at his home, and for signing a contract with a local rail company and another for unionized city workers without talking to the city council first.