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News Headlines – April 16, 2018

Last Updated on April 16th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  The western part of Illinois will see some of the coldest temperatures this morning. There is a push at the Illinois Capitol to separate Southern Illinois University’s campuses in Edwardsville and Carbondale. Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett’s foundation is helping the county start a new recycling center. A former Illinois first lady is furious with the current governor over a Snapchat filter. 

>>Hard Freeze Likely Across Western Illinois 

(Davenport, IA)  —  Maybe its a good thing that many Illinois farmers don’t have a crop in the ground. The National Weather Service is warning of a hard freeze with this morning’s cold temperatures. Forecasts say most of western Illinois will start the day in the 20s. Folks near Galesburg will see the coldest weather. But the Weather Service says just about everyone in the state will see very cold temperatures to start the day. 

>>Lawmaker Wants To Officially Split SIU’s Campuses 

(Springfield, IL)  —  If Southern Illinois University Trustees won’t do it, then perhaps Illinois lawmakers will. There is a push at the statehouse in Springfield to separate SIU’s campuses in Carbondale and Edwardsville. The plan from state Rep Jay Hoffman would give SIU-E its own board of trustees. The legislation follows last week’s decision from SIU trustees not to shift five million-dollars from Carbondale to Edwardsville to track a shift in students. 

>>Marshall County Eying Higher Fees, 100 Thousand-Dollar Haul 

(Lacon, IL)  —  Leaders in Marshall County are looking to spend some money to possibly bring some more money in. The county board last week took up a plan to spend 14 thousand-dollars on a consultant who would help figure out how the county can raise fees to bring in more money. Consultant Bruce DeLashmit said he’ll help Marshall County figure out how to bill for the actual cost of the services that the county provides.  DeLashmit says that often means counties will see seven times the return on his fee. That’d be about 98 thousand-dollars for Marshall County. 

>>Howard Buffett Helps Macon County Start Recycling Center 

(Decatur, IL)  —  Howard Buffett is once again stepping-up for the Decatur area. The Macon County Board last week approved a plan to accept a million-dollar donation from Buffett’s private foundation to help build a recycling center. Buffett’s money will buy the land, the state of Illinois will pay for the rest. Buffett is the son of Warren Buffett, and is one of Decatur’s greatest philanthropists. He is also the county’s sheriff. 

>>Patti Blagojevich Angry With Rauner Snapchat Filter Of Jailed Husband 

(Chicago, IL)  —  A former Illinois first lady is furious with the state’s governor over a Snapchat filter. Patti Blagojevich last week demanded that Governor Rauner’s campaign take down a Snapchat filter than allows people to add former Governor Rod Blagojvich’s hair and inmate number to their photos. The filter also takes a shot at Democrat J.B. Pritzker for his conversations with the jailed former governor. Patti Blagojevich says the filter is insulting and hurtful for her teenaged daughters.