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News Headlines – June 4, 2018

Last Updated on June 4th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Local leaders in Quincy are ‘thrilled’ to have money for improvements at their veterans home included in the new state budget. Governor Rauner says he plans to sign a new state budget today. Prosecutors in Champaign say they’re ready with charges against a Wisconsin trucker who they say shot-out car windows with a slingshot along I-74. Decatur Police don’t have many answers about their latest deadly shooting.

>>Quincy Leaders ‘Thrilled’ To See Vets Home Money In State Budget

(Quincy, IL) — Leaders in Quincy say they’re thrilled that the state of Illinois is including some of the money need to repair the Quincy veterans home in the new state budget. Lawmakers added 53 million-dollars to the budget last week. Former state Rep Mike McClain, who is on the local committee helping the home, said over the weekend that some of the 53 million will go to buy a local nursing home and turn that into a temporary home for veterans while crews build new dorms and a new water treatment plant at the Quincy veterans campus.

>>Governor Rauner To Sign New State Budget

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois will have a new budget in place by midday. Governor Rauner has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference in Chicago to sign the state’s new 38-and-a-half billion-dollars spending plan. The governor’s office says ‘leaders, sponsors and negotiators’ from the General Assembly will join the governor. But they are not saying specifically who will be there.

>>Truck Driver Charged With Shooting Out Windows On I-74

(Champaign, IL) — Prosecutors in Champaign are charging a Wisconsin truck driver with shooting out the windows of other cars along I-74. Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said yesterday that 53-year-old Kevin Lee Casey of Janesville, Wisconsin used a slingshot to shatter windows in cars as he drove on I-74. The Illinois State Police arrested Casey on Friday after they say he shot out the window of a minivan. Rietz says she plans to file formal charges later today.

>>Decatur Police Mum On Latest Shooting

(Decatur, IL) — Decatur Police aren’t offering any specifics about a shooting that left one man dead. It happened early yesterday morning on the city’s near north side. Police say 35-year-old Bernard Nordell died at a local hospital not long after being shot. Investigators are not saying anything about what lead to the shooting, or who pulled the trigger.

>>Illinois Bicentennial Medallion Design Up For Vote

(Springfield, IL) — There’s another piece of Illinois bicentennial history up for a vote. Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs’ office last week unveiled the choices for the state’s bicentennial medallion. Voters are being asked to choose one of five designs that all include images important to the state’s history. You can see the choices, and pick your favorite, by going to the treasurer’s website at IllinoisTreasurer.Gov.