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News Headlines – June 14, 2018

Last Updated on June 14th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: State of Illinois workers could soon be in for a big payday. One person is in jail and another is recovering after an officer-involved shooting in western Illinois. Tazewell County could be Illinois’ next gun sanctuary county. The state is looking to showcase Springfield’s biggest attractions later this summer.

>>>>State Of Illinois Workers Closer To Step Raises

(Springfield, IL) — State of Illinois workers are a big step closer to a 400 million-dollar payday. The Illinois Labor Relations Board on Tuesday denied Governor Rauner’s challenge to an order to pay state workers ‘step increases’ that date back to Pat Quinn’s time in office. Step increases are automatic pay raises for longevity at a state job. The governor’s office said the raises will cost at least 412 million-dollars.

>>One Injured, One Arrested After Officer-Involved Shooting

(Aledo, IL) — One person is in jail and another is recovering after an officer-involved shooting in Mercer County. It happened Tuesday night in Viola, Illinois. Mercer County deputies say they were looking for drugs and guns when the shooting started. Prosecutors filed charges yesterday against Alex Cady, and deputies say the wounded suspect Donovan Smith has not been charged yet. Mercer County’s Major Crime Task Force is investigating the shooting.

>>Tazewell County Leaders Looking At Gun Sanctuary Declaration

(Pekin, IL) — Tazewell County could be Illinois’ next gun sanctuary. County leaders aren’t saying when they may vote to declare the county a place when gun owners don’t have to fear their overreach. County Board Chairman David Zimmerman yesterday said the county would still have to abide by state and federal laws, but he wants to send a message to the people who live in the county that he respects their Second Amendment rights.

>>Quincy Airport Lands Two Million-Dollar Runway Grant

(Quincy, IL) — Quincy’s airport is in line for some work. Managers at the Quincy Regional Airport yesterday said that they secured a two million-dollar grant to rebuild their runway. Airport Director Terrance Ward says the money will help defray the cost of updating the pavement at the airport’s runway 13/31. Work is expected to start in the next few months.

>>Illinois Looking At State Fair, Lincoln Museum Combo Ticket

(Springfield, IL) — The only other Springfield thing that’s missing is a horseshoe. Managers at the Illinois State Fair and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum yesterday announced that they’re offering a two-for-one combo ticket later this summer. The 12 dollar ticket will get you into both the State Fair and Lincoln Museum. It’s a bargain, because a Fair ticket usually costs ten dollars and a Lincoln Museum ticket is 15. The combo tickets are on sale now.