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News Headlines – December 5, 2018

Last Updated on December 5th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

>>The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Last weekend’s tornado outbreak is now a record breaker. Illinois’ governor-to-be is naming a new committee, this time to look at road building. 

>>Last Weekend’s Tornado Outbreak Set Illinois’ December Record

(Lincoln, IL) — The weekend tornado outbreak across central Illinois is officially a record breaker. The National Weather Service yesterday said that 26 tornadoes were in the area on Saturday. That’s more than any other day in December, ever. The old record was 21 tornadoes over two days in December of 1957.

>>Governor-Elect Pritzker Names Cheri Bustos To Head Infrastructure Committee

(Chicago, IL) — The Quad Cities’ Democratic congresswoman will lead the state’s new infrastructure committee. Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker yesterday named Congresswoman Cheri Bustos to head the Restoring Illinois’ Infrastructure Committee. Bustos will meet with a number of labor union and business leaders over the next month or so to talk about ways to figure out how to build, and how to pay for, new roads, bridges, and schools across the state.

>>Illinois State Board Of Education Eyes School Year Changes

(Quincy, IL) — Just how long school kids in Illinois will have to spend in the classroom could soon change. The Illinois State Board of Education told parents in Quincy this week that the law that requires kids to be in class for a certain number of hours is likely to come back before lawmakers in the spring. There is a push to change Illinois’ school code to allow schools to set the number of hours that kids are in class, as opposed to the number of days. Supporters say that will allow local schools more flexibility.

>>Satanic Monument Added To Illinois Capitol Holiday Display

(Springfield, IL) — There are already some folks who aren’t happy with the holiday display at the Illinois Capitol. The Satanic Temple of Chicago on Monday added its own display, right along side the capitol’s Christmas tree and menorah. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office, which runs the statehouse, says the First Amendment covers the freedom of speech for all of the displays in the capitol rotunda.