DePue Boat Races This Weekend

Thousands of people are visiting DePue this weekend for what’s become a much-anticipated tradition. This marks the 30th consecutive year of the Pro National Championship Boat Races at Lake DePue. Champs will be crowned in 19 classes at the event, which runs through Sunday and is sponsored by the DePue Men’s Club. Publicity Chairman Eric Bryant says 30,000 people attended last year’s races which drew nearly 200 boats from 23 states. Racing starts at noon today and tomorrow, and at 12:30 on…

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It’s Day 2 Of The Bureau County 4-H Fair

A cat show, goat show and swine show highlight day 2 of the 4-H Fair at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton today. The fair features projects by area kids ages five through 18. Judging continues on the many projects being displayed in the exhibit halls. The fair is open to the public and there is no admission fee. If you’re hungry, you can check out the 4-H food stand, which features a wide variety of sandwiches, salads and pies. The exhibit buildings are open until 5 this afternoon…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/25/14

Quinn Wants TV Stations To Can Rauner Ad (Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn says TV stations should can Bruce Rauner's latest attack ad, which relies on false headlines to paint Quinn in a negative light. He says the stations should refuse to run anything on their airwaves that are clearly false. The only problem is federal law bans TV stations from censoring political ads that come directly from a candidate. Rauner's team admitted to changing some of the headlines so they'd fit in their ad…

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Bureau County 4-H Fair is in full swing

The 4-H Fair is getting into full swing today at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton featuring projects by area kids ages five through 18. Judging has already begun for the many projects that will be displayed in the exhibit halls this weekend. The fair features countless exhibits in addition to livestock judging, a dog show, cat show, fashion review, and arts and crafts. Highlights include Saturday afternoon’s “Sale of Champions” and “Awards Program”. The fair runs through…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/24/14

Rauner Making Up Headlines To Attack Quinn (Chicago, IL) -- Bruce Rauner's campaign team is fudging the truth in its latest attack ad against Governor Pat Quinn. The new TV ad is called "Headlines" because it flashes several news headlines across the screen, with video footage of Quinn in the background. The only problem is some of the headlines never really appeared in print or on television. Others were shortened for impact, to paint Quinn in a negative light. One political expert tells…

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IVCC Athletic Director and Men’s Basketball Coach Resigns

Illinois Valley Community College is in the market for a new Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach. Tommy Canale has announced his resignation after 7 years to accept a position in high school and college coaching. IVCC President Jerry Corcoran calls Canale “a good man who has done a fine job for the college”. Canale’s resignation is effective July 31st and Corcoran says the search for his replacement will begin immediately. Canale informed his IVCC coaches and players within the…

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Entries being accepted for Homestead Festival parade

The Lovejoy Homestead Festival Parade Committee is encouraging clubs, organizations, churches and class reunions to register their entry for this year’s parade. The theme for this year’s Homestead Festival is “Back In The Day” and participants are encouraged to use the theme in their entry. If you’d like more information or a parade application, call Deb Kirley at 815-875-6565. You may also download an application from the website The deadline to register your…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/23/14

Illinois Kids Living In Poverty (Undated) -- Childhood poverty is on the rise in Illinois. A new report put out by the Annie E. Casey Foundation reveals 347-thousand-kids live in neighborhoods that have a poverty rate of 30-percent or higher. That's up by about one-third compared to just 14-years ago. On a positive note, fewer babies are being born to teenage mothers across the state. The report reveals the teen birth rate is down. Rauner Videographer Kicked Out Of Quinn…

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Princeton City Council hears Z-Tour was a success, remembers Dick Nelson

This past weekend’s Z-Tour is being deemed a success. At last night’s Princeton City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Clausen said the charity bicycling event drew 578 paid riders, up 75 from last year and a couple hundred from the year before. He also noted a major jump, from 70 last year to 150 this year, in the number of those racing the 100 mile course.  He said there were 2 injuries during the event, but both ended up being relatively minor. Proceeds from the Z-Tour go to Zearing…

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Illinois Briefs – 7/22/14

Rauner Open To Higher Income Tax Rate (Chicago, IL) -- There’s talk that Bruce Rauner is open to keeping a higher income tax rate in place. The GOP candidate for governor has been campaigning on the idea of rolling the rate back from five-percent to three-percent, but he admits that can’t happen overnight. He’d like to see a four-year-phase out of the higher rate but he says he’d have to work out the details and yearly rates with members of the General Assembly. That means lawmakers…

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