Annual Christmas Walk This Weekend in Downtown Princeton

November 16th, 2017

The annual Christmas Walk is this weekend in downtown Princeton. All weekend long there will be holiday music, horse-drawn carriage rides, old time trolley rides and extended shopping hours, giving you a greater opportunity to shop locally. Santa will be on hand for the lighting of the Christmas tree at Darius Miller Park. Hot chocolate will be available at the Cocoa Cottage on the Frontier Lawn. Many other activities will take place, including a Candy Cane Hunt at Soldiers and Sailors Park, visits with Santa at the Prouty Building, a bake sale, a performance by the Bureau County Chorus, a live nativity, Christmas photo booth, Princeton High School Madrigals singing and strolling on Main Street, bell ringers, a performance by the Covered Bridge Barbershop Chorus and a mini-trees festival. Shopping hours will be Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from noon to 4. You can find a complete list of events and times by going online to

Princeton Hosts Electronic Recycling Event Saturday

October 19th, 2017

If you have some old electronics you’ve been looking to toss, tomorrow is your chance.  The City of Princeton will be hosting an electronics recycling event at Perry Plaza.  The event runs Saturday from 8 am to noon and the only access will be from Park Avenue East onto northbound Sixth Street.  If you’re taking part, you’re reminded to not block intersections or driveways.  City officials warn not everyone will get into the event due to time constraints.  If you don’t make it this time though, don’t worry too much.  The city plans on holding another electronics recycling event in the near future.

News Headlines – October 20, 2017

October 19th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: It looks like Illinois isn’t getting the new joint Toyota-Mazda plant. The state of Illinois is once again investigating a Legionnaires’ outbreak at the veterans home in Quincy. Illinois farmers will be happy with a new report that says fuel blend regulations aren’t changing. There’s one place where you won’t see any players taking a knee during the national anthem, a Peoria Rivermen hockey game.

>>Illinois Appears To Lose Out On Toyota-Mazda Plant

(Chicago, IL) — No one is saying where the new joint Toyota-Mazda plant will be built, but it won’t be built in Illinois. “Crain’s Chicago Business” yesterday reported two car makers passed on Illinois because of the lack of shovel ready sites and because Illinois is not a right-to-work state. Greg Baise with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association says Illinois’ policies have consequences, and those consequences continue to cost the state jobs.

>>Illinois Investigates New Legionnaires’ Outbreak At Quiny Vets Home

(Quincy, IL) — There are new questions about safety at the veterans home in Quincy. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday said two residents at the home have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. One of those people died. This is not the first outbreak. Nine veterans at the Quincy home died and 41 others got sick from Legionnaires’ in July of last year. Illinois Veterans officials say they’re working with the local health department to find the source of the outbreak.

>>Report: Trump EPA Backing Off Fuel Blend Changes

(Washington, D.C.) — A lot of Illinois farmers are going to be happy with the latest report from the nation’s capital. “Bloomberg News” reported last night the Trump Administration is backing away from a plan to change the requirement for America’s fuel blends. Many Illinois farmers worried that any change to the Renewable Fuel Standards would mean less of a market for corn and beans. But despite the report, congressional leaders say they have not yet seen anything from the president in writing.

>>Springfield Looks To Become ‘Welcoming’ Community

(Springfield, IL) — Springfield could become the next ‘welcoming’ community in the state of Illinois. City council member Kristin DiCenso wants city leaders to vote on a welcoming ordinance next week. Yesterday DiCenso said the ordinance would not turn Springfield into a sanctuary city, it would simply state that city government is committed to welcoming everyone to the community. Critics say in reality, welcoming ordinances are ‘sanctuary lite’ policies.

>>Minor League Hockey League Promises No Knees During Anthem

(Peoria, IL) — There’s one place where you won’t see any players taking a knee during the national anthem. That’s a Peoria Rivermen hockey game. In fact, the entire Southern Professional Hockey League is ordering its players to stand for the national anthem. SPHL president Jim Combs yesterday said they’ve had a rule since 2009 that requires players to stand. Combs said it wouldn’t ever cross the mind of hockey players or hockey fans to take a knee during the national anthem.

News Headlines – October 19, 2017

October 18th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois is ranked in the bottom half of states in a new tax and business climate study. The state is looking to borrow over a billion-dollars to pay down some of its old bills. Far fewer teens are dying in car accidents in Illinois as compared to a decade ago. The U of I says so far, just one student is sick with meningitis.

>>Illinois In Bottom Half In Latest Tax, Business Climate Report

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ five percent personal income tax rate is the only thing keeping the state from the bottom of a new report on taxes and business climates. The Tax Foundation yesterday ranked Illinois 29th in the country for tax policy and business climate. The state is ranked 16th for its personal income tax rate. But Illinois scores near the bottom, 42nd and 45th, when it comes to unemployment insurance and property tax rates. The Tax Foundation ranks Illinois’ neighbor Indiana as the ninth best state in country for businesses.

>>Illinois Looks To Borrow One-Point-Five Billion For Unpaid Bills

(Springfield, IL) — The state of Illinois is looking to finally pay off some of its old bills. The state yesterday started the process to borrow one-and-a-half billion-dollars. The money will go to pay some of the state’s 16 billion in unpaid bills. Governor Rauner’s office said that the interest on the borrowing will be less than the 12-percent late-payment interest Illinois is currently paying on some of its backlog of bills.

>>Illinois Teen Driving Deaths Down

(Springfield, IL) — The number of Illinois teens dying in car accidents is about half what it was a decade ago. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White yesterday said that teen driving deaths fell from 155 in 2007, to just 76 last year. White says the graduated drivers license program, which eases young drivers on to the road, should be credited for the drop in deaths.

>>OSF Bloomington Wants To Expand

(Bloomington, IL) — One central Illinois hospital group is asking state regulators to approve their expansion plans. OSF in Bloomington is planning a 25 million-dollar addition that hospital managers say will allow for more primary care physicians and cardiac specialists. But the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has to agree that there’s a need first. If all goes well, OSF hopes to wrap-up work on the project by the end of 2019.

>>U Of I: Only One Student Sick With Meningitis

(Urbana, IL) — The University of Illinois keeping a close eye on the first student to get sick with meningitis this fall. The school yesterday said only one student is sick so far, the student lives in Leonard Hall in the Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls. A university spokeswoman says the school cannot release any information about the student, but says they have been reaching out to friends and neighbors to see if anyone else has come down with symptoms. The student was admitted to a local hospital last week.

Long-Time Princeton Police Chief To Retire

October 17th, 2017

The City of Princeton is looking for a new police chief.  Chief Tom Root submitted his letter of retirement at this week’s city council meeting, according to City Manager Rachel Skaggs.  Root has not said what he plans to do after leaving his post, which he’s held since June of 2000.  Root says he’ll miss many of those he has worked with over the years.  He also thanked former Princeton Mayor Keith Cain and the City Council that hired him for giving him the chance to lead the department.  Root’s retirement is effective December 31st.