State Treasurer Announces Rebates In I-Cash Program – 5/2/16

May 2nd, 2016

>>Tentative Agreement Announced For U Of I Non-Tenure Faculty

(Urbana, IL)  —  A tentative agreement is being announced between the University of Illinois and the school’s non-tenure faculty.  All strike activity is suspended after a unanimous union vote.  A five-year contract agreement was signed on Saturday night.  A ratification vote is scheduled for this Thursday, and classes are expected to resume normal scheduling on Monday.

>>Sixteen Illinois Counties Get “F” For Air Quality

(Undated)  —  Illinois isn’t doing so well when it comes to air quality.  A report from the American Lung Association, released last month, gives failing grades in that category to 16 out of 22 counties from which it was able to collect data, including Cook County.  The grades are based on the levels of ozone pollution.  The full report is available on the American Lung Association website.

>>3.5-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Near Illinois

(Paducah, KY)  —  Parts of Southern Illinois reportedly felt the effects of an earthquake this weekend.  The 3.5-magnitude quake hit overnight Sunday near the border between Illinois and Kentucky near La Center, Kentucky, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.  The earthquake occurred in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which covers Illinois and four other states.

>>State Treasurer Announces Rebates In I-Cash Program

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois’ state treasurer is announcing a rebate opportunity for more than five-thousand Illinoisans through RadioShack. Michael Frerichs says the reimbursement is due to RadioShack not letting people know about 140-thousand-dollars’ worth of unclaimed rebates between 2002 and 2008.  You can find out if you’re entitled to a rebate by visiting the treasurer’s I-Cash website.

>>Abraham Lincoln Library And Museum Gets New Director

(Springfield, IL)  —  A new director for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is being announced. Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Alan Lowe, who previously was the director of the National Archives and Records Administration at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  The institution has been without a permanent director since last October.

>>Jamey Johnson, Sugar Ray To Perform At Du Quoin State Fair

(Du Quoin, IL)  —  The Du Quoin State Fair is adding two acts to the musical lineup for this year’s festivities.  Country star Jamey Johnson and rock band Sugar Ray are performing on September 2nd and September 5th, respectively.  Tickets for Jamey Johnson cost 15 to 20 dollars, while tickets for Sugar Ray, which is the headliner for the bands Everlast, Lit and Sponge, cost 19 to 24 dollars. The Du Quoin State Fair begins on August 26th and ends on September 5th.

Local News – 4/30/16

April 30th, 2016

*Local Road Construction

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Advanced Asphalt will be working on a local road. Starting Monday morning (5/2/16) Route 26 from the rail road tracks to Interstate 80 in North Princeton will be down to one lane. Authorities are asking the public to avoid the construction area as much as possible due to heavy traffic. Construction will begin on Monday and is estimated to run through the month of May.


*Top Ten Princeton High School Seniors for 2016

The top ten Princeton High School Seniors have been named. Valedictorian is Jacob Doan and the Salutatorian is Brooke Hieronymus. The final top ten are Dominick Biggs, Hector Gomez, Rachel Harris, Alisa Holmbeck, Angelica Jones, Jacob Reinhardt, Hailey Schultz and Mallory Wheeler.


*Perry Memorial Announces New CEO

The Perry Memorial Hospital Board of Directors has announced their new CEO. Annette Schnabel will officially transition to President/CEO today (5/1/16). She originally joined the Perry Executive team in December 2014 as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Now as President/CEO she will provide overall leadership to the hospital with a focus on strategic planning and implementation, recruiting, compliance and marketing and communications.


*Water Flushing in Wyanet

The Village of Wyanet will begin flushing water mains on Monday (5/2/16). The flushing will continue until all water mains are complete. Residents may experience low water pressure and discoloration during the flushing.


*Perry Memorial Blood Drive

Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton will host a community blood drive on Thursday. The blood drive will be from 1:30 until 6 on the 4th floor of Perry Memorial. For more information call 1-800-747-5401.


*Princeton Public Library Schedule

The Princeton Public Library has released its schedule of events for the upcoming week. Monday is movie night at 6:30. Tuesday morning features the youth services story time. The Jr. High Book Club will have game day at 3:45 on Wednesday and the chicks with sticks will meet at 6:30 on Wednesday evening. On Thursday afternoon there will be a beginning smart phone class at 1:30 and on Thursday evening adult coloring time will be at 6:30.


*Prairie Arts Council May Show

The Prairie Arts Council is set to host their May show entitled, “The Wonderful World of Flowers.” The exhibit will be in the main gallery of the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton from May 6th until May 29th. The opening reception for the show will be on Friday May 6th from 6 until 8. Local artists, photographers, sculptors and craftsmen are invited to submit their work for display. The artwork must be of a floral theme and submitted on Tuesday or Wednesday. For more information contact Melody Best at 203-522-6805.


*Kirby Park Reservations

Spring Valley City Clerk Becky Hansen has announced that park shelter reservations for Kirby Park will begin Monday (5/2/16). Reservations will be on a first come first serve basis and phone reservations will be accepted after 9 am on Monday. Call the City Clerk’s Office at 815-664-4421 to make a reservation or with any questions.


*In reports form the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office, 42 year old Chad Stank of Ladd pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was ordered to pay $422 in fees and court costs.

21 year old Bryce Freeman of Princeton pleaded guilty to driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was ordered to pay $2075 in fees and court costs and $3000 in restitution and was place on court supervision for 2 years.

22 year old Joshua Jones of Princeton pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis. He was ordered to pay $957 in fees and court costs and placed on court supervision for 1 year.

55 year old Theodore Casey of Spring Valley pleaded guilty to violation of an order of protection. He was ordered to pay $1012 in fees and court costs and was sentenced to serve 8 days in the Bureau County jail.

Local News – 4/29/16

April 29th, 2016

*National Take Back Day

Tomorrow (4/30/16) is National Take Back Day. It was started to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The public is urged to dispose of any expired or unused prescription medication they have in their homes by dropping them off at their local police departments. Area Police Departments that are accepting unused prescription medications tomorrow are Princeton, Tiskilwa, Wyanet, Walnut and Granville. CPASA also has a prescription drug disposal program where residents may drop off unused drugs at any time. For more information call CPASA at 815-872-5091.


*ISP Promote Safety During Prom and Graduation Season

Area high school students will soon be participating in prom and graduation celebrations. On prom and graduation nights six out of ten high school students feel pressure to drink and or use drugs.  More than eight in ten teens say that students who drink or use drugs at prom will likely get behind the wheel and drive.  In response to these stats, State Police have started a ‘Stay Alive and Focus on the Drive’ campaign. Illinois State Police District 17 Troopers will be doing their part to make this a safe prom and graduation season for everyone by conducting directed patrols with aggressive enforcement of “distracted driving” laws and enforcement of the “fatal four” (DUI, speeding, seat belt, and distracted driving).  In addition to the directed patrols, Seat Belt Enforcement Zones will also be conducted.


*Dog Tag Reminder

Spring Valley City Clerk, Becky Hansen has a reminder for Spring Valley residents. Dog tags are due in the amount of $5 by Sunday May 1st. To avoid penalty as provided by city ordinance contact City Hall at 815-644-4221. Failure to purchase a dog tag by May 1st will result in a $10 penalty.


*State Rep. Andy Skoog Met With Streator Seniors

State Rep. Andy Skoog took time to meet with residents of Evergreen Place supportive living facilities in Streator on Wednesday, as the group visited Springfield to advocate for the restoration of state funding for senior services. Skoog said, “These funds are a complete necessity because there are many seniors in this state that are unable to live on their own, and this funding shouldn’t get caught up by the political dysfunction in Springfield.”


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office, David M. Lally pleaded guilty to the class 2 felony offense of burglary. He was sentenced to serve 4 years and 2 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections and was ordered to pay $507 in fines fees and court costs and $930 in restitution.

Jason C. Ditola pleaded guilty to the class 1 felony offense of residential arson. He was sentenced to serve 9 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and was ordered to pay $1,102 in fines, fees and court costs and $3568 in restitution.


Governor Expresses Optimism About Ending Budget Crisis – 4/29/16

April 28th, 2016

>>Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

(Chicago, IL)  —  Dennis Hastert is heading to prison.  The former House Speaker was sentenced yesterday to 15-months for making illegal bank withdrawals to cover up sex abuse allegations.  While in court, he admitted he molested teenage boys decades ago when he was the wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.  Judge Thomas Durkin even called him a “serial child molester.”

>>Governor Expresses Optimism About Ending Budget Crisis

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Rauner is expressing some optimism about a possible end to the budget crisis.  The governor says he’s encouraged by talks among state lawmakers, adding that the recently signed college funding bill was a step in the right direction.  Rauner wants to approve a two-year spending plan by the end of May.  He even suggested possibly paying for a special session in order to get it done.

>>Report: Illinois Has Highest Property Tax Rate In The U.S.

(Undated)  —  People who own houses in the state appear to pay a lot in taxes.  Analysis done by CoreLogic shows that Illinois has the highest median property tax rate in the nation.  The lowest in the country is in Hawaii.

>>Transgender Student Allowed Access To Boys Bathroom

(Williamsville, IL)  —  An Illinois school is changing its transgender bathroom policy following the actions of a student.  Williamsville High School student Alex McCray filed a complaint in October with the IllinoisDepartment of Human Rights.  School officials have since agreed to allow transgender students access to the restrooms and locker rooms which they identity with.

>>U Of I Non-Tenured Faculty Authorize Strike

(Urbana, IL)  —  Non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois could be headed for a strike.  The union voted to authorize a work stoppage last night following a day of contract talks with the university.  Workers could walk off the job today and remain on strike for the rest of the semester.

>>RVC Support Staff File Intent To Unionize

(Rockford, IL)  —  A group of workers at Rock Valley College want join a union.  Over one hundred support staff have filed an intent to unionize.  Supporters believe unionizing will help their members advocate for their own working conditions.

>>NFL Draft Set To Begin In Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  —  Thousands of NFL fans will be flooding the streets of Chicago for the NFL Draft.  Festivities begin today around Grant Park with the opening of Draft Town.  This is the second year in a row the league held this event in the Windy City.  Last year’s draft is believed to have generated over 81-million-dollars in economic impact.

Galesburg Dealing With Lead Drinking Water Crisis – 4/27/16

April 27th, 2016

>>Dennis Hastert To Be Sentenced

(Chicago, IL)  —  A judge will decide today whether Dennis Hastert belongs in prison.  The former House Speaker is scheduled to be sentenced in a Chicago federal courtroom.  Hastert is accused of paying nearly two-million-dollars in hush money to cover up sexual abuse he committed decades ago.  He pleaded guilty last fall to a banking violation.

>>Galesburg Dealing With Lead Drinking Water Crisis

(Galesburg, IL)  —  Galesburg is dealing with its own version of the Flint, Michigan water crisis.  The EPA has made several recommendations including the city providing bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.  City officials say the lead problem was created by individual homes having lead pipes and paint.

>>Seven Hurt In Rockford Crash

(Rockford, IL) —  Seven people are hurt following a two-vehicle accident in Rockford.  Officials say two cars collided yesterday at South Alpine and Linder roads.  Each victim was sent to the hospital including a pregnant woman and four children.  Their conditions haven’t been released.

>>UIS Employee Accidentally Shocked

(Springfield, IL)  —  An employee at the University of Illinois Springfield is recovering after they were accidentally shocked by electricity.  Officials say the victim was wounded yesterday morning while working at the Larkspur housing building.  The employee suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

>>U Of I Non-Tenured Faculty Stage Work In

(Urbana, IL)  —  Non-tenure-track faculty at the University of Illinois are staging a work-in today.  The union is taking action over the lack of a contract.  Members will be grading and holding office hours.  The same group held a two-day strike last week.

>>NBA Player Donates Money For Peoria School

(Peoria, IL)  —  Construction is underway at a Peoria school with the help of an NBA player.  Crews are working on a new addition to Concordia Lutheran School.  The school raised three-million-dollars for the project, including one million from Shaun Livingston.  The Golden State Warrior is a Peoria native and Concordia alum.

>>Taylorville Library To Remain Closed For Mold

(Taylorville, IL)  —  The Taylorville Public Library will remain closed because of a mold problem.  The “State Journal-Register” reports the building likely won’t be open for at least another three weeks.  Crews have been working to remove the mold since it was discovered earlier this month.

Court Battle Begins Between Rauner Administration And Union – 4/26/16

April 26th, 2016

>>Rauner Signs College Funding Bill Into Law

(Springfield, IL)  —  Public colleges in Illinois are getting a temporary lifeline while the budget impasse continues.  Governor Rauner signed a bill into law that will release 600-million-dollars to fund public universities and community colleges through the summer.  Rauner says the move doesn’t solve the budget crisis but it is a first step toward compromise between Democrats and Republicans.

>>Hastert’s Accuser Sues Former House Speaker

(Yorkville, IL)  —  The accuser in the Dennis Hastert hush money case is suing the former House Speaker.  The man known as “Individual A” claims Hastert stills owes him one-point-eight-million-dollars as part of an agreement to hide sexual abuse committed by Hastert decades ago.  The suit filed in Kendall County court accuses the 74-year-old of breach of contract.  Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow after pleading guilty to a banking violation related to the hush money.

>>Court Battle Begins Between Rauner Administration And Union

(Springfield, IL)  —  Court proceedings are underway between lawyers for the Rauner administration and the state’s largest employee union.  Both sides are arguing over whether contract talks have officially stalled.  Rauner wants an impasse declared so he can impose his last offer on the members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. However, the declaration would also allow the union to go on strike.

>>Former Decatur Police Chief Files New Lawsuit Against City

(Decatur, IL) —  Former Decatur Police Chief Brad Sweeney is filing another lawsuit against the city.  The move comes after a previous suit was dismissed earlier this month by a Macon County judge.  Sweeney has decided to sue the city only instead of city manager Tim Gleason.  The allegations remain the same which include wrongful termination.

>>Sinkhole Discovered In Hardin County

(Hardin Co., IL)  —  Traffic could be delayed in Hardin County because of a sinkhole.  IDOT says the ground collapsed on Highway 146, between Rosiclare and Elizabethtown.  The road was closed yesterday morning after the sinkhole was discovered the day before.  Crews are working to fix the issue.

>>Woman Shot Driving In Rockford

(Rockford, IL)  —  A woman is recovering after she was shot while driving in Rockford with her three children.  Police say the victim was wounded last night when a stray bullet entered her car near Sherman and Sunset avenues.  She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.  None of the children in the vehicle were hurt.

>>Woman Hurt In Towanda Blaze

(Towanda, IL)  —  A woman is hurt following a house fire in Towanda.  Officials say the blaze broke out yesterday in the 200-block of Washington Street.  The home sustained significant damage including the attic.  Investigators are trying to determine a cause.

Donald Vyneman

April 26th, 2016

Donald E. Vyneman, 80, of Sheffield died on Sunday, April, 24, 2016 at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton. Funeral

Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield. Father Mark Miller

will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sheffield. Visitation will be one hour prior to services

on Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to Sheffield-Mineral Rescue Unit or to St. Patrick’s Catholic

Church, Sheffield. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Don was born December 12, 1935 in Concord Township, Bureau County, IL the son of Peter and Marjorie (Morman)

Vyneman. He graduated from Mineral High School in 1953. On May 10, 1958 he married Marlene Driessens in

Sheffield. She survives. Don had worked at Kraft Foods and then for many years at F.S. in Sheffield until retiring. In

his retirement he worked as a bailiff in Bureau County for several years.

Memberships include St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, Sheffield Knights of Columbus, Sheffield Lions Club,

Hidden Lake Country Club, and the Mineral Boulders Club. For many years Don had been active with the Sheffield

Homecoming Association. Don enjoyed, golfing, rolle bolle and playing cards.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene; son, Gary Vyneman, Newport Beach, CA, daughter Karen Keegan, McKinney,

TX, and son, Thomas (Stacey) Vyneman, Brentwood, TN; seven grandchildren, Alexandria and Andrew Vyneman,

Tyler, Allison, and Kyle Keegan, and Britton and Brynn Vyneman; and a sister, Mary Ann Dwyer, Pinellas Park, FL.

His parents and a brother in infancy preceded him in death.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Don’s obituary at

State Senate Passes $450-Million Human Services Bill – 4/25/16

April 25th, 2016

>>Central Illinois Man Convicted Of Sexually Assaulting Young Girl

(Springfield, IL)  —  A Springfield man is facing at least a near-decade in prison after being convicted of sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl.  Thirty-four-year-old Latino Buchanan was convicted last week by a Sangamon County jury of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and predatory criminal sexual assault after prosecutors said he assaulted his former girlfriend’s daughter.  Buchanan is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

>>Officials Working To Identify Remains As Police Investigate Champaign Death

(Champaign, IL)  —  Champaign police are investigating after the discovery of human remains on Sunday in a lake.  Twenty-four-year-old Ashley Gibson was reported missing last week.  While officials are working on a positive ID of the remains, police have transitioned the disappearance of Gibson into a death investigation.

>>State Senate Passes $450-Million Human Services Bill

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois state senators are moving a bill that would provide financial relief to human service programs.  Senate Bill 2047 was passed Friday after lawmakers approved a separate funding bill for higher education.  This bill also includes money for higher ed along with things like cancer screenings, HIV and AIDS services, addiction treatment, and senior services.  The bill must be approved by the House.

>>FEMA Rejects Appeal For Flooding Assistance

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois is getting shot down again by the Federal Emergency Management Agency regarding its request for assistance for local governments after flooding this past winter.  The state appealed FEMA’s original denial earlier this month, and was also turned down on a request for federal money to help residents and businesses impacted by the flooding in December and January.  The state was seeking about 17-million dollars.  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s director said Friday the rejection was because of the inability of larger urban areas to meet damage thresholds.

>>State Rep’s Solitary Confinement Bill Moves Through Committee

(Springfield, IL)  —  Solitary confinement is a technique that may see less usage in Illinois prisons under a bill that was approved in committee last week. The bill, sponsored by State Representative La Shawn Ford of Chicago, would limit the confinement to no more than five straight days, and no more than five days over a five-month period. The bill language suggests leaving an inmate in for a longer period can cause psychological damage.  The bill now moves to the full House.

>>Beer Enthusiasts Can Now Earn A “B” For Brewing At SIU

(Carbondale, IL)  —  Learning how to brew beer is now something you can major in at Southern IllinoisUniversity.  The “Carbondale Southern Illinois” reports a bachelor’s degree in fermentation science was approved by the state board of higher education last month.  Students can begin taking the major this summer.

Local News – 4/22/16

April 22nd, 2016

*Princeton Chamber of Commerce Honorees of 2016

The Princeton Chamber of Commerce made several announcements last night (4/21/16) at their annual dinner. They also announced the theme and Grand Marshall for the Homestead Festival and many members were honored. The Chamber Member of the year award went to Gary Bruce of Bruce Jewelers, the organization of the year is the Lions Club and the ambassador of the year is Ginger Freeburg. The Grand Marshall of then Homestead Festival for 2016 will be Gary Swanson and the theme will be Glory Days.


*Jazz Band Premier Concert

The Premier performance of the Princeton Community Jazz Band will be tomorrow evening (4/23/16). The concert will be at the Bureau County Fairgrounds Allen Building at 7:00. There will also be a performance by the Logan Jr. High Jazz Band. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youth and seniors and there will be desserts for sale at the concert as well.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 20 year old Collin Hasbrook of Princeton pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis. He was ordered to pay $1047 in fees and court costs.


*Gateway Trivia Night

Gateway Services will host a trivia night tomorrow evening (4/22/16). The event will take place at Shandy’s Pub and grill in Henry. There will be a chicken and spaghetti dinner starting at 5:00 and trivia will begin at 6:00. Tickets are $25 at the door.


*Skoog Proposal Prioritizes Funding For Ag Education 

State Rep. Andy Skoog has filed House Bill 6424, which would appropriate $1.8 million to the State Board of Education for agricultural education. Governor Bruce Rauner has recommended eliminating agricultural education for Fiscal Year 2017, a measure that does not sit well with Skoog. Skoog said, “Appropriating money for the farmers of tomorrow is an investment especially here in the Illinois Valley. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to educate our children about the business of putting food on every family’s table. It is vital for our kids to understand at a young age the importance of agriculture.”


*LaSalle County Every Kid Healthy week

The LaSalle County Health Department is observing ‘Every Kid Healthy’ week beginning April 25th through the 29th.  The annual observance of the week was created to promote school health and wellness achievements and is recognized on the National Health Observance calendar. The theme for this year is Healthy Habits Start Early.


*Covered Bridge Workcamp 

The Covered Bridge Workcamp is 8 weeks away. June 19th through the 25th, 252 teenage and adult volunteers will be in Princeton and Bureau County to do repair work on some 40 to 50 homes. 101 elderly, handicap and lower income individuals applied for Workcamp. These people will be notified mid-May as to their individual status in the intensive selection process. Volunteers are still needed to provide cookies or treats for the crews during their breaks. Contact St. Johns Lutheran Church on the Hill at 815-875-2313 if you would like to donate snacks or baked goods for the Workcamp volunteers.


*Sheriff Jim Reeds Spring and Summer Cautionary Statement

Sheriff James Reed released a reminder that the spring and summer months will bring heavier traffic as well as slow moving vehicles and farm implements to our Bureau County roadways.  Drivers are urged to use caution when approaching curves, intersections and hillsides, especially on secondary roads.  Please be courteous and understanding to the farmer’s use of the roadways and make sure to leave a little earlier for work or appointments to allow for any possible delays.


*Princeton Public Library Schedule

The Princeton Public Library has released its schedule of events for the upcoming week. Monday is movie night at 6:30. Tuesday morning features the youth services story time and craft at 10:30 and there will be a performance by the Elm City Bells on Thursday evening at 6:30.


*Perry Memorial Continence Therapy Program

Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton will host a Continence Therapy Program on Tuesday. The class will take place at the Bureau County Senior Center in Princeton on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00. Call the hospital at 815-875-2811 for more information.


*IVCC Says Goodbye to Norman Engstrom

Illinois Valley Community College music and theatre instructor Norman Engstrom will be featured in the free annual faculty concert at 7:30 pm Friday, April 29 in the Cultural Centre. It will be Engstrom’s finale as he retires from IVCC effective June 16. Engstrom has been educating students and entertaining audiences throughout the Illinois Valley for the past 15 years. In addition to teaching at IVCC, he has presented the annual faculty concert and he has directed and choreographed shows at several area theatres.


*Bureau Valley FFA Members Recognized for Accomplishments

Two members of the Bureau Valley FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA were recognized in a competition at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign earlier this month. Chase Gripp of Sheffield was recognized as the District FFA Proficiency winner and section 3 farmer. Jay Norden of Walnut was recognized as District FFA Proficiency winner.  Both young men received plaques for their accomplishments.




Illinois House Says No To Madigan’s Proposed Millionaire Tax – 4/21/16

April 21st, 2016

>>Illinois House Says No To Madigan’s Proposed Millionaire Tax

(Springfield, IL)  —  State lawmakers are voting down House Speaker Michael Madigan’s proposed millionaire tax.  The constitutional amendment failed yesterday to make it through the Illinois House.  The proposal would have imposed a surtax on incomes above one-million-dollars.  This is the second time in less than a year the amendment was voted down.

>>CTU President Calls Governor Rauner An ISIS Recruit

(Chicago, IL)  —  Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis is calling Governor Rauner a new recruit for ISIS.  In a speech at the City Club of Chicago yesterday, she labeled the governor a liar and compared his actions against the poor and working-class to terrorism.  Rauner’s office responded by saying this kind of rhetoric has no place in American public discourse.

>>Bacteria Causing Infections In Illinois

(Undated)  —  Illinois health officials say ten people in Illinois have been diagnosed with infections caused by the Elizabethkingia [[ Elizabeth-king-ee-uh ]] bacteria.  Six of those individuals have died.  The department of health says the strain of bacteria hitting the state is different from the one that caused an outbreak in Wisconsin.

>>Possible Layoffs At U of I

(Champaign, IL)  —  A group of workers at the University of Illinois could be out of a job this fall because of the state budget crisis.  An email sent out to school officials announced plans for laying off civil service employees.  Managers must report who will be let go by May 16th.  Layoffs go into affect August 27th.

>>Former Congressman Mel Reynolds Order Behind Bars

(Chicago, IL)  —  Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds is back behind bars.  A judge ordered him into custody yesterday after failing to find a place to live to be hooked up to an electronic monitor.  Reynolds is accused of not filing tax returns for four straight years.  He was arrested in Atlanta last week for violating his bond.

>>Armed Bank Robbery In Rockford

(Rockford, IL)  —  Rockford police are looking for the person who robbed a local bank a gunpoint.  Authorities say a man armed with a silver and black handgun entered a Chase Bank yesterday afternoon on the city’s southeast side.  The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He fled the scene in a minivan that had a logo for Speedy Taxi.

>>Meghan Trainor Performing At Illinois State Fair

(Springfield, IL)  —  Grammy winner Meghan Trainor is coming to the Illinois State Fair.  The pop-singer will be performing on the fair’s grandstand on August 13th.  The show is part of her Untouchable Tour.