Bustos Not Skipping Trump Inauguration – 1/17/17

January 17th, 2017

>>Bustos Not Skipping Trump Inauguration

The Quad Cities’ Democratic Congresswoman will be in the crowd at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Cheri Bustos yesterday said she is not skipping the new president’s swearing-in. Bustos says our Democracy is about is about ‘the peaceful transfer of power,’ regardless if you agree with the new president.

llinois Lawmakers Hope School Changes Are Key To Budget – 1/17/17

January 17th, 2017

>>Illinois Lawmakers Hope School Changes Are Key To Budget

Lawmakers working on a new plan to change how the state pays for schools say they could be the key to a new state budget. Governor Rauner’s education funding task force is due to have a new plan by the end of the month. Last week, State Senator Andy Manar [[ muh-NAAR ]] said the changes in how Illinois pays for schools could open the path to a new state budget. But he says there’s still more work to do.

Fog To Dominate Morning Commute – 1/17/17

January 17th, 2017

>>Fog To Dominate Morning Commute

It’s going to be a foggy drive to work or school, but how foggy depends on where you live. The National Weather Service is leaving a Dense Fog Advisory in place till noon today for most of northern Illinois, including Chicago and the suburbs. Central Illinois drivers will likely see some lingering fog, their advisory expired at midnight. Forecasters say slow down, turn on your lights, and give yourself plenty of space from the car in front of you.

Bloomington Eyes Full Pension Funding By Deadline – 1/17/17

January 17th, 2017

>>Bloomington Eyes Full Pension Funding By Deadline

City leaders in Bloomington say their tax increases worked. City council members are expected to get a briefing tonight on Bloomington’s police and fire pensions. The city’s finance director says a 2014 utility tax increase is on track to fully fund retirements for cops and firefighters by the state’s deadline in 2041. Illinois law requires all local pensions have 90-percent of the money they need by then. Bloomington will pay about 12-million dollars for pensions next year alone.

Sugary Drink Tax Push-Back Growing – 1/16/17

January 16th, 2017

>>Sugary Drink Tax Push-Back Growing

Critics say a 12-pack of soda could soon cost as much as a 12-pack of cheap beer in Illinois.  They blame a proposed sugary drink tax.  Lawmakers are thinking about the penny-per-ounce tax as a way to get Illinois out of its fiscal dungeon.  But groups, including the Illinois Retail Merchants, say the tax is regressive and won’t make anyone healthier.