Local News – 7/3/15

July 3rd, 2015

*List of Area Fireworks

Spring Valley – tonight at the Hall High School. Festivities begin at 6PM

Mineral – tonight at the baseball park

Ladd – tonight at Kennedy Park

Princeton – tomorrow night at Zearing Park WZOE AM1490 will be there

Henry – tomorrow night at Waterworks Park

Mendota – tomorrow night at the fairgrounds

Ottawa – tomorrow night at the Ottawa High School

Walnut – Sunday night behind Bureau Valley North

Utica – Sunday night


*Garbage Pick Up Changed Due To The Holiday

The City of Princeton’s Street Department has announced that garbage and recycling routes will be picked up Monday July 6th due to the Independence Day Holiday today. They request that residents have their garbage and recycling out by 5AM on Monday.


*Spring Valley City Clerk’s Office Closed July 3rd and 4th

Becky Hansen, The Spring Valley City Clerk has announced that in observance of Independence Day, her office will be closed today (7/3/15) and tomorrow (7/4/15) along with all government offices. There will be no change in garbage pick-up.


*Mautino Urges Residents To Use Caution Over The Holiday Weekend

State Rep. Frank Mautino is encouraging local residents to exercise caution with fireworks when celebrating this Fourth of July weekend. Mautino said,“It’s very important that we recognize the need to celebrate responsibly and protect each other from unnecessary injuries. Fireworks can be a fun way to make the Fourth of July brighter and more festive as we celebrate our country’s independence. By understanding the risks, an injury or unpleasant trip to the emergency room can be avoided.”


*IL Secretary of State Urges Drivers To Be Safe This Holiday Weekend

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White reminded motorists who are celebrating the country’s independence to drive safely by not driving impaired this Fourth of July holiday weekend. “Drunk and drugged driving results in death and injury on our roadways every year,” White said.  “Let’s keep the roads safe by making sure our drivers are sober.” White suggests that those participating in celebrations involving alcohol take public transportation, a cab or designate a sober driver.  White also reminds drivers to use safety belts.

Governor Rauner Vetoes Pay Increase For State Lawmakers – 7/2/15

July 2nd, 2015

>>Governor Rauner Vetoes Pay Increase For State Lawmakers

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Rauner is saying no to pay raises for state lawmakers.  He used an amendatory veto to stop the automatic increases.  Rauner says he stopped the pay hike because of the current state fiscal crisis.  The raises would have been about 14 hundred to 19 hundred dollars per lawmaker. The veto also freezes legislative per diems and mileage reimbursements at current levels.

>>State Budget Crisis Shuts Down Lincoln’s Challenge

(Springfield, IL)  —  The Illinois budget crisis has shutdown a state program designed to help troubled youth.   Close to 90 staff members of  Lincoln’s Challenge were asked not to come to work.  All of them are considered vendors of the state and not employees because they work under contract.  Meanwhile, a 33 million dollar construction project at Lincoln’s Challenge in Rantoul was shut down on Tuesday.  Program leaders are postponing the next class of teens scheduled to arrive at the facility on July 15th.


>>More Layoffs At Caterpillar

(Peoria, IL)  —  More layoffs are announced at Caterpillar.  Officials said yesterday 35 workers will be placed on indefinite layoff in Pontiac.  Spokeswoman Barbara Cox said the company is restructuring production efforts to meet current demands from customers.  More than 100 employees were pink-slipped at the East Peoria plant last month.

>>Cape Air Service In Quincy

(Quincy, IL)  —  Cape Air is being asked to continue flights between Quincy and St. Louis for two years.  The request came from the Aeronautics Committee.  The airline would receive more than two-million dollars the first year from the Essential Air Service program.  Cape Air has been flying from Quincy since 2000.

>>Quincy Attorney New Circuit Court Judge

(Quincy, IL)  —  Scott Larson is a new judge in Adams County Circuit Court in Quincy.  He was selected to fill a vacancy that opened after Scott Walden’s retirement.  Larson will serve until the general election in 2016.  The Quincy High School graduate received his law degree in 1998.

>>Food Trucks In Peoria

(Peoria, IL)  —  Applications are being accepted from food truck vendors to operate in Peoria.  Officials said yesterday the City Council approved food trucks to provide service on thoroughfares in the downtown area.  For more information, call 309-494-8588.

>>People Urged To Get CPR Training

(Quincy, IL)  —  Doctors in Quincy are urging people to get CPR training.  The Institute of Medicine reports bystanders could be life-savers for people suffering cardiac arrest where less than six percent survive.  Anyone wishing to take a CPR class can contact the Adams County Health Department in Quincy at 217-222-8440.

Local News – 7/2/15

July 2nd, 2015

*Update on Mautino’s Cancer Treatments

State Rep. Frank Mautino released the a statement providing an update on his treatment for esophageal cancer. He has been undergoing a combination of chemotherapy and radiation and the next step is surgery. Yesterday Mautino said, “I continue to receive outstanding medical care, my prognosis remains good and I expect to make a full recovery. While my activity in the district may be limited during this time, I worked to adjust my treatments this spring and summer so I can continue representing local residents.


*Fatal Crash on Route 80

A fatal accident occurred yesterday morning (7/1/15) on Route 80. In the westbound lane on Route 80 at mile marker 77 near LaSalle, a trooper located a car approximately 500 feet off the interstate. The car had struck a tree and the driver was ejected from the vehicle, killing the driver. The name of the driver has not yet been released. The crash remains under investigation by the Illinois State police and the LaSalle County Coroner’s office.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 35 year old Steven Gyurkovics of Sheffield pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing to property. He was ordered to pay $412 in fees and court costs and was placed on conditional discharge for 1 year.

No Budget In Place To Start Fiscal Year 2016 – 7/1/15

July 1st, 2015

>>No Budget In Place To Start Fiscal Year 2016

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinois lawmakers are beginning the 2016 fiscal year without a budget. The General Assembly couldn’t agree on a deal yesterday in order to avoid a possible government shutdown.  Governor Rauner told a group of workers at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency yesterday morning that the situation was a “mess” and he hopes the state could fix the problem promptly.

>>Democrats Pushing For Temporary One Month Budget

(Springfield, IL)  —  Democrats in Springfield are trying to provide a temporary solution for the budget crisis.  They are proposing a two-point-two-billion-dollar one-month budget that would fund select essential services.  The measure could be put to a vote today but it is not certain it will be approved by both the Legislature and Governor Rauner.

>>SIU Edwardsville Chancellor Resigning

(Edwardsville, IL)  —  Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will be searching for a new chancellor.  The school announced that Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe is resigning effective August 14th.  She is taking over as vice president of instruction at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

>>Smoke Free Campus Act In Effect

(Undated)  —  There may be a lot less smoke on the campuses of universities in Illinois.  Beginning today, the Smoke Free Campus Act goes into effect.  The measure signed into law last year by then-Governor Quinn bans smoking on the campus of a state-supported institution of higher education.

>>June Is Second Wettest Month On Record In Illinois

(Undated)  —  Last month keeps inching closer to producing the most rain in the history of Illinois.  State climatologist Jim Angel says through Monday, the statewide average rainfall of nine-point-37 inches makes this June the second wettest overall month on record in the state.  Only September of 1926 was a wetter month. Rain levels from yesterday still need to be calculated so there is still a chance June could reach the top spot.

>>Millions Hitting The Road For 4th Of July

(Undated)  —  A large number of people will be driving throughout Illinois for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.  The Illinois Tollway is expecting five-point-nine million vehicles to use the Tollway from Thursday through Sunday.  Construction work will be restricted during that period.  Temporary maintenance and lane closures will also be suspended.

Local News – 6/30/15

June 30th, 2015

*Four Bureau County Students Earn Zearing Scholarships

The Robert I. and Delyte K. Zearing Scholarship winners have been announced. The 4 scholarship winners are graduates of Princeton High School and St. Bede Academy. The recipients are Emma Perona of Spring Valley and Keaton Smith of Ladd, both 2015 graduates of St. Bede Academy and the two 2015 graduates of Princeton High School to receive the scholarships are Hailey Michael of Princeton and Andrew Birkey. Each recipient will receive $4000 towards their college tuition.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 30 year old Ryan Biba of Depue pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis. He was ordered to pay $917 in fees and court costs and was placed on court supervision for 1 year.

-20 year old Caleb Bowyer of Buda pleaded guilty to illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. He will pay $497 in fees and court costs and received court supervision for 1 year.

-51 year old Michael Jones of Bureau pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. He was ordered to pay $409 in fees and court costs.

Governor Rauner Promises State Paycheck During Possible Government Shutdown – 6/30/15

June 30th, 2015

>>Governor Rauner Promises State Paycheck During Possible Government Shutdown

(Springfield, IL)  —  Governor Rauner promises state workers that if there is a government shutdown due to no budget agreement being reached, they will get paid.  He sent out an email yesterday, the eve of the last day of the 2015 fiscal year.  Rauner’s statement conflicts with Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s legal position.  She says if the Legislature and the governor don’t reach a budget by Wednesday, there will be no distribution of state paychecks.


>>Comptroller Gives Savings Back To The State

(Springfield, IL)  —  The Illinois Comptroller’s Office has saved half a million dollars and plans to give it back to the state.  Comptroller Leslie Munger says the savings have come from consolidating operations and cross training employees.  She adds that her budget will be ten-percent smaller next year.  Munger was appointed by Governor Rauner after Judy Baar Topinka’s death.  She will have to run for re-election next year.


>>Governor Signs 911 Revamp

(Springfield, IL)  —  Illinoisans are going to be paying more for 911 emergency telephone service.  Governor Rauner signed a bill yesterday approving a revamp of the 911 laws.  The goal is to create a system across the state by 2020.  A new fee of 87-cents per month will include cell and land line phones.


June Is Wettest On Record In Illinois – 6/29/15

June 29th, 2015

>>Crowds Gather For 46th Annual Pride Parade

(Chicago, IL)  —  People in Chicago are still celebrating following the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.  An estimated crowd of one-million gathered on the North Side yesterday for the 46th Annual Pride Parade.  Several politicians were on hand including Mayor Emanuel and Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk.  The Stanley Cup was even seen on one of the more than 200 floats.  It is not yet known if the parade will return to the North Side next year with city officials discussing the possibility of moving it downtown.

>>June Is Wettest On Record In Illinois

(Undated)  —  People in Illinois are experiencing record levels of rain this month.  State climatologist Jim Angel says as of Saturday, the statewide average rainfall of eight-point-91 inches makes this June the wettest on record in the state.  The previous record was set in 1902.  Records have been kept as far back as 1895.

>>Food Network Show Ranks Burger At West Loop Restaurant #1

(Chicago, IL)  —  A West Loop restaurant is being recognized for having a great burger.  Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants” ranked Au Cheval’s double cheeseburger as the best in the country.  Au Cheval was joined on the list by the Brindle Room in New York, the Pie ‘n Burger in Pasadena, California, Sid’s Diner in El Reno, Oklahoma and the Mission Bowling Club in San Francisco.


>>Illinois Budget Issues Affect U.Of I. Campus

(Urbana, IL)  —  Governor Rauner’s budget cuts are already affecting the university of Illinois campus.  On Tuesday, the Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center will shut down temporarily.  Several dozen workers will be without a job.  Also, a million-dollar project to improve the country’s power grid is now on hold.  The governor has placed a freeze on several state grants and programs until a fiscal 2016 budget deal is agreed on.  The new fiscal year in Illinois starts on Wednesday, with a possible state government shutdown on the horizon.


>>Authorities Arrest Man Believed To Have Shot At State Trooper

(St. Ann, MO)  —  A man believed to have shot at an Illinois State trooper is in custody after being on the loose for several days.  Gregory Nelson is accused of shooting after the trooper last Tuesday night during a traffic stop in East. St. Louis.  Authorities say he was arrested Saturday at an apartment in St. Ann Missouri.  Nelson is waiting to be brought back to Illinois on charges of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Local News – 6/27/15

June 27th, 2015

*Gypsy Opens at Festival 56

WZOE, Z98 and WRVY are sponsoring the musical Gypsy, set to open at Festival 56. The play begins this Thursday evening (7/2/15) at 7:30 at the Grace Performing Arts Center in Princeton. It will run through July 11th. In addition to the 7:30 performances on July 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th, there will be 2:00 matinees on July 5th, 8th and 11th. To purchase tickets for Gypsy call 815-879-5656 ext. 11 or stop by the box office between noon and 5PM Monday through Saturday.


*Drum Circle at Princeton Library

The Princeton Public Library is hosting a drum circle. The interactive program will be led by Kevin Kramer on Tuesday evening (6/30/15) at 6:30. All ages are invited to participate and feel free to bring a percussion instrument. The library will also have some drums and cymbals available to use but instruments are not necessary to participate. The event is free of charge.

Local News – 6/26/15

June 26th, 2015

*Parking Restrictions at Starved Rock

Due to recent and continued flooding, there will be parking restrictions at Starved Rock Lodge this weekend. Only guests staying at the Lodge, guests utilizing the Main Dining Room and Back Door Lounge and visitors attending a wedding will be allowed to park in the Lodge lots this weekend. Lodge guests have been e-mailed a parking pass. Wedding guests will be asked to show their invitation to the wedding upon arrival.

Daytrippers, hikers and picnickers will be directed to other parking areas. Once these parking areas reach capacity, visitors will be directed to other parks in the area such as Buffalo Rock and Matthiessen State Park. Picnic areas at Starved Rock are open, but some hiking trails are closed due to flooding.


*Free Shakespeare Play Starts Sunday

Festival 56 will open its 12th season of free Shakespeare on Sunday (6/28/15). This year’s Shakespeare play to be performed will be the Tragedy of Julius Caesar. The play will begin at 2:00 on Sunday. After that all performances will be at 7:30 every Wednesday and Sunday evening though July 26th.  Fifteen minutes before each play, Festival 56 will offer “Basic Bill: Shakespeare Made Easy,” and informal explanation about Shakespeare and the current production.


*Peru Fireworks Cancelled

The Peru Parks and Recreation Board have decided to cancel the fireworks show for July 3rd. This is the second year in a row the fireworks have been canceled due to flooding conditions on Water Street. The board will have a follow-up meeting July 14th at city hall to discuss a possible reschedule date.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s office, 23 year old Brent Davis of Buda pleaded guilty to the class 3 felony offense of unlawful delivery of a look-alike substance. He was ordered to pay $1292 in fines, fees and court costs and was sentenced to serve 2 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Governor Rauner Signs Education Funding Bill – 6/25/15

June 25th, 2015

>>Authorities Searching For Man Believed To Have Shot At Trooper

(East St. Louis, IL) — State Police are searching for a man believed to have shot at a state trooper in East St. Louis. Gregory Nelson of East St. Louis is being charged with attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon following a shooting Tuesday night during a traffic stop near Interstate 255. The trooper returned fire but the gunman fled. Nobody was hurt during the incident. Police say the 52-year-old was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

>>Police Officer Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

(Champaign, IL) — A Champaign police officer is accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend. “The Champaign News-Gazette” reports Jerad Gale was arraigned yesterday on multiple charges including aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated domestic battery. The 31-year-old was arrested Tuesday after a former girlfriend claimed he attacked her in November of 2013.

>>Governor Rauner Signs Education Funding Bill

(Springfield, IL) — Public schools in Illinois will be open this fall even as lawmakers continue to clash over the budget. Governor Rauner signed an education funding bill yesterday that provides state money to school districts, early childhood education and other programs. The bill is part of the Democratic proposed budget.

>>Prisoners Suing IDOC Over Use Of Solitary Confinement

(Chicago, IL) — Thousands of state prisoners are suing the Illinois Department of Corrections over the use of solitary confinement. The lawsuit filed yesterday morning in Chicago federal court accuses IDOC of overusing and misusing solitary confinement in Illinois prisons. The suit claims there are 25-hundred prisoners in solitary confinement at any given time, some for only minor infractions.

>>Fall Out Boy Performing At Illinois State Fair

(Springfield, IL) — Popular rock band Fall Out Boy is returning to its home state to play at the Illinois State Fair this summer. The Illinois Department Of Agriculture announced that the pop-punk band will perform August 15th on the Grandstand stage. Other bands that are set to play include Rascal Flatts, Styx and Sammy Hagar and The Circle. The State Fair begins August 13th.

>>Dee Brown Hired By U of I As Special Assistant To AD

(Champaign, IL) — Former Illinois basketball star Dee Brown is coming back to his alma mater. U of I Athletic Director Mike Thomas announced yesterday that the former All-American will join his staff for the summer as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics. Brown was the 2005 Sporting News National Player of the Year. He is scheduled to assume the new position on July 1st.