I80 Ramp Closure – 8/23/16

August 23rd, 2016

I80 Ramp Closure

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced an immediate local ramp closure. The I-80 Westbound ramp to IL 26 in Princeton will be closed tomorrow (8/24/16) from 8am until 4pm. During the ramp closure, I-80 South to US 6 West will be utilized as a detour. Message boards will be used to direct motorists through the detour.

Local Road Closure – 8/23/16

August 23rd, 2016

Local Road Closure

Please be advised that, by order of the Gold Township Road Commissioner, the section of 2250 North Avenue from 15 East Street west to the Bureau/Henry County Line will be closed from 7:00 a.m. on August 24th (tomorrow) until 5:00 p.m. on August 25th (Thursday).

Rock Island: No Backyard Chickens – 8/23/16

August 23rd, 2016

>>Rock Island:  No Backyard Chickens

Neighbors in Rock Island can have dogs and cats, but not chickens.  City leaders last night turned down an ordinance that would’ve let homeowners keep a few hens.  Mayor Dennis Pauley, who isn’t a fan of backyard fowl, says it’s likely the idea will come back next month.

LIHEAP Program Accepting Applications September 1st – 8/23/16

August 23rd, 2016

>>LIHEAP Program Accepting Applications September 1st

People in Illinois needing help paying their heating bills can apply for assistance next month.  The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance September 1st.  LIHEAP is a state and federally funded program for low-income families in which bill payments are made on behalf of households.

Rauner Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bills – 8/23/16

August 23rd, 2016

>>Rauner Signs Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Illinois is making an effort to reduce the prison population in the state.  Governor Rauner signed a package of bills into law yesterday.  They’re designed to keep young people who have committed low-level crimes from ending up behind bars.  One of the measures sets new requirements for first-time prison sentences and another reduces the minimum length of probation for minors.  Rauner said the legislation is about giving people a second chance and becoming productive citizens.