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Illinois News – 7/19/17

July 19th, 2017

Ex-Speaker Of The House No Longer In Federal Prison

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is no longer in federal prison after serving 13 months of a 15 month sentence. Hastert was placed behind bars for a bank fraud conviction linked to his effort to pay off former students he sexually abused more than 30 years ago during his time as a high school wrestling coach in Yorkville. The 75-year-old now faces two years of supervised release and lawsuits from former students who claim to have been victimized by Hastert.

Governor Rauner Wants To Change Democratic School Funding Plan

Governor Bruce Rauner is asking Democrats in the Illinois Senate to send him their school funding plan so he can change it. The governor is promising to use an amendatory veto on the proposal. Rauner doesn’t like nearly a half-a-billion-dollars earmarked for Chicago Public Schools. Illinois lawmakers approved the school funding plan earlier this month, but did so in a way that forces the governor to spend money on schools in the way they see fit.

State Police Release Activity Report for June

July 18th, 2017

If you received a ticket for speeding or not wearing your seatbelt last month, you’re not alone.  State Police District 17 troopers made 9 criminal arrests in June. On the roadways, 150 tickets were handed out for speeding and 28 for seat belt violations. Nine people were charged with DUI. Motorists in the three-county area of Bureau, LaSalle and Putnam received 292 tickets and 400 written warnings last month.  Officers responded to 53 traffic crashes. Three fatalities were recorded.  Overall, District 17 troopers received 1,122 calls for service and assistance, 149 of those from stranded motorists.

Illinois News – 7/18/17

July 18th, 2017

Illinois Historic Preservation Joins the DNR In State Government Merger

State government in Illinois is a bit smaller, at least on paper. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced the state’s Historic Preservation office is being folded into their operation. DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal says the two agencies have very similar missions to preserve some of Illinois’ most treasured places. Rosenthal says he hopes the merger will also save taxpayers some money.

Locals In Springfield Not Happy With State Fair Parade Changes

Springfield’s mayor is just one of the locals in Springfield who is not happy about the plan to change the Illinois State Fair Parade. State officials say this year’s parade will be shorter and cheaper, starting just a few blocks from the fairgrounds in Lincoln Park. Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder says he’s “not a fan” of the idea. The parade has, for years, wound its way through Springfield’s north end to the fairgrounds and brought out a large crowd.

Major Change At The Top Of Gateway Services In Princeton

July 17th, 2017

There’s a major change at the top of Gateway Services in Princeton. Jeff Dean is stepping down from his CEO position. He had spent the past 10 years with Gateway. He’s being replaced on an interim basis by Tracy Wright, who has been with the organization for 25 years, the past 9 as Community Services Director. She will serve as Gateway’s Interim CEO through the end of October. A decision will be made then on whether to make Wright’s appointment permanent.

Hiker Hospitalized After Fall At Starved Rock

July 17th, 2017

A Bartlett woman is hospitalized after taking a fall at Starved Rock State Park. Utica authorities say the 18-year old female hiker, whose name has not been announced, fell about 25 feet at Sandstone Point Overlook. She was LifeFlighted to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Utica emergency responded to the call at around 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon.