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Annual Christmas Walk This Weekend in Downtown Princeton

November 16th, 2017

The annual Christmas Walk is this weekend in downtown Princeton. All weekend long there will be holiday music, horse-drawn carriage rides, old time trolley rides and extended shopping hours, giving you a greater opportunity to shop locally. Santa will be on hand for the lighting of the Christmas tree at Darius Miller Park. Hot chocolate will be available at the Cocoa Cottage on the Frontier Lawn. Many other activities will take place, including a Candy Cane Hunt at Soldiers and Sailors Park, visits with Santa at the Prouty Building, a bake sale, a performance by the Bureau County Chorus, a live nativity, Christmas photo booth, Princeton High School Madrigals singing and strolling on Main Street, bell ringers, a performance by the Covered Bridge Barbershop Chorus and a mini-trees festival. Shopping hours will be Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday from noon to 4. You can find a complete list of events and times by going online to princetonchamber-il.com.

Princeton Hosts Electronic Recycling Event Saturday

October 19th, 2017

If you have some old electronics you’ve been looking to toss, tomorrow is your chance.  The City of Princeton will be hosting an electronics recycling event at Perry Plaza.  The event runs Saturday from 8 am to noon and the only access will be from Park Avenue East onto northbound Sixth Street.  If you’re taking part, you’re reminded to not block intersections or driveways.  City officials warn not everyone will get into the event due to time constraints.  If you don’t make it this time though, don’t worry too much.  The city plans on holding another electronics recycling event in the near future.

News Headlines – October 20, 2017

October 19th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: It looks like Illinois isn’t getting the new joint Toyota-Mazda plant. The state of Illinois is once again investigating a Legionnaires’ outbreak at the veterans home in Quincy. Illinois farmers will be happy with a new report that says fuel blend regulations aren’t changing. There’s one place where you won’t see any players taking a knee during the national anthem, a Peoria Rivermen hockey game.

>>Illinois Appears To Lose Out On Toyota-Mazda Plant

(Chicago, IL) — No one is saying where the new joint Toyota-Mazda plant will be built, but it won’t be built in Illinois. “Crain’s Chicago Business” yesterday reported two car makers passed on Illinois because of the lack of shovel ready sites and because Illinois is not a right-to-work state. Greg Baise with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association says Illinois’ policies have consequences, and those consequences continue to cost the state jobs.

>>Illinois Investigates New Legionnaires’ Outbreak At Quiny Vets Home

(Quincy, IL) — There are new questions about safety at the veterans home in Quincy. The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday said two residents at the home have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. One of those people died. This is not the first outbreak. Nine veterans at the Quincy home died and 41 others got sick from Legionnaires’ in July of last year. Illinois Veterans officials say they’re working with the local health department to find the source of the outbreak.

>>Report: Trump EPA Backing Off Fuel Blend Changes

(Washington, D.C.) — A lot of Illinois farmers are going to be happy with the latest report from the nation’s capital. “Bloomberg News” reported last night the Trump Administration is backing away from a plan to change the requirement for America’s fuel blends. Many Illinois farmers worried that any change to the Renewable Fuel Standards would mean less of a market for corn and beans. But despite the report, congressional leaders say they have not yet seen anything from the president in writing.

>>Springfield Looks To Become ‘Welcoming’ Community

(Springfield, IL) — Springfield could become the next ‘welcoming’ community in the state of Illinois. City council member Kristin DiCenso wants city leaders to vote on a welcoming ordinance next week. Yesterday DiCenso said the ordinance would not turn Springfield into a sanctuary city, it would simply state that city government is committed to welcoming everyone to the community. Critics say in reality, welcoming ordinances are ‘sanctuary lite’ policies.

>>Minor League Hockey League Promises No Knees During Anthem

(Peoria, IL) — There’s one place where you won’t see any players taking a knee during the national anthem. That’s a Peoria Rivermen hockey game. In fact, the entire Southern Professional Hockey League is ordering its players to stand for the national anthem. SPHL president Jim Combs yesterday said they’ve had a rule since 2009 that requires players to stand. Combs said it wouldn’t ever cross the mind of hockey players or hockey fans to take a knee during the national anthem.

News Headlines – October 19, 2017

October 18th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois is ranked in the bottom half of states in a new tax and business climate study. The state is looking to borrow over a billion-dollars to pay down some of its old bills. Far fewer teens are dying in car accidents in Illinois as compared to a decade ago. The U of I says so far, just one student is sick with meningitis.

>>Illinois In Bottom Half In Latest Tax, Business Climate Report

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois’ five percent personal income tax rate is the only thing keeping the state from the bottom of a new report on taxes and business climates. The Tax Foundation yesterday ranked Illinois 29th in the country for tax policy and business climate. The state is ranked 16th for its personal income tax rate. But Illinois scores near the bottom, 42nd and 45th, when it comes to unemployment insurance and property tax rates. The Tax Foundation ranks Illinois’ neighbor Indiana as the ninth best state in country for businesses.

>>Illinois Looks To Borrow One-Point-Five Billion For Unpaid Bills

(Springfield, IL) — The state of Illinois is looking to finally pay off some of its old bills. The state yesterday started the process to borrow one-and-a-half billion-dollars. The money will go to pay some of the state’s 16 billion in unpaid bills. Governor Rauner’s office said that the interest on the borrowing will be less than the 12-percent late-payment interest Illinois is currently paying on some of its backlog of bills.

>>Illinois Teen Driving Deaths Down

(Springfield, IL) — The number of Illinois teens dying in car accidents is about half what it was a decade ago. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White yesterday said that teen driving deaths fell from 155 in 2007, to just 76 last year. White says the graduated drivers license program, which eases young drivers on to the road, should be credited for the drop in deaths.

>>OSF Bloomington Wants To Expand

(Bloomington, IL) — One central Illinois hospital group is asking state regulators to approve their expansion plans. OSF in Bloomington is planning a 25 million-dollar addition that hospital managers say will allow for more primary care physicians and cardiac specialists. But the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has to agree that there’s a need first. If all goes well, OSF hopes to wrap-up work on the project by the end of 2019.

>>U Of I: Only One Student Sick With Meningitis

(Urbana, IL) — The University of Illinois keeping a close eye on the first student to get sick with meningitis this fall. The school yesterday said only one student is sick so far, the student lives in Leonard Hall in the Lincoln Avenue Residence Halls. A university spokeswoman says the school cannot release any information about the student, but says they have been reaching out to friends and neighbors to see if anyone else has come down with symptoms. The student was admitted to a local hospital last week.

News Headlines – October 18, 2017

October 17th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Illinois lawmakers want results from the state’s pension managers. Prosecutors in western Illinois are pushing attempted-murder charges against the man accused of shooting at a state trooper. Local leaders in Zeigler say their former treasurer stole over 315-thousand-dollars. Bad news about the Cubs World Series ring that was for sale.

>>Lawmakers Want Results From Illinois Pension Managers

(Chicago, IL) — Illinois lawmakers are getting a bit frustrated with the lack of results from the state’s pension managers. State Senator Iris Martinez yesterday pressed a number of pension consultants to stop making excuses about why Illinois is missing its pension goals and to start doing something about it. Illinois’ pension system is one of the worst in the country with at least 130-billion-dollars in promises that there’s no money to pay for.

>>Attempted-Murder Charges For Western Illinois Manhunt Suspect

(Cambridge, IL) — Prosecutors say they are ready with attempted-murder charges against a man who led police on an hours-long manhunt. The Illinois State Police joined Henry County deputies in looking for, and eventually finding, Shaun Taylor yesterday. The Illinois State Police says Taylor shot at a trooper Sunday night after a traffic stop near Atkinson. Taylor is being held in the Henry County jail on two-million-dollars bond.

>>Republican Kleine Amasses War Chest In Race For Congress

(Springfield, IL) — Republican candidate Mark Kleine is looking at a fat campaign war chest in the race for Congress in the Quad Cities. Kleine, who is challenging Democrat Cheri Bustos, this week reported over half-a-million-dollars in his campaign account. About a third of that money is his own. Bustos raised just over 425-thousand-dollars over the past three months, but she had over two-million in the bank from previous races and fundraising efforts.

>>Audit: Former Southern Illinois Treasurer Stole 315-Thousand

(Zeigler, IL) — City leaders in Zeigler, Illinois, say they’re out over 315-thousand-dollars after their former treasurer ripped them off. The small southern Illinois city got the results of an audit yesterday showing former treasurer Ryan Thorpe scammed the city out of just over 315-thousand-dollars between 2013 and August of this year. Auditors say Thorpe would fake checks to make it look like he was paying legitimate bills. Federal prosecutors indicted Thorpe earlier this month on theft and fraud charges.

>>Cubs World Series Ring Pulled From Auction

(Chicago, IL) — Cubs fans are out of luck. The World Series ring up for auction at Leland’s Auctions is no longer for sale. Leland’s officials yesterday said the Chicago Cubs organization found the former scout who was given the ring and because of the terms of the ring contract, the Cubs asked the auction house to stop the sale. The Cubs had everyone who got a ring to sign an agreement that gives the team the first right to buy the ring for just one-dollar.