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News Headlines – November 23, 2017

November 22nd, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Governor Rauner isn’t guaranteeing a state budget anytime soon. J.B. Pritzker is unveiling a new opioid addiction plan. Friends of a fallen Rockford police officer are looking to raise money to buy officers in that city dash cameras. Howard Buffett is getting his spot on the Decatur Wall of Fame.

>>Governor Rauner: No Guarantee Illinois Will Get Another State Budget

(Springfield, IL) — Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is telling investors that there is no guarantee the state will get a new budget anytime soon. The governor included a line in this month’s offer to bond buyers that the state’s fiscal future is anything but certain. The presentation said there can ‘be no assurances’ that a budget will be enacted in future fiscal years.

>>Pritzker Opioid Plan Would Focus On Prevention, Treatment

(Chicago, IL) — The top Democrat in the race for Illinois Governor wants to focus on treatment and prevention in his plan to fight opioid abuse in the state. Candidate J.B. Pritzker yesterday unveiled his opioid plan. Along with the usual focus of getting people with opioid addictions into a treatment program or out of jail, Pritzker says he wants to make sure insurance companies in the state cover addiction treatment as they would any other disease.

>>Friends Raise Money For Dash Cams For Rockford Police

(Rockford, IL) — Friends of fallen Rockford police officer are trying to raise enough money to put dash cameras in all of the city’s squad cars. So far, friends of Jaimie Cox say they’ve gotten pledges for over 34 thousand-dollars in donations. Cox died in a traffic stop gone wrong earlier this month. Each camera costs about six thousand-dollars, Rockford Police say they need about 75 more cameras to put one in each squad car.

>>Howard Buffett Gets Decatur Wall Of Fame

(Decatur, IL) — Howard Buffett is getting his name on another piece of Decatur. The millionaire philanthropist-turned-sheriff last night was added to the city’s Wall of Fame. Buffett has become one of the city’s saviors, donating millions of his own dollars to help renovate neighborhoods or pay for educational opportunities. Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said everybody in town simply loves him.

>>Quad Cities Airport Pushing Fly Local Program

(Moline, IL) — Managers at the Quad Cities’ airport are doing everything they can to get people to fly from home. The Quad-City International Airport and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce yesterday announced the Fly Local Alliance. The idea is to ask local companies to use the Quad Cities airport for business and leisure travel, even if it costs a bit more.

News Headlines – November 22, 2017

November 22nd, 2017

Dixon House Fire Victims Identified

Authorities have identified the victims of a house fire just outside Dixon that left two adults and four children from one family dead. The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as 39-year-old Timothy Shaw, 37-year-old Melissa Shaw, 17-year-old Ethan Shaw, 15-year-old LeAnne Shaw, 12-year-old Hailey Shaw and 11-year-old Dylan Shaw. Autopsies determined the victims died from smoke inhalation. Authorities say an initial investigation doesn’t indicate foul play.

Illinois To Remain In Voter Crosscheck System

Illinois is sticking with the voter crosscheck system, despite questions about security, and concerns about politics. The Illinois State Board of Elections has approved a plan to stay in the multi-state voter information database as a way to get a more complete picture of who is registered to vote in all of Illinois’ neighboring states. Advocates, and a few Democratic state lawmakers, say voter crosscheck is vulnerable to hackers, and they fear it may also be used for political purposes to keep voters away from the polls.

Illinois Fire Marshal Warns Of Turkey Fryer Dangers

Hot oil and open flames do not mix. Keep that in mind if you’re planning to fry a turkey this Thanksgiving. The Illinois State Fire Marshal yesterday sent out their annual Thanksgiving warning. The fire marshal says if you do fry the bird this year, don’t overfill the frying pot, make sure the turkey is completely thawed, stay away from decks and trees, and never leave the bird or the fire unattended.

 

News Headlines – November 21, 2017

November 20th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Chris Kennedy is adding a big name to his list of endorsements. City leaders in Chicago say they intend to sue U.S. Steel over spills into Lake Michigan. Prosecutors in the Quad Cities are pushing murder charges for a deadly Friday shooting. A U of I student is one of the newest Rhodes Scholars.

>>Danny Davis Endorses Chris Kennedy

(Chicago, IL) — One of Chicago’s longest serving African-American congressmen is choosing sides in the Democratic race for Illinois governor. Congressman Danny Davis yesterday endorsed Chris Kennedy for governor. Davis said he remembers voting for Kennedy’s uncle, John F. Kennedy for president, and said that good fruit doesn’t fall far from tree.

>>Chicago Plans To Sue U.S. Steel Over Pollution

(Chicago, IL) — Chicago is gearing up to file a large environmental lawsuit. “The Chicago Tribune” reported yesterday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office plans to sue U.S. Steel after two spills into Lake Michigan this year. Emanuel yesterday said that U.S. Steel spilled more chromium than allowed into the lake on two separate occasions, though the mayor says he doesn’t know if the spills were accidental or intentional.

>>Bloomington-Normal To Get New Bus Stop Shelters

(Bloomington, IL) — Some of the folks who ride the bus in Bloomington-Normal are about to get a better bus stop. Managers at Connect Transit said on Friday that they plan to install three new bus stops before the end of the year. Crews will pour new concrete, add new plexiglass plates, and better brand the stops. Connect Transit says it chose the three stops because they are some of the system’s busiest.

>>Murder Charges Filed For Deadly Friday Shooting In East Moline

(Rock Island, IL) — The suspect in a deadly shooting in East Moline is being held on five million-dollars bond. Rock Island County prosecutors on Saturday charged 23-year-old Roman Knox with murder for the shooting of 69-year-old Robert Neal Sr. East Moline Police say the two knew each other, and say a fight earlier in the day may have led to the shooting.

>>University of Illinois Student Among New Rhodes Scholars

(Urbana, IL) — A University of Illinois student is among the latest Rhodes scholars. U of I senior Thomas Dowling found out yesterday that he is among the 32 Rhodes scholars this year. Dowling is studying political science and history at the U of I. He plans to get a Masters of Public Policy while studying as part of the program at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom next year.

News Headlines – November 20, 2017

November 20th, 2017

The Latest

(Undated) — Here’s the latest news: Homeowners in 18 Illinois counties could be in line for a tax break next year. Township leaders in Henry County want to keep their jobs. The University of Illinois is giving its president a 100 thousand-dollar bonus. Deer hunting is big business in western Illinois.

>>Flooded Homeowners Could Get Illinois Tax Break

(Chicago, IL) — Some homeowners in Illinois could get a little something extra on their tax return next year. Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday signed a new law to give homeowners in 18 counties that saw flooding this year a 750 dollar tax break. People in Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties will be able to apply for a natural disaster credit on their 2017 tax return.

>>Normal Township Slows Tax Breaks For Ag Firm

(Normal, IL) — There’s a slight hiccup in the drive to give a Canadian firm hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax breaks to open a manufacturing hub in Normal. Normal Township leaders yesterday voted to wait till next week to decide if they’ll give up their property tax haul from the facility that Brandt Industries wants to turn into its new plant. Unit 5 schools and the McLean County board have already voted to give up their tax claims for nine years to lure Brandt, and as many 300 jobs, to the community.

>>Henry County Township Consolidation Hitting Roadblocks

(Cambridge, IL) — Township leaders in Henry County are fighting to keep their jobs. County leaders last night backed away from a plan to ask voters if they’d like to consolidate some townships to save money or make government more efficient. Some current and former township leaders told the county that they’re necessary parts of local government, and that consolidating townships will take away a local voice.

>>U Of I Gives President 100 Thousand-Dollar Bonus

(Urbana, IL) — University of Illinois President Tim Killeen is getting one heck of a holiday bonus. University trustees yesterday voted, without any public discussion, to give Killeen a 100 thousand-dollar bonus. It’s his second 100 thousand-dollar performance bonus in two years. The money is on top of Killeen’s 600 thousand-dollar a year salary.

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.