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.

Local News – 7/14/17

July 14th, 2017

*Down on Main Street Concert

The Down on Main Street Concert is tonight (7/14/17) on Main Street, between Marion & Peru Streets in Princeton. The Boat Drunks, a Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band will be the featured performers for the evening. The free event is from 5 until 8 and the music will begin at 6:00. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase.


*7th Annual Z Tour Bike Ride

The 7th Annual Z-tour bike ride begins tomorrow morning. Bicycle riders of all ages will be cycling for charity on the local route of their choice. The all-day event begins and ends at Zearing  park in Princeton. All proceeds will benefit the Zearing Child Enrichment Center which is a not-for-profit child care center.


*Princeton Veterans Group Annual Picnic

The Princeton Veterans Group consisting of the American Legion, AMVETS and the VFW are set to host their annual picnic for local veterans. The picnic will take place at the City County Park in Princeton on Sunday (7/16/17) from noon until 2. The event is free for veterans and they are encouraged to bring their families.


*Lunch in the Park

Lunch is the park takes place today at Soldiers and sailors Park in Princeton. Lunch will be served from 11 until 1 by the Princeton Lions Club and the baked goods will be provided by the Princeton Optimist Club.


*The Ol Fashun Threshun Days begins tomorrow

The 40th annual Ol’ Fashun Threshun Days begins tomorrow in Ohio. The event is sponsored by the Bureau Valley Antique Club and will take place tomorrow and Sunday (7/15/17 and 7/16/17). There will be tractors, engines, antique cars and trucks, farm equipment and threshers on display and there will be a threshing wheat demonstration from 11 until 2:30 both days. There will also be a tractor pull, flea market, craft show, petting zoo and music. Parking is free and there’s a $4 admission fee at the gate.


*Perry Memorial Hospital Schedule of Events for the Week

Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton has a week of events scheduled.  The grief and loss support group will meet at 2:30 on Tuesday in the hospital chapel and on Tuesday evening at 6:00 there will be a multiple sclerosis educational meeting in the white oak classroom. On Thursday morning there will be a health screening in the white oak classroom from 6:30 until 9:30. Registration is required and payment will be due at the screening. The free healthy cooking demonstration will take place on Thursday evening at 5:00 in the white Oak classroom.


*Princeton Public Library Schedule 

The Princeton Public Library has released its schedule of events for the week. Monday is movie night is at 6:30. The youth services story time and craft will begin at 10:30 and the Logan Junior High summer band concert will be at 6:30 pm. The junior high book club will meet at 3:45 on Wednesday afternoon and the Princeton Library Board of Trustees meeting will begin at 7 pm on Wednesday evening. There will be a summer reading workshops on Thursday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm.


*Monthly Hike the Canal outing announced

The friends of the Hennepin Canal will be holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing on Sunday  (7/16/17). This month’s hike is 3.8 miles long and has been named the “Red Tail Hawk”.

The monthly hikes were developed as an opportunity for people to get to know the Canal better by hiking it from the Illinois River to the Mississippi in small sections. There is no fee for the hike and membership is not a requirement.

The group will meet at bridge 56 on Sunday at 1:30.

For more information contact Ed Herrmann at 815-664-2403.


*In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office, 47 year old Kelly Milnes of Princeton pleaded guilty to battery. She was ordered to pay $617 in fees and court costs and was placed on conditional discharge for 2 years. She will also serve 30 days in the Bureau County jail.

28 year old Charles Taber of Spring Valley pleaded guilty to DUI. He will pay $2000 in fees and court costs and received court supervision for 1 year.

18 year old Codi Sturm of Tiskilwa pleaded guilty to retail theft. He was ordered to pay $582 in fees and court costs and was placed on court supervision for 1 year.

39 year old Margaret Grush of Hennepin pleaded guilty to DUI. She was ordered to pay $2000 in fees and court costs and was placed on court supervision for 1 year.

18 year old Brooke Lee of Ottawa pleaded guilty to resisting a peace officer. She will pay $572 in fees and court costs and received conditional discharge for 1 year.

53 year old Steven Marroquin of Spring Valley pleaded guilty to battery. He was ordered to pay $522 in fees and court costs and was placed on conditional discharge for 1 year.

Illinois To Take Tax Increase From Your Paycheck – 7/13/17

July 13th, 2017

>>Illinois To Take Tax Increase From Your Paycheck

Your next paycheck will be smaller thanks to Illinois’ new tax increase. The IllinoisDepartment of Revenue this week released the specific codes for payroll managers across the state to start withholding the tax. Illinois lawmakers approved the tax hike, which raises the personal income tax from three-point-seven-five percent to four-point-nine-five percent, a 32-percent increase.