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Budget Still In Limbo As Lawmakers Return To The Capitol – 4/24/17

>>Budget Still In Limbo As Lawmakers Return To The Capitol A growing number of Illinois lawmakers say they're 'cautiously optimistic' about coming to terms on a state budget this year. But there's hardly any evidence that their optimism is anything more than wishful thinking. Illinois leaders remain far apart on a state budget, even as lawmakers return to the Capitol this week. Illinois hasn't had a full state budget in two…

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Poll: Illinois Voters Want Pro-Choice Governor – 4/24/17

>>>>Poll: Illinois Voters Want Pro-Choice Governor A new poll seems to say most voters in Illinois are pro-choice and want their governor to be pro-choice as well. Illinois Personal PAC, one of the state's largest pro-abortion groups, released the poll yesterday. The numbers say 73-percent of voters want to see abortion remain legal in Illinois, and 64-percent of voters want the governor to "protect reproductive health." The poll comes after Governor Rauner said last week he will…

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Another Violent Weekend In Chicago – 4/24/17

>>Another Violent Weekend In Chicago Another weekend, another body count in Chicago. Police say as of late last night, seven people were killed and 31 others shot and wounded over the weekend. Chicago Police aren't saying anything about arrests or suspects. The weekend violence brings Chicago's 2017 death toll to 173…

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Princeton Spring Hydrant Flushing Details – 4/21/17

Princeton Spring Hydrant Flushing Details The Princeton Water Department will be starting the Spring Hydrant Flushing Program next week. Spring flushing will begin on Monday May 1st between the hours of 7:00am and 3:00pm and will continue for approximately two weeks. City residents may experience a strong chlorine odor, cloudy or discolored water and brief periods of low water pressure. Call the Princeton Water Plant at 815-872-0811 with any questions or…

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Local News- 4/21/17

*Weekend Events at Starved Rock The Starved Rock Lodge and Conference center have a weekend of events planned. Tonight (4/21/17) there will be live music at the back door lounge by Timmy and the Nightcaps from 8 until 11. Tomorrow (4/22/17) the waterfall and canyon tour will take place 9 and 11 and the take a hike and lunch is also at 11. On Sunday (4/23/17) brunch is from 10:30 am until 3, the take a hike and lunch will be held at 11:00 and the historic trolley tours run at noon, 1:30 and…

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Illinois Lawmakers Hear Case For Legal Marijuana – 4/20/17

>>Illinois Lawmakers Hear Case For Legal Marijuana The woman who's leading Illinois' push for legal, recreation marijuana says two years ago she would've voted 'No.' But yesterday, Chicago Democrat Heather Steans told a legislative hearing in Chicago that she's changed her mind. Steans listened as advocates made the case for legal marijuana, and supporters say three-quarters of a million people already use it. Marijuana critics will get their day before lawmakers…

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Group Blasts Rauner Over Vow To Veto Abortion Bill – 4/20/17

>>Group Blasts Rauner Over Vow To Veto Abortion Bill An abortion-rights group is blasting Governor Rauner for vowing last week to veto an abortion bill. The Personal PAC released a 2014 questionnaire yesterday from Rauner in which he pledges support for the bill. The measure would ensure abortion remains legal in Illinois and also allows women to use Medicaid and state health insurance to pay for the procedure. The group's CEO, Terry Cosgrove, said the governor betrayed them. He also…

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LaHood Faces Angry Crowd In Town Hall – 4/20/17

>>LaHood Faces Angry Crowd In Town Hall Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood won his district with 72-percent of the vote. But very few of his supporters turned out for LaHood's town hall meeting last night. Instead a crowd of 700 unfriendly faces shouted, jeered, booed, and heckled LaHood over Obamacare and President Trump's taxes. LaHood says disagreements are part of American…

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Rock Island County Eyes Pre-School For Nursing Home – 4/19/17

>>Rock Island County Eyes Pre-School For Nursing Home Pre-schoolers could soon be learning alongside senior citizens in Rock Island. The county is considering a plan to add a pre-school at the Hope Creek Care Center. Rock Island County's Regional Office of Education is pushing the idea of an "inter-generational school." County leaders say they're looking at the partnership as a way to bring in some more…

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No United Employees Fired Over Dragging Incident – 4/19/17

>>No United Employees Fired Over Dragging Incident No United Airlines employees will lose their jobs after a Kentucky doctor was dragged off a flight last week at O'Hare Airport. CEO Oscar Munoz said yesterday the incident was a "system failure" and that the airline never considered firing anyone. He says United is reviewing policies to prevent a similar…

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