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Bustos Not Skipping Trump Inauguration – 1/17/17

>>Bustos Not Skipping Trump Inauguration The Quad Cities' Democratic Congresswoman will be in the crowd at Donald Trump's inauguration. Cheri Bustos yesterday said she is not skipping the new president's swearing-in. Bustos says our Democracy is about is about 'the peaceful transfer of power,' regardless if you agree with the new…

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llinois Lawmakers Hope School Changes Are Key To Budget – 1/17/17

>>Illinois Lawmakers Hope School Changes Are Key To Budget Lawmakers working on a new plan to change how the state pays for schools say they could be the key to a new state budget. Governor Rauner's education funding task force is due to have a new plan by the end of the month. Last week, State Senator Andy Manar [[ muh-NAAR ]] said the changes in how Illinois pays for schools could open the path to a new state budget. But he says there's still more work to…

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Fog To Dominate Morning Commute – 1/17/17

>>Fog To Dominate Morning Commute It's going to be a foggy drive to work or school, but how foggy depends on where you live. The National Weather Service is leaving a Dense Fog Advisory in place till noon today for most of northern Illinois, including Chicago and the suburbs. Central Illinois drivers will likely see some lingering fog, their advisory expired at midnight. Forecasters say slow down, turn on your lights, and give yourself plenty of space from the car in front of…

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Bloomington Eyes Full Pension Funding By Deadline – 1/17/17

>>Bloomington Eyes Full Pension Funding By Deadline City leaders in Bloomington say their tax increases worked. City council members are expected to get a briefing tonight on Bloomington's police and fire pensions. The city's finance director says a 2014 utility tax increase is on track to fully fund retirements for cops and firefighters by the state's deadline in 2041. Illinois law requires all local pensions have 90-percent of the money they need by then. Bloomington will pay about…

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Sugary Drink Tax Push-Back Growing – 1/16/17

>>Sugary Drink Tax Push-Back Growing Critics say a 12-pack of soda could soon cost as much as a 12-pack of cheap beer in Illinois.  They blame a proposed sugary drink tax.  Lawmakers are thinking about the penny-per-ounce tax as a way to get Illinois out of its fiscal dungeon.  But groups, including the Illinois Retail Merchants, say the tax is regressive and won't make anyone…

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AFSCME Moves Toward Strike Vote – 1/16/17

>>AFSCME Moves Toward Strike Vote Illinois' largest public sector union is readying its members for their biggest decision at the end of the month. AFSCME late last week set a strike authorization vote for the end of January. The union cannot come to terms with Governor Rauner on a new contract. If state workers vote to strike, it'd be the first time state employees ever walked off the job in…

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Governor Rauner Expected To Sign Lead Law Today – 1/16/17

>>Governor Rauner Expected To Sign Lead Law Today Illinois schools are looking at a new lead testing requirement. Governor Bruce Rauner is expected to sign a new law later today mandating the tests. Schools and day care facilities in the state will be required to test every faucet, tap, and drinking fountain for lead. Local schools are worried the law will simply cost too…

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Illinois Democrats Denounce Repealing Of Obamacare – 1/16/17

>>Illinois Democrats Denounce Repealing Of Obamacare A group of Illinois Democrats are denouncing Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare.  Lawmakers gathered yesterday for a rally at SEIU Healthcare Illinois in Chicago, including Senator Dick Durbin.  He told the crowd that one-point-two million people would lose their health insurance in Illinois if President Obama's Affordable Care Act is repealed.  Similar rallies were held across the…

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Monthly Hike the Canal outing announced – 1/14/17

Monthly Hike the Canal outing announced The friends of the Hennepin Canal will be holding their monthly Hike the Canal outing tomorrow (1/15/17). This month’s hike is 4.5 miles long and has been named the “Great Blue Heron”. 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…

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Perry Memorial Schedule of Events – 1/14/17

Perry Memorial Schedule of Events Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton has released their schedule of events for the week. There will be a community blood drive on Tuesday from 1:30 until 6:30 on the 4th floor of the hospital. Call 1-800-747-5401 to make an appointment to donate. On Tuesday afternoon the grief and loss support group will meet at 2:30 in the hospital chapel. There will be a free healthy cooking demonstration on Thursday evening at 5:00 in the lower level conference room. Call…

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