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Some Lawmakers Skipping Special Session – 7/26/17

  >>Some Lawmakers Skipping Special Session There could be a lot of empty seats at the Illinois Capitol for the first day of special session. Lawmakers are due back at the statehouse in Springfield at noon today, but yesterday two Chicago lawmakers announced that they're not coming. State Rep Kelly Cassidy and State Rep Ann Williams yesterday said they will instead stay in Chicago and help get schools in the city ready for the return of students. Williams says she has no desire…

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Speaker Madigan: Special Session Is Political Theater – 7/26/17

>>Speaker Madigan: Special Session Is Political Theater The top Democrat at the Illinois Capitol is dismissing the latest special session as political theater. House Speaker Mike Madigan yesterday sent a letter to lawmakers explaining that there is nothing for the Illinois House to do during this week's special session on education funding. Madigan says the Illinois Senate is holding on to the latest school funding plan. Madigan added that he doesn't see a need to have lawmakers return…

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“The Daily Show” Coming To Chicago This Fall – 7/26/17

>>"The Daily Show" Coming To Chicago This Fall "The Daily Show" is coming to Chicago this fall. Host Trevor Noah will be taping shows October 16th through the 19th at the Athenaeum Theatre. The shows will be titled "The Daily Show" Undesked Chicago 2017: Let's Do This Before It Gets Too Damn…

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Governor Rauner Calls Lawmakers Back To Capitol For School Funding – 7/25/17

>>Governor Rauner Calls Lawmakers Back To Capitol For School Funding Illinois' governor is ordering another special session, this time to decide how to pay for schools. Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday made good on his promise to call a special session to pressure Democrats in the Illinois Senate to send him their school funding plan. The governor wants to strip out money for Chicago schools, but also wants to give lawmakers enough time to react before school starts next month. The…

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Southern Illinois Farmers Waiting For Rain – 7/25/17

>>Southern Illinois Farmers Waiting For Rain While northern Illinois is dealing with too much rain, farmers in southern Illinois are dealing with not enough. The latest USDA Crop Report for Illinois, released yesterday, shows more than 80-percent of farmers in southwestern Illinois say their fields are short or very short of moisture. The report says northwestern Illinois received four-point-eight-six inches of rain last week, southwestern Illinois saw a little more than a quarter of…

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Rock Island, Henry, Whiteside Counties Among New Disaster Areas – 7/25/17

>>Rock Island, Henry, Whiteside Counties Among New Disaster Areas Rock Island County is among eight river counties that are now disaster areas.  Governor Rauner's office yesterday named Rock Island, Henry, Whiteside, Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, and Stevenson counties as disaster areas because of the recent rains and floods.  The declaration means local governments can ask for state help, and is the first step toward possible federal help to pay for storm clean-up and to repair…

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Senate Faces Noon Deadline On School Funding – 7/24/17

>>Senate Faces Noon Deadline On School Funding Time is running out for Illinois senators to avoid another special session. Governor Rauner on Friday announced that if the Senate doesn't send him their school funding plan by noon today, he'll call them into a special session. The governor wants to change the plan, and give lawmakers time to react before school starts. Senate Democrats say the governor needs to just sign the new law and allow Illinois schools to open on…

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Mississippi River To Crest Tomorrow – 7/24/17

>>Mississippi River To Crest Tomorrow The Mississippi River will still flood in the Quad Cities, but the river's crest will be a bit lower than first feared. The National Weather Service says the river will top-out at 16-point-four feet in Rock Island tomorrow morning. That's about a foot above flood stage, but less than the 17-point-four feet that forecasters had…

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Illinois Closes Rock River In Northern Illinois – 7/24/17

>>Illinois Closes Rock River In Northern Illinois The Rock River near Rockford is closed to boaters, at least until the river shrinks a bit. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources on Saturday closed the river to boaters in Winnebago, Ogle, Lee, and Whiteside counties. DNR officials say the river is too high and the levees are too weak. Deputies in the counties say it'd be too dangerous for them to try to rescue anyone who got caught in the fast moving…

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Local News – 7/22/17

*Convoy Against Cancer The city of Ladd is set to host the ‘Convoy Against Cancer’ big truck show. The event will take place today on Route 89 from 10 until 3. Several makes and models of new and restored pickup trucks will be on display. There will be antique and restored farm tractors displayed as well. In addition to the showcased vehicles there will be food vendors, music, door prizes, raffles and 50/50 drawings. The event is open to the public and admission is free. All proceeds…

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