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Secretary Of State: New License Won’t Cost Illinois More – 5/24/16

>>Secretary Of State: New License Won't Cost Illinois More It shouldn't cost Illinois more to produce new drivers licenses that comply with REAL ID requirements. Illinois says it'll start with expanded background checks and new licenses to meet the 2018 deadline. But Jesse White's office yesterday said the changes should not cost the state more money. The Secretary of State says the new licenses will cost more time. All licenses will now be printed in one office in Springfield as…

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Dick Van Dyke Returning To Illinois – 5/24/16

>>Dick Van Dyke Returning To Illinois Legendary Hollywood actor Dick Van Dyke is returning home.  The executive director of the Dick Van Dyke Foundation says the 90-year-old will attend events next month in suburban Chicago and his home town of Danville.  He is scheduled to perform in Downers Grove.  Details of an event in Danville will be announced…

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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Blagojevich Appeal – 5/24/16

>>U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Blagojevich Appeal The U.S. Supreme Court is rejecting another appeal from former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  He wanted the country's high court to reconsider the remainder of his corruption convictions.  A similar appeal was turned down in March.  Blagojevich was originally sentenced to 14 years in prison on corruption charges before an appellate court threw out several of the counts.  He will be re-sentenced on the remaining counts June…

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Governor Rauner Calls For Compromise To End Budget Crisis – 5/24/16

>>Governor Rauner Calls For Compromise To End Budget Crisis Governor Rauner is calling for a compromise to end the state's budget crisis.  The Republican says it is up to the Democrats to reach a deal before the General Assembly's session ends at the end of this month.  Rauner wants a deal that includes his pro-business and anti-union reforms.  He claims some Democrats secretly support his so-called "Turnaround…

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Lawmakers Look At More Casinos As Budget Fix – 5/23/16

>>Lawmakers Look At More Casinos As Budget Fix Illinois lawmakers are trying, once again, to get a Chicago casino. This time Democrats are selling the casino as a budget fix. State Senator Donne [[ Donnie ]] Trotter said yesterday there's renewed interest in more casinos. Lawmakers have tried for years to get a Chicago casino, as well as casinos for a handful of other downstate cities. Trotter says it's just talk at this…

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Deere Blames Farm Economy For Earnings Dip – 5/23/16

>>Deere Blames Farm Economy For Earnings Dip John Deere says the slump in farming and construction are to blame for their profit drops. The company on Friday released an earning statement. Deere is claiming a 28-percent slump in profits from this time last year. Deere chairman and CEO Samuel Allen says there are simply fewer people buying the big green tractors. The earnings report says sales are down about nine-percent for the…

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Lawmakers Ponder Energy Plan That Would Help Nuclear Plants – 5/23/16

>>Lawmakers Ponder Energy Plan That Would Help Nuclear Plants State lawmakers are talking about shifting to a standard of zero emissions for electricity produced in the Land of Lincoln.  The Next Generation Energy Plan would focus on at-risk nuclear facilities in the state and jump-start solar energy development in Illinois with rebates, according to ComEd, which is promoting the idea.  Plants that have insufficient revenue to cover operating costs would receive…

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GOP Convention Wraps Up In Peoria – 5/23/16

>>GOP Convention Wraps Up In Peoria There was plenty of activity at the Illinois Republican Convention this weekend.  Additional delegates were chosen for the national GOP convention in Cleveland this summer.  Even though most of the state's delegates are supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Republican Governor Bruce Rauner notably did not mention Trump once during a 20-minute speech.  And, delegates voted to maintain part of the party platform that…

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Rauner Renews Call For Balanced Budget Ahead Of Session Finale – 5/23/16

>>Rauner Renews Call For Balanced Budget Ahead Of Session Finale Governor Rauner is making another push for lawmakers to pass a balanced budget.  Speaking at a steel products facility in Chicago on Sunday, Rauner also repeated his call for portions of his so-called "Turnaround Agenda."  The legislative session ends May 31st, after which a budget for the current fiscal year would require a three-fifths approval in both the House and…

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In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office – 5/21/16

In reports from the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office, 28 year old Krysta Burton of Princeton pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of cannabis. She was ordered to pay $967 in fees and court costs.   32 year old Renee Walker of Spring Valley pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. She will pay $513 in fees and court costs and served 30 days in the Bureau County…

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