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Progressive Tax Fades Away – 5/5/16

>>Rock Island County: Cuts Or Tax Increases (Rock Island, IL)  --  Rock Island County leaders say voters have a choice:  fewer county workers or more taxes.  County administrator Dave Ross last night said Rock Island County will either have to cut 116 jobs or raise the sales tax by a half-point.  Ross says, basically, there's no other way.  If voters choose cuts, Ross warns it may be tough to continue some services. >>Congresswoman Bustos Wants Money For Galesburg Lead…

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Local News – 5/4/16

*Local Road Closure The Bureau County Highway Department has a local road closure to report. 2250 North Ave. in Gold Township from 15 East Street to the County line will be closed today…

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Lawmakers Vote To Keep Kewanee Center Open – 5/4/16

>>Rock Island Dog-Fighting Suspect Posts Bond (Rock Island, IL)  --  One of the two men accused of running a Quad Cities dog-fighting ring is out of jail after a court date on drug charges.  Willie Jackson walked out of jail yesterday after posting one-thousand-dollars bond.  Prosecutors charged him with marijuana possession.  The other suspect is facing cocaine charges and he's still in jail.  Federal authorities seized 60 dogs and are now pursing the dog-fighting…

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Local News – 5/3/16

*Central Bank Illinois Has a New Addition Central Bank Illinois has a new addition. Tracy Makransky of Princeton has been named the new Assistant Vice President and Real Estate Loan Officer for the company’s Princeton branch. The Princeton Community Bank President, Rick Clary said, “Central Bank’s clients will greatly benefit from the knowledge and experience Tracy offers. She is highly regarded throughout the market area and we are excited to have her join our…

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Rauner: Progressive Income Tax Could Break Illinois – 5/3/16

>>Galesburg Lead Test:  Just Two Homes Fail (Galesburg, IL)  --  Just two homes failed the latest lead test in Galesburg, but one of them is a house that never tested positive before.  City leaders yesterday announced the results of the latest test.  Of the seven homes that failed last year, just one failed again last month.  But a new house tested positive.  Galesburg says the problem is in the homes' water lines, not the city's water supply. >>Quad Cities Leaders Hope…

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State Treasurer Announces Rebates In I-Cash Program – 5/2/16

>>Tentative Agreement Announced For U Of I Non-Tenure Faculty (Urbana, IL)  --  A tentative agreement is being announced between the University of Illinois and the school's non-tenure faculty.  All strike activity is suspended after a unanimous union vote.  A five-year contract agreement was signed on Saturday night.  A ratification vote is scheduled for this Thursday, and classes are expected to resume normal scheduling on Monday. >>Sixteen Illinois Counties Get "F" For…

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Local News – 4/30/16

*Local Road Construction The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Advanced Asphalt will be working on a local road. Starting Monday morning (5/2/16) Route 26 from the rail road tracks to Interstate 80 in North Princeton will be down to one lane. Authorities are asking the public to avoid the construction area as much as possible due to heavy traffic. Construction will begin on Monday and is estimated to run through the month of May.   *Top Ten Princeton High School…

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Local News – 4/29/16

*National Take Back Day Tomorrow (4/30/16) is National Take Back Day. It was started to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The public is urged to dispose of any expired or unused prescription medication they have in their homes by dropping them off at their local police departments. Area Police Departments that are accepting unused prescription medications…

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Governor Expresses Optimism About Ending Budget Crisis – 4/29/16

>>Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison (Chicago, IL)  --  Dennis Hastert is heading to prison.  The former House Speaker was sentenced yesterday to 15-months for making illegal bank withdrawals to cover up sex abuse allegations.  While in court, he admitted he molested teenage boys decades ago when he was the wrestling coach at Yorkville High School.  Judge Thomas Durkin even called him a "serial child molester." >>Governor Expresses Optimism About Ending…

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Galesburg Dealing With Lead Drinking Water Crisis – 4/27/16

>>Dennis Hastert To Be Sentenced (Chicago, IL)  --  A judge will decide today whether Dennis Hastert belongs in prison.  The former House Speaker is scheduled to be sentenced in a Chicago federal courtroom.  Hastert is accused of paying nearly two-million-dollars in hush money to cover up sexual abuse he committed decades ago.  He pleaded guilty last fall to a banking violation. >>Galesburg Dealing With Lead Drinking Water Crisis (Galesburg, IL)  --  Galesburg is…

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