(Springfield--jc) -- For the first time in about a decade, identity theft topped the list of consumer complaints filed to the Illinois Attorney General’s office in 2017.Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she thinks the Equifax national breach might have been the cause for the surge in complaints..Madigan said more than 2,500 residents filed complaints in 2017. She said most identity thefts involved unauthorized usage of credit cards through cyberattacks, but also could be people the victim knows. Advice from the Illinois Attorney General is to put a credit freeze on your credit report while using one of the three major credit reporting bureaus in this country. Monitoring your credit, using a free credit report was also suggested.
(Moline-rb) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made a stop in Moline on Friday. Governor Rauner spoke to a crowd and said why he ran for Governor…
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
(Urbana--jc) -- Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup is releasing the name of a Champaign man who has died from multiple gunshot wounds he received during a shooting incident that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday in Champaign. Thirty-four year old Montrez Vonner was pronounced dead at the Carle Foundation An autopsy is scheduled for this afternoon at the Champaign County Regional Autopsy Facility. This death is remain under investigation coroners office and Champaign Police department.
(Gibson City--vl) Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services is proud to announce that C-E-O Rob Schmitt has been named the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year at the Annual Chamber dinner held in Gibson City last week. In a release to media, hospital officials say Schmitt’s leadership abilities inspire others to follow him, and is one of the reasons he has served as Chairman for several local organizations. Schmitt is a leader who has a true passion for helping others and volunteering. He serves the community by assisting with the food pantry, volunteering as a football coach, and in the past has served as an officer with the GCMS band boosters and as a Ford County youth soccer coach. He is an active with several local clubs and a church volunteer
(Springfield--jc) -- A state representative wants the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to notify veterans’ home residents and workers within 24 hours of a Legionnaires Disease outbreak, but others think the measure should be more clear and more broad.Over a three-year period, 13 residents of the Quincy Veterans Home died of Legionnaires Disease and dozens were sickened. New cases have popped up in the past few weeks.State Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, said when she heard of the most recent cases, she went into action to begin drafting House Bill 4278.
(Champaign-rb) Despite a feasibility study recommending downtown Champaign be where a potential Division I Illini hockey team play its games, Fox Development Corp. is still holding out hope for its proposed site on St. Mary's Road. Fox's plan included a 5,000-seat hockey arena attached to a community sports facility with another two ice rinks, along with an expansion of the conference center at the I Hotel. It completed its own feasibility study in November, which favored its site over the downtown location proposed by developer Hans Grotelueschen, but never heard back from the stakeholders involved.
(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…
(Springfield--jc) -- Illinois lawmakers are looking to end the state's substitute teacher shortage by making it easier to get subs into classrooms. Some don't want to make it too easy. The numbers behind Illinois' teacher and substitute teacher shortage are well known by now. Nearly 90 percent of Illinois schools had trouble finding someone to cover a class. Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of schools President Mark Jontry says there is a concern across the state and that is not a surprise to anybody. The greatest needs is in the western and southern part of Illinois and in rural areas. Rules and regulations could be one area of concern in getting subs in the classrooms, but Jontry adds that the state needs teachers not just anyone teaching classes.
(Gibson City--jc) Gibson City leaders are expected to approve sign lettering at the cities Jordan Park when they meet tonight in monthly session. Council members may also approve Beth Tabor to the Recycling Board and also consider an agreement with Donohue and Associates for the sewer separation project. Other genda items include consideration of additional costs to paint the city’s water tower. The Gibson City council meets at 7 tonight at city hall
(Springfield--jc) -- Illinois' comptroller Susana Mendoza says Governor Bruce Rauner is spending twice what he should on workers in his office, even though on paper, the governor is holding the line on the budget. Mendoza told reporters, the governor officially has a budget of just under 5 million dollars a year. But Mendoza said Rauner is actually spending twice as much on twice as many employees. Mendoza says thanks to off-shoring, the governor is actually spending over 10 million a year. Governor Rauner’s office counters that all state agencies report to the governor and the governor has power over those agencies. And the figures for the governor’s office hold the state budget line and those listed, perform necessary functions of state government.
(Springfield--jc) --- Illinois manufacturers could see both benefits and drawbacks to new tariffs put in place by the Trump administration. President Donald Trump announced a 25-percent tariff on steel and a 10-percent tariff on aluminum imported into the U.S. .Mark Denzler is vice president and C-O-O of the Illinois Manufacturers Association. He says this state could be affected more than others.Denzler says some companies will benefit from the move. For example, U.S. Steel has announced it will rehire about 500 workers in Granite City due to the new tariffs. Others, like car manufacturers could pay more for steel and aluminum and that could mean higher costs to consumers.
(Washington-rb) The Agriculture Secretary appreciates flexibilities given to some U.S. trading partners within recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Rod Bain has more on the story…
(Champaign-rb) University of Illinois alumnus and film director Andrew Davis will be a guest as his movie "The Fugitive" opens the 20th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival. Hosted by Chaz Ebert, this year's event runs April 18-22 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign. Three black female directors, including Ava DuVernay, whose "A Wrinkle in Time" is now in theaters, will also be guests and show their films. At least eight additional films will be announced in the coming weeks, festival organizers said. Ebertfest passes are available for $150, plus processing. Attendees will receive a 15 percent discount when they buy a four-pack. Students discounts are available.