(Urbana--jc) -- Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested for men on a complaint of possession of a machine gun. News reports say the four arrested and charged are, 47 year old Michael Hari, 22 year Joe Morris, 29 year old Michael McWhorter and 18 year old Ellis Mack. All four are from the small Ford County town of Clarence. Hari and and Morris had court appearances yesterday in Paxton. Court appearances for McWhorter and Mack will take place this week. The F B I report says Hari, Morris and McWorter may be responsible for a bombing at a mosque in Bloomington, Minnesota along with an attempted bombing at a Women’s Health Practice Center in Champaign last year. Federal officials along with numerous local police agencies are continuing the investigation. WPXN news will continue to update the story as more official news becomes available.
(Springfield--jc) -- In the wake of sexual harassment scandals sweeping the nation, an Illinois state representative’s bill banning tax dollars from being used to pay out settlements sailed through committee.State Representative. David McSweeney’s House Bill 42-43 would prohibit tax dollars from being used to settle harassment claims against state lawmakers. McSweeney, a Republican from Barrington Hills, said the stories out of the U.S. Congress, where millions of tax dollars went out to settle claims, are outrageous.McSweeney said as more accusations are made against members of the General Assembly, lawmakers must make sure taxpayers aren’t paying for secret slush funds to protect legislators.Last month, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan revealed nine cases of alleged wrongdoing within his office, but that list excluded an unknown number of complaints against lawmakers.
(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…
(Paxton-rb) Voters go to the polls is less than a week as the two major parties elect their candidates for Governor to local county offices. 106th District Representative Tom Bennett provides some information about next week’s primary election…
106th District Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City
(Saybrook-dg)-The McLean County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of road signs in Cheney’s Grove Township, in the immediate vicinity of Saybrook. These thefts occurred on or about March 5, 2018 to March 9, 2018, during the overnight hours. The signs were removed from a railroad crossing near Indian Springs subdivision. In addition to signs being stolen, some have been damaged by shotgun pellets and bullets. In one instance, a sign post was pulled from the ground and thrown into a field. In addition to being unlawful, the theft of road signs presents a danger to motorists and places a burden on the township and taxpayers in the township financially. Anyone with information or anyone who sees suspicious activity or vehicles is encouraged to contact the McLean County Sheriff’s Office at 309-888-5019.
(Bloomington-dg)-The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an Agriculture Awareness Breakfast Thursday March 22nd from 6:30-9am at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington. The Chamber will celebrate and show support for agriculture education and advancement of agriculture in the community. For more information, contact John Walsh at 309-829-1188.
(Mahomet--jc) -- Mahomet Seymour school leaders are holding a special meeting this afternoon and will start with a tour of the the phase two project area in the district. The meeting to follow is set for the meeting room at Middletown Elementary school at 6pm.
(Undated--jc) -- Some high school students across Illinois plan to walk out of class today as part of a national protest for gun control in the wake of a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead.Others will stay in school. But almost every school in the state is talking about protests, engagement, and school safety as part of that national conversation that's followed the latest Parkland shooting. Each Illinois school is deciding how it will handle the 17-minute protest. Some schools are forbidding students from walking out, some are scheduling assemblies instead and some are allowing students to walk out. Normal Schools Superintendent Mark Daniel is one of those allowing students to participate. He said the national protest is a learning experience.
(Fisher-rb) The City of Fisher is working on its Drainage System on the North Side of town. Fisher Mayor Mike Bayler provides an an update on the project.
Fisher Mayor Mike Bayler
(Springfield--jc) -- House-hunting season in Illinois is around the corner, but real estate agents say property taxes are putting a damper on sales.Real estate agents in Illinois say they often see homes going undervalued or not selling because they carry a hefty price tag for local government. Zillow and Financial site WalletHub reports that Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the nation, costing homeowners more than $4,000 annually for an average size home.Defenders of high local taxes say they typically translate into better local services. Illinois ranks 22nd among states with the best schools and also has 7-thousand units of local government, higher than any other state.
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Democratic candidates for governor say it's time for the state to legalize recreational marijuana, while Republican candidates oppose the idea. Nine states and Washington, D.C, have already legalized recreational marijuana. Democrats seeking their party's nomination for governor say it's time the state follow suit, arguing the move would bring in needed revenue and would be a major step toward criminal justice reform.
On the other side, the two GOP primary candidates have opposed legalization and raised questions on the future of Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program, which is set to expire in 2020. Gov. Bruce Rauner implemented the pilot program in 2015, but he has recently fought in court attempts to expand the list of qualifying conditions. He is against legalization for recreational purposes.
His primary competitor, Rep. Jeanne Ives, has consistently railed against any type of legalization.
(Joliet--jc) --Support for an Illinois youth tackle football ban for kids younger than 12 is falling off as members of the community defend the safety of the sport, but the bill’s sponsor says she’s just calling a timeout to huddle with others. The bill’s sponsor is Democrat State Representative Carol Sente of Vernon Hills. Sente says the bill is not dead. She adds her office is looking at options on the best way to move forward on the issue.
(Springfield-rb) A New instant lottery ticket benefiting MS research is now available. Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith has more on the need for this new ticket…