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(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty for certain crimes. The governor used his amendatory veto powers on Monday to outline a package of public safety initiatives. The governor says that he tied the death penalty plan to gun restrictions favored by Democrats who control the Legislature …



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner



(Springfield-rb) After a 16-month vacancy, Gov. Bruce Rauner has named another Chicago corporate attorney to fill the last empty seat on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Sanford "Sandy" Perl of Glencoe, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago and a 1987 UI alumnus, is the last appointment made by Rauner to replace three former trustees whose terms expired in January 2017. The board has nine statewide members appointed by the governor. Rauner's office filed the appointment late Monday afternoon with the Secretary of State's office and planned to announce it this morning.



(Springfield--jc)  -- The warm and drier weather has provided ag professionals the chance to get a large part of planting completed. The 2018 Illinois corn crop is now 90 percent completed. State Crop Statistician Matt Russell says soybean planting is over two-thirds complete…



48 percent of winter wheat has headed and 63 percent of that crop is in good to excellent condition.



(Champaign-rb) A dumpster fire Monday at a campus-area apartment building caused some damage to the structure but resulted in no injuries.Champaign Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Smith said crews were called to an apartment complex on Locust Street,  shortly after noon. Initial reports from firefighters are that there's no fire damage inside. Smith says officials are looking into whether trashing piling up from University of Illinois student move-out helped spread the flames.


The new Small Business Optimism Index, issued by the National Federation of Independent Business, shows a record level of small businesses seeing profit growth. The number reporting poor sales fell to a near record low. That optimism is tempered by potential actions in Springfield that could affect small business owners.J.B. Pritzker, the Democratic candidate for governor, has called for a temporary hike in Illinois' flat income tax rate. He then wants lawmakers to work to change the state constitution to allow for a progressive income tax, which would include several different rates, depending on income. Grant said that could have consequences for many small business owners.



(Bloomington--jc)  State Farm, based in Bloomington, is looking to fill 300 entry-level jobs. The insurance and banking company held a career expo yesterday in Bloomington. Filling the news jobs comes on the heels of a move by the company to cut just under 900 analyst positions from the McLean County operations. Some of those jobs are being moved to Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, is selling a black dress once owned by movie star Marilyn Monroe to raise funds to repay a loan, The loan in question was  used to buy artifacts relating to the 16th president and keep the presidential relics available for public viewing. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation is putting nine items up for auction in Las Vegas June 23, including photos of the 1950s movie icon by photographer Arnold Newman. The wool dress could sell for more than $60,000, according to Julien's Auctions.


BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) — The families of two sailors with Illinois ties who were killed during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are preparing for their burials. Military officials say DNA testing helped identify remains of the sailors who were among 429 killed when the USS Oklahoma sank.The military says 20-year-old Gunner's Mate 2nd Class William Hellstern of Peoria, Illinois, will be buried Friday in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. A burial ceremony for Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Howard Backman is planned for Memorial Day in  Batavia.



As U of I students head out of town, construction crews are picking up speed in Campustown. The next stage of MCORE started Monday morning. Green street between 3rd and 4th Street is closed down. That portion should be finished by the time students come back for fall. Work also started on Wright Street, between Springfield Avenue and White Street. Northbound traffic can still move through that area. That's expected to be done by mid-August


(Undated--jc) Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial Minute…



WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.



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