(Springfield--jc) -- Legislative leaders and Governor Bruce Rauner met to talk Illinois budget late Tuesday. Lawmakers have two weeks to pass a balanced budget with simple majorities. After May 31, a supermajority vote is needed to pass a budget. With the time crunch, Republicans say they want things to be resolved in a more timely manner. Illinois Democratic State Senate leader John Cullerton says the two sides discussed revenue estimates at 33-point-6 Billion dollars. He wanted more clarity on what the number included, like the sale of the Thompson Center in Chicago. Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says when you include federal funds and transfers the figure is 37-point-8 Billion dollars
(DeWitt County--jc) -- Officials in Dewitt county are looking for a new Emergency Management Coordinator. A posting on its website says the salary range is 33 to 40 thousand dollars. The current Emergency Management Coordinator is retiring at the end of August. Officials hope to hire a new coordinator by early July. More information about the position is found on the county’s website...Dewitt-county-I-L-L-Dot-com.
(Springfield--jc) -- The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is warning the public about some Homeopathic pendants. The pendants use negative Ion technology and claim to maintain health, but I-EMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson says wearers should be cautious..
I-EMA Spokesperson Patti Thompson
Thompson says if you decide to get rid of your pendant, it is O-K to throw it away in the regular trash.
(Rantoul--jc) Does the village of Rantoul want the Minuteman missile on the former Chanute Air Force Base. An Indiana firm has a contract to scrap some vintage planes and potentially the missile. The company offered to sell the missile to the village for one thousand 500 dollars. No decision yet by village leaders.
(Springfield--jc) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing new gun law dealer legislation. The plan requires federally licensed gun dealers to be certified by the the state says State Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park…
Illinois State Senator Don Harmon of Oak Park.
The measure also places restrictions on private sales and sets up a study on gun trafficking in Illinois.
(Washington--jc) -- Rain is coming to much of the country. Stephanie Ho has the story…
(Gibson City-rb) If you enjoyed draggin main street as a young adult then you’ll love Friday night cruise night as Gibson City brings back Draggin Main. You can relive old memories and create new ones on the third Fridays from May through September from 6-10pm. It’s small town Friday night fun the way it used to be!
(Gibson City-rb) Harvest Moon Drive -In in Gibson City is having the 1st classic car cruise-in night Sunday May 20th. Gates open at 7:00 pm for those that want to bring out a classic car, truck, motorcycle, hot rod, modified muscle car or tuner to the movies that night. The driver of the vehicle will get in for free but the passengers will be expected to pay the regular admission rates. Judging and prize packages will be awarded to the top 3 vehicles on each screen and handed out at the intermission time.
(Rantoul-rb) Join the Rantoul Police Department this Friday at the Rantoul Dunkin Donuts. They’ll be raising money for Special Olympics Illinois! Stop by and donate to get your free donut. They’ll also have coffee mugs, T-shirt’s and other items for sale.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday revived efforts to pass gun-dealer licensing legislation after a veto by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner stymied a previous effort. The new rules would make it illegal for retailers to sell guns without being certified by the state. The stores must first be licensed by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Then they would have to submit a copy of that license to the Illinois State Police, along with an affidavit declaring it remains valid. A Senate panel advanced the bill by an 8-3 vote.
CHICAGO (AP) — A nonprofit group suing the city of Chicago says the Obama Presidential Center shouldn't be built in a Chicago park because it won't be a true presidential library. Protect Our Parks Incorporated accuses organizers of the planned library at Jackson Park on the city's South Side of pulling an "institutional bait and switch" by changing the true nature of the center from a presidential library to a center that doesn't house historic papers. The group's federal lawsuit was filed earlier this week.
(Washington-jc) -- The U-S-D-A says ending global corn stocks will be much lower in the next fiscal year. Rod Bain has the numbers…
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The family of one of the four people killed in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, is suing the suspected gunman's father, accusing the Illinois man of negligence. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the family of victim Joe Perez filed a lawsuit in Tazewell County, the home of Jeffrey Reinking. Reinking's son, Travis Reinking, also lived there before moving to Nashville. Police say Travis Reinking had displayed signs of mental illness before his Illinois gun card was revoked last summer. His guns were transferred to his father, but police say the father returned them to his son at some point.
(Fisher-rb)-The suspect in a series of motor vehicle burglaries is a former Champaign Police officer. Authorities says the thefts happened early Sunday morning in Fisher. Authorities say at least ten different vehicles were burglarized. All were un-locked. Fisher Police requested help from the Champaign County Sheriff's Office in which video surveillance footage was obtained from a Fisher resident. 43-year old R. Justus Clinton of Fisher, was arrested late Monday night. Clinton was charged Tuesday with burglary to a motor vehicle and residential burglary.
(Springfield-rb) Visitors to Illinois hit an all-time high in 2017 giving a One point One Billion dollar boost to the state’s economy. There were three percent more visitors to Illinois than in 20-16, which also was a record year. Travelers came from all over the world for business and pleasure In the past 10 years, travelers visiting Illinois increased by more than 22 million, and tourism has become one of the state’s most important industries. The Illinois tourism industry supported over 335 thousand jobs in 20-17.
(Springfield--jc) -- State leaders have 15 days to try and put together a balanced budget, on time. Illinois is into its first year of the largest tax increase and the two major parties continue to squabble over a cost estimate figure for the budget. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state must live with-in its means…
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
Efforts by the governor’s office continue to help business in the state despite the disagreements in Springfield. The Governor was in Champaign Tuesday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Epi Works Facility located on Rion Drive.
(Rantoul--jc) It was the second time a plane being scrapped, caught fire in Rantoul. Local firefighters were called to the hanger area on the former Chanute Air Force Base Tuesday morning. Owner of T and K Metals of Whiting Indiana, Ken Morrison, says workers cut into an area on the plane sparking the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours.
(Undated--jc) Illinois is celebrating its 200 anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial Minute…