(Undated--jc) -- An Illinois law allowing pension boards to raid a delinquent municipality’s state income tax funds has caught the eye of Wall Street. This is the first year that a city that’s not paying enough into their police and fire pensions can have millions of dollars in state-allocated funds funneled directly to the pensions. It’s already happening in suburban Harvey and North Chicago. Hundreds of underfunded police and fire pensions across the state have the capability to cause a “fiscal reckoning” by diverting state funds away from the city.
(Undated--jc) --As warm weather returns to Illinois, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding people about the risk for tick-borne illnesses Nationwide, the number of tick-borne disease cases doubled between 2004 and 2016, according to a new C-D-C report. Illinois doesn’t see as many tick-borne illness cases as states on the coasts, but the danger is still present. Illinois reported more than 3,600 tick-borne illness cases in the past dozen years.
(Springfield-rb) Medical Marijuana is a hot topic in the State house right now. Proposal’s have been making their way to Governor Rauner’s desk recently regarding school aged kids being able to use their medical marijuana at school. Some parents are worried about the second hand nature of Medical Marijuana if kids were allowed to bring it to school. State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says that the there is not much to worry about.
(Gibson City--jc) -The Ford County Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a genealogy workshop at Moyer Library in Gibson City on Saturday June 9th from 9 to 11 a.m. D-A-R members will be available to assist those interested in joining the organization by following their lineage, generation by generation. Those planning to attend are asked to bring any helpful data concerning their ancestors, such as birth, death & marriage certificates, family trees or obituaries. Information is found by calling Marilyn Ames at (217) 727-1177.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The most popular baby names in Illinois last year? Noah and Olivia.The Social Security Administration has released Illinois' top five boys and girls names for 2017. For boys, the top five were: Noah, Liam, Benjamin, Logan and Alexander. The most popular girls' names were Olivia, Emma, Ava, Sophia and Isabella. The Social Security Agency compiles a list of baby names every year and has name records dating back to 1800.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones the Legislature approved. Rauner used his veto powers last week to insert the capital punishment language, along with measures that include extending the waiting period on all guns from 24 to 72 hours, into a bill both chambers approved with veto-proof majorities. The original bill would impose the restriction just for assault-style weapons.
(Peoria--jc) --A central Illinois congressman has proposed legislation that would offer tax credits for investments in existing nuclear power plants across the country .Republican Congressman Darin LaHood of Peoria, is behind a bill that would provide a 30 percent credit for refueling costs and capital expenditures at plants through 2021. LaHood says 51 percent of the electricity in Illinois is generated from nuclear plants. His proposal would keep nuclear power as a competitor in the energy business. The nuclear power plants in Illinois are in Clinton, Braidwood and Marseilles.
(Springfield--jc) The governor and family are back at the executive mansion in Springfield. Renovations began in 20-15 and included structural repairs, a new visitors center and some new art. An open house and tours at the Executive Mansion in Springfield will be held in July.
(Springfield--kc) -- It's not just roads, bridges, schools, and pensions that are making it tough for Illinois lawmakers to come to terms on a new state budget.Legislators in Springfield are beset by social service groups and the people who they serve, who want more. For each state-supported or state-managed service, there is someone with a personal story who says lawmakers cannot possibly cut their program. State leaders have until the end of the month to pass a balanced budget on time.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state's inspector general has found mismanagement on the part of Gov. Bruce Rauner's office for improper hiring. The Office of the Executive Inspector General's report released Monday targeted seven people hired in the Department of Central Management Services as "regional client managers." The job description indicates it's a policymaking post which a governor can fill based on political loyalty. The review found that employees set up tables, inspected state buildings and monitored inventory. It's the type of hiring for which candidate Rauner in 2014 lambasted his predecessor, Gov. Pat Quinn. Rauner's office responded to the report saying it can't be responsible for employees not doing work they were hired for but would improve oversight. The jobs were eliminated. Rauner spokeswoman Rachel Bold says Rauner has eliminated 2,500 patronage jobs.