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(Springfield--jc)  -- The Illinois House is set to hear testimony about a slew of measures Gov. Bruce Rauner has raised to enhance public safety, and among them is freeing up money for armed school resource officers.The House heard the governor’s plan Monday to bring back the death penalty for cop killers and mass murderers, but other issues the governor injected in a bill he changed with his amendatory veto are slated for a Wednesday hearing. Rauner says his plan will increase the safety of school children and all citizens.



(Washington--jc)  -- A new farm bill faces an uncertain future after conservative House Republicans wanting a vote on an unrelated immigration bill joined Democrats in defeating the legislation. Between Democrats opposing work requirements for food stamp recipients and conservative Republicans wanting a vote on a tougher immigration bill, they had enough votes to sink the farm bill. The 600-page legislation would renew the federal laws on farmer subsidy programs like reimbursement for crop insurance, but the biggest monetary portion goes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. President Donald Trump wants to add a stronger work requirement for able-bodied SNAP recipients.


(Springfield--jc) Corn planting is nearly complete as we hear in the weekly crop report. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says this year’s corn crop is ahead of the 5 year average…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.



(Springfield-rb) The State of Illinois  is just over a week away from the deadline to pass a budget. Local  State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington talks about his stance on the budget.


Local State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington



(Rantoul--jc)  -- The Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center opens this weekend in Rantoul. Saturday is the first day the center will be open for swimming. The doors will open at noon, with Memorial Day hours of noon to 7pm through Memorial Day Monday. Regular hours are 1pm to 7pm Monday through Friday.


CHAMPAIGN — With a holiday weekend on the horizon, gas prices nearly hit $3 a gallon Monday. Beth Mosher, a spokeswoman for AAA Chicago says you could see $3 a gallon by the end of the week. Right now, the average is $2.92.  A year ago the average was $2.24. "This is really the trend across the country, but Illinois and Michigan have been hit a little harder than the rest of the Midwest states," Mosher said. Gas prices usually increase in the spring as refineries switch to a more expensive summer blend of gasoline, though that already happened in Illinois. Mosher said higher gas prices typically don't affect travel plans till they reach $4. AAA expects Memorial Day travel to increase this year, despite the higher gas prices A GasBuddy survey of 17,000 of its members revealed that only 58 percent of respondents said they'll take a road trip this summer. That's down from last year, with 39 percent citing high gas prices.

(Colfax-DG) A local School district will be looking for a new superintendent. Ridgeview Community Unit School District 19 in Colfax will be looking to hire someone to fill the top position as current superintendent Guy Gradert will take over as Unit 9 superintendent in Watseka in Iroquois County, at the start of the new fiscal year July 1. Gradert has been superintendent in Ridgeview since 2011.




(Washington--jc)  -- Trading with China. Reaction coming from U-S-D-A officials. Rod Bain reports…  


( Springfield--jc)  --An Illinois lawmaker who believes House Speaker Michael Madigan retaliated against her for speaking out on sexual harassment is pleased that Madigan has asked for an independent investigation.. But Chicago Democratic Representative Kelly Cassidy said Tuesday she doesn't trust the process that exists for reviewing complaints involving legislators.Cassidy says she was forced to resign from her part-time job as a program manager for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart after Madigan allies made an issue over her opposition to legislation Dart proposed. Madigan denied he had any involvement but asked the Legislative Inspector General on Tuesday to investigate the claim.



(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says with the programs his office is promoting, the state will grow. The governor says Illinois over the past 30 plus years has not provided a good business environment…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner



(Chicago--jc)  -- Small and medium-sized banks will no longer have to comply with many of the strict new regulations put in place in the wake of the global financial crisis of a decade ago.The U.S. House on Tuesday joined its Senate colleagues in voting to roll back portions of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which in 2010 placed vast new regulations on financial institutions across the country.In a bipartisan showing, House representatives voted, 258-159, to ease the rules on community and regional banks.



(Farmer City-rb) Farmer City’s Heritage Day’s start this Thursday and Run thru the weekend. Event Coordinator Felicia Hughes talks about why you should come out to the events…



Heritage Day’s Coordinator Felicia Hughes



(Washington--jc)  One U-S-D-A- leader  used recent visits with Chinese officials to continue trust building in the trade relationship between both countries. Rod Bain reports…





(Springfield--jc)  -- Soybean planting is ahead of the 5 year average. State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener says over have of soybeans have emerged…



State Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener.



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



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