(Farmer City-rb) Farmer City Heritage Days kick’s off tonight. They will have fun for everyone including dollar rides. Event Coordinator Felicia Hughes talks about the events taking place tonight…
Heritage Days coordinator Felicia Hughes
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp.The House voted 106-3 Wednesday to allow hemp cultivation for commercial use . Hemp is a form of the cannabis plant distinct from marijuana. It does not produce any high-like effects and is often used in clothing or food.Hemp was banned nationwide in 1937 for its relation to the marijuana plant. Former President Barack Obama opened the door for states to legalize industrial hemp in 2015. That removed opposition from Illinois Republicans who had blocked previous attempts to legalize the plant in the state.
(Springfield-dg) If it doesn't have a motor, you don't need a state license to float it on an Illinois lake, river, or pond. The state's Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday that it is doing away with stamps for non-motorized watercraft. Ed Cross with the Department of Natural Resources says the stamps proved tough to attach to some kayaks and canoes. Illinois had charged six dollars for a stamp for paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks. The change takes effect June 1st
(Springfield--jc_ -- In a series of tweets yesterday, State Senator Daniel Biss criticized House Speaker Mike Madigan for enabling a political culture that uses retaliatory tactics to intimidate fellow Democratic Party members who speak out against Madigan and his political party. Biss defended State Rep. Kelly Cassidy for speaking out against Madigan after his staff when she called for an independent investigation following allegations of harassment from within Madigan's political organization.
(Springfield--jc) -- One local state representative is seeing legislation he is sponsoring, move through the Illinois House. Republican State Representative Chad Hays of Catlin says the measure creates a five year program to train entry level workers…
Republican State Representative Chad Hays of Catlin.
Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana praises the legislation. Carle currently operates two programs in Champaign-Urbana. They are Job Readiness and Healthy Beginnings..
RANTOUL, Ill. -They call it Lincoln’s Challenge for a reason.
The cadets say it is not easy—from waking up at 5 A.M. every morning to staying on top of homework to exercising daily. For 25 years, the National Guard's Lincoln's Challenge has been home to more than 15,000 cadets. The military-style school in Rantoul focuses on providing an opportunity to help at-risk teens get back on the right track. It’s a 17-month federal and state funded program focused on setting teens up for success. Only 22 weeks are spent on campus and then cadets enter a post-residential phase.The program is recruiting for the next class, which starts in July. There are orientations throughout Illinois. The academy takes in teens 16 to 18 years-old that are drug free and have no felony convictions.
(Springfield--jc) -- The Illinois House paused Wednesday prior to the Memorial Day weekend to honor Illinois’ fallen soldiers. An annual event in the House chamber, the names of those men and women in uniform who have passed during the past 12 months, are read by the representative from the home district of the soldier. State Representative Jeannie Ives of Wheaton says it is the American fighting men and women who keep us safe…
State Representative Jeannie Ives of Wheaton..
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A showdown between two Democratic measures to close the wage gap ended with Illinois senators rejecting one considered more business friendly. The Senate Labor Committee voted 11-6 Wednesday to approve legislation prohibiting employers from asking applicants their salary history. It has stiffer penalties for violators than one supported by business interests.The legislation is considered a pay-equity plan. Basing pay on salary history can hurt women. They often spend time outside the workforce for familial or other reasons not applicable to men.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Police say the closing of two southwestern Illinois high schools was prompted by a teenager who took his mother's handgun to possibly confront his girlfriend at one of the schools.Belleville police said the 18-year-old man was arrested without any trouble Wednesday morning after officials had already closed Belleville East and Belleville West high schools for the day. Police say the teen's mother called about 1 a.m. saying he made suicidal comments and was having relationship troubles with his girlfriend, who is a Belleville East student.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is not demanding reinstatement of the death penalty in exchange for Democratic-favored gun restrictions in an all-or-nothing package, an aide said after testimony before a House committee Wednesday. David Risley, the Republican's director of criminal justice and public safety policy, said each of the other provisions Rauner added in an amendatory veto last week— including a 72-hour gun-delivery waiting period, a bump-stock ban and a court procedure for taking guns from dangerous people — would have the governor's support.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the Illinois Department of Corrections' plan to address flaws in mental health care for 12 thousand inmates. Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Douglas Rees recommended a two-step plan to identify and provide additional care for inmates. But U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm called the state's plan insufficient, Mihm said it is not a plan and the biggest issue is a lack of staff The judge also opposed a state request for more flexibility in how existing staff is assigned within the mental health system.
(Springfield--jc) -- State officials in Springfield are launching the “Give Them Distance” campaign and reminding motorists to move over for someone who is pulled off on the side of the roadway. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says the state’s move over law was expanded last year in hopes of protecting those stopped along the road..
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Heavy equipment and machinery maker Caterpillar plans to renovate existing facilities in the Lafayette, Indiana, area.The plans by Deerfield, Illinois-based Caterpillar would bring 125 new jobs to the Lafayette area. Documents submitted to the Lafayette Redevelopment Commission say Caterpillar plans to invest $73.6 million through 2021 in building improvements, information technology software and equipment. The Lafayette facility currently employs about 1,350.
RANTOUL — The Rantoul Village Board will hold a town hall meeting from 6- til 7-30 tonight. The public event is set for Rantoul Township High School in the cafetorium. Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith says the trustees will be separated into three groups to talk with area citizens on their concerns. Smith will also be available for conversations. Rantoul leaders also plan for additional town hall meetings through the year.
(Undated--jc) -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial Minute…
ASHKUM – Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, is reminding motorists to take the necessary safety precautions to prevent senseless tragedies during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest periods for travelers, and millions of motorists are expected to hit the roads and interstates across the country. Harsy says his department and the entire state police force will be doing their part in keeping the roads safe for those traveling through the state.
(Undated-rb) It is national safe boating week. WEXG Joel Cluver has more on safety tips willing using a boat…