(Springfield--jc) -- State lawmakers say they are on track to have a balanced full-year budget before the Thursday deadline, but one remaining question is whether it will get the governor’s support. After canceling session Saturday and Sunday, legislative leaders continued to craft the budget. Democratic State Senator. Heather Steans, who’s been involved in crafting the budget, said Monday that the four caucus leaders are close. She said she couldn’t predict whether Gov. Bruce Rauner would sign it.
(Springfield--jc) -- The unemployment rate is down in all Illinois metro areas for the second strait month. The drop shows continued improvement in the economy says Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough…
Illinois Department of Employment Security Spokesperson Bob Gough.
Jobs were added over the year in 9 of the metro areas including the Chicago suburbs and Kankakee.
CHICAGO (AP) — Many people arrested in Chicago were within just a few degrees of separation from someone illegally possessing a firearm, according to a recent study. The study by Northwestern University researchers was published in the Journal of Urban Health this month, . It attempts to understand the city's gun market through network science. Researchers used arrest records, gang membership rosters, shooting data and gun recoveries to group together about 188,000 arrestees and pinpoint who possessed illegal weapons. People within these networks were usually two or three connections away from a weapon, according to the study.
(Springfield--jc) -- Memorial Day is complete for another year but the annual wall of Remembrance display continues to be open. This is the 4th year for the display, which is put on by Illinois Senate Republican. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says visitors may add to the wall…
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. The display is open to the public during normal business hours at the state capitol through the 4th of July
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Corrections indicated Monday it will consider appealing a federal judge's order that the agency immediately provide sufficient staff and treatment to 12,000 mentally ill inmates, arguing that it has made significant strides in complying with a two-year-old lawsuit settlement.
(Rantoul--jc) -- A Public meeting is set for 5-30 this afternoon in Rantoul to look a bus routes for the Eagle Express bus service in the village. The main topic of the meeting is bus service fixed-route changes. Members of the Champaign County rural Transit System will be in attendance. Several routes will be expanded to various parts of Rantoul. The meeting takes place in the Municipal building on Tanner Street.
LEWISTOWN, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds is offering a series of nature adventure days for kids each Wednesday in June in western Illinois.A variety of outdoor adventures and hands-on learning will be offered, including hiking, nature observation, wildlife viewing and laboratory discoveries.Topics and locations might be different each week. Children, ages 9 to 12, can participate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Museum staff will provide transportation during the program. Participants should bring snacks, drinks and lunch.
(Washington--jc) For much of the country it’s beginning to look a lot like summer. Stephanie Ho reports…
American Legions across the country will be celebrating 100 year anniversaries in 2019. The LeRoy American Legion Ruel Neal Post #79 is offering several special collection packages to commemorate this event. To receive your package by November 11th , you need to preorder by August 15th. If you would like more information, please call Mark at 309-530-1313.
(Springfield--jc) -- Legislation sponsored by local State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City meant to create greater flexibility in the medical system by permitting medically qualified individuals, to utilize their training in a pre-hospital environment is now on its way to the governor’s desk. Bennett says the Illinois House gave its final approval on Monday….
Local Republican State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.
The idea for the measure came from a Carle Foundation Hospital employee wishing to help with E-M-Ts.
(Mattoon--jc) Excessive heat was to blame for another road buckling incident along Interstate 57 on Monday evening. Illinois Department of Transportation crews were called to mile marker 193 in the northbound lanes to fix a portion of the road. Traffic was slowed down to one lane for several hours as crews made repairs. Last week a similar road buckling occurred between Rantoul and Thomasboro in the southbound lanes of I-57. State police and I-Dot officials advise motorists to be aware of on-going road buckling with the hot temperatures to rainfall in East Central Illinois.
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A dormant gambling-expansion plan came to life just long enough to stall in a House committee. The Executive Committee's 5-4 vote Monday on Representative. Robert Rita's plan was one vote shy of the six needed to move it to a floor vote. The Blue Island Democrat's plan won Senate O-K 15 months ago as part of a "grand bargain" to break what was then a 20-month stalemate over the budget. It would authorize six new casinos, including one in Chicago and one in Danville, and allow slot machines at horse racing tracks.
(Washington--jc) -- Will the average food shopper pay more for groceries this year than last year? Gary Crawford has the story…
(Springfield--jc) -- With the Memorial Day holiday complete for another year, state police say they continue to look for four common violations with motorist. Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz says distracted driving is a major problem on Illinois roadways…
Illinois State Police Director Leo Schmitz.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —First ladies are getting their own day in in the Illinois state capitol. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating the lives of the first ladies of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.The June 14 event is called "History Sparkles." Four historians stationed around the museum will give brief presentations and take questions about Mary Lincoln, Julia Grant, Nancy Reagan and Michelle Obama.
(Undated--jc) -- Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary as a state. Here is today’s Bicentennial minute…
The DeWitt County Farm Bureau is hosting a Young Leader meeting Tuesday
June 5th at 6:30pm. Anyone between the ages of 18 & 35 and is interested in Ag is invited to attend.The meeting will include discussion about the 2018 Ag Olympics to be held at the 4-H Fairgrounds ahead of the 4-H Fair. The Guest Speaker is Logan Frye, Farm Manager and Associate Appraiser from the First Illinois Ag Group. Frye will address landowner-farmer relationships and discuss land value trends. A light meal will be provided. If you are a not a Young Leader, you may still attend for the guest speaker. RSVP on the Facebook event page
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Museum is among 2,000 museums across the nation to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. The Blue Star Museum Program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. The program is designed to give families the chance to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage. And it helps families after a military move learn more about their new communities. The Illinois State Museum's program runs until Sept. 3.
Active military and veterans always get free admission to the museum.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Graphic and industrial design students at the University of Illinois have created "immersive reality scenarios" to help prison inmates on the verge of release navigate the world outside.The spring class involved students developing a headset and controller followed by the scenarios themselves. Scenarios include navigating public transportation, paying for gas at the pump and ordering from a fast-food restaurant's digital kiosk. Lisa Mercer is a graphic design professor who co-taught the class with industrial design professor William Bullock. Mercer says the goal was to teach students to use methods to create products based on social-impact research that are easy to use.