SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials say the fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin will be ready for summer state fairs, but that major updates await private fundraising and a state spending plan. The State Journal-Register reports emergency funds are available to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, and that $600,000 has been used to enclose a warm-up arena before the 76th annual Midwest Charity Horse Show this week. The show's usual home is a century-old facility that was shut down for safety reasons.
(Undated-jm) -- The clock is ticking for lawmakers to reach a budget compromise. The state has not had a budget in over 700 days and with 15 days left before the end of the fiscal year, there is still a lot of unknowns. State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City says schools could be greatly affected if a deal isn’t reached by the end of the month…
State Representative Tom Bennett of Gibson City.
(Undated-jm) -- People around the world are asked to wear purple today in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. According to the Illinois Department on Aging, seniors who live at home are at risk of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation by family members or others close to them. To report suspected abuse, call the 24 hour Adult Protective Services hotline at 1-866-800-1409.
(Paxton-jm) -- The Paxton City Council has approved an agreement with a company to build a cell tower in the city. Mayor Bill Ingold talks about the agreement…
Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.
(Paxton-jm) -- A Paxton food pantry is receiving a donation to help them better serve users. The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is donating $4,550 to the Hands of Christ Food Pantry. The food pantry will use the money to buy a larger, reach in cooler.
(Springfield-jm) -- Republican lawmakers are offering a budget and reform plan they say will break the impasse. The proposal includes term limits, pension and school funding reform, a four year property tax freeze, a cap on state spending and money to pay some old bills. Additionally, it would provide full year funding for social services says State Representative Patti Bellock of Westmont…
State Representative Patti Bellock of Westmont. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says if the legislation is passed, he believes the Governor will sign it into law.
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republicans have presented what they're calling a "compromise" budget and reform plan to end the state's nearly three-year budget impasse. It was a familiar refrain Wednesday with Republicans presenting an outline for a four-year property tax freeze, term limits and pension reform, among other things. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said that with those changes, Republicans will agree to a four-year income tax increase. Democrats say they've already taken up many of those reforms.
(Buckley-jm) -- The 2017 Buckley Fun Day is this Saturday at Buckley Lake. Christ Lutheran High School will be out there raising money with their food stand says Executive Director Sandy Spitz…
Christ Lutheran High School Executive Director Sandy Spitz.
(Ludlow-jm) -- Two people were taken to the hospital following a house fire in Ludlow early Wednesday. Firefighters were called to the fire in the 200 block of Katie Avenue. When they arrived they found flames coming from the front room of the house. The two residents were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Fire officials say the cause is believed to be electrical. The house was a total loss.
(Gibson City-jm) -- Gibson City has a new alderman. Mayor Dan Dickey appointed Doug Parsons to the Ward 3 vacancy…
Gibson City Mayor Dan Dickey.
(Ashkum-jm) -- Illinois State Police have released results of recent roadside safety checks. 1 person was cited for driving under the influence, 4 were cited for other drug or alcohol related offenses, 10 for occupant restraint offenses, 7 for driver’s license offenses and 18 for insurance violations. State police remind that drug and alcohol impairment is a factor in more than 30 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.
(Springfield-jm) -- Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is urging the Governor to sign a bill that makes sure families receive death benefits when they lose a loved one. The measure requires life insurance companies to check their records back to the year 2000 for any death benefits that were never paid says Treasurer Frerichs…
State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. The Governor must sign the bill into law for it to take effect.
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson opened a five-run eighth inning with his 300th homer, a tiebreaking shot that helped the New York Mets rally past the Chicago Cubs for a 9-4 victory.
ST LOUIS (AP)- Eric Thames homered and drove in three runs as the Brewers held on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6.
CHICAGO (AP) — Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak with a rain-delayed 10-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
(Michigan-jm) -- The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to the Irish Hills of Michigan International Speedway. Brad Keselowski is from Michigan. He talks about his memories of the speedway and what it would mean to win this weekend…
NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski.
(Michigan-jm) -- Michigan International Speedway is the next stop on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this weekend. AJ Allmendinger talks about the racing at Michigan International Speedway…
NASCAR Driver AJ Allmendinger.
Baltimore Orioles (Chris Tillman) @ Chicago White Sox (David Holmberg) - 1:10
Milwaukee Brewers (Zach Davies) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha) - 6:15