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(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed a bill creating the Invest in Kids program because it doesn’t cover enough children. In his message to the General Assembly, Governor Rauner says the bill does not address exclusions from program participation of schools not yet recognized by the State Board of Education. Invest in Kids creates scholarship programs allowing low to middle income students opportunities to attend non public schools through tax credits.

 

 

(Springfield-jm) -- With more cases of the flu being reported this year, the state’s chief medical officer is urging the public to take the threat seriously. Prevention is the first step says Doctor Jennifer Layden, who adds that it’s not too late to get your flu shot…

 

 

State Chief Medical Officer Doctor Jennifer Layden. Layden says you should probably take young children and seniors to the doctor to get checked out since they are more susceptible to complications from the flu. Symptoms to look out for include a very high fever, difficulty breathing and not being able to eat much.

 

 

(McLean County-jm) -- A Gibson City man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder for the stabbing of a man and woman in Saybrook back in 2016. According to police Corry stabbed the man and woman after he uncovered an alleged relationship between the victim and Corry’s estranged wife. In exchange for his guilty plea, 8 other charges including home invasion were dropped. He faces 6 to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced May 31st.


 

(Paxton-jm) -- This week’s Scott’s Tips for Success has to do with frozen pipes. Scott Allen with Paxton Hardware and Rental talks about what you should do if your pipes freeze…

 

 

Paxton Hardware and Rentals Scott Allen. You can hear more tips about preventing frozen pipes Saturday morning at 7:30.

 

(Springfield-jm) -- Governor Bruce Rauner is signing a bill that aims to reduce recidivism by expanding eligibility for earned sentence credit. Among the provisions of Senate Bill 1607 are: enhancing judges’ capacity to ensure sentencing compliance supports rehabilitation by allowing court services-approved treatment to count toward community service hours; requiring individualized case planning for the IDOC’s reentry programming; establishing coordinated reentry programming with local, state and community partners; and ensuring programming provides skills and materials necessary for departing inmates’ successful return to communities. The bill further addresses best practices for parolee supervision and also requires that the Victim Compensation Fund reimburses mental health providers for services rendered to violent crime victims under the age of 18, regardless of whether the victims cooperate with law enforcement.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- State lawmakers are holding a hearing on the Legionnaires Disease outbreak at the Quincy Veterans Home. Legislatures are questioning state officials about the how, what and when of the deadly outbreak that has killed 13 people since 2015. They’re also looking at solutions to prevent more deaths such as replacing all the pipes in the home since the bacteria can be found in plumbing. Others have suggested moving residents, which Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries says poses problems especially for those with dementia…



Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. Governor Bruce Rauner has spent the last several days at the Quincy Veterans Home and plans to share his experience.


 

(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man has been sentenced to two years probation and ordered to pay $160 in restitution after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft. 20 year old Ryan Schneider admitted to breaking into a vehicle on November 3rd and stealing and using a credit card. In exchange for his guilty plea more serious charges of burglary and use of a forged credit card were dropped.


 

(Springfield-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s Bicentennial Minute…

 

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