(Springfield--jc)  -- The deadline to get a new state budget complete is May 31st. What programs will be cut or added remains to be part of the budget process. Regardless of the outcome, a 5 Billion dollar income tax that lawmakers approved last year over Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto, will likely remain. Governor Rauner met with the four legislative leaders on Thursday  to try and find common ground for a new budget. State leaders are agreeing to a revenue estimate for next year’s budget. Lawmakers continue a Spring legislative session today.



(Paxton-rb) Paxton Buckley Loda School district held a ceremonial groundbreaking event earlier this week for the improvements at Clara Peterson Elementary School in Paxton. Superintendent Cliff McCLure talked about the event…



PBL School Superintendent Cliff McClure



(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, on Thursday, asked President Donald Trump to approve federal assistance to help people in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties recover from severe storms and flooding in February. In the request, the governor told federal officials that many people affected by the flood continue to  face a difficult road to recovery and federal assistance is needed. Rauner noted that for residents in the Watseka area, this marked the 4th flood in the past 10 years. 11 hundred residents were impacted by the February floods. State and federal agencies reviewed the damage last month. The federal designation would provide money, including some grants to the local area.



(Springfield--jc)  -- Today is the deadline for bills to move out of Illinois state house committees, or the bills will die this session. One measure has overwhelming support, but is not moving. House Bill 816 gives a judge discretion to require someone convicted of battery to register as a sex offender, if the crime was sexually motivated.The measure has 87 House sponsors from both parties, including Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan, of Chicago. It also has backing from police and prosecutors.


(Springfield--jc)  -- A bill signed into law Thursday paves the way to standardize and streamline regulation of small wireless cell facilities. Governor Bruce Rauner says this will help for 5-G wireless and other technology in Illinois.



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.  The governor says the new law will create around 100 thousand new jobs over the next 7 years.



(Rantoul--jc) When Rantoul village leaders meet next week, a proposed new budget is expected. Local leaders have been working to cut several hundred thousand dollars off the proposed nearly 9 million dollar budget. A public comment period is set to start at 5-45 Tuesday afternoon inside the Louis Scheling Memorial boardroom. A vote on the annual budget is expected to follow that portion of the meeting.



(Washington--jc)  Chances are your overall grocery bill in March was much like it was in February. Gary Crawford reports…




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




(Champaign--jc)  Parkland College released the name of a student who won a national title in precision agriculture. College officials say Jared Aden of Saint Joseph won  the precision ag title at a competition in Louisville Kentucky in March. Aden is set to graduate from Parkland college next month. Graysen Voekler of Gibson City placed 4th in the national competition.


(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Legislative leaders met for the first time on the state budget on Thursday. The two major parties agreed to settle on a revenue estimate for the new fiscal year. Illinois House G-O-P Leader Jim Durkin says they also want to make it clear they need to rein in spending…

Illinois House G-O-P Leader Jim Durkin. Democrats say they do not want to see severe cuts to state programs.


(Rantoul-rb) Allen Jones of Rantoul has a long bloodline of Police officers in his family and he continued that recently when he won the Republican Nominee for Champaign County Sheriff. He talks about why it is important for him to become sheriff…

Champaign County Republican Nominee for Sheriff Allen Jones.  Jones is running unopposed in the general election this fall.


( Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois lawmakers are working to give people behind bars while awaiting trial a better opportunity to vote.The bill would require election officials to collaborate with county jails to provide voter registration forms to eligible voters who are in jail while awaiting trial. Those serving time after being convicted are not able to vote while in custody. The American Civil LIberty Union says some counties do not offer ballots to those awaiting trial. Democrat State Representative Juliana Stratton of Springfield says those people in jail while awaiting trial don’t know they can vote.


(Rantoul--jc)  Rantoul village leaders continue to look at the deterioration of the former Chanute Air Force base Hospital as water and debris continue to damage the  distressed property. A report by Channel 3 news has also brought the issue back to the forefront of Rantoul leaders. The village is looking to find the owners of the hospital property.  For the village, with a proposed budget already in the red, a clean up or raising of the property would cost the village millions of dollars.


(Springfield--jc) -- Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is headed on the road next week. Rauner says his trip to Germany will strengthen ties and boost business and jobs between the European Countries and Illinois…



Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

(Loda--jc)  A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 1pm tomorrow in Loda at the Prairie Nature Preserve. The event is sponsored by  the Grand Prairie Friends. The site is located on the northwest side of the Loda cemetery. Money to support the efforts  for the observation deck came from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation and local donors.


(Rantoul--jc)  One Rantoul church is set to celebrate an anniversary on Sunday. The Maranatha Baptist Church  will commemorate its 40th anniversary on Sunday. The Baptist Church was formed on the third Sunday in April back in 1978.


(Buckley--jc) A trivia night is set for the Buckley American Legion tomorrow night. Questions about the history and people of the Southern Iroquois county town is the focus of the trivia competition. The event begins at the Buckley American Legion at 5 Saturday afternoon. Food will be served and the trivia contest starts at 6pm



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