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(Springfield--jc)  -- Budget talks continue at the state capitol but there is still no agreement on the amount the state has to spend. Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton says they are close…

 

 

Illinois State Senate President John Cullerton.

State leaders have until the end of the month to pass a balanced budget. The new fiscal year begins July First.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois lawmakers are saying "no" to the Muslim registry that never materialized. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said the plan that passed the Illinois Senate  that prohibits state government from putting people into databases has one very specific purpose. Cullerton says the bill was in response to the Trump Presidency wanting to create a federal registry of Muslims.

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- To put some teeth into legislation concerning public safety is one issue facing Governor Bruce Rauner. The governor says he wants Illinois to be a leader in public safety...

 

 

 The governor says initiatives should be more than just headline material…

 

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

 

 

(Washington--jc)  -- One of the U. S. Senate’s leading Democrats seems to be leaving the door open for supporting a work requirement for recipients of federal food assistance. Requiring able-bodied Americans to either work or train to work in order to get food stamps is up for debate in the nation’s capitol. Republicans are siding with the majority public opinion that there should be some sort of work requirement that excludes kids, the elderly and the disabled. If Congress doesn’t add more stringent work requirements, President Donald Trump says he may veto the farm bill, which includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, commonly known as SNAP.

 

(Washington--jc)  -- Soybean supply and demand ledgers of global competitors and customers  could impact soybean exports. Rod Bain reports..

 

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois state senators have passed a bill that would allow veterans’ organizations to offer video gambling in their establishments even if local laws forbid it. Many American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts across Illinois already have video gambling, but some municipalities and counties have banned it. The idea behind the legislation is to give veterans organizations another source of revenue. Mike DeRoss, Illinois VFW state adjutant-quartermaster, said he understands both sides of the issue. The measure passed the Illinois Senate by a wide margin and is in the hands of the Illinois House today. The state VFW is not taking an official stance on the issue.

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- The Illinois Department of Transportation is working to raise awareness about the alarming number of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes as the weather warms up.Motorcycles in Illinois account for 3 percent of the state’s registered vehicles, but motorcyclists account for 15 percent of total road fatalities. There were 1,097 traffic fatalities in Illinois in 2017. Of those, 162 were motorcyclists, eight more than in 2016, according to preliminary state data.Those are numbers I-DOT and Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Harley-Davidson owner, want to reduce.

 

 

(Champaign-rb) A 21-year-old Danville man was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries after being shot early Sunday morning, authorities said. According to Champaign police Lt. Nathan Rath, officers were called to the area of East Armory Avenue and South First Street at 12:45 a.m. to respond to a report of shots fired. When police arrived at the scene, they found a 21-year-old Danville man who had received gunshot wounds, Rath said. Police provided medical care at the scene by applying a tourniquet before the man was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for what police described as life-threatening injuries.

 

(Mahomet-rb) A Mahomet woman is free on bond after being criminally charged with injuring an infant at her in-home day care. Ashley Jo Cox was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging her with two counts of aggravated battery to a child. State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said one count, a Class X felony, alleged great bodily harm to a 3½-month-old girl, while a second count alleged mere bodily harm. That is a less-serious Class 3 felony. Conviction on the more-serious offense carries penalties ranging from six to 30 years in prison.

 

 

BOSTON (AP) — The search  group tasked with finding a new chancellor for the University of Massachusetts-Boston has submitted the names of three finalists to the system's president.The finalists announced Friday include a vice chancellor from the University of Pittsburgh,  a dean at Georgia State University and Jack Thomas, president of Western Illinois University.The candidates are scheduled to visit financially troubled UMass-Boston this week to meet members of the campus community.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The foundation that supports the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum says it might have to sell artifacts if it can't pay off a decade-old loan that financed items related to the 16th president. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation has revealed it owes 10 million dollars on a 2007 loan it used to buy the Barry and Louise Taper Collection, which includes a stovepipe hat Lincoln purportedly wore, bloodstained gloves he wore the night he was assassinated and an 1824 book containing the first known example of his handwriting.The foundation paid $25 million and borrowed $23 million. The note comes due in October 2019.

 

 

(Gibson City--jc)  -- This friday is the first drag main event in Gibson City. The event takes place from 6pm until 10pm on the third friday in the Ford County city. Organizers hope the event will bring cruisers and a fun event to Gibson City.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — O'Hare International Airport in Chicago has some new gates for the first time in a quarter century.In a news release, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says the mayor joined American Airlines CEO Doug Parker for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning to mark American's opening of five new gates.The release says American's investment of $78 million to extend the concourse of Terminal 3's L-Concourse is the first major step the airport's $8.5 billion terminal expansion plan. Between the new American gates and the planned addition of dozens of more gates, the mayor's office says gate capacity will grow by 25 percent.

 

 

 

(Springfield--jc)  -- The Illinois Department of Public Health says now is the time to start taking precautions against the west nile virus. West Nile is the most common mosquito-borne illness  in the state. Illinois Department of Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold says surveillance is underway…

 

 

Illinois Department of Public Health Spokesperson Melaney Arnold.

Arnold says the best way to reduce the risk of west nile is to eliminate standing pools of water and using insect repellent with deet.

 

 

Nearly four years after a controversial Illinois grant program dolled out millions of dollars in questionable spending, a state senator is confident his bill advancing at the statehouse will give taxpayers more accountability and transparency in how the state spends grant dollars.The 98th General Assembly resolved that former Democrat Governor Pat Quinn’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative’s, nearly 55 million dollar budget  was found to have pervasive deficiencies in planning, implementation and management. Local state Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington says his legislation will prevent such funds from going into political slush funds

 

 

(Washington--jc)  Projections for U-S-D-A crops are tentative at this point of the planting season and subject to change, Gary Crawford reports…

 

 

 

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar has officially put its production plant in the northern Illinois city of Aurora on the market. Caterpillar is one of the lead manufacturers of construction and mining equipment. Caterpillar is working to sell off the manufacturing part of the Aurora facility which is set to close for good by the end of the year. Local government officials are trying to find a new user for the building. They are also working to help the 800 workers laid off as part of the move. Caterpillar slashed its workforce last year as a result of slowing demand in the construction industry.

 

 

(Undated--jc)  Illinois is celebrating its 200th anniversary. Here is today’s Bicentennial Minute…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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