(AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker is spending $850,000 of his own money in renovations to the historic Illinois Governor's Mansion. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the billionaire businessman has given at least $3.45 million of his money to cover government costs that include doubling some salaries. The upgrades include fixing tile on the first floor, remodeling guest rooms and modernizing current plumbing.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 18,000 women traveled out of Indiana to terminate their pregnancies in recent years, according to state and federal data, likely fueled by the closure of abortion clinics and new laws restricting access to the procedure. While the number of abortions performed in Indiana declined by 14% between 2009 and 2017, The Indianapolis Star found that during the same period of time, the number of abortions sought out of state doubled.Illinois is an attractive destination for women seeking abortions as it lacks the restrictions of other states. It does not have a 20-week ban on terminations and the cost of the procedure is covered under Medicaid. Illinois also has more facilities that provide abortions. In 2017, Illinois had 40 and Indiana had nine.


URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois’ engineering college and a company led by a graduate of the school are partnering on a technology center. The $100 million Center for Networked Intelligent Components and Environments will develop technology for use in transportation, manufacturing, medicine and homes. The center will be housed in the Grainger College of Engineering on the university’s campus in Urbana-Champaign.

(Washington-jm) -- The Agriculture Secretary was among those Friday applauding an agreement between USDA and EPA regarding the next steps in building the nation's biofuel industry. Rod Bain reports…



DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A group looking to put a Las Vegas-style casino resort in the Illinois city of Danville says it wants to build a family oriented destination and promote economic growth in the area. Haven Gaming LLC presented its proposal at a City Council meeting, where the group was approved as the city’s casino operating partner. The resort will include a hotel, full-service spa, multiple restaurants, pool and lazy river, convention center, live entertainment venue, 4,000 parking spaces and more.



(Urbana-jm) -- A Rantoul man who admitted to having cocaine could face up to 50 years in prison. Darryl Nelson was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after police found 24 ounces of cocaine during a raid at his house on Winding Lane. Bond was set at $500,000.



(Springfield-jm) -- Sunday kicked off fire prevention week and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s office is urging families to be prepared should a fire break out. State Fire Marshal Spokesperson J-C Fultz says they recommend that families draw a map identifying pathways to two exits, and teaching kids how to escpae on their own in case you’re not there to help them. He says it’s also a good idea to practice a “fire drill” twice a year and set up a meeting place outside. Here’s some more tips…



State Fire Marshal Spokesperson J-C Fultz. There were more than 15 thousand residential fires in Illinois last year, and a reported 105 civilian fire deaths. 



(Chicago--jc)  --Illinois is the "least tax-friendly" state in the nation, according to a new report from business and economic forecasting publisher KiplingerThe state's economic woes and property taxes were major factors in the ranking.Kiplinger Tax Editor Rocky Mengle said the rankings were compiled by using the tax burden of a “hypothetical middle-class family” in all 50 states and Washington D.C.


Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup has released the name of a male who has died from a gunshot wound he received on Friday night in Urbana. Tramale (pronounced Tramell) Hooser, age 21, of Danville was pronounced dead at 8:08PM on October 5, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Illinois. An autopsy is scheduled for today at the Champaign County Regional Morgue Facility. An inquest may be held at a later date. The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation by the Urbana Police Department, the Champaign County Coroner, and the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Unit.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials in Illinois have awarded $350,000 in grants to help improve the health care of women of reproductive age. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced earlier this week that the competitive grants are going to 14 organizations and public health departments statewide. The recipients include Asian Human Services and Erie Family Health in Chicago, along with health departments in Calhoun, Cass, Fulton, Henry and Will counties. The goal is to increase the percentage of women ages 18 to 44 who get preventative medical care.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois students can compete for a cash prize by writing letters to authors. Secretary of State Jesse White says students in grades 4-12 are eligible to enter the statewide contest. Students are asked to read a book of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their view of the world. White says students can enter on their own or through schools, libraries and youth organizations. The deadline to enter is Dec. 16. Entry forms and other details are at the secretary of state’s site.



(Springfield-jm) -- More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults. Mary Schuermann reports…




(Paxton-jm) -- Paxton firefighters had a busy weekend. Friday night firefighters were called to assist Ludlow firefighters with a fire in the 200 block of west Thomas Street. On Saturday afternoon, firefighters were called to a single vehicle rollover accident on Route 45 at 500 north on Paxtons north side. No word on if there were any injuries.


The 1st Paxton Chamber Wine and Chocolate Walk was a huge success as over 120 participants took in the beautiful weather to visit the 17 businesses that took part in the event. Hudson’s Drug Shop won best beverage, Best Dessert and Best decor went to Bijouix Boutique. Plans are already in the works for next year. 



(Watseka-jm) -- A mural dedication will be held today in Watseka. The Watseka Kiwanis Club will hold the dedication of the Watchekee mural in the First Trust and Savings Parking lot at noon. Colleen Callahan, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be the guest speaker.



(Springfield-jm) -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says a new historic preservation tax credit is proving popular. During the first round, 24 properties were submitted for the credit, and four were ultimately chosen to help support restoration and rehabilitation efforts says D-N-R Spokesperson Rachel Torbert…



D-N-R Spokesperson Rachel Torbert. A credit of up to three million dollars per project is available, with a total of 15 million awarded each year. 



(Springfield--jc)  -- Governor J.B. Pritzker said he will make sure new tax revenue from the state's higher gas tax is spent property after federal agents raided the offices of Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Martin Sandoval as part of a corruption probe.Drivers in Illinois paid $100 million more in gas taxes in July than they did during the same month in 2018. Motorists in Illinois started paying 38 cents a gallon in state gas taxes on July 1. Lawmakers doubled the state's gas tax this spring as part of a plan to pay for infrastructure projects across the state. The revenue is earmarked for public works projects included in a six-year, $45 billion infrastructure plan. Lawmakers also passed other tax and fee increases along with expanded gambling measures as part of the spending plan for roads, bridges and buildings.

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