(Undated--jc) Illinois democrats have a spending bill for governor JB Pritzker.. WPXN’s Austin Burklund has the story…
(Chicago--ab) A group of house lawmakers is introducing a package of bills to address the high cost of prescription medication. One bill calls for more transparency when manufacturers raise the price of medicine, while another assesses fines for price gouging says Representative Will Guzzardi of Chicago...
State Representative Will Guzzardi of Chicago.
Other measures create a wholesale importation program to help access cheaper drugs from Canada and sets up a system where doctors can get unbiased information about different medications so that they aren’t only relying on salespeople.
(Bloomington--ab) -- State Representative Dan Brady Republican from Bloomington has signed on to co-sponsor House Resolution 153, legislation stating opposition to any measure that would allow for the creation of a graduated income tax on Illinois residents. Brady says All 44 members of the Illinois House Republican Caucus are co-sponsors of the measure....
105th District State Representative Dan Brady of Bloomington.
ASHKUM – Illinois State Police District 21 Commander, Captain Don Aaron Harsy, announces that Illinois State Police will conduct Nighttime Enforcement patrols in Kankakee County on March 8th and 14th. NITE patrols allow state police to o focus on preventing, detecting, and taking enforcement action in response to impaired driving and occupant restraint violations especially between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Officers will be looking for drivers under the influence, seat belt violations speeding and distracted driving.
(Springfield--ab) After a joint investigation conducted by the Illinois State Police- Division of Internal Investigation and Illinois Department of Corrections Task Force at the Pontiac prison, criminal charges were filed against three employees. Correctional Officer Giovanni Rodriguez, Sergeant Jason Cremer and Lieutenant James Fike, were each charged with one count of Official Misconduct and one count of Battery. On or about February 3 of this year, Rodriguez, Cremer and Fike are alleged, while acting in their official capacity, to have knowingly performed an act, which is forbidden by law and without legal justification, which caused bodily harm to an incarcerated individual. The arrests of Rodriguez, Cremer and Fike were conducted over a two-day period,this week.
(Undated--jc) Hospital nurses in Illinois are pushing for statewide staffing standards.Nurses say they are often given too many hospital patients to provide appropriate care and want set nurse-to-patient ratios. Helen Bernard has been a nurse for more than 42 years…
Illinois Nurse Helen Bernard.
Bills currently in the House and Senate in Springfield would create a Hospital-Patient Protection Act.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Songwriters and music publishers are suing bars around the country, saying they infringed on musical copyrights. The Baltimore Sun reports the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers sued Baltimore sports bar Carlos O' Charlies this week in federal court. ASCAP represents more than 690,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers and licenses establishments to play the 11.5 million songs in its repertoire. ASCAP also is suing a dozen establishments in Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Spokesman Jackson Wagener says they spent up to five years reaching out, and is suing the businesses that refused to obtain licenses.
(Gibson City--jc) On Ford County preschool is getting ready for the next school year. Little Achievers Academy Preschool is accepting student registration for the 2019-20 school year and will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. Those interested can meet teachers, look at classrooms and get other questions answered.
As Walmart moves to phase out its familiar blue-vested "greeters" at some 1,000 stores nationwide, disabled workers who fill many of those jobs say they're being ill-treated by a chain that styles itself as community-minded and inclusive.Walmart told greeters around the country last week that their positions would be eliminated on April 26 in favor of an expanded, more physically demanding "customer host" role. To qualify, they will need to be able to lift 25-pound (11-kilogram) packages, climb ladders and stand for long periods.
(Rantoul--jc) The date is Sunday June Second. The event is a Cubs versus Cardinals baseball game. The Rantoul Recreation Department is selling tickets to the game. The price tag is 130 dollars per ticket which includes transportation, ticket and box lunch. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 893-5700.
(Fithian--jc) Are the state’s unbalanced budget, high property taxes, and the prospect of higher taxes in the future, enough reasons for people to leave Illinois? One State lawmaker says there is a trend that is troubling. 104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian says with a proposed progressive tax, the details have not been given by the state’s democratic majority…
104th District State Representative Mike Marron of Fithian.
(Champaign--jc) -- Will March come in like a lion or a lamb, Or what can we expect with weather starting tomorrow. Illinois State Water Survey Spokesperson Brian Kerschner talks about March temperatures to be lower than normal…
Illinois State Water Survey of Champaign Spokesperson Brian Kerschner
(Washington--jc) --. Officials from one of U-S-D-A's mission areas heard public comment on how, and how soon, they could implement policies and programs under the 2018 Farm Bill. Rod Bain has the details…
(Springfield--jc)-- All 44 members of Republicans in the Illinois House signed on to co-sponsor House Resolution 153 on Wednesday. The resolution states opposition to any measure that would allow for a graduated income tax on Illinois residents. Decatur State Representative Dan Caulkins said he was happy to sign the resolution to oppose any graduated income tax..
Decatur State Representative Dan Caulkins
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman accused in the death of her 2-year-old daughter has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges. Twanka L. Davis of Decatur is charged with killing Ta'Naja Barnes through starvation and deprivation. The 21-year-old Davis on Wednesday also pleaded not guilty to endangering the life or health of Ta'Naja by depriving the child of food, water, heat and proper care. She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been indicted for allegedly causing the death of an Illinois state trooper who was helping victims in a multiple-vehicle highway crash. Cook County prosecutors accuse 61-year-old Scott Larsen of Kenosha of causing the January accident on Interstate-294 that claimed the life of 34-year-old Trooper Christopher Lambert. Authorities say Lambert was headed home when he pulled over and got out of his squad car to respond to a three-vehicle crash. A car then struck him.
(Rantoul--jc) The Community Service Center in Rantoul is the venue for a food distribution event on Saturday in Rantoul. The time of the distribution is 9am until 10-30 am. St. Pauls’ Lutheran Church of Gifford is sponsoring the event. Low income residents of Champaign county are eligible to participate. More information is found by calling the Community Service Center.