New Law Designed to Show Property Owners TIF Fund Details

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law designed to show Illinois property owners how much the tax increment financing districts in their area are diverting into special funds that can be used to spur redevelopment   Pritzker signed House Bill 2209 on Friday. Not all property owners may fully understand what a TIF district does, but…Read more…

Shimkus: Farmers Want Trade

As trade talks dredge on, Illinois’ senior Republican House member says farmers in his district are pushing for the federal government to move on a deal with Mexico and Canada, but he suspects politics are getting in the way. The agricultural community has been pushing Washington to hammer out a successor to the North American…Read more…

State Representative Bailey Weighs in on Immigration

There’s differing opinions on the messages being sent to migrants with two bills signed Tuesday in Chicago by Gov. J.B. Pritkzer. One measure Pritzker signed in Chicago Tuesday, House Bill 836, doubles the time allowed for short-term guardianship to two years for children whose parents have been detained or deported by federal immigration officials. “As…Read more…

Application Deadline Approaching for the Governor’s Hometown Awards

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is now accepting applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards (GHTA) program.  GHTA gives formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life. These projects, sponsored by local units of government, had strong volunteer support, met a need, and…Read more…

Speed Awareness Day; Slow Down or Get Pulled Over

Today is Speed Awareness Day. Illinois State Police and other law enforcement agencies will be on Illinois roads aggressively enforcing speed limits. The goal is to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities police say is caused by speeding. ISP says in 2017, 42 percent of traffic fatalities were the result of speeding.Read more…

Illinois Joblessness Down and Payrolls Up for June

The state jobless rate for June came in at 4.3%. That’s down from 4.4% in May. Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Sam Salustro says payrolls increased by more than 11 thousand. “In June, we saw job growth remain pretty strong here in Illinois.  We’ve seen a couple months in a row now where we’ve…Read more…

Audit finds IDOT Didn’t Inspect Bridges, Follow Reporting Requirements

A state lawmaker who supported doubling the state’s gas tax to pay for infrastructure projects said a new audit could mean some planned projects won’t get funded.   The audit found that dozens of bridges in Illinois weren’t inspected in a timely manner.   The Illinois Auditor General released an audit Thursday of the Illinois…Read more…

Illinois Senate could Vote on Fingerprinting for FOID this Fall

The Illinois Senate could take action on a measure to require Illinois residents to submit fingerprints to get a Firearm Owners Identification card when lawmakers return this October.   A Second Amendment advocate is urging police groups to oppose the bill.   Senate Bill 1966 passed the House in May. It would increase fees FOID…Read more…

Extreme Heat Could Cause Pavement Blowouts; Motorists Asked to Be Cautious

With extreme heat the lead story in most area newscasts, IDOT says motorists should be on the lookout for buckling pavement on roadways.  Blowouts occur when prolonged high temperatures cause the road to expand and buckle resulting in uneven driving surfaces.  Precipitation and humidity increase the potential for such breakdowns.  And while it’s impossible to…Read more…

Regional Men Face/Sentenced for Meth Crimes

One Williamson County man has been charged, another sentenced and a Mt. Vernon, Illinois man has been sentenced with federal drug offenses. 34 year old Adam Walker of Herrin has been charged by indictment with unlawfully possessing more than 50 grams of meth with the intent to distribute.  US Attorney Steve Weinhoeft says the offense…Read more…

Measure to Abolish Charter School Commission Advances with Promise for Amendment

A state representative sponsoring a bill to abolish the statewide commission that approves proposed charter schools said that he’ll work with members of the charter school community to find common ground on the proposal after it advanced out of committee. Charter schools are public schools, but offer different curriculum and have different rules. While there’s…Read more…