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(Farmer City-rb) A disagreement between two 17-year-old juveniles in Farmer City resulted in one teen shooting another. The shooting happened on the street at 2:55 pm in the 300 block of West Green Street in Farmer City. The suspect is in police custody and the victim is being treated at Carle Hospital in Urbana. Farmer City Police Department, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, and ISP Crime Scene Services are investigating the incident. Police are asking any witnesses to the shooting to call the Farmer City Police Department at 309-928-2111.


(Bloomington-rb) A Wisconsin college administrator has been selected as Heartland Community College's next president. Keith Cornille, executive vice president/chief student services officer at Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis., is expected to take office in July, pending contract approval at the board's April 17 meeting. His base salary will be $220,000. He will succeed Rob Widmer, who is retiring June 30 after more than 20 years at Heartland. He served as president since June 2013.



SPRINGFIELD (Apr. 11, 2018) — At the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Annual Luncheon Wednesday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner reiterated his call for the legislature to pass a balanced budget without new taxes.  He said that restoring the fiscal integrity is a critical first step in revitalizing the state's economy and delivering more jobs. The governor has invited the four legislative leaders to meet with him tomorrow to work on the budget issues. The governor also talked to the group about pension reform and how a new law could put 1 Billion dollars in tax rollbacks.




(Washington dc--jc)  -- How do we measure the impacts of potential tariffs on specialty crops. Rod Bain has the story…





(Springfield-rb) Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s legislation requiring judges to explain the rationale for rescinding Statutory Summary Suspensions is moving on in the Illinois House. House Bill 5042, designed to strengthen the state’s current drunk driving law, will prevent a SSS or revocation from being rescinded without a factual basis for the rescission from the court.




(Springfield-rb) Legislation approved by an Illinois House committee this week would raise the fine from $75 to $500 for anyone recording an accident scene while driving a car.House Bill 5635, will now head to the House floor. Legislation was prompted after first responders at accident scenes reported that motorists were stopping to record accidents.




(Champaign-rb) Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde visited convenience stores, liquor stores and tobacco shops in the county over the last few days and found no traces of so-called fake weed. Pryde also said the shop managers allowed her to post flyers about the epidemic. The Illinois Department of Public Health said since March 7, 114 people have suffered severe bleeding after using the synthetic cannabinoids. None of the reported cases are in Champaign County.


(Springfield--jc)  -- Count Illinois National Guard troops in for guarding the nation’s southern border, if an official request is made by the Trump administration. President Donald Trump announced using guard troops to assist border patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border to stem the flow of illegal immigration.While Illinois is far from the border, Governor Bruce Rauner says he would grant a request by the President to send troops to the border.



(Springfield--jc)  Is there any plan in Springfield that will help property owners in the state. Illinois taxpayers are paying the second highest taxes in the nation. Attom Data Solutions reports that Illinois taxpayers pay two point two-two percent on properties.  That means the owner of a home valued at 150 thousand dollars pays around 3 thousand three hundred thirty dollars in taxes. The property taxes also vary on where you live in the state. Residents of McHenry, Bureau and Winnebago Counties pay the highest property taxes in Illinois. The issue continues to be discussed in the state capitol.



(Springfield--jc)  -- The Illinois Department of Public Health is launching a new interactive website with statistics on the opioid epidemic. Spokesperson Melaney Arnold says the data dashboard can be beneficial to law enforcement, health care providers to community groups…



Illinois Public Health Department Spokesperson Melaney Arnold

Arnold says she hopes visitors to the site can use the information to combat the opioid crisis in their area.


(Washingtondc--jc)  -- What are the latest numbers in South American corn. And How do those numbers affect the world corn supplies. U-S-D-A Deputy Chief Economist Warren Preston  says….


U-S-D-A Deputy Chief Economist Warren Preston.


(Bloomington--jc)  Since announcing it wants to sell its former headquarters in Bloomington, officials from State Farm say they have received interest from several buyers. The building is nearly 90 years old and is located in the downtown area of the city  The 200 thousand square-foot building is valued around 9 million dollars.


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


(Bloomington-rb) Experts studying a potential Twin City sports complex already are prepared to answer how the project would be different from the controversial Grossinger Motors Arena, formerly U.S. Cellular Coliseum.  VenuWorks, which manages the downtown Bloomington arena, said the facility produced $1.48 million in local economic impact from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. In addition, 13 non-sports shows there over a year sold 49 percent of their tickets to Illinoisans outside McLean County and 26 percent outside the state.


(Springfield--jc)--  Eight representatives from the Illinois Pork Producers Association were talking pork issues in the nation’s capitol. Issues at the  National Pork Producers Council legislative action conference included visa reform, supporting a viable workforce for ag, the importance of positive trade relations, and  keeping food affordable



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