Friday, September 21, 2018
Illinois voters' first look at the candidates for governor looked a lot like their campaign commercials. Governor Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker spent most of the night at last night's first debate jabbing at one another. The two stuck mostly to their commercial talking points; taxes, spending, the governor's shortcomings and Pritzker's ties to Rod Blagojevich. The third party candidates, Kash Jackson and Sam McCann were there as well, but mostly blended in the background.
The man in charge of Abraham Lincoln artifacts at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is out of a job just days after questions about a multi-million dollar hat resurfaced. The museum yesterday said that Lincoln artifact curator James Cornelius was fired on Wednesday. He'd been on leave for months. Cornelius was named in a news report that said he told FBI agents who wanted to test a hat believed to be Abraham Lincoln's, to disguise themselves as reporters as not to tip anyone off at the museum.
The McLean County Full Tuition Scholarship program was announced Thursday by Illinois State University President Larry Dietz during his annual State of the University address. The program will begin in fall 2019, awarding up to four years of free tuition to five students each year. The tuition waivers have a current value of about $50,000 over four years. The scholarships will be awarded based on the student's leadership, community service and civic engagement.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Two semi trucks caught fire this morning on southbound I-39 near the Hudson exit. One truck was reported to be in the ditch and the other is on the road. Witnesses tell us the fire started as an explosion. The McLean County Coroner's Office is on the scene. Traffic is being re-routed so that emergency crews can put out the fire and secure the scene.
The Illinois State Police says an Indiana man is dead after running from the police in central Illinois. Troopers say Zachary Doyle of Hammond, Indiana died Monday night after he ran away from a traffic stop on I-55 near Lexington. Chenoa Police initially pulled Doyle over for an equipment infraction. No one is saying why he ran.
Although weekly sales at Green Top Grocery co-op have increased by 30% since their turnaround plan began in April, officials say they need to raise $400,000 this fall or close. This fundraising effort is part of the store’s turnaround plan after what officials called a disappointing first year of business. This new campaign to raise $400,000 through owner loans runs through Nov. 12. You can be an owner with a one-time purchase of a $200 share. Ownership is not required to shop at the store.
McLean County officials plan to slightly reduce the county's property tax rate while also adding 16 jobs and restoring raises for non-union employees under a budget proposal presented Tuesday to the County Board. The move, which would be approved this fall, comes a year after cutting jobs and services to fix a budget deficit.