Monday, March 27, 2017

Salamone Memorial

Tina Salamone was the director of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts building in Bloomington. She died suddenly of a heart attack on March 25th at the age of 58. A memorial was held at the BCPA Sunday where many of her friends and family showed up to talk about her life's work.

Home Invasion Stabbing

23-year-old Justin R. Roof  faces felony charges after he forced himself into a house and then stabbed a man in the eye. Roof is charged with two counts of home invasion, a Class X felony, as well as residential burglary, a Class 1 felony. He also is charged with two counts of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.

Downstate Illinois' First Portillo's To Open In May

Downstate Illinois' first Portillo's is about two months away from opening. Developers in Champaign say the restaurant in that city should open sometime in May. Champaign and Normal are both getting the Chicago style hot dog joint. Normal paid a developer two-million dollars to bring it to town, Champaign didn't pay a thing.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Judge Orders Paychecks For Lawmakers

Illinois doesn't have a budget and is drowning in almost 13-billion dollars of unpaid bills, but at least state lawmakers are being paid. A judge yesterday ordered the state to pay lawmakers. Illinois' former Comptroller last year put lawmakers at the back of the line of the state's unpaid bills. Illinois lawmakers have been paid just once since June.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Portillo's Update

The town of Normal issued demolition and building permits Tuesday for 202 Landmark Drive, where a Motel 6 is being torn down and where Portillo's will go up. The demolition is underway at this time but our Portillo's Chicago-style hot dog restaurant is not set to open until August.

Lawmakers Propose Legalizing Recreational Marijuana In Illinois

You could fire up a joint legally if two new bills introduced by two Chicago Democrats gets passed.   The two bills would allow adults over 21 and to possess, grow, and purchase a limited amount of marijuana. The state would license and regulate businesses growing, processing, testing and selling cannabis to adults, and ant tax it, too, at a rate of $50 per ounce at the whole sale level. You’ll get hit with a 6.25 percent sales tax.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Rauner: Replace Prison Tower Guards with Cameras

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to replace guards in watchtowers with closed-circuit cameras at nearly two dozen lower-security Illinois prisons, an effort to cut expenses for a cash-strapped state that has gone two years without a budget. The administration is projecting $4 million in annual savings through reduced overtime-pay and more efficient management strategies. No security guards will be laid off.