Friday, June 23, 2017

State Budget: Madigan Claims Rauner Won't Raise Taxes on His Own

The most powerful Democrat at the Illinois Capitol says the state doesn't have a budget because Governor Rauner isn't willing to raise taxes on his own.  House Speaker Mike Madigan yesterday told reporters in Springfield that he wants to see the governor "work with us" on a tax increase.  The governor has said he's willing to sign a new state budget that includes an income tax increase, but only if Madigan will agree to a property tax freeze

Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's Now Grossinger Motors Arena

It's now Grossinger Motors Arena. The announcement coming from a news conference today stating the naming rights of Bloomington's former US Cellular Coliseum will change over to Grossinger Motors Arena under a multi-year deal that runs through 2022. U.S. Cellular’s naming rights agreement ended in 2016 when the company decided to not renew the agreement due to them no longer offering service in the area. After being in Chicagoland since 1928 Grossinger motors came to Normal 4 years ago when they purchased the former Sud’s dealership.

Special Session: $40K for Seven Minutes of Work?

You can't even get a pizza that fast. The Illinois House yesterday gaveled-in and gaveled-out of special session in under ten minutes. Lawmakers are supposed to be in Springfield to talk about a state budget, but the House left their seats after just a few minutes of milling around. Illinois faces a laundry list of consequences if there is no state budget by the end of month. The cost to the state for each day of the special session is estimated at $40,000.

Barickman: llinois House House are Now the Odd Men Out.

Democrats in the Illinois House House are now the odd men out.  Bloomington-Normal Republican Jason Barcikman told Cities 92-point-9 yesterday that everyone else in the Capitol, including Governor Rauner, have put their name next to a budget plan. But Barickman said there's been nothing but silence from Madigan. Barickman says Madigan has a political incentive to not give Governor Rauner a state budget.

Fund Grows for Family of Missing Scholar at U of I

There's now an 80 thousand-dollar fund for the family of a missing University of Illinois scholar. U of I leaders and managers at the U of I Community Credit Union yesterday said online donations hit 80 thousand-dollars to help the family of Yingying Zhang as police search for her. Zhang's father and aunt flew to Illinois from China over the weekend. Police say Zhang disappeared more than a week ago.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ald. Houman Speaks to the Idea of Felons on Bloomington's Proposed Police Review Board

The city of Bloomington is wrestling with whether to let convicted felons sit on a planned police review board. City council members on Monday all said they support the idea of a citizen's panel to review police conduct. But they don't support a push from advocates to allow felons to have a seat. Alderman Diana Hauman yesterday said she expects a compromise to let some people with long-ago crimes on their records to possibly serve.

Rauner Talks Budget, Unity

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he can live with a tax increase in order to get a new state budget. But the governor also used a speech from Springfield last night to say he will sign the budget only if lawmakers agree to a four year property tax freeze. The governor's comments come as lawmakers return to the statehouse today for what could be a ten-day special session.