Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Accident Involving First Student Bus Spawns Lawsuit

34-year-old Christopher Beck of Bloomington, who was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a school bus carrying Unit 5 students, has now filed a lawsuit against First Student and the bus driver, who he accuses of violating Illinois traffic laws. Beck was southbound on Bunn Street on Oct. 17 when his motorcycle struck the front driver's side of the bus as it was making a right turn from Hazel Street.

New Poll: Most People Want Marijuana Legalized In Illinois

Three-quarters of voters in Illinois want to see marijuana decriminalized. Two-thirds want to see it legalized all together.  A new poll, released yesterday, by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute says there's overwhelming support for legal marijuana in the state.  A majority of both Republicans and Democrats support legalization, though there are some differences in opinions between older and younger voters.

IL Out Migration Update

New U.S. Census data shows people are leaving Illinois, and the heart of the state is no exception. Census population estimates show McLean County lost 748 residents. The data shows 58,456 people total left Illinois over the same one year period.

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.