Friday, December 9, 2016

Start-Up Car Company In Talks To Buy Normal Plant

A start-up car company is in talks to buy central Illinois' old Mitsubishi plant.  Leaders in the town of Normal yesterday said Rivian Automotive is looking at buying the plant.  Rivian is described as an "automotive technology company."  Town leaders say they're offering a-million-dollars in incentives and expect the company to create 500 jobs.  The state is also in talks about incentives for the plant. 

Governor To Lawmakers: Drop Paycheck Suit, Pass Budget

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is trying to ratchet up the pressure on lawmakers to deliver a new state budget.  The governor yesterday tweeted out a video asking a half dozen or so lawmakers to drop their suit over late paychecks and focus on a new state spending plan instead.  Rauner says the fact that some lawmakers are suing while the state's schools and social services implode is "stunning." 

Schock Trial To Stay In Peoria

 Former Congressman Aaron Schock won't be tried in his hometown.  A federal judge yesterday turned down Schock's request to move his corruption trial to Peoria.  Schock is facing a laundry list of charges in connection to what prosecutors say was years worth of illegal government and campaign spending.  The judge says keeping the trial in Springfield won't hurt Schock's ability to defend himself. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Former Coliseum Manager Faces Felony Theft Count

Prosecutors are moving ahead with theft charges against the former manager of the Bloomington Coliseum. Curtis Webb is facing one count of felony theft of government property. Venue works says Webb took money and bought airline tickets. They're not saying how much he took. Webb was the first manager of the Coliseum after questions about spending dogged the old managers and lead them to walk away. Webb is not in custody.

State Budget Standoff Continues

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he's not going to talk about a state budget until he sees what statehouse Democrats want. The governor yesterday canceled today's meeting in Chicago with top lawmakers. Rauner's office says until there's a plan to discuss, there's no need to meet. Democratic leaders want the governor to start a working group for lawmakers.

BPD Shop With A Cop

The Bloomington Police Department is making sure every child has gifts under the tree this year, while also making lasting connections. In its 14th year , the Shop With a Cop event held Wednesday helps struggling families. Kids are paired with a hero and get to pick out $50 worth of gifts. BPD Officer Sara Mayer says, “Hopefully it teaches them that if they ever need help they can go to a police officer and we are their friends,"

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Illinois Lawmakers In Stare Down Over Budget

Illinois' top Republicans and top Democrats are demanding the other side deliver a budget.  And both are refusing to be the first.  Legislative leaders ended their latest meeting with Governor Rauner yesterday no closer to a state budget.  Illinois' stopgap budget expires in a month and both sides are still far apart on a new one.