Monday, February 20, 2017

Senator Wants To Increase Illinois Speed Limit

A suburban state lawmakers wants to let you drive five miles-per-hour faster.  State Senator Jim Oberweis is pitching a plan to increase the speed limit to 75-miles-per-hour on interstates outside of Chicago.  Oberweis says most drivers already drive 75 or faster, and he says there's no need to set a speed limit that most people ignore.  Illinois increased the speed limit from 65 to 70-miles-per-hour on downstate interstates back in 2014.

Records Fall Across The State In February Warm-Up

It's now an official "record breaking" heat wave in Illinois.  The National Weather Service says more than a dozen cities set records for warmth over the weekend.  Yesterday's temperatures set records from the Quad Cities to Effingham. Forecasters say there's a chance more records could fall by Wednesday. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Normal Police Find Drugs and Explosives in Suspected Dealer's Home

Police in Normal found more than 100 explosive devices Thursday during a search of a suspected drug dealer Gilbert Wilson’s home in the 800 block of W. College Avenue in Normal. Wilson is charged with unlawful use of weapons, unlawful possession of marijuana (19 ounces) with intent to deliver.  Officers found 128 explosive devices each containing about a half ounce of dynamite or explosive powder.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Judge Denies Madigan's Request To Halt Pay During Budget Crisis

Illinois employees will continue to receive a paycheck despite the actions of state Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  A St. Clair County Circuit judge rejected a request from Madigan yesterday to halt state workers pay until lawmakers resolve the ongoing budget crisis.  The attorney general is expected to appeal the decision.

Bayne Skips Debate: Fake News

One of five candidates running for mayor of Bloomington decides to skip a meeting with voters Thursday night because of what he calls fake news. Ian Bayne didn't show up to a meeting with voters at Illinois State University. Tari Renner along with former firefighter Robert Fike, 1st ward alderman Kevin Lower and 8th ward alderwoman Diana Hauman moved past the issue, instead talking to the crowd about issues they say are more important.

Portillo's Update

The site of the future Normal Portillo's has been sold, keeping the Chicago-style hot dog restaurant on track to open in August. The Motel 6 at 202 Landmark Drive has closed and was sold Wednesday. Portillo's announced in December that the property would house its first Bloomington-Normal location.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Governor Rauner Delivers Budget Address

Governor Rauner is laying out his terms for a potential income tax hike in order to solve Illinois' financial mess.  While delivering his budget address yesterday, Rauner said he'll only back a permanent increase unless the plan being crafted in the state Senate comes with a permanent freeze on local property taxes.  The Republican also said he might go along with an expanded sales tax to help close the budget gap but dismissed tax hikes on food, medicines and retirement income.  The governor added that he wants economic and regulatory changes including an overhaul to workers' compensation and term limits on lawmakers.