SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner released a video message Thursday encouraging the General Assembly to take swift action on legislation that would enact statewide pension reform while delivering Chicago Public Schools the $215 million it has requested from the state.
The Governor has pledged to sign the legislation when it reaches his desk. The video can be viewed on his Facebook page.
“The people of Illinois want to see their leaders get good things done in Springfield and right now, we have the opportunity to make that happen. Comprehensive pension reform for the entire state would save taxpayers billions, and allow us to meet a request for assistance from the city of Chicago,” Rauner said.
“Illinois has been asking for a compromise, and this is a compromise we can all get behind. Let’s get it done.”
Senators Michael Connelly and Jil Tracy introduced legislation taking the pension bill (SB 16) from the “Grand Bargain” and combining it with a bill delivering $215 million to CPS for its teacher pensions. The package would be expected to win bipartisan support given that the pension proposal came within four votes of passage and the CPS funding passed both chambers of the General Assembly last summer.
>03-12 a deputy assisted with a barn fire at 1553E Rt116.
>03-12 a Drummer Township farmer made a complaint of a trespasser on his property.
>03-12 a deputy mediated a domestic argument in Piper City.
>03-12 a deputy assisted a Paxton Police officer with an arrest he was making for Criminal Damage to Property.
>03-13 a deputy towed an abandoned vehicle left in the road at 2125E 200N Road.
>03-14 an unfounded complaint of a domestic argument in rural Cropsey was received.
>03-17 there was an unconfirmed report of shots being fired in Piper City. During the week deputies issued 12 traffic citations.
>03-12 Juana Ramirez of Buckley was involved in a single-vehicle accident in which the vehicle she was driving came to rest on its side. The crash occurred at 550N Rt45.
>03-12 Jacob Earl of Tuscola, IL was involved in a single-vehicle accident at 2050N Rt115. His car left the roadway, jumped a creek and impacted the ditch bank. Earl then fled the scene with the help of his parents. He was later located and issued multiple citations for the crash.
>03-15 a vehicle driven by Helen Greer of rural Kempton collided with one driven by Sunshine Piper of Kempton. The accident occurred at 3700N Rt115.
Thomas Plackett of Paxton struck a whitetail deer with his vehicle at 1480E Rt9.
>03-17 Nicholas Landeck of Herscher was issued a civil citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a traffic stop at 1500N Rt115 in Roberts.
The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Sunday February 5th, and early morning hours of Monday, February 6th.
The detail was conducted on Adams St at Van Buren in Peoria, by ISP District 08 officers.Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers, however, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken.
The following citations were issued at the safety check:
ViolationsEnforcement ActivityRegistration offenses 3
Driver’s license offenses 17
Occupant restraint offenses 3
Driving under the influence arrests 1
Other alcohol/drug arrests3
Total citations/arrests 32
Total written warnings 15
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti joined Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, Kellogg’s and No Kid Hungry for the “Give a Child a Breakfast” event in downtown Chicago to raise awareness about childhood hunger.
“One in five kids in Illinois is hungry. This is an important issue to me because I know what it is like to grow up with food insecurity,” said Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. “My mother had me when she was only 15, and my parents often had to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table.”
Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti addressed a group of students from Marshall High School and talked about her own experiences. The students were invited to the “Give a Child a Breakfast” event by Kellogg’s, where they had breakfast, had the opportunity to meet the lieutenant governor and play basketball with Butler.
“Child hunger is not an issue isolated to large cities - it is prevalent in all 102 counties in Illinois,” Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti said. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We want our kids to have access to a healthy breakfast so they can stay alert in the classroom and excel in school.”
Last year, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Breakfast After the Bell legislation that required schools where 70 percent or more students qualify for the free and reduced lunch program serve breakfast after the first bell starts the school day. This federally funded initiative aims to serve an additional 175,000 Illinois children breakfast every day.
Kellogg’s partnered with Butler for the third year in a row and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles to raise awareness about the importance of having a nutritious breakfast.
“Give a Child a Breakfast” also marks the kick off of National School Breakfast Week, which will be March 6-10.
3-3-17 (from Ford County Sheriff's Dept.)
On 02-28-2017 at 07:09 a.m., the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, Gibson City Police, Gibson Area Ambulance and Sullivant Township Fire responded to a two vehicle crash involving an SUV and a Gibson City-Melvin- Sibley (GCMS) school bus. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that there were no injuries.
The Ford County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into the crash and determined that a 2005, Black, Chevrolet Carryall, driven by an Anthony L. Kern (19) of Woodridge, Illinois was travelling northbound on Illinois Route 47 and Ford County Road coordinate 1050 North.
The GCMS school bus was travelling the same direction in front of the Kern vehicle. The Kern vehicle attempted to pass the school bus when another, unknown vehicle was travelling southbound. The Kern vehicle did not allow enough space to safely complete the pass and swerved into the school bus to avoid a head-on collision. The Kern vehicle then travelled into the southbound ditch as the school bus pulled over onto the northbound shoulder of the highway. The school bus was carrying 5 children and the driver.
Paramedics from the Gibson Area Ambulance Service evaluated all people involved in the crash and determined there were no injuries. GCMS Superintendent Mr. Darnell and staff members arrived on scene and removed the children from the scene.
The driver of the SUV was cited for the crash. Both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene.
3-1-17 (updated at 3 p.m.)
WASHBURN – A small area near the Woodford-Marshall county line looks like a war zone after strong storms spawned tornadoes in north central Illinois Tuesday.
Twisted grain bins were tossed into nearby fields while trees were uprooted and a few tool sheds destroyed. One large farmhouse northeast of Washburn stood in the midst of a damaged farmstead as curious motorists drove past the property Wednesday morning. The only sound which could be heard in the storm’s aftermath was the squeaking of broken tin among the strong gusty winds.
A shed just down the road collapsed on top of its contents, which included a Batwing mower and a few tires. An old grain wagon was spotted in a field across the road, several hundred feet from the property. Utility crews were spotted entering Washburn mid-morning Wednesday near the town’s grade school.
An employee of the local Casey’s General Store said the damage was primarily contained to the extreme northern part of town with tree branches down. The same storm system is being blamed for causing damage in the LaSalle County town of Ottawa where a person was killed by a falling tree. A nursing home was also heavily damaged.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield to ensure state personnel and equipment were ready to be quickly deployed if needed to help local emergency responders with public safety issues. Representative from several state agencies reported to the SEOC.
“Activating the State Emergency Operations Center will ensure we’re ready to act quickly if any local responders need our assistance,” said Rauner.
Chicago, IL – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announce the felony convictions of Monica Brown, age 43 from Chicago, and Cassandra Miller, age 51 from Decatur, for Vendor Fraud on charges stemming from two separate investigations.
Brown pled guilty on February 16, 2017, in Cook County, and Miller pled guilty on February 21, 2017, in Macon County.
Two separate investigations conducted by the ISP Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau (MFCB) revealed that Brown and Miller both defrauded Medicaid funded programs administered by Illinois state agencies. Brown and Miller both worked as home care aids providing assistance to individuals who were unable to provide for themselves. The investigations revealed that Brown and Miller were providing fraudulent time sheets for services they were not providing.
The investigation into Brown’s actions determined that she had billed for services as a home care aid to a subject who had been deceased for 2½ years. Brown was sentenced to three years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $30,822.
The investigation into Miller’s actions determined that she had falsified provider time sheets between August 7, 2015, and April 5, 2016.
Miller was sentenced to four years of probation and 50 hours of community service. Miller was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,039.85.
“Unfortunately this type of fraud is something we continue to see all too often,” stated ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. “There are limited funds and resources for individuals who truly need the help, and Medicaid recipients will continue to suffer as a result of criminals who defraud the system. The ISP Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau will continue to aggressively work these cases and work with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to ensure the people who commit these crimes are prosecuted,”
The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 08, will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Peoria County during the month of March, according to District 08 Commander, Steve Riesenberg.
The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or driving under the influence.
Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.
>02-12 a Gibson City Police officer assisted a deputy in checking an unlocked door at the home of an Elliott resident who was on vacation. No problem was found in the home.
>02-12 deputies searched the Tri-Point school in Piper City when an open door was found late at night. No problem in the school was found.
>02-13 a disturbance outside of Tom’s Tavern in Kempton was reported.
>02-13 the Mona Township Road Commissioner reported damage to a guard rail on a bridge at 1775E 3400n Road. It had been struck by a vehicle which then left the scene.
>02-13 a deputy assisted a Paxton Police officer with the recovery of a vehicle reported stolen in Champaign.
>02-13 a deputy assisted the Illinois State Police with a roll-over accident at 600N Rt115.
>02-15 Gibson City officers and a deputy assisted the Gibson City Fire Dept with a house fire at 197n Rt47.
>02-16 a deputy located a shed on fire in rural Roberts.>02-16 a Piper City resident reported being battered in his home. The victim refused to name his attacker.
>02-18 a resident of Button Township in rural Clarence reported criminal damage to a vehicle. During the week deputies handled 2 civil matters and issued 38 traffic citations.
>02-13 a vehicle driven by Ellyn Lee of Melvin failed to yield the right of way to a vehicle driven by Isaiah Stanley of Melvin. The crash occurred at 800E and 1100N Road. Lee was issued a citation for the crash.
>02-13 a vehicle driven by a Paxton area teenager left the roadway and rolled over at 080N 2000E Road. The teen was issued a citation for the crash.
>02-18 Samantha Fetters of Paxton struck a whitetail deer at 1375E Rt9.
>02-18 a vehicle driven by Mary Pilcher of Paxton struck a vehicle driven by Diane Edgington of Gibson City. The crash occurred at 500N 1300E Road.
>02-14 Angela Pierce of Rantoul was arrested on a Ford County warrant.>02-17 Michael Widmer of Loda was arrested outside the Ford County Courthouse on the order of the visiting presiding judge. He was taken to the Ford County jail in lieu of a $1,000,000.00 bond.
>02-17 Adam Pederson of Monticello, Il. was arrested following a traffic stop at Rt115 and Rt9. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Illegal Transportation of Alcohol and Illegal Lane Usage.
Applications for becoming an Illinois State Police (ISP) Trooper are continually accepted by the ISP Merit Board.
Officials with the ISP are encouraging those individuals who are interested in a career in law enforcement to visit the ISP Merit Board website to complete an application for employment.
The ISP is committed to continue to be one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the country. We provide cutting-edge training in a variety of law enforcement functions. Initially, all ISP Academy graduates are assigned to patrol; however, Troopers have the opportunity to transition to one of the many specialty functions within our agency. Opportunities include crime scene investigations; SWAT; and becoming a pilot, K-9 officer, investigator, motorcycle officer, or safety education officer on patrol to name a few.
Anyone with questions about becoming an ISP officer can contact Sergeant Elbert Jennings or Special Agent Melissa Uhles. Sergeant Jennings can be reached by telephone at (217) 785-4370 or email at Elbert_Jennings@isp.state.il.us. Special Agent Uhles can be reached by telephone at (618) 346-3482 or email at Melissa_Uhles@isp.state.il.us.
To complete an application please go to http://recruitment.iosolutions.com/Online-Job-Applications/Police-Job-Applications/ISP-Merit-Board-IL-State-Trooper-Application-2014.html, and for more information about the application process, please visit the ISP Merit Board website at www.illinoistrooper.com.
HERRIN – Governor Bruce Rauner recently visited Herrin Junior High School and discussed the important work of the Governor’s School Funding Commission.
The Commission recently released a report that includes a framework allowing members of the General Assembly to create a new school funding formula.
“Education is the most important thing we do as a community, and it is a primary reason I ran for Governor,” said Governor Rauner. “Over the past two years we’ve increased school funding to record levels and it's our greatest accomplishment, but we can do more. I applaud the commission, both Democrats and Republicans and members of the House and Senate, for putting politics aside and advancing this important framework that we can use to draft and pass legislation for our students.”
Governor Rauner has made education a top priority since before he was sworn into office and in the past two years has delivered a record investment in PK-12 education. Governor Rauner formed the bipartisan School Funding Reform Commission to fix Illinois' broken school funding formula and ensure every student has a high quality education.
Police are investigating a fatal crash which occurred near Peoria Thursday afternoon involving a semi-trailer hauling over 40,000 pounds of seed corn and a van.
The incident, at I-74 westbound mile post 86 near the interchange with I-474, occurred at 2:14 p.m. Authorities say the 2003 Chevy van was traveling west on I-74 and attempted to make a U-turn onto a ramp and turned in front of the Peterbuilt semi. The semi driver was reportedly unable to avoid the van, striking it head-on.
Although the names have not been released, the van was driven by a 68-year-old woman from Streator while the semi was operated by a 38-year-old man from St. Paul, Nebraska. So far, no charges have been filed and the crash was investigated by the Illinois State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.
BLOOMINGTON - Illinois State Police (ISP) officials from Zone 5 Investigations presented a check for $2,000 recently to Special Olympics Illinois at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Kick Off Conference in Bloomington.
ISP Zone 5 Agents hosted the 45th Livingston County Law Enforcement Golf Outing last fall along with officers from Dwight P.D., Pontiac P.D., and Livingston County Sheriff’s Department to raise funds in support Special Olympics Illinois.
Special Olympics Illinois instills pride and confidence in young athletes to help them achieve success through athletic programs and events held throughout the year.
“Illinois Special Olympics provides opportunity for young people to compete in a variety of athletic events. These events strengthen our communities by helping others develop their character and build lasting friendships,” said ISP First Deputy Director Chad Peterson. “The Illinois State Police is committed in their support of Special Olympics, and we encourage our communities to become involved in this worthwhile cause.”
2-6-17 (from Gov. Bruce Rauner's office)
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday announced that former Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has been named Deputy Governor, bringing a unique mix of business, human services and government experience to assist in addressing financial challenges facing the state and its nonprofit organizations.
“Leslie’s vast business, human services and government experiences make her uniquely qualified to serve in this important role,” Governor Rauner said. “We are thrilled that she has agreed to return to public service and bring people together to find long-term solutions for our state and its residents.”
Prior to serving as Comptroller, Munger was a brand management executive with Unilever HPC/Helene Curtis where she led the $800 million U.S. Hair Care business and prior to that she did brand marketing for Procter & Gamble. She previously led recruiting at McKinsey and Company, Inc. Munger is also a 20-year volunteer and former board member with a nonprofit serving intellectually and developmentally disabled adults.
She knows from experience about the challenges facing human services organizations and prioritized their state payments during her time as Comptroller. As Deputy Governor, Munger will add her voice to the state’s budget discussions and work with nonprofit leaders to address their challenges and increase their financial security.
“I love Illinois, I was born and raised here, educated here, and my husband and I chose to raise our family here,” Munger said. “I am excited to use my skills and experience to help get our state back on track, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work to bring financial strength to state government and ensure that Illinois lives up to the promises it has made to our human service organizations.”
Munger earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.
The Illinois Sheriff’s Association has posted information regarding CGTI Scholarship applications on the website www.ilsheriff.org.
The association says this provides an “amazing” opportunity for junior and senior high school students in the area to participate in a program to empower youth with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to lead an alcohol, tobacco and other drug-free life. It also develops and strengthens leadership skills.
Applications are only accepted electronically this year. The Sheriff’s Association will give away 60 scholarships all across the state.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner’s Illinois School Funding Reform Commission today approved a framework that allows members of the General Assembly to create a new school funding formula.
“Illinois is another step closer to fixing our broken school funding system,” Governor Rauner said. “I applaud the Commission members for putting politics aside to advance a bipartisan framework that can serve as an immediate roadmap for legislation. The framework ensures all public school children in Illinois receive equitable funding, no matter where they live. We look forward to working with members of the General Assembly to quickly resolve the outstanding issues identified in the report with the hope of enacting a bipartisan school funding reform package as soon as possible.”
The 25 commission members, comprised of five members from each party in each chamber and five members appointed by the Governor, met for over 75 hours in the last six months to reform the school funding formula. The framework will better focus resources on the needs of the students and districts.
Through this framework, new funding will first go to schools who are farthest away from their adequacy targets, serving the most vulnerable students. This measure will address inequity within districts, not just among districts, and also ensure all public school children, including those who attend charter schools, receive equitable treatment.
“This has been a robust, bipartisan and bicameral process,” said Illinois Secretary of Education Dr. Beth Purvis. “I am incredibly thankful that these really dedicated members of the General Assembly and the Governor’s appointees were able to come and have substantive conversations in which children were at the center of the decision-making.”