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.
>01-29 a disturbance in the street in Piper City was reported.>01-29 a deputy assisted the Illinois State Police with an accident on Rt47 at the curve by the Foosland Sportsman’s Club.
>01-30 a deputy assisted the staff of the Paxton Health Care and Rehab facility with a patient in need of a mental health evaluation.
>01-30 a deputy mediated a property dispute in Piper City.>02-01 a deputy assisted a Paxton Police officer with a suicidal male.
>02-02 a truck was reported stolen in Piper City.>02-03 a Melvin resident reported that his identity was stolen and used to obtain a credit card sometime in 2004.
>02-04 a Melvin resident reported several suspicious people going door to door in town without a peddlers permit.
>02-04 a deputy handled a property exchange in Roberts. During the week deputies handled 2 civil matters and issued 8 traffic citations.
>01-29 Timothy O’Brien of Reddick, Illinois lost control of his vehicle avoiding a deer at 600N Rt115. The vehicle left the roadway and rolled over. No injuries were reported in the crash.
>02-01 Whitney Freehill of Gibson City struck a whitetail deer with her car at 1395E Rt9.
>01-30 Edward Daniels of Melvin was arrested for violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act.
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.”
1-26-17 (an excerpt from Bruce Rauner's address given Wed. in Springfield)
Good afternoon: President Cullerton Speaker Madigan Leader Radogno Leader Durkin Lieutenant Governor Sanguinetti Attorney General Madigan Secretary White Comptroller Mendoza Treasurer Frerichs Members of the General Assembly Ladies and Gentlemen: It is an honor to stand with you today to discuss the State of our State.
Despite the problems and uncertainties we face, I am deeply optimistic about the future of our beloved Illinois. We have big challenges and like many of you, I’m frustrated by the slow pace of change in Springfield. But with great challenge comes great opportunity. By working together, we can overcome any obstacle. We have the best people and best location of any state in America. Through bipartisan cooperation, Illinois can once again be the economic engine of the Midwest and the home of innovation and prosperity for everyone. Two years ago, when our Administration came into office, we set about to return Illinois to a state of growth and opportunity. We knew that we could not simply tax our way out of our fiscal problems; we needed to grow; we needed to fix a broken system. We needed to make Illinois more welcoming to job creators; to restore confidence in government; and to ensure that all of our children could receive a high quality education and job training so they could obtain high-paying careers here, at home. Given those realities, we set key goals for our Administration:
Make Illinois the most ethical and efficient state in the nation
Invest in education so that Illinois has the best schools and vocational training in every neighborhood and in every community
And most importantly, make our state more competitive, more attractive to job creators, to grow our economy and bring more good-paying jobs to our state Working together, we’ve begun to accomplish these goals, but much remains to be done. Inside government over the past two years, we’ve made great strides in ethics reform. We closed the revolving door on Executive Branch employees leaving government to become administration lobbyists.
We tightened the gift ban loopholes that lobbyists and contractors used to influence regulators and win favor with decision makers. We increased transparency, so that any resident of the state can now go online and review state spending on contracts and at-will hires. We required more comprehensive economic interest statements so we all could see who was being paid, and by whom. We cleaned up the hiring mess we inherited at IDOT – and we’re working cooperatively with Michael Shakman to strengthen state hiring rules even more. We are modernizing and streamlining state government, and building toward a higher level of transparency through our new Department of Innovation and Technology.
In the last year, the Department has protected more than 5 billion records of Illinois residents that were previously left unsecured and unencrypted… and we’re moving millions of pieces of paper out of file cabinets and into the digital age. Kirk Lonbom leads our cybersecurity efforts at DoIt. He is working around the clock to ensure that our efforts are successful and state records are secure. He is here today, let’s give him a hand. We’ve cut red tape and made it easier for constituents to interact with state government. We are moving to a digital application process for professional licenses and reducing processing times by 70 percent.
We are cutting paper and postage costs through online license renewal notifications, saving money and 16,500 hours of work every year. Richard Morris works for the Department of Financial & Professional Regulation and has been a leader in our transformation to online licensing. Working across agency lines and with professional associations outside of government, he has put the time and effort in with the right people, at the right level, and at the right time to make this initiative a success. He is here with us today – let’s all give him a hand for his service to our state.
We are using technology and innovation to stop fraud and abuse, and we’re already saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars inside Medicaid alone. And working together, we enacted historic reforms to crack down on unemployment insurance fraud as well. We signed innovative new contracts with 20 of our state government unions to drive more value for taxpayers, by paying more for productivity and high performance rather than just seniority; by starting overtime pay after 40 hours rather than just 37.5; by adding greater flexibility in the workplace; and, we have laid the groundwork for allowing volunteers to work at our state parks and health facilities. These are all common sense changes that are good for employees and taxpayers alike. We formed a bipartisan task force led by Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti to recommend ways we can reduce the cost of our bloated bureaucracy and worst-in-the-nation 7,000 units of local government. Every dollar we save in reducing bureaucracy is a dollar we can invest in education and human services, along with reducing our highest-in-the-nation property taxes.
>01-16 a Piper City resident reported a broken vehicle window.
>01-16 a deputy assisted the Paxton Fire Dept. with a car fire at 2175E Rt9.
>01-16 a Stelle resident reported a violation of the terms of a court ordered child visitation.
>01-17 a deputy responded to a domestic argument in Kempton. He later stood by for the Cullom Ambulance to take one of the participants to the hospital for a psychological evaluation at their request.
>01-17 a deputy learned that an Elliott resident was in violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act.
>01-18 a deputy assisted the Illinois State Police with a rollover accident on Rt115 at 3475N.
>01-18 an intoxicated rural Sibley resident reported a female was taken from his property at gunpoint. An investigation into the matter showed the report to be unfounded.
During the week deputies handled 3 civil matters and issued 8 traffic citations.
>01-20 Lazarus Pishos of Roberts struck a whitetail deer with his vehicle at 1400E Rt9. ARRESTSNONE
Elgin, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state.
Several individuals have reported to the ISP that they have received automated messages advising them they are under criminal investigation and requesting they send $600. The voice in the automated message appears to be a male with a foreign accent.
The phone number associated with the calls has been faked to appear as a legitimate ISP telephone number of (847) 608-3200, in a practice known as “caller ID spoofing.” The ISP wants to inform the public these calls are not coming from the ISP. Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of the phone number the call is made from, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.
The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money for any reason. The ISP encourages those that believe they have been the victim of this phone scam to call the ISP at (847)294-4400 to file a report.
For information on different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade Commission at:http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.htmlhttps://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding $54,500.00 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2017-2018 academic year.
The scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning with the State of Illinois.
Sheriff Mark Doran, Ford County, will be awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500.
There will be no restriction on any applicant by reason of race, age, creed, color, sex, or nation origin. The only limitations are as follows:
•Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents•Scholarships must be utilized at institutions of higher learning within the State of Illinois•Students must be enrolled as a full-time student during the 2017-2018 school year (excluding summer session).
Applications are now available at your local Sheriff’s Office or on the ISA Website www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application; answer the essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s office in their permanent county of residence by March 15, 2017 (must be postmarked by this date).
For more information, please contact your local Sheriff’s office, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, high school advising center or college financial aid office.
CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson, State Sen. Steans and state agency directors signed Senate Bill 550, legislation to protect Illinois children from possible exposure to lead in drinking water.
"Today is about our future, about making sure our students are not exposed to lead poisoning," said Governor Rauner. "This shows what is possible when we work together. It is a step in protecting our children from the devastating effects of lead exposure.”
"Lead in the paint and in the pipes threatens the health and the futures of far too many children," Rev. Jackson said. "This is a life-saving bill. I applaud Governor Rauner for signing it." SB 550 will ensure proper health protections are in place to protect Illinois’ youngest residents. It provides the requirement for schools and daycares to sample for lead contamination from sources of potable water in school buildings. The oldest school buildings, those constructed before January 1, 1987, must complete water testing by the end of 2017. Schools constructed between January 2, 1987 and January 1, 2000 must complete testing by the end of 2018. Daycares constructed on or before January 1, 2000 and serve children under the age of 6 will also be required to conduct testing. Further, parents and guardians of students must be notified of elevated lead results.“This legislation, along with the enhancements Illinois EPA has proactively implemented with community water supplies over the last year, is an important step towards eliminating the risk of lead exposure to our most vulnerable citizens, Illinois’ children,” said Illinois EPA Acting Director Alec Messina. “The public can be assured this is a top priority of the Agency and we will continue to implement program improvements and coordinate efforts with our fellow state agencies.”
In addition to the requirement of testing within schools and daycares, SB 550 requires Community Water Systems to provide a comprehensive lead service line inventory to Illinois EPA and provide notice to residents when work will be done on water mains, lead services lines or water meters.
CHICAGO – Illinois State Police (ISP) Zone 1 Investigations arrested Eric M. Pence, 24, of Chicago, for sending a threat letter to the Governor. The preliminary investigation also revealed Pence sent threatening emails to the DuPage County Sheriff.
The DuPage County State's Attorney was contacted, reviewed the case and approved a charge of Threatening a Public Official (Class 3 Felony) for the threat to the Governor and Harassment Using an Electronic Communication Device (Class A Misdemeanor) for the threat to the DuPage County Sheriff.
Pence is held at the DuPage County Jail on $250,000 bond. The case remains an open and ongoing investigation.
Illinois State Police (ISP) officials are reminding motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions this weekend.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch including rain and freezing rain through Sunday at 12 p.m. Ice accumulations on the roadways are possible and slick spots are likely, especially on untreated roadways, overpasses, bridges, and ramps.
Winter weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions. Freezing rain and icy roads can result in hazardous road conditions. The ISP is urging motorists to drive with caution, increase following distances, and allow extra travel time to get to their final destinations.
Stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles with their seat belt on and wait for first responders to arrive. Motorists involved in accidents that do not require emergency assistance may file a crash report within 10 days by reporting it with the law enforcement agency within those jurisdictional boundaries.
The ISP also want to remind motorists to yield to emergency and snow removal equipment. Scott’s Law (The Move Over Law) requires drivers to reduce speed, change lanes if possible, and proceed with due caution when approaching emergency vehicles and vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway with hazard lights activated.
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1941, legislation to extend unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 26 weeks to approximately 2,000 workers laid off from the Granite City Steel Mill in 2015.
“This legislation will help the hard working families of the Metro East who lost their jobs through no fault of their own,” said Governor Rauner. “While we are encouraged by the recent news that more than 200 jobs will return to the Granite City facility, we hope that by extending unemployment benefits we are able to help the other laid off workers bridge the gap until they are gainfully employed again. Our administration will continue to push to help the steel industry and other manufacturers create jobs through common sense reforms to grow jobs, lower property taxes, improve schools and enact term limits.”
Senate Bill 1941 is effective immediately. It will allow laid off workers from the Granite City Steel Mill to collect unemployment insurance benefits for up to an additional 26 weeks. Benefits will be paid out from the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which is a special fund derived from a state unemployment tax paid by Illinois employers, not the state’s general revenue fund.
“Signing of Senate Bill 1941 by Governor Rauner, (R) is welcomed news for laid off Steelworkers going into the holidays. This will help hundreds of Steelworkers make ends meet while trying to remain hopeful U.S. Steel will restart its Granite City facility in 2017. The Steelworkers applaud the efforts of State Representatives Jay Hoffman and Dan Beiser, as well State Senator Bill Haine, for sponsoring the legislation, along with the swift action taken by Governor Rauner in signing SB 1941 into law," stated Local 50 President Jason Chism.
SPRINGFIELD - As citizens throughout the state of Illinois ring in the New Year, nearly 200 laws will take effect. A significant number of the new laws target crime, make changes to the criminal justice system, seek to assist law enforcement, and advance safety provisions for Illinois motorists.
Criminal justice reforms poised to take effect
One measure to allow greater flexibility in granting probation for certain non-violent offenders with no prior conviction for a violent crime is set to take effect on Jan. 1. Senate Bill 3164 is part of a bipartisan package of legislative reforms to Illinois’ criminal justice system, and was introduced at the recommendation of the Governor’s Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
The commission was charged with identifying policy changes to reduce recidivism and make significant reductions to the state’s prison population, which had increased by more than 500 percent in the last forty years. Senate Bill 3164 is one measure that seeks to reduce the number of non-violent offenders in Illinois’ correctional facilities—which are operating at roughly 150 percent of recommended capacity.
New laws aim to address sexual assault and domestic abuse
Another new law, Senate Bill 3096, seeks to increase the reporting, investigation, and successful prosecution of sexual assault cases in Illinois. This new law gives victims a longer period of time to request a rape kit, speeds up forensic testing to address the backlog of testing rape kits in sexual assault cases, and requires more detailed reporting of sexual assault cases by police.
Additionally, cosmetologists will receive special training to spot the signs of domestic violence and sexual violence as part of their license renewal process under House Bill 4264. Advocates of the measure said the training is intended to reduce domestic violence by increasing awareness and offering victims another place to turn for help – especially those who may not feel comfortable going to the authorities.
Minors protected by new laws
Child victims of battery will be able to give testimony via a one-way closed circuit television thanks to Senate Bill 2880. This legislation allows children involved in battery or aggravated domestic battery cases to avoid the serious emotional trauma and distress of testifying in a courtroom.
Senate Bill 2370, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), requires legal counsel during the interrogation of minors under the age of 15 who have been charged with murder. This law addresses concerns that minors may not fully understand their legal rights, and as a result should have legal representation present when speaking with police.
New law strengthens employee privacy
Another new law, House Bill 4999, seeks to further protect employee’s online privacy by strengthening and clarifying existing laws that make it unlawful for any employer or prospective employer to require an employee or prospective employee to provide usernames and passwords to their personal online accounts, including social media accounts.
“Bath salts” sales
Senate Bill 210 aims to curb the sale of all synthetic cathinones, drugs that are often sold under the disguise of legitimate products such as “bath salts.” “Bath salts” have made headlines in recent years for the bizarre, zombie-like behavior exhibited by those under its influence. Under this new law it will become a Class 3 felony with a maximum fine of $150 to sell these drugs in a retail store.
Police dog retirement plan
Police dogs will be able to enjoy their retirement in permanent homes with the police officers and staff they worked with under Senate Bill 3129. Should the officer or employee who worked with the dog be unable to take their canine work companion, under the new law the dog may be offered to another officer or employee in the agency, a non-profit agency, or a no-kill animal shelter that will find an appropriate owner for the dog.
New transportation laws increase public safety
Don’t forget to stop at a railroad crossing when the warning gates and lights are on! Under Senate Bill 2806 the fine for failure to stop at a railroad crossing will double. A first violation will now cost you $500 and subsequent violations will cost $1,000.
Private transportation companies will be allowed to operate video recording devices under Senate Bill 629. The new law stipulates that vehicles using this type of technology must have a notice posted stating that a passenger’s conversation may be recorded. Any data recorded becomes the sole property of the vehicle’s owner.
The Annie LeGere Law
Prompted by the tragic death of 13-year-old Annie LeGere, who suffered a fatal anaphylactic reaction while at a sleepover party, House Bill 4462, also known as the Annie LeGere Law, will take effect as 2017 begins.
Annie’s Law provides better access to live-saving treatment for allergic reactions by expanding training for law enforcement on how to recognize and respond to anaphylaxis, including the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector.
Veterans and military families aided by new laws
Student musicians may now be excused from school in the case of a military funeral procession under a new law that takes effect on January 1. House Bill 4432 ensures that any Illinois public student, grades six through twelve, is permitted to attend a funeral of a deceased veteran during school hours for the purpose of playing “Taps,” a bugle call traditionally performed during flag ceremonies and military funerals.
To honor fallen soldiers, House Bill 4344 creates the Heroes Way Designation Program Act. The law allows for the families of veterans who were killed in action while on active duty to apply for a designation to honor the departed with a personal sign on designated roadways under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation.
This new law was inspired by a similar law in Missouri that allowed interstate interchanges to be designated for Missouri residents who were killed in action on or after September 11, 2001, in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
New laws focus on children
Children under the care of the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) will now have access to a greater family support system. House Bill 5656 requires that DCFS provide visitation privileges and accommodations to the grandparents and great-grandparents of a child under the department’s supervision—as long as it’s in the best interest of the child.
Amending Childhood Hunger Relief Act, Senate Bill 2393 is a new law this year that requires all school districts in Illinois to implement and operate a "breakfast after the bell" program. The legislation asserts that schools must provide breakfast for their students after the instructional day has begun—and may also begin serving before the day has begun.
New laws provide new ways to hunt and trap
In order to trap wild game in past years, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) required that all individuals must complete a hunting training course. Senate Bill 2410 has lifted that requirement and now permits that individuals ages 18 and under can trap wild game without certification as long as they are accompanied by an adult age 21 years or older.
Lastly, thanks to House Bill 5788, a new fishing law states that fishermen can now add catfish to the list of species that may be caught with a pitchfork, underwater spear gun, bow and arrow, or a bow and arrow device. Under the new measure, the DNR will authorize the selling of species taken by the above methods.
Being able to sell these fish not only benefits fishermen, but is also crucial to the state’s overall environmental health. The current overpopulation of Asian Carp throughout the state is causing irreparable damage to Illinois’ waterways and ecosystems. The DNR’s authorization will allow fisherman to sell the carp carcasses, which are often taken by non-traditional methods and can be used to make fertilizer—providing incentives to catch them in greater numbers.
More details on these laws, and a full listing of all the new laws taking effect on January 1 can be found at www.senategop.state.il.us.
The Multi County Narcotics Enforcement Group (PMEG) has arrested a subject believed to be a major supplier of methamphetamine in the Galesburg area after stopping the suspect in Knox County.
On 12/22/2016 at approximately 0500 hours, PMEG Agents, along with Illinois State Police and Galesburg PD, stopped Daryl Vandenbloomer as he was driving in Knox County.
Search warrants had earlier been issued for Vandenbloomer, his vehicle, and his residence. A search of his vehicle yielded approximately 498 grams of “Ice” methamphetamine. A search of his apartment revealed a small amount of methamphetamine.
Vandenbloomer was arrested and charged in Knox County Court with possession of 400-900 grams of methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver 400-900 grams of methamphetamine. A passenger with Vandenbloomer was later released.
BUCKLEY – One person is dead after a fight broke out over the weekend at an Iroquois County bar.
Officials say several people were hurt during the incident Sunday night at the Dutchmaster Bar in Buckley. One of the victims was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The man has been identified as Daniel Connolly of Lyons, Illinois.
As of Tuesday, no arrests had been made in connection with the brawl.
The following is an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal editorial:
According to the Census Bureau, Illinois now leads the nation for the steepest population decline. Between July 2015 and July 2016, Illinois lost some 114,000 people in net migration to other states, with total population decline of 37,508 (including births and deaths). For the third year in a row it was the only state to have lost population among the nine in its Great Lakes and Mid-America region. The numbers are especially worrisome for the state’s tax base because the average person moving out of the state earns some $20,000 more than the average person moving in.
According to IRS data for tax year 2014 (filed in 2015), the average income of the taxpayer leaving Illinois was $76,824 while the average income of the new arrival was $56,689. That gap is widening and the differential can be traced to policy decisions as the state staggers under pension debt and an entrenched Democratic-public union machine in Springfield. […]
The Census data show that Illinois’s net migration losses since 2000 are equivalent to the net losses in the 10 next largest U.S. cities after Chicago. The 2011 tax hike has partially expired, but Democrats are trying to shake Mr. Rauner down for a repeat. He needs to hold firm to stop the state’s population exodus.