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Macomb Hy-Vee Dietitian Andrea Thompson Discusses Back to School Healthy Eating

Andrea Thompson, Dietitian at Macomb Hy-Vee, came on Koop on K100 on Friday to discuss some healthy eating tips. Specifically, she focused on the importance of meal prep, especially when it comes to back-to-school time.

 

Thompson keyed in on filling snacks that will help you avoid skipping meals and ultimately overeating when it is time to chow down. She offers a variety of ideas to help you make sure the abrupt change of schedule does not negatively impact your diet. You can listen to my full interview with Andrea here

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Regional Media Movie Review Logan Lucky

Being a fan of the American history podcast The Dollop allows me to watch a movie like Logan Lucky and never for a moment find the story implausible. Take a listen to them tell the remarkable true story titled Jet-Pack Madness and you will find within it a story every bit as brilliant as a Coen Brothers comedy. Everything in Logan Lucky feels completely plausible when you compare it to such historic silliness as what transpired with the Jet-Pack or the L.A Freeway Shootout or The Human Taco.

Click the picture for the full review of Logan Lucky. 

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QC area state lawmaker introduces call center legislation

A Quad City area lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at cracking down on corporate outsourcing. State Representative Mike Halpin’s measure requires companies that move call centers out of Illinois to provide advance notice and repay all grants, loans and tax benefits.
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Halpin’s House Bill 4081 would create the Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. 

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Many Syrian Children Lacking Educational Opportunities

While many children are now heading back to school in Illinois and around the country, many other children who are victims of the crisis in Syria are suffering and not able to attend class.

According to the United Nations, many children who have fled their war-torn countries with their families are not getting an education.

Lina Sergie Attar, co-founder of the Karam Foundation, says there are so many other issues capturing our attention that the plight of Syrian refugees has been pushed out of the spotlight, but she says they are suffering.

"There are hundreds of thousands of kids that are not able to access proper schooling, thousands of kids in child labor, and this is a problem ongoing from elementary aged kids all the way up through university," she states.

Sergie Attar says refugee children allowed into the United States are falling behind in school. She says fewer than 6 percent of those who are of college age are enrolled in universities.

Sergie Attar also says refugee children are struggling because they don't understand the language and many need tutoring. She says education helps refugees to be able to stand on their own feet.

"They're not being given the opportunities, and that's the key word here for helping Syrian refugees in the U.S. is to go beyond the basics, and to give families and kids opportunities," she stresses.

The Karam Foundation has back-to-school programs, including one that focuses on getting children out of child labor.

Another provides college scholarships, and there's one that gathers back-to-school items and winter coats for children who need them.

Sergie Attar maintains the United States could do much more to help refugees.

"In Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, they're in the millions," she points out. "We've accepted only 15,000 out of over 5 million Syrian refugees, so the U.S. really has not taken on its fair share."

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IRS warns of another scam

Scammers posing as representatives with the Internal Revenue Service are getting wise to the fact that the public is now wise to their act and they are seeking other avenues to try and steal taxpayer’s money. Michael Devine with the IRS says that scammers are now targeting payroll departments and accounting firms and as a result, some folks might consider changing their withholding status…
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Devine adds that changes to withholding status can be made at any time of the year.

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Macomb Downtown Roadwork to be Completed by Thursday, August 24th

The City of Macomb Downtown Development has announced that roadwork in the downtown area being done United Contractors Midwest will be completed by Thursday, August 24th. Downtown Develoment Director Kristin Terry says that workers will be working through Saturday, August 17th, to complete the final surface on the East Side of the square meaning that a portion of the East side will be closed on Saturday. The final surface of the west side of the Square will be laid on Monday, August 21st. This will be followed by the striping of the road surfaces which is set for Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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Macomb Among Recommended Destinations for Eclipse Tourists

Tourists are expected to flood into areas along the Carl Sandburg Amtrak route and Macomb is among the destinations being recommended for those who wish to visit areas of the state with the most eclipse coverage. While Carbondale, Illnois will have the longest sustained view of the full eclipse, Macomb will see 95.2% of the Moon covering the sun between 12 Pm and 2 Pm on Monday afternoon. People from all over northern Illinois especially are being urged to travel the Carl Sandburg line and watch the eclipse from places like Macomb. The City of Macomb has put out a release letting tourists know that the downtown shops and restaurants will be waiting for travelers coming to see the eclipse while Western Illinois Univerisity's College of Fine Arts is hosting an eclipse viewing party complete with live music. The eclipse will be at its height at approximately 1 Pm on Monday. 

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Corn is now state's official grain

Illinois lawmakers and Governor Rauner are showing their support of corn. Rauner has signed legislation making corn the state grain of Illinois. The legislation was authored by Jacksonville Republican State Rep. CD Davidsmeier. It was inspired by Pittsfield High School agriculture students. The Pike County teens were on hand for a bill signing ceremony at the state fairgrounds.

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Rauner says talks are ongoing on school funding reform

Next week, the Illinois House will take an override vote, seeking to eliminate the amendatory veto changes Governor Rauner made to Senate Bill One, the school funding reform package. Rauner says negotiations are in play.....
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The House is scheduled to take an override vote on Wednesday.

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Inside Out Looks to Start Off Flatland Summer Jam on a High Note

The Kewanee-based band Inside Out, will be the first to take the stage at Flatland Summer Jam on Saturday. The group has a history of performing at local biker bars, weddings, parties and other private events. The six-person band will take its talents to the main stage in Macomb at 1 p.m. for a 90-minute set. 

 

Larry Hampton, lead singer of the band, discussed the upcoming performance with me this morning on K100. You can listen to our full conversation here

 

The gates open up for Flatland Summer Jam at noon Saturday at Veterans Park. The event is free, while parking on-site is $5. Go West will be providing shuttles to and from the event via the City Center between the following times: 12:30-1:30, 2:45-3:45, 5:00-6:00, 7:15-8:15 and 9:15-10:00. 

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One Injured in Pike County Crash Wednesday

One person was injured in a car accident in Pike County on Wednesday. According to a release from the Illinois State Police, 80 year old Catherine Haynes of St. Louis, Missouri, was traveling Eastbound on I-72 when her car crossed the medium in the area of Milepost 26. Haynes' vehicle crossed the median and the westbound lanes of traffic before crashing into a ditch and then catching fire. With the assistance of Police, Haynes escaped the vehicle with only minor injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Illinois State Police are continuing to investigate the crash. 

 

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Madigan Says He Doubts' Rauner Wants Education Compromise

The Illinois House took a vote on the details of the Governors recent amendatory veto of education funding reform and not one member, Republican or Democrat, voted for the plan. In the meantime House Speaker Mike Madigan says lawmakers are not walking away from Senate Bill 1. Madigan notes it’s the work of many groups for more than a decade. So as Madigan prepares an override vote next week he has his doubts that Rauner even wants a compromise.

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Madigan says that he’s still been willing to negotiate compromises inside education funding reform but that the Governor has no desire to find middle ground.

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Applications being accepted for firefighter grant program

Illinois American Water has announced they are accepting applications for the 2017 Firefighter Grant Program. The grants provide financial assistance to fire and emergency organizations serving communities within the Illinois American Water service area. Since 2010 American Water's Grant Program has awarded over $342,000. Karen Cotton, a spokesperson for Illinois American Water says the grant money can be used for a variety of things.

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Applications for the grants should be emailed to "karen.cotton@amwater.com" no later than September 8. She says most if not all local departments are aware of the opportunity to seek this grant. 

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The Cheeseburgers Look Forward to First Macomb Performance at Flatland Summer Jam

The Quincy-based band The Cheeseburgers, will take the stage Saturday at Flatland Summer Jam in Macomb at 3:10 p.m. The band's music encompasses a multitude of genres. Per the Flatland Summer Jam webpage, The Cheeseburgers play Classic Rock, Modern Rock, 80's, Pop, Country, Blues and Disco.

 

Founded in 2005, the band has played all over the area, but never in Macomb. They've done everything from the bar scene to the county fair circuit, but have not played in Macomb and do not typically play in a music festival setting. The band is used to longer shows, typically in the four hour range, so the 90 minute set time should enable The Cheeseburgers to rock even harder. 

 

"We're going all out, they'll be nothing left in the tank," said lead singer and guitarist Rodney Hart. "I don't care if it's 3 in the afternoon to us that's irrelevant."

 

Hart, who's daughter Emily is an instructor of oboe at the WIU School of Music, has always wanted to perform in Macomb, and seems to relish the opportunity to perform in this environment. 

 

"I've been going up to Macomb now for years," Hart said. "For us to now actually go up there and play, it's a dream."

 

As for what to expect from The Cheeseburgers musically, they've been known to play just about everything. Hart cites classic rock as a main influence of his, but the band has played everything from a disco medley to a Johnny Cash medley during its sets. The bottomline is that they want the audience to have a good time. 

 

"When you come to see us play, show up and take your seatbelts off baby because we're into it to have a good time" Hart said. 

 

My full conversation with Rodney Hart can be heard here. 

 

The gates open up for Flatland Summer Jam at noon Saturday at Veterans Park. The event is free, while parking on-site is $5. Go West will be providing shuttles to and from the event via the City Center between the following times: 12:30-1:30, 2:45-3:45, 5:00-6:00, 7:15-8:15 and 9:15-10:00. 

 

 

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New Law Allows EMS to Take Police Dogs to the Vet in an Emergency

A new law will now allow emergency medical service providers transport canine officers to emergency veterinary care. Our Kim Howard has more on this story. 

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Members of the Law Enforcement Canine Association have announced they will be holding clinics aimed specifically at other first responders with the goal of training them to care for Police Canine's in emergency situations. The first such clinic is set for later this month in Dolton, Illinois. You can find out more on their Facebook page linked here

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Davis and Bustos talk locks and dams at State Fair Ag Day

Even on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield the aging Lock and Dam system getting attention. The topic was addressed during State Fair Ag Day by two members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation. Democrat Cheri Bustos of Rock Island says investment is long overdue.
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And Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville is on board with significant federal dollars going to locks and dams and other infrastructure.
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Both Davis and Bustos serve on the House Ag Committee.

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Former Miss America Erika Harold making a run for AG

Former Miss America Erika Harold is taking another shot in the political arena. After facing off against Congressman Rodney Davis in the 2014 GOP primary, Harold is now making a run for Illinois Attorney General. Barring a challenger, she will face four term A-G Lisa Madigan next year.

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Get The Right Glasses For Eclipse Viewing on the WIU Campus Monday

In one week, the community of Carbondale will become the focus of the astronomical world with the first total solar eclipse to be seen in the St. Louis area since 1442. While there are other cities and towns along the path of the eclipse that will see totality that day, Carbondale will experience the longest duration. Local Astronomer Eddie Agha says if you plan to fully enjoy the phenomena, no matter if you are in the path of totality or not, you need to have the proper eyewear for the event.

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Legitimate glasses will have a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard. Agha says only a #14 welding shield would provide adequate eye protection if you are not wearing the proper eclipse glasses. If you aren't making the trip to Carbondale you can watch the sun be be eclipsed 95.2% of the Moon on Monday, August 21st, right here in Macomb. The Western Illinois University Center for Fine Arts is hosting Eclipse Party Monday afternoon from 12:30 Pm until 2 Pm with music and snacks on the lawn between Brown and Memorial Halls. There will also be on campus lectures and you can purchase certified safe eclipse viewing glasses at the WIU Chemistry Department in Currens Hall #214. The cost for the glasses is only $1.50 and proceeds go to help the chemistry department. 

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Governor Rauner Signs Bill Preventing Preschoolers from Being Kicked out of Pre-School Programs

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Tuesday aimed at keeping unruly kids from being kicked out of pre-school programs. The bill would allow teachers to remove unruly kids from the classroom for a period of time that would allow the school to find ways to help the child but not expel the child from the program. Our Kim Howard has more from the Governor on the new bill. 

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IDES Opening Online Portal for Tax Appeals and Employment Security Payments

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is now offering online services. This means that business that would prefer to file tax appeals or pay unemployment insurance taxes online instead of sending a check can now simply set up an online portal with IDES. Our Kim Howard has more on this story. 

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Flatland Headliner Dexter O'Neal Wants You to Have a Good Time

Ahead of Saturday's headline performance at the Macomb Park District's Flatland Summer Jam, Dexter O'Neal and the Funkyard preaches musical experience. Lead vocalist Dexter O'Neal, says that "we want you to take away that you had a good time."

 

O'Neal, who has opened up for the likes of Ashford and Simpson, The Temptations, Average White Band, Boosty Collins and Reggie Calloway, is big on the live musical experience above anything else. O'Neal and his band play a jazz and funk fusion brand of music that was on full display at last year's Flatland Summer Jam. The crowd and band were both into the performance so much that the Executive Director of the Park District, Rachel Lenz, had to tell the band to wrap up the performance to ultimately get to the next act. This year the band will be the closing act, taking the stage at 7:45 p.m., so that dilemna will not present itself this time around. 

 

O'Neal mentions The Dave Matthews Band as a major influence of The Funkyard. "Dave was one of my key models for how I wanted to build The Funkyard," O'Neal said. 

 

Both DMB and Dexter O'Neal and the Funkyard place a high premium on the overall crowd experience, and that is sure to please the Macomb audience again Saturday night. You can listen to my interview with Dexter O'Neal, that aired live on K100 this morning, here

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Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation hopes to have naming rights deal in place for several buildings next year

The price tag is just shy of $200-million. That’s the kind of “tender-lovin” care both the Illinois State and Du Quoin Fairgrounds need and the not-for-profit Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation was created last year to lead fundraising efforts for the long overdue repairs says the group’s John Slayton.
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The foundation has created a website and information on making donations is available at “ilfairfoundation.com”
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The foundation hopes to have a naming rights deal in place for next year’s state fair involving the Coliseum, Grandstand, Livestock Center and Swine Building.

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Husband and Hog Calling Contest

The legendary Husband and Hog Calling Contest returned to the Illinois State Fair Sunday. A new approach paid big dividends for the winner in the Husband Calling Contest, Lisa McLaughlin of Petersburg. She turned to song to the get the victory...
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Andrew Matheny of Georgetown went back to back collecting the win in the hog calling contest....
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Matheny edged out ten time champ Chris Karr.

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McCann doesn't mince words in lone Republican override vote

State Senator McCann has been known to go his own way on issues and the political maverick made waves again Sunday when he was the only Republican in the Senate who voted to override Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of the school funding reform bill. He didn't just make a splash with his vote either, as he expressed his views on Governor Rauner's handling of the issue....
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The House will meet on Wednesday.,

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Macomb Park District and McDonough County YMCA Team Up For Flatland Summer Jam

The Third Annual Flatland Summer Jam in Macomb is set for Saturday, August 19 at Veterans Park. The all day affair begins at noon, with live music getting started at 1:00 p.m. In addition to music, the free live event features food vendors, a bags tournament and other fun family-friendly activities. 

 

As the Macomb Park District prepares for this event, it will be working with the YMCA of McDonough County. The Y is holding a fun run that morning starting at 9:00 a.m. The event will conclude at the Flatland Summer Jam, where free parking will be given to people who participated in the fun run.

 

For more information on Saturday's happenings, listen to my interview with Rachel Lenz of the Macomb Park District and Carla Teslicka of the McDonough County YMCA.  

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Governor Rauner Urges Compromise as Senate Veto Override Passes

While lawmakers were busy overriding Governor Rauner's changes to the SB1 Education Funding Bill, Governor Rauner was once again asking lawmakers to compromise instead of simply overriding him. In a speech in Springfield the Governor once again reiterated his call to stop sending so much money to Chicago schools while other schools in the state are also struggling. Our Kim Howard has more on the Governor's position... 

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While Governor Rauner was imploring lawmakers not to override his amendatory veto, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose been highly critical of the Governor's education plan, applauded the Senate override vote calling it "a bipartisan rejection of the Governor's divisive politics." 

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Senator Duckworth Blast President Trump on North Korea Comments

Senator Tammy Duckworth paid a visit to NBC's Seth Myers Show Thursday. She offered an unflattering critique of President Trump's threats of bringing fire and fury to North Korea.....
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Duckworth offered another theory on why she believes Trump's tweets and comments could backfire....
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Duckworth also lashed out against Trump for his military transgender ban.

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Illinois Senators Override Governor's School Funding Veto

As kids are getting ready to start the school year in Illinois, there's still no funding plan in place to run the school districts across the state.

In a 38-19 vote on Sunday, the Illinois Senate voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's partial veto of Senate Bill 1. Rauner said the bill favors Chicago Public Schools over other districts.

The bill would keep legacy pension payments in place for Chicago schools, money the governor thinks should instead be redirected to classrooms around the state.

"The short summary is, we need to treat all our low-income children equitably and fairly," Rauner said. "We have low-income, disadvantaged children in Chicago, and in Waukegan, and in Maywood."

The House reconvenes on Wednesday and is expected to take up the school funding bill immediately. Opponents of Senate Bill 1 say the bulk of the nearly $5 billion set aside for schools used to go to districts in need, but instead, special subsidies now flow to Chicago and districts in Cook County and its collar counties.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, called Rauner's veto of SB 1 an attack on public education. He said the governor's priority is a controversial $100 million school voucher program.

"My concern is that we're going to continue to make promises that sound great, that people can run around the state and talk about, without a dollar to pay for it," Manar said. "Absent of some type of different approach this year to the budget, that's exactly the path we're going down today."

Gov. Rauner and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been in a war of words over school funding. Rauner says Chicago schools have been mismanaged; Emanuel says Illinois residents shouldn't have to face new taxes to cover for the state's financial failure.

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Maple Avenue Christian Church Chooses Luau Theme for Tuesday's Annual Back to School Bash

The Maple Avenue Christian Church will hold its third annual Back to School Bash on Tuesday, August 15. The event will run from 6-8 p.m. on the front lawn of the church at 1300 Maple Ave. in Macomb. The event is for students entering grades 6-12, and is free. 

 

The church has chosen a Luau theme for this year's event. The inflatable 40-foot slip n' slide will be on hand, along with food, games, a photo booth and other activities. For more information about the event, listen to my interview with Maple Avenue Christian Church Student Minister Alex Foltz. 

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A Look at the Macomb City Council Committee of the Whole Agenda for Monday's Meeting

The City of Macomb will hold its weekly meeting on Monday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. The main topics include the Flags of Love Committee’s proposal to place memorial bricks around the fountain in Chandler Park, as well as a new proposed contract with Spring Lake Management inc. They’ll also touch on fiscal year 2017 and 2018 street projects for Macomb. The full agenda can be viewed below. 

 

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Final Elements of Macomb Downtown Revitalization Project Set to Begin

Below is the latest press release on the Macomb Downtown Revitalization Project. The project, which first officially began May 15, will be completed on August 25. 

 

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Western Avenue in Macomb Completely Open

The summer-long construction on Macomb's Western Avenue is officially complete. This comes via a public service announcement from Macomb Public Works Director Scott Coker. Parts of the main drag through Western Illinois University have been closed throughout the summer. 

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New Report Shows Illinois Among Highest National Postsecondary Attainment Rate

In the annual A Stronger Nation report from The Lumina Foundation, Illinois finished in the top ten states in postsecondary education attainment level at 50.1%. This is almost 5 percentage points higher than the national average of 45.8%. The national average has increased by 7.9 percentage points.

 

Locally, McDonough County comes in with a 46% postsecondary attainment level. This is above the national average and towards the upper end of counties in Illinois. A big reason for that is the presence of Western Illinois University. When you look a little further away from Macomb, the statistics do not look the same. Other local rural counties that do not feature a large university, such as Schuyler (29%) and Adams (34%), have differing statistics there. 

 

The most glaring element of this report is the variation in attainment rates across different race and ethnicity groups. At the national level Hispanics recorded the lowest attainment rate at 21.3 %;

Asian and Pacific Islanders posted a rate of 61.2 %; and The African American rate of attainment was 29.3 %. While all of those rates are higher than they have been in recent years, there is still clearly work to be done. 
 
For a deeper dive into these numbers and what they all mean, I spoke with Lumina Vice President of Strategic Impact Courtney Brown. You can listen to our conversation here
 

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Itinerary for Upcoming Macomb City Council General Government Committee Meeting

As the General Government Committee meets in the Macomb City Hall Monday August 13, there will be three main items to discuss.

 

Aldermen Koch, Wynn and Moon, along with Mayor Mike Inman, will sit down Monday morning for the meeting. The three main topics on the agenda are a Flags of Love proposal from the Macomb Veterans Committee, a Budget Defecit Reduction Plan and a proposal for a Macomb Municipal Flag. The meeting time is set for 9:30 a.m.

 

The full agenda is outlined below. 

 

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Madigan Officially Clocks in as Longest-Serving State House Speaker in U.S. History

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan is officially the longest-serving state house speaker in American history. On Saturday, August 5, Madigan surpassed former South Carolina Speaker Solomon Blatt's 11,893 days in office. Madigan, 75, has held the title as Illinois House Speaker since 1983. 

 

Per the Chicago Tribune, Madigan is not celebrating the milestone. Says Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown, any note of the record "didn't come up — I haven't discussed it with him."

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Illinois Department of Labor to Inspect all Rides at State Fair

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) announced today that it will conduct its routine inspection of all amusment park rides and attractions at the 2017 Illinois State Fair. This comes less than a month after a ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned, killing one person and injured seven. 

 

IDOL’s Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division is tasked with inspecting and permitting rides at the fair. This year's Illinois State Fair will feature more than 65 rides. 

 

“We hope that everyone has a safe and fun time on the many different carnival rides at this year’s State Fair,” said IDOL Acting Director Joe Beyer. “To help accomplish that, our inspectors are onsite to examine all rides and to perform additional, unannounced safety checks.”

 

The Illinois Department of Labor has a handy set of safety tips for any fairgoers.  

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Closure of Farnham Street in Galesburg Moved to August 21

According to Brian Williamsen of the Illinois Department of Transportation Communications Office, "The closure of Farnham Street/Knox Road 500 E. at U.S. 34 in Galesburg has been rescheduled and will now begin Monday, Aug. 21."

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Glenwood Pool Closed Today

The Macomb Park District has announced that the Glenwood Pool is closed today due to "chemical imbalances that pose a safety issue." This of course is one of many pool closures throughout the summer due to a mix of mechanical, chemical and other issues. This evening's swin lessons are canceled. 

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Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas Announces Budget Update

This morning Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas provided an update on the university's budget situation. The full letter can be found here.

 

Thomas said the following regarding the important financial figures for the upcoming academic year. 

 

"I am pleased that, to date, we have received approximately $21.5 million from the state, which includes an estimated $3.6 million in FY18 appropriated funds, $6.8 million for FY17 and an $11 million reimbursement for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 MAP funding. As you are aware, the University covered MAP grants for approximately 2,700 students each semester, totaling approximately $5.5 million per semester, in Fall 2016 and Spring 2017," Thomas said. 

 

President Thomas also remarked on where the university goes from here in terms of managing its budget. 

 

"The last decade has set a precedent for the institution. We must continue to be fiscally conservative and plan accordingly for the coming years so Western remains a viable and successful institution of higher learning. We are taking steps to reduce costs and increase revenue should an impasse occur yet again and state support continues to wane. By expanding and enhancing partnerships with businesses, industries, and corporations, we are working to move WIU forward. However, even with these initiatives underway, it will take time to rectify the damage that has been done to public universities and to restore confidence in Illinois higher education." said Thomas. 

 

 

 

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Single Vehicle Motorcycle Crash in Henderson County

Illinois State Police District 14 released preliminary information on a single vehicle motorcycle crash that left two people in serious condition. The report is below. 

 

ISP TRAFFIC CRASH ALERT

 
The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police District 14
 
WHAT: SINGLE VEHICLE MOTORCYCLE CRASH
 
WHERE: US 34 EAST BOUND GULFPORT EXIT RAMP
 
WHEN: 08-08-17  1:45 P.M.
 
VEHICLES: 2002 KAWASAKI VULCAN 750
 
DRIVERS: THOMAS LLOYD BUCKALLEW (47 Years Old):  Burlington, Iowa
 
PASSENGERS: MICHELE L BUCKALLEW (45 Years Old):  Burlington, Iowa
 
SEATBELTS: NO HELMETS WORN
 
CAUSE: DRIVER WAS TRAVELING EASTBOUND ON U.S. ROUTE 34 AND WAS EXITING INTO GULFPORT.  DRIVER FAILED TO NEGOTIATE THE CURVE AND RAN OFF THE ROAD ONTO THE RIGHT SHOULDER AND LOST CONTROL OF THE MOTORCYCLE. BOTH OCCUPANTS WERE EJECTED AND SUSTAINED MAJOR INJURIES.  DRIVER WAS LIFEFLIGHTED TO IOWA CITY.  PASSENGER TAKEN TO GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER.
 
CONDITIONS:  CLEAR DRY DAYLIGHT 
 
ASSISTING
AGENCIES: BURLINGTON FIRE AND HENDERSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
 
CHARGES: FAILURE TO REDUCE SPEED TO AVOID AN ACCIDENT

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Western Illinois University Receives Over $350,000 in Serve Illinois Federal Grants

The following is a press release from Serve Illinois. The organization announced that $17.5 Million has been allotted in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants for AmeriCorps programs. The number includes over $350,000 for Western Illinois University, with $142,506 going to the Macomb campus for capacity building and disaster services. The Quad Cities campus will get $211,791 for education. 
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The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $17.5 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,671 AmeriCorps Members in 39 programs to serve Illinois communities.  This is an increase of $1.9 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in 20 additional counties.  These awards include $6.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service.  AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.9 million in local funding.
 
AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year to help communities meet unmet economic, education, health, public safety, disaster preparedness, veteran services, and environmental needs.  Members may receive a modest living allowance, student loan deferment, health insurance, childcare, and professional development.  Members who successfully complete their service receive an educational award of up to $5,815 to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational training, or to pay off student loans.
 
 “This is the largest AmeriCorps award that Illinois has seen in the 24 year history of the program,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “Last year, AmeriCorps Illinois served nearly 300,000 Illinoisans, including more than 180,000 disadvantaged youth; nearly 40,000 veterans, active military, and military family members; and more than 13,000 people impacted by disasters.”
 
These federal grants will be used for services in Illinois, including tutoring and mentoring at-risk youth, preparing communities to respond effectively to emergencies, feeding those in need, providing legal support services, assisting incarcerated individuals re-enter into their communities, promoting environmental stewardship, supporting veterans, and improving youth and adult literacy.  Serve Illinois, a part of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), administers the AmeriCorps programs in Illinois.
 
“The growth of this program in Illinois is a testament to the hard work our AmeriCorps Members perform each day in their communities throughout Illinois,” said Scott McFarland. “When you see the AmeriCorps “A”, you know things are getting done.”
 
 
Since 1994, 39,000 people have served 55 million hours in Illinois through AmeriCorps.  Those hours equal more than $1.4 billion in community impact.  AmeriCorps Members have also earned $131.7 million in education awards.
 
Serve Illinois is a 40 member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bipartisan commission appointed by the Governor and administered by IDPH.  Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing traditional volunteer activities and supporting national service programs.  Serve Illinois supports local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois' AmeriCorps program. For more information on the Serve Illinois and AmeriCorps, visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

Serve Illinois’ AmeriCorps Programs:

 

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Focus Areas

Counties Served

Funding

Members

American Red Cross

Disaster Services

Jo Davies, Stephenson, Carroll, Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, Lee, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Will, Grundy, Kankakee, Vermillion, Champaign, Douglas, Moultrie, Piatt, De Witt, Macon, Whiteside, Bureau, Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Brown, Pike, Logan, Menard, Sangamon, Cass, Morgan, Christian, Monroe, St. Clair, Clinton, Washington, Marion, Jefferson

$372,482 

27

Asian Human Services

Economic Opportunity, Education, Healthy Futures

Cook

$195,825 

14

Beyond Sports
*New program

Education, Healthy Futures, Economic Opportunity

Lake, Cook, Will, DuPage, Kendall

$112,677 

21

Chicago HOPES for Kids
*New program

Education

Cook

$142,300 

20

City of Peoria
*New program

Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity

Peoria

$138,285 

20

City Year Chicago

Education

Cook

$2,274,799 

188

College Possible
*New program

Education

Cook

$260,000 

20

East St. Louis School District #189

Education, Economic Opportunity

St. Clair

$457,477 

75

First Defense Legal Aid

Other Community Priorities

Cook

$127,500 

9

Gardeneers
*New program

Healthy Futures

Cook

$114,637 

8

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Education

Boone, DeKalb, Kane, McHenry, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

$167,711 

19

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families

Cook

$158,482 

15

Housing Forward

Economic Opportunity, Capacity Building

Cook

$166,898 

12

Illinois Bar Foundation

Veteran and Military Families, Other Community Priorities

McLean, Champaign, Cook, Madison, Knox, Will, DuPage, Kankakee, Lake, Winnebago

$280,641 

68

Illinois Public Health Association

Disaster Services, Healthy Futures

Lake, Cook, Ogle, Lee, Kane, McLean, Sangamon, Adams, Schuyler, Macoupin, St. Clair, Douglas

$264,622 

22

Leave No Veteran Behind
*New program

Veteran and Military Families, Disaster Services

Cook

$240,380 

18

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House

Education, Healthy Futures, Capacity Building, Veteran and Military Families, Economic Opportunity

St. Clair

$861,570 

190

Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Economic Opportunity, Education

Cook, Bureau, DuPage, Henry, Jersey, Kane, Saline, Scott

$355,808 

42

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Economic Opportunity, Capacity Building

Franklin, Williamson, Jackson, Madison, St. Clair

$131,935 

20

Northwestern University Settlement Association

Education, Capacity Building

Cook

$508,728 

75

Public Allies

Education

Cook

$649,627 

50

Rend Lake College

Education, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity

Alexander, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Marion, Massac, Perry, Pulaski, Washington, Williamson, Union

$445,500 

60

Relay Graduate School of Education
*New program

Education

Cook

$20,140 

30

Rincon
*New program

Healthy Futures 

Lake, Cook

$114,640 

8

Sauk Valley Community College

Education, Capacity Building, Economic Opportunity

Whiteside, Lee, Ogle, Carroll, Bureau, Henry

$195,132 

45

Schuler Family Foundation
*Program only requests education awards

Education 

Cook

$0 

40

Southwestern Illinois College

Education, Capacity Building

St. Clair

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Meth Arrest in Industry

McDonough County Sheriff Rick VanBrooker reports the arrest of Montana V. Strader, age 26, of Industry.
 
On August 7th at 5:30 p.m. a McDonough County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy stopped a vehicle for speeding on 600th Road in the area of 2150 East.  The Deputy observed indications of criminal behavior and obtained a consent to search the vehicle.  Strader, a passenger in the vehicle, had a small amount of Cannabis and a pipe on his person.  The deputy also seized Methamphetamine (Ice) that had been hidden in a cup of coffee during the traffic stop.  Investigation indicated that the Methamphetamine belonged to Strader and that it was going to be distributed in McDonough County.
 
Strader was lodged in the McDonough County Jail charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) Under 5 Grams and Possession With the Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine Under 5 Grams.
 

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MDH Volunteens Log Over 650 Hours

Local area teens have helped out in a big way at McDonough District Hospital this summer. The MDH Volunteen Program gives student volunteers ages 13-18 the chance to learn about health careers in a real-time environment. This summer, the thirty-four Volunteens at MDH logged a total of 688 hours between the months of June and July.

 

The Volunteens spent time in the following departments: Acute Care/ICU, Food Services, Foundation, Inventory Control-Storeroom, Obstetrics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Services, Pain Management Clinic, Patient Financial Services, Plant Engineering and Public Relations.

 

MDH will be taking applications for the 2018 Volunteen program in April 2018. 

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Macomb Assembly of God to Hold Annual Back to School Picnic Saturday

The Macomb Assembly of God Church will hold its annual Back to School Picnic Saturday, August 12. The event, features free school supplies, backbacks, haircuts and lunch. It runs from 11 AM-2 PM at the church on 112 Robin Road in Macomb. For more details on the event listen to my interview with Stephanie Puccini, who was tasked with organizing this year's event. 

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Attorney General Madigan to Speak at Macomb VFW Wednesday

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will be the featured speaker at the annual McDonough County Democratic Central Committee’s Fish and Chicken Fry Dinner. The event takes place Wednesday night from 5-8 PM at VFW Post 1291, 1200 E. Jefferson St in Macomb. Madigan, who has been Attorney General since 2003, is up for re-election in November. 

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Rauner Signs Bill to Protect Illinois from Cyberthreats

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 2371 on Monday, requiring all State of Illinois employees to undergo annual cybersecurity training to understand the risks of cyber threats and learn the best practices to defend against these attacks. The program will help safeguard the information systems that support the delivery of critical state services and contain the personal information of taxpayers by facilitating a more cyber-aware state workforce.
 
Hackers and cyber criminals continually grow more sophisticated in their attempts to steal sensitive data and infect state computer systems. It is crucial that state employees have knowledge to protect themselves and the state from the impact of cyber-attacks. This legislation is another advancement in the governor’s vision for a cyber-secure Illinois to better protect the personal information of state residents and ensure critical state services are not interrupted.
 
“Employees are our first line of defense,” Gov. Rauner said. “Ensuring that our staff is properly trained against cyber threats is vital to protect Illinois’ services and information. Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue. It is a public safety issue, and we will do all we can to protect the residents and infrastructure of our state.”
 
The Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is charged with implementing the training program and recently released the State of Illinois Cybersecurity Strategy. Key objectives include protecting state of Illinois information and systems, reducing cyber risk, providing best-in-class cybersecurity capabilities and ensuring an enterprise approach to cybersecurity. Cyber-awareness training is a key component of the strategy.
 
Hardik Bhatt, DoIT secretary designate and chief digital officer said, “The State of Illinois’ digital transformation is placing Illinois in a leadership role across the nation in areas such as the use of mobile technologies, capturing the value of data and becoming the first state to establish itself as a Smart State. Along with our impressive technological progress comes a responsibility to simultaneously increase our cybersecurity efforts to defend our state from cyber-attacks.”
 
Doug Robinson, Executive Director of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers supports the efforts of states to increase cybersecurity. “State employees are on the firing-line of protecting digital assets of the state. NASCIO has repeatedly advocated that states make cybersecurity training and awareness for employees a priority. By mandating cybersecurity training, the leadership in the State of Illinois is making a serious statement about their commitment to reducing risks.”
 
With this legislation, Illinois becomes the 15th state to adopt a mandatory cybersecurity awareness training for state employees. States are increasingly the targets of attacks, and security threats pose a daily risk in the state’s ability to serve taxpayers and protect critical and confidential information.
 
According to a study by the Ponemon Institute and IBM Security, the average total cost of a data breach amongst the 419 companies they surveyed was $3.62 million. Cybersecurity awareness training and re-enforcement programs cost less than $5 per person and offer a cost avoidance of around $184 per user. Additionally, these training programs are believed to significantly reduce the risk of cyberattacks, offering a significant preventative cost savings to the taxpayers of Illinois.

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Illinois & Iowa corn growers highlight aging lock and dam system on barge tour

The Illinois Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Growers Association bringing attention to the aging lock and dam system on the upper Mississippi River. They hosted a barge tour last Friday with the featured stop--Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island--built in 1934—it’s suffering from a crumbling guide wall. Paul Rohde of the Midwest Waterways Council moderated the tour. He says funds for both operation and maintenance and construction are crucial for inland waterways.
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If you think Lock and Dam 15 is in poor shape, you should see the La Grange Lock and Dam on the Illinois River near Meredosia. Not pretty says Marty Hettle—chairman of the Inland Waterways Users Board.
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Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and Iowa Congressmen Rod Blum and Dave Loebsack participated in Friday’s barge tour.

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Davis continues to call for kinder, gentler politics

Weeks after a baseball practice Congressman Rodney Davis will never forget, his quest for a less hostile political climate continues. Davis continues to be haunted by the actions of a shooter from Belleville who opened fire on a GOP Congressional baseball practice in Northern Virginia. He was disturbed to learn of negative social media posts remarking on the drug overdose death of the son of Nashville, Tennessee Mayor Megan Barry.....
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Davis says enough is enough with social media posters who go over the line....
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Davis notes his biggest concern is about the impact of extreme comments on families. 

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Climate Change Robbing Food of Nutrients

A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies.

Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 2014 that found higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are likely to reduce the protein, iron and zinc content of rice, wheat, peas and other foods. Myers has now taken that a step further, calculating through the year 2050 the number of people within each country that won't be getting enough nutrients.

He said the impact will be felt mostly by the poor.

"It's the wealthier people around the world who have the largest carbon footprints and the poorest people who are the most vulnerable top their effects," Myers said. "And so there really is a social justice or equity element to this."

According to the report, more than 350 million children aged 1 to 5, and about 1 billion women of child bearing age live in countries where the amount of dietary iron is projected to fall by about 4 percent.

Myers said human activity is changing the structure and the function of many of our natural systems.

"Not just the climate system but fisheries, and oceans and land cover and fresh water systems, and as those changes become more and more profound around the world they're having very significant human health implications," he said.

Myers called nutrient deficiencies deadly, and said this is something policy makers can't ignore.

"Deficiencies of iron and zinc and protein are already affecting almost 2 billion people around the world with very very large burdens of disease," he said. "So this is a big public health problem today. It will be an even bigger problem in the future."

Myers said developing crop varieties with higher nutrient contents is one solution, but said there's no silver bullet to the issue. He said the most obvious answer is to drastically cut carbon pollution.

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Two Golden Residents Arrested on Oxycodone Charges

The Adams County Sheriff and Quincy Police Deparmtent have announced the arrests of a pair of Golden, Illinois residents on charges related to Oxycodone. According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, 25 year old Hannah Estelle Miller and 25 year Lance C. Kelly were arrested on Thursday after a drug purchase was made outside the Adams County Courthouse. After witnessing the purchase Quincy Police and Adams County Sheriff's Deputies followed the suspects to the area of 18th and Main Street in Quincy where the pair was arrested. After receiving consent to search the suspects' home officers recovered Oxycodone and Fentanyl leading to both Miller and Kelly being arrested on charges of Unlawful Delivery of Oxycodone and Unlawful Possession of Oxycodone. Both are being held at the Adams County Jail as of this report. 

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Illinois State Fair May Have Freakout Ride Back In Carnival

The State Fair is underway next week and this year comes with challenges for fair officials. The Ohio State Fair recently had a death after a carnival ride malfunctioned. The initial reaction from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the ride inspectors at the Department of Labor was to ban a ride similar to the one that killed a person in Ohio. That ride, the “Freakout”, and the decision to keep it off the Midway has been changed.

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Gordon says the other thing the fair wants to avoid is another 100 year flood on the grounds. Last year 7 inches of rain in a few hours submerged parts of the Happy Hollow area leaving campers flooded and fair goers looking for higher ground.

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Senator Durbin wants to boost trade with Cuba

Senator Dick Durbin is seeking better trade opportunities with Cuba. He's joining Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden in introducing the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2017, which would repeal sanctions that Durbin calls outdated and establish normal trade relations with the island nation. International Trade Commission figures show easing U.S. restrictions on trade and business with Cuba could increase U.S. exports by $1.4 billion annually in the next five years.

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Senate Bill 1 discussions

Democrats and Republicans are negotiating to find a compromise for Senate Bill 1, the highly-publicized school funding reform bill. Negotiations between lawmakers of both parties started Wednesday morning and continued into Thursday. 48th District State Senator Andy Manar was a part of those discussions. He says he’s hopeful something will get done out of these bi-partisan talks.
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Manar says the group will continue to meet, and they aren’t giving up on reaching a compromise.
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Manar and his counterparts are on the clock for getting an evidence-based funding model like Senate Bill 1 into law. School districts are supposed to receive their first state aid payment for the new fiscal year on August 10th.

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Regional Media Movie Review The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower is a sequel to the Stephen King book series which picks up the story of The Gunslinger, Roland the Eld (Idris Elba) as he is sought out by a young boy who has visions of a coming apocalypse at the hands of The Man in Black, Walter (Matthew McConaughey). The boy and the Gunslinger must work together to protect the Dark Tower at the center of the universe from Walter's evil plans. Here's my review of The Dark Tower. 

Click here for the written review. Below for the radio review. 

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E-10 tax credit expires in Illinois

A casualty of the state budget talks earlier this summer was the sales tax credit for gasoline containing 10-percent ethanol or E-10. But the impact at the pump will be minimal. The Illinois Corn Grower Association’s Tricia Braid says there’s a myth the move will cause a 10-to-11 cent increase in a gallon of gasoline. She says that’s just not true.
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With the E-10 sales tax credit gone, the state anticipates a $95-to-$100-million added bump in revenue. Braid says the tax credit served its purpose as 95-percent of all gasoline sold in Illinois is now E-10. 

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Ameren trucks equipped with AED's

Ameren Illinois has installed automatic external defibrillators or AEDs on nearly 240 trucks across its territory. Karen Boulanger is the Safety Director for Ameren and she says the AEDs can mean the difference between life and death…
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While Ameren crews can use the equipment and training to help the general public if necessary, citizens are still advised to call 911 in the event of an emergency.

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Durbin applauds President Trump

Man Bites Dog, Peace in the Middle East and Durbin praises Trump. All seem like unlikely headlines but the last of the three scenarios is not fake news. Senator Dick Durbin thanks the President for keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place...
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DACA grants temporary reprieve from deportation to certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. So far 790,000 young people have benefited from the program and Durbin says they've gone on to careers like nursing and engineering while others have become small business owners.

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Kudos for Illinois Recidivism Laws

A publication that takes a look every year at legislation debated across the nation is highlighting Illinois as an example of good laws put on the books.

The state took steps to reduce recidivism by enacting laws that help former inmates reintegrate into society, including finding jobs and a place to live. Scott Greenberger, executive director of Stateline, said other states have followed Illinois' lead in enacting the so-called ban the box law. It means in many cases offenders aren't asked to check the box on an employment application indicating they've served time in jail or prison.

"Two of the new Illinois laws eliminate general bans that prevent people with drug convictions from working at schools or park districts," Greenberger said; "and another bill that lifts the ban preventing people convicted of forcible felonies from obtaining health-care licenses."

There are 28 states with "ban the box" laws on the books, but only nine have extended them to cover private businesses.

In neighboring Indiana this year, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a law barring local governments from passing "ban the box" ordinances that would apply to private businesses. Legislation in Kentucky, meanwhile, targeted occupational licensing boards that were preventing people with criminal records from getting licensed to cut hair or work in health care.

The latest Stateline report looks at medical marijuana laws, reproductive health care and state legislatures that pushed back against citizen-approved ballot measures. Greenberger said one example is South Dakota, where residents approved campaign finance and lobbying restrictions, but lawmakers repealed the measure.

"Just because people approve something at the ballot box doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be implemented the way they envisioned or, in that case, implemented at all," Greenberger said.

Maine lawmakers repealed a new tax on the wealthy, and in Florida residents voted in favor of medicinal marijuana, but lawmakers tweaked the law. It now says pot can't be smoked, but must be ingested in other ways. A lawsuit by one of the backers of that legislation has been filed.

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MacombNewsNow Podcast with WIU President Jack Thomas

On the latest edition of the MacombNewsNow.com podcast we talk with Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas about dealing with the budget impasse the past three years, where WIU stands now that a new budget is in place and what he plans to do for the immediate future of Western Illinois Unversity. Click below to listen to or download this week;s MacombNewsNow podcast with WIU President Jack Thomas. 

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Even if state misses state aid payments Aug. 10th, all schools will still open

Even if the state misses the August 10th deadline for the first general state aid payments this fiscal year, all schools should still open on-time. That’s what Kevin Semlow is hearing. He’s the Director of State Legislation at the Illinois Farm Bureau.
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Money for state aid payments won’t be released until final agreement is reached on school funding reform. On Tuesday, Governor Rauner issued an amendatory veto for Senate Bill 1 because of money going to Chicago teacher pensions. Lawmakers can either agree with the Governor or override him in each chamber. If neither action is taken, the bill dies and the legislature will have to start over again.

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Illinois farmers responding to WOTUS petition drive

Farmers weren’t happy with the “waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS definition in the 1980’s, but they say it’s better than the 2015 update, which gave the federal government broader over-site regarding water and land issues.
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That’s Illinois Farm Bureau’s Lauren Lurkins. She’s says the plan is to have a rewrite of the rule by the end of the year.
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Lurkins says a petition drive supporting a federal rule to repeal the 2015 “WOTUS” definition already has 1,200 signatures from Illinois farmers in just two days with the goal of reaching 2,500 by August 21st. 

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WIU President Jack Thomas on the MacombNewsNow Podcast Wednesday Afternoon

Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas will join our Sean Patrick on our MacombNewsNow.com podcast Wednesday afternoon. Among the topics President Thomas will address are his vision of the University's future and the continuing battle over school funding in the state of Illinois which reached yet another party based impasse on Tuesday. Listen and or download the MacombNewsNow.com podcast today after 2 Pm at MacombNewsNow.com. 

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Tax Reform Talk Starting From DC

Tax reform is the next big item up for debate in Washington DC and Congressman Rodney Davis is talking about some proposed changes. The Taylorville Republican says that he wants an easier to understand tax code for all, but especially middle income families. Davis says 75 percent of all fliers do not itemize - so streamline the process and find tax savings for the middle class.

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Davis says the House Republican plan could make it so middle class tax payers could file on the back of a post card. 

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28th Annual Purple and Gold Auction Coming Up August 12th

Tuesday morning Michael Jones and Jerry Kramer joined Sean Patrick on the K100 Morning Show to talk about the upcoming 28th Annual Purple & Gold Auction to benefit WIU Athletics. $40.00 per person is the cost to attend beginning at 5 Pm at Western Hall on the WIU campus. Among the items up for auction include a VIP Trips with the WIU Mens and Women's Basketball teams, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant signed and framed jerseys, and a golf cart. Donations are still being accepted through August 4th at 309-298-1190. Michael and Jerry talked about even more items up for grabs and how your money will aid WIU athletics.

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12U Cats Headed to Eau Claire for National Softball Tournament Wednesday Morning

On Tuesday's edition of the K100 Morning Show with Sean Patrick, Allison and Shelby joined Sean to talk about their trip to Wisconsin, what they love about softball and take a few moments to thank everyone who has helped them raise money for their trip. You can give the CATS a proper send-off on Wednesday morning at 6:15 Am at Chandler Park.

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Rauner Veto's Bill - Unaware of Process Moving Forward

As promised Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1. But the Republican may be confused about the process for the bill. Rauner told reporters today that all lawmakers need to do, in order to uphold his wishes on changes to school funding is pass them with a simple majority ….

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Rauner’s staff later admitted that it would take more than a simple majority to support the Governor’s changes. Legislation passed after May 31st that takes immediate effect needs a three fifths vote.

The Senate is scheduled to read the amendatory veto into record today, starting the 15 day clock for action the bill.
 

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Two Bushnell Residents Arrested on Meth Related Charges

Bushnell Police and the McDonough County Sheriff have announced the arrest of two people for Unlawful Procurement of Methamphatimine Precursors and Possession of Meth Manufacturing Materials. 18 Year old Ezra B. Cook and 37 year old William P. Hyde, both of Bushnell were reportedly having a heated argument in the area of the Bushnell Library Park when police arrived. Upon investigation Police noted that Hyde had an outstanding warrant from Mason County and that both Cook and Hyde were carrying ingredients and materials used in the production of Methamphetimine. Each was arrested and taken to the McDonough County Jail where Hyde was found to have been concealing a bottle of Pseudoephedrine. Later, Cook was found to have stashed a bottle of Lye in a book at the Bushnell Library which was thankfully recovered by Police. 

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Governor Rauner Veto's Parts of Education Funding Plan

The Governor has used his veto pen on the school funding reform plan that was sent to his desk yesterday...
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As promised Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1. Rauner’s veto among other things removed a minimum funding requirement, the Chicago block grant and takes the pension considerations from Chicago schools and removes them from the funding formula. The bill now needs to be read back into the Senate record and then acted upon in the next 15 days. The Senate can approve the changes or try to override the changes and pass the bill that originally was sent to Rauner.

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SB 1 On Governor's Desk

Two months after passage of a plan to change the way schools in Illinois are funded the bill that does just that is waiting for the Governor’s signature. But that’s an outcome that no one thinks possible. Bruce Rauner has promised to veto Senate Bill 1 once he gets it on his desk. The Governor got the bill yesterday but didn’t act immediately to veto it. There was last minute hope at the state house that Republicans and Democrats could find a compromise on sticky issues surrounding funding for the Chicago Public Schools. But Republican Senator Jason Barickman says Democrats were not looking for true compromise.

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Once the Governor veto’s the bill the Senate has 15 days to act or the bill dies and the process would have to start all over again.

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Agriculture Jobs Available, Trained Employees Lacking According to State Official

Agriculture jobs are plentiful across the country, but there aren’t enough people to fill those jobs according to one state official. Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Raymond Poe says one study says there will be about 58,000 new agriculture jobs over the next five years, but only 35,000 college graduates will be trained to fill those positions. Poe says these jobs are the kind of jobs people are looking for in today’s economy.
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Poe says the possibilities in agriculture are endless, and that the jobs in agriculture “aren’t just driving a tractor anymore.”

 

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Glenwood Pool Closed Monday

Mechanical problems have once again forced the closure of Glenwood Pool. The Macomb Park District did not offer details of the mechanical problems with the pool, only that the pool was closed and tonight's swim lessons are cancelled. 

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Republicans Ask For Compromise on SB1

It’s the final day of the special session at the Illinois Capitol. And as the Governor waits to veto parts of the education funding bill that Senate President John Cullerton is sending him, Republicans say hurry up and so all parties can work out a compromise. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin…

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Small groups of Democrats and Republicans were supposed to be meeting this weekend to find common ground on the funding formula changes proposed in Senate Bill 1.

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Republican Rep says Time Might be Now for Working Together on ACA

Early this morning the vote to repeal the affordable care act fell a vote short in the US Senate. The move deals Republican lawmakers who ran on repeal and replace a blow to campaign promises that were made. Illinois Republican Congressman Darin LaHood says he watched last night and feels as if there is still unfinished business on the heath care front.

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LaHood says Senator John McCain is the ultimate maverick and remained so with his deciding vote.

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Employment Building Slowly in Illinois

Job growth was seen throughout Illinois this past month but its tricky set of numbers to look says the state. Bigger cities in the state saw slow job growth numbers, with only Danville and Rockford losing jobs. But Bob Gough with the Illinois Department of Employment Security says our state is adding jobs at about half the rate of the rest of the country and the size of the potential work force has been shrinking.

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Study: Many Americans Dangerously Fatigued at Work

How many times a week do you say you're tired?For some, it's actually causing problems in their lives and on the job.A new report by the National Safety Council finds more than half of American workers feel less productive because they're too tired, and 4 in 10 have trouble focusing and remembering things. Sure to make the boss unhappy: 27 percent nod off while on the job, and more disturbingly, 16 percent have fallen asleep on the road. Report author Emily Whitcomb says those numbers should serve as a wake-up call. "Forty-three percent of the workers were not getting enough sleep every day," she points out. "That's almost half of our workforce that are working impaired. It jeopardizes safety at work and on the road." The report found people who live in the Midwest are least likely to be fatigued at work, while those in the southern states report the highest number of risk factors.

The report looked at nine different risk factors causing fatigue, and almost all of the respondents had at least one. Whitcomb says one problem is many Americans are working multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. "We actually found that in 60 percent of our survey respondents who worked multiple jobs, they were working 50 or more hours a week," she states. Nearly 3 in 10 reported falling asleep on the job at least once in the last month. Those most at risk work the night shift, long shifts or irregular shifts.

Whitcomb says fatigued worker productivity costs employers $1,200 to $3,100 per employee annually.

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