The Benton County community of Earl Park is hosting their Labor Day weekend tradition. The 45th annual Earl Park Fall Festival began Friday. The four-day festival draws thousands of people in from all over the Midwest. Activities include live bluegrass bands, an antique car and tractor show and several food vendors.
The Earl Park Fall Festival runs through Labor Day, Monday. Admission and parking is free.
The federal Surface Transportation Board has rejected Great Lakes Basin Transportation's application to build and operate a 261-mile freight railroad from LaPorte County to southeast Wisconsin.
The application called for a rural rail hub that would consumer farm ground in much of Kankakee County. Opposition came from the Farm Bureau and area legislators.
The decision, issued Wednesday, states "GLBT has failed to provide the board with accurate financial information upon which the board can rely to make a determination on the transportation merits of the project."
Financial statements pointed out that "GLBT’s current assets are clearly deficient for purposes of constructing a 261-mile rail line that the board will not proceed with this application given the impacts on stakeholders and the demands upon board resources," the STB ruled.
Company attorney Michael Blaszak said Thursday that GLBT "is assessing its options with respect to the board's decision today and will have no further comment on the decision."
MILFORD – It’s been a process, quite a process over the last several months and years. Now, Milford is ready to occupy its new school building.
While most area students and staff have been in class the last week or two, the Milford (MAPS #124) Area Public School District welcomes a new school year next week, after Labor Day. And for the MAPS #124 District, a new era begins after the community approved a $17.5 million building program – building a new high school and remodel of the Milford Grade School gym and cafeteria into eight new classrooms.
It all started in 2007, two community school boards sitting down to agree the need for a new building. Then, the district recognizes the need for to a be a Unit District. The advantages educationally and financially for a Unit District and a vote in 2014 passes to establish MAPS District #124.
Several meetings and discussion lead to a referendum, which the community supported with 61% in favor.
Compromise legislation includes equitable funding for districts, more school choice for families
Flanked by school children and legislative leaders, Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed historic school funding legislation that puts children first and makes lasting changes that will help generations of children to come.
“The passing of this historic legislation was no easy feat, but it’s a reminder of the good things we can accomplish when we put politics aside and focus on what’s important: our children and our future,” Gov. Rauner said. “I am proud to sign this bill, which will bring more money to school districts based on the needs of the children, guaranteeing that all Illinois students have access to adequate education funding.”
The Farm Progress Show wraps up today in Decatur. Thousands of people from across the world gathered outside of the city to check out the latest agribusiness technology at the nation's largest outdoor farm event. This was the 64th year of the show.
94.1 WGFA's reports from Decatur continue with National Farm broadcaster John Gooding at 12:30 pm.