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Gov. Rauner signs historic education funding reform bill

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.”

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FARM PROGRESS SHOW ...

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.

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Grain rescue in Newton County, IN >

A Mount Ayr man was rescued from a grain bin (Wed) on the West end of Rensselaer Street in Mount Ayr. The victim had been trapped in the grain bin for approximately forty minutes prior to 911 being called as bystanders attempted to rescue the victim.

The victim, who was not identified, was awake and talking when air-lifted from the scene, according to Morocco Fire Chief Corrie Myers.

At 10:39 am this morning, Newton County 911 received the emergency call just before 10:30 am concerning a man trapped in a grain bin. The man was conscious. Assistance was requested from surrounding departments as well as Indiana District 1 Technical Rescue Team to aid in the rescue.

Responders were on the scene at 10:52 am. Several civilians were reported to be inside the grain bin with the victim who was trapped from the waist down.

At 11:52 am the victim was extricated from the grain bin and medical crews tended to the victim. The victim was transported from the scene to the trauma center at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois by Lifeline Helicopter.

Departments on-scene include, Morocco Volunteer Fire Department, Newton County Emergency Management Agency, Newton County Ambulance Service, Brook-Iroquois Township Volunteer Fire Department, Rensselaer Volunteer Fire Department, District 1 Technical Rescue Team, and Lifeline Helicopter.

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Minor injury in Iroquois County semi crash

A Danforth driver was treated for a minor injury (Wednesday) in Iroquois County when his car collided with a tractor trailer on Route 49 at County Road 1170N.

50-year-old James Pratt was driving passenger car pulling a recreational trailer. The semi driver, 59-year-old Danny Robinson of Brazil, IN, was backing out of a private driveway on Rt. 49 when he backed into the path of Pratt’s car. Robinson was cited by Illinois State Police for improper backing on a roadway. The accident happened just before 7 am.

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Governor To Sign School Funding Package

After almost a year of fighting over school funding, Governor Bruce Rauner isn't even waiting two days to sign the state's new school funding agreement into law. The governor will put his signature on the plan to create a new funding formula this afternoon at 2:30 in Chicago. The governor and Democratic lawmakers say the plan is 'historic,' though critics say there are a lot of things that they don't like about the package.

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