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Governor, Speaker Madigan applaud passage of House vote in favor of education

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan spoke in favor of the House vote to support educational funding support.

Governor Rauner said "Today, members of the Illinois House of Representatives voted to bring historic education reform to Illinois children and their families. I want to thank Speaker Madigan, Leader Durkin and their staff members for finding common ground that will reverse the inequities of our current school funding system.

"Aligned with the framework provided by the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission – a bipartisan, bicameral working group chaired by the Secretary of Education – this bill has much to celebrate. First, every district in Illinois will have an adequacy target based on 27 elements brought forth through an “evidence-based model” of school funding. Second, new state funds will be distributed to ensure that those districts with the largest gap between current spending and adequacy will be funded first. Third, no district will lose state funding as compared to last year.

"The compromise includes the much-needed flexibility for school districts through mandate relief, while providing avenues for property tax relief. It increases transparency related to how districts are funded through local, state and federal resources.

"It protects the rights of parents to choose the school that best meets the needs of their children – providing more school choice for children from low-income families. By setting yearly minimum funding targets, this bill also ensures that Illinois will continue to invest in our most important resource – our children’s education.

House Speaker Mike Madigan echoed Governor Rauner saying, Today we saw compromise. Instead of pitting children and communities against each other, Democrats and Republicans came to an agreement on much of what’s in this bill. And even where we don’t fully agree, we’re willing to work together in good faith and meet each other half way.

“This bill provides the same promise of permanent funding for our schools as Senate Bill 1, with some additional items included at the request of Republicans. Even if all members did not agree with 100 percent of what is in the final bill, this bill still delivers 100 percent of what schools throughout Illinois need. This bill is a permanent promise of more funding for schools statewide. Every district in Illinois wins under this plan.

“Through compromise, we’ve included some provisions that many members would not have supported on their own. But a package that permanently provides more money for Illinois schools and puts us closer than ever to fixing Illinois’ broken school funding system is too important to let partisan differences get in the way.”

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Red Cross responds to Hurricane Harvey

Volunteers from the American Red Cross are on their way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Several Red Cross chapters organized over the weekend in making plans to assist victims impacted by the storm in Texas.

Central Illinois Red Cross teams also plan to mobilize this week.

Nearly four dozen Red Cross emergency response vehicles have been activated. The Red Cross is mobilizing hundreds of trained disaster workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies and thousands of ready-to-eat meals to serve those impacted by the storm.

Red Cross officials say financial donations are the best way to help. To offer disaster relief, visit http://www.redcross.org, or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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Weekend events in WGFA-listening area....

The Ashkum Homecoming is one of the local events in Iroquois County this weekend.  It's the 52nd annual Lions Club Homecoming.  Its started Friday with the Fish Fry and 'High Anxiety" proving entertainment.  Activiites continue today (Sat) withe the "Silhouettes" on stage at 7 pm.  94.1 WGFA is broadcasting 'live" Sunday from Noon 'til 1 pm (during the Auto Show).  Sunday's events also include the "Natural High" at 4 pm

The Fried Green Tomatoes Festival is today (Sat) IN THE PARK AT iROQUOIS.  Musical entertainment, food and of course, the fried green tomatoes will be served.  One of the festival's creators... Billy Marshall....says this is a unique event.  Everyone is welcome.  The event runs from Noon 'til midnight.

Donovan Park in Watseka is hosting its annual "Friend-raiser"... a local fundraiser to generate moiney for the park's upkeep.  Today's (Sat) event is from 11 am 'til 1 pm.

The Will County Fair at Peotone continues this weekend.  And the Half-Century of Progress continues this weekend at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.  Vintage farm equipment will be on display with demonstrations.

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Riverside Healthcare Provided $50.7 Million in Community Benefits

          2016 Community Benefit Report Released

Kankakee --- Addressing the health and wellness concerns that have the greatest impact throughout the community is the primary focus of Riverside Healthcare. Whether it be investing in the latest technologies for advanced cardiac care, aligning and integrating a range of behavioral health services for ease of access, or serving as the area's largest employer, Riverside understands the health of a community is dependent on the health of those that live, work and play here. In 2016, this was evident in the impact made by more than $50.7 million in community benefits provided.

"We know that to move the health of our community forward, Riverside must give back," said Phillip M. Kambic, President and CEO, Riverside Healthcare. "Our hospital, our healthcare campuses and providers' offices, our programs and our people are all part of the greater good - all committed to nurturing the well-being and bringing value to the lives of others."

Riverside works with individuals and community partners to address the most pressing health issues.

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Suburban Kmarts On Chopping Block

Two stores in Chicago's suburbs are among the 28 additional Kmarts that Sears says will be closing. The store on W. 95th Street in Oak Lawn and the store on S. Route 83 in Elmhurst will close as the company struggles to stay afloat amid pressure from online retailers. The 28 closings announced are in addition to the 150 Sears and Kmart closings announced earlier this year and the 180 stores actually closed this year.

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