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LAWMAKERS APPROVE FUNDING FOR 9-1-1 CENTERS

ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION WEDNESDAY, LAWMAKERS OK’D KEEPING ALL COMMUNICATION CENTERS OPEN. THE LEGISLATION WAS NEEDED BECAUSE THE CURRENT APPROPRIATION FOR CALL CENTERS EXPIRES AT THE END OF JUNE. THIS MAKES SURE THEY KEEP RUNNING, ACCORDING TO REPRESENTATIVE CHAD HAYS OF DANVILLE.

PHONE SURCHARGES WOULD INCREASE SLIGHTLY TO HELP FUND 9-1-1 TECHNOLOGY NEEDS. THE BILL ALSO LETS A-T-AND-T PHASE OUT TRADITIONAL COPPER LANDLINES, BUT GIVES CUSTOMERS WITH THOSE OLD PHONES PLENTY OF NOTICE OF THE CHANGE AND OTHER OPTIONS.

THE MEASURE NOW GOES TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK.

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Fire Marshall investigating Morocco, IN house fire

A residential structure fire in Morocco, IN Wednesday is under investigation. The State Fire Marshall is looking into the blaze that destroyed the unoccupied home of Gerald Borne.
Mr. Borne died a day earlier. He was found dead in his home at 206 N. Clay Street.

The home and its contents are a total loss, according to Fire Chief Corrie Myers. Firemen found the house fully-involved in fire and smoke when they arrived at the scene about 11:32 am.

Chief Myers reported 33 firefighters from five departments battled the fire. One fireman was treated at the scene for a heat-related illness.

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Kankakee interim-police chief resigns

Following up on Kankakee Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong’s announcement that she plans to nominate former city patrolman Price Dumas as the new police chief, acting-chief Robin Passwater has resigned.

Passwater steps aside as the interim-chief effective today, June 1. He returns to his police lieutenant position in the department.

The City Council is expected to vote on the mayor’s nomination for police chief at the June 5th meeting.

The Daily-Journal reported Dumas, who’s now with the Illinois State Police, was part of a failed lawsuit against the city of Kankakee for alleged racial discrimination. Dumas left the police department three years later to join the state police.

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Business Groups: 2017 Session Worst Ever

Illinois' business leaders say the spring of 2017 is one of the worst legislative sessions they've ever seen. The Illinois Manufacturers' Association, the Illinois Chamber, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses all said yesterday that lawmakers in Springfield made it much tougher for job creators this year. The groups point to the vote to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars-an-hour, votes for new income taxes, and the proposed tax for the 'privilege' of doing business in the state. The NFIB's Mark Grant says they're not surprised by the legislature's anti business stance. He said they're simply fed up.             (Metro News}

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Madigan Claims To Be Meeting Governor's Demands

House Speaker Mike Madigan says he's done everything Governor Rauner has asked. Madigan yesterday released a series of 'accomplishments' he says are actually the governor's budget demands. The Speaker says Democrats approved their own versions of workers' comp reform, a property tax freeze, business incentives, and procurement reforms. Governor Rauner says all of the measures fall short of what the state needs. {Metro News}

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