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Chambers’ encourage spending locally

Illiana area chamber of commerce officials are hoping area residents will remember to shop local this holiday season. Some select chamber offices have specific programs set up thru 'Chamber Bucks' or 'Chamber Coins' to keep people shopping at home.

The stay local effort keeps sales tax money at home and supports city services.

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Illinois House votes to free funds for municipalities

Local municipalities, domestic violence shelters, local 9-1-1 centers, and lottery winners are the intended recipients of almost $2 million the House passed Wednesday afternoon. Most of the money is from dedicated funds, including motor fuel tax collections and lottery ticket sales.

The domestic violence money comes from about $28 million in general revenue dollars, and Republican State Rep. David Harris made an issue of it.

"It is general revenue," he said. "So we can appropriate general revenue; my point being that we have this budget problem, but, oh, we can appropriate general revenue."
The sponsor, House Majority Leader, Democrat Barbara Flynn Currie, had a ready answer: "Much of what is in this bill was requested by the governor himself."

Harris and most of the other Republicans were holding their noses as they voted for the bill, but the governor said later that's the nature of compromise; everybody finds something not to like.

The Senate is back Monday to consider it.SB 2039 has passed the House, 107-1-1.    {IRN}

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Kinzinger, Kelly seeking another term in U.S. Congress

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, announced last week that he has filed his primary petitions with nearly double the signatures required to run for re-election in the 16th Congressional District of Illinois.
Congressman-woman Robin Kelly, D-Matteson. Is also seeking re-election to the 2nd Illinois District. Kelly has three other Democratic opponents in the Primary election in March.

Kinzinger is also challenged by a Rockford candidate.
"I have been honored to serve the constituents of the Illinois 16th District, and am pleased to announce I am seeking re-election," said Kinzinger. "I'd like to thank all of the supporters from across the district who have signed and circulated my petitions for re-election (and) agree it is time to renew America.

Kinzinger was first elected to Congress in 2010 and serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, where he has worked to revitalize American manufacturing. He also served on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the 113th Congress and continues to be a leader on international and defense issues.

Kinzinger is a U.S. Air Force veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and serves as a pilot in the Air National Guard.

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Rep. Bennett to seek re-election to Illinois House

State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, will seek his second term in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2016.

Bennett, who represents the 106th Illinois House District, recently filed some 1,900 petition signatures obtained from registered voters in support of his re-election with the Illinois State Board of Elections. Illinois election law requires candidates seeking nomination for state representative to file a minimum of 500 signatures from likely Republican registered voters.

"I am very thankful for the support I received from approximately 1,900 voters agreeing to put my name on the ballot so that I may run for re-election as their state representative," Bennett said. "I will continue to advocate for all residents of the 106th District. There is certainly much more work to be done for taxpayers.

Bennett was first elected state representative after receiving 80 percent of the vote in the November 2014 general election.

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Hogs killed in Vermilion County crash

An Oklahoma truck driver suffered an undisclosed medical problem early Wednesday, driving his semitrailer into a ditch on Interstate 74 in Vermilion County. Reports listed 53 hogs died in the accident. The driver of the truck was treated & released at Carle Hospital in Urbana.

Illinois State Police reported the accident happened at the entrance ramp on the western edge of Vermilion County.

53-year-old Larry Hardwick of Warr Acres, Okla., was westbound about 2:45 am when he said he suffered a medical problem. His tractor truck, which was pulling a semitrailer loaded with about 99 hogs, rolled in a ditch.
About a third of the hogs died in the crash.

Hardwick was issued tickets for improper lane usage and driving a commercial motor vehicle while impaired by illness.

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