Video poker machines are more prevalent and profitable than ever before, but some lawmakers and local leaders are looking to do something about them. Illinois has enough gambling machines to fill 24 full-sized casinos. State Sen. Jason Barickman said he hears competing concerns about the proliferation but also about the revenue. Illinois brought in almost $1.5 billion in gaming to the state’s coffers, with local governments getting a cut, too. Barickman says he's not sure where discussions may go.
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There are places along Route 66 from Chicago to California that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Now there is a plan in Washington D.C. to make the entire road a National Historic Trail.
Two U.S. Senators, Tom Udall from New Mexico and Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma, are pushing the plan.
Debbie Bates with Illlinois' Route 66 Association is all in favor of the idea. Bates says the Route 66 Association supports anything that will help remember and recognize Route 66.
No injuries to report, but a a chimney fire in a wood burning fireplace is to blame for an overnight house fire in rural Morocco, Indiana. Brook-Iroquois Township fire chief Kyle Conrad says firefighters received the call shortly before 1 am for a fire at the Mindy Chamberlain residence at 5047 W 600S in rural Washington township.
Firefighters discovered the fire had spread to the wall around the fireplace and had breached the chimney. Eleven Brook firefighters were assisted by 9 other firefighters from Morocco and Kentland fire departments. Other assistance was provided by the Newton County EMS and Newton County REMC. Firefighters cleared the scene around 3 am. Conrad estimates the loss at around $50,000.
The Illinois Farm Bureau says word that there’s an agreement in principle on a new farm bill in congress is a welcome relief for Illinois’ agriculture community. Members of a conference committee in congress have been working for months to bring different House and Senate versions together. It could be agreed upon and signed into law before the end of the year.
“Blake Kinnett Day” in Illinois is being recognized Saturday (December1).
The designation is in honor of a Vermilion County teenager diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a genetic disease that destroys the protective sheath surrounding the brain’s neurons. There is no cure.
“Blake Kinnett has been an inspiration to those around him through his courage and determination,” said State Sen. Jason Barickman. “I’m proud to have this opportunity to honor him and his family.”
Blake has been a sports fan and athlete throughout most of his young life.
In February 2017, Blake was diagnosed with ALD.
Barickman sponsored Senate Resolution 2216, designating December 1, 2018, as Blake Kinnett Day. The resolution was adopted by the Illinois Senate (Wednesday (11/28).
The community of Alvin has also named a basketball court in his honor, Kinnett’s Court. The community also plans a celebration in honor of Blake’s life while recognizing his impact on the people around him.