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Barickman Calls for Vote on Enterprise Zone Extension Legislation

House Democrats refuse to allow vote on legislation

Springfield, IL…State Representative Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) said that the House must act on legislation that will extend the life of current enterprise zones, which will begin to expire in the coming years, or face significant problems that will result due to the loss of this proven economic development tool.

“There are around 100 enterprise zones throughout Illinois.  These are proven economic development tools we have at our disposal to attract and retain jobs,” said Rep. Barickman.  “Since the creation of enterprise zones over 700,000 jobs have been created or retained within the areas.  Around $33 billion dollars has been invested by tens of thousands of businesses within the zones.  If the extension is not approved in the near future Illinois will take a significant step backwards and risk the loss of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investments.”

Enterprise zones are economic development tools which allow businesses located in designated regions to receive specified incentives. Businesses located within the zones can receive a number of benefits, such as a $500 tax credit for each new job created or a sales tax exemption for machinery and building supplies.  In order to maintain these incentives businesses must meet specified requirements for job creation and retention, as well as capital and infrastructure investments.

Read more: Barickman Calls for Vote on Enterprise Zone Extension Legislation

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Wal-Mart Donates Bikes for Celebrate Students Night

Watseka, IL – The Watseka Wal-Mart store donated three bicycles for the “Celebrate Students” Night held on May 8, 2012 at Watseka Community High School. 

 This event showcases the many accomplishments of the Unit 9 students.  All Unit 9 students who attended the event were eligible for the free bicycle drawing.  The event also highlights the many activities associated with the Coordinated School Health Grant which partners the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department with Unit 9 Schools in order to promote physical activity and good nutrition in the local schools. 

  During the event, students were provided with free nutritious snacks that were sized according to appropriate portion size.  Dee Ann Schippert, Community and Schools Coordinator, for the Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department, said this is an annual event that students, parents and community members enjoy.  Schippert said the goal is to teach students that being physically active and eating properly can be fun.  “We don’t want students to think about good nutrition and physical activity as a burden,” said Schippert.  “Eating right and being physically active can be fun and when incorporated into their daily lives will immensely impact their health as an adult in a positive way.”

Winners of the bicycles were:  Anna Parmenter, Bricen Walwer and Courtney Thompson

 

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Nicor’s Anderson says Natural Gas Prices at Record Low

BLOOMINGTONNatural gas prices are down to 22-cents per therm.  And that’s about the lowest since Nicor Community Service spokesman Bernie Anderson started working for the company 32 years ago.

The price atthe pump has been falling forthree weeks, and natural gas prices are someof the lowest right now.

Bernie Anderson said prices are at 22 cents atherm, for various reasons.

“I guessthe biggest thing impacting it right now is stillthe slower economy, and did winter ever show? More drilling,the government let up on regulations so you have more drilling going on,” Anderson said. “And,the new thing isthe fracking, so you’re putting a lotof gas intothe market.”

Fracking isthe processof cracking rocks that holdthe natural gas by pushing water intothe Earth.

Anderson said it is possible to lock in lower prices for several years. He saidthe price could still drop lower, but he doesn’t know how much.

Anderson saidthe lowest he’s seen in 32 years with Nicor is 19 cents.

 

94.1 FM, WGFA

 

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AMBER ALERT Issued in Illinois

Illinois State Police issued an Amber Alert today (Thurs) for two children abducted in Peoria.

Anyone with information is urged to call 9-1-1.
 
The EAS alert stated a CHILD ABDUCTION EMERGENCY AT THE REQUEST OF THE PEORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT.
 
TWO CHILDREN WERE ABDUCTED FROM 330 SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON STREET IN PEORIA AT 1020 AM TODAY.
 
MORIAH MILAN...A 1 YEAR OLD BLACK FEMALE...2 FEET 6 INCHES TALL...
WEIGHING 24 POUNDS.  SHE WAS WEARING A GREEN SHIRT...BLUE JEANS...
GREEN COAT...AND PURPLE AND PINK REEBOK SHOES.
 
AUDERMAR PETERSON...A 2 MONTH OLD BLACK MALE. HE WAS WEARING A BLUE AND WHITE OUTFIT. HE HAD A WHITE BLANKET WITH BLUE STARS.
 
THE CHILDREN WERE TAKEN BY THEIR NON CUSTODIAL MOTHER...NYWAY
ABBAA...A 20 YEAR OLD BLACK FEMALE...5 FEET 9 INCHES TALL...WEIGHING
180 POUNDS. SHE WAS WEARING AN AFRICAN HEAD SCARF...PINK SHIRT...AND
GRAY PANTS.
 
THE VEHICLE WAS LAST SEEN NORTH BOUND ON HAMILTON...IN DOWNTOWN
PEORIA. THE VEHICLE IS A GREEN MERCURY WAGON...WITH ILLINOIS LICENSE
PLATE...P...4...8...7...9...8...1.
 
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL 9-1-1 AND ADVISE THEY HAVE
AN AMBER ALERT REPORT. THIS CONCLUDES THIS AMBER ALERT ISSUED
BY THE ILLINOIS STATE POLICE.

 

Courtesy:  NWS, www.iqesda.com

 

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Wilson Industrial Sales Plans Expansion in Rensselaer

Wilson Industrial Sales Co. Inc., which provides chemicals and fertilizer to customers in the agricultural and industrial markets, will relocate an operation in Newton County to a 10,000-square-foot facility in Jasper County.

Building construction already has started and the company plans to invest $2.2 million in the project, according to the state's economic development agency.

Wilson Industrial Sales employs 35 people in Northwest Indiana and it has started hiring additional logistics, administrative and sales associates.

Read more: Wilson Industrial Sales Plans Expansion in Rensselaer