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Rauner looks to cities to advance agenda

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner wants cities and villages to join his fight against organized labor.

In an email to mayors across the state, the head of the lobbying organization for municipalities said Rauner has asked for city councils to consider a resolution asking the state to allow local right-to-work zones and to make changes to prevailing wage and workers' compensation laws.

The request is the latest in a series of legal and political maneuvers against unions that Rauner has employed in his first two months in office.

For example, the Republican from Winnetka is pursuing a federal lawsuit through his Turnaround Agenda designed to end mandatory union dues for workers who are covered by bargaining units but are not members of unions.

Rauner also has crisscrossed the state since taking office calling for the creation of local right-to-work zones, in which voters could decide if workers represented by unions in their communities should be forced to join them.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan released an opinion last week saying Rauner's concept would violate federal labor law.

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School districts watching Governor Rauner’s budget proposal

Just like most other governmental bodies in Illinois, school districts are keeping a close eye on Governor Bruce Rauner's budget plan.

The Governor's call to tighten the purse strings has some anxious people still hoping the legislature will maintain the money allotted to municipalities. And school districts already struggling due to cuts in funding, are holding their breath.

The state has released its newest "financial watch" list and area districts listed include: Central Unit #4 at Clifton, Momence District #2 and Kankakee School District #111. Manteno District #5 and Pembroke Township are also included.

The financial watch list means the State Board of Education is monitoring downward spirals that could affect long-range finances.

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Arson case in Newton Couty, Indiana

Newton County authorities are searching for who's responsible for setting a fire to an abandoned house in the area of Mt Zion/rural Washington Township.

Brook and Kentland fire departments responded to a structure fire just after 3 am last Friday. The fire was an abandoned two-story house and shed near County Road 1050 South and County Road 500 West in Newton County.

According to Brook Fire Chief Kyle Conrad, the fire was intentionally set.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters were on the scene for about 45 minutes.

Anyone with information as to who is responsible for setting the fire, please contact the Newton County Sheriff's Office at 219-474-3331.

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Kankakee fires cause minimal damage

A couple of fires alerted Kankakee city firefighters Monday. A chimney fire on W. Hawkins Street did some smoke damage. On N. 6th Avenue, officials said smoking materials is believed to have cause a minor fire at a house. The siding on the house was damaged. No injury was involved.

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Death Investigation in Bradley: 18-year-old found dead

Bradley Police are working a death investigation along with Illinois State Police crime scene technicians after an 18-year-old woman was found dead inside a home Monday.

The Kankakee County Coroner's Office has scheduled an autopsy. Coroner Bob Gessner, who was at the scene Monday in the 100-block of South Madison Avenue, said it may be weeks before toxicology tests are known.

Speculation from onlookers indicated a possible drug overdose.

Bradley Police Chief Steven Coy stated in a press release that officers were dispatched to the residence at 1:40 pm for a juvenile-related complaint.

The female victim was found on a couch and appeared unresponsive. Efforts to revive her were unsuccessful.
Chief Coy released a statement saying, "There is no indication of any threat or potential harm to the community."

No arrests have been made in connection to the 18-year-old woman's death. However, 37-year-old Shawana N. Green was arrested for possession of hypodermic needles and heroin when she came to the home about 6 pm.

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