Illinois’ budget mess over the last two years has done nothing to help the state’s financial status on the world markets. But Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs hasn’t let the budget crisis hold his office back in striving to upgrade programs the treasurer can control.
Frerichs tells WGFA Newsthe mood is always upbeat in his office...
“Illinois has had eight credit downgrades in the last two years because of no budget and lack of management. But our office (Treasurer’s office) actually gained two upgrades on our college savings programs, Frerichs said.
“This happened because we worked and negotiated with our credit people, no arguing, just common sense, Frerichs added.
And Frerichs is not shy about promoting the Ag programs his office offers to keep the light shining on the state’s Ag communities.
As the deadline for cities in Illinois to submit their applications to the state passes, Kankakee County joins the "Amazon Headquarters" race.
Timothy Nugent with the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County says the area may not have all of what the shipping giant has asked for in their request for proposals to build a massive second headquarters, but they are offering incentives including a massive green-field site. ....
“We want them (Amazon) to know there are alternatives out there,” Nugent said. “We have a unique opportunity that they might not be offered in larger metro areas.”
State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst says they're offering Amazon the positives of being near Chicago but without the congestion and cost. She does say, however, that the state's unfunded pension liabilities need to be addressed to truly become an attractive business destination. Kankakee County joins other areas in the applicartion process for 50,000 jobs Amazon would bring.
The details of the proposal are kept secret until they're officially submitted to Amazon.
Local, State and Federal Agencies Partner to Reduce Rail Crossing Fatalities
ASHKUM — Illinois State Police District 21 is partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains during Rail Safety Week, September 24 through September 30.
To promote rail safety awareness and education, Illinois State Police District 21 has planned enforcement details throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings. Drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property will be cited. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.
When crossing railroad tracks, motorists must always obey the law and be aware of your surroundings. Please remember, it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks and anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.
According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 67 percent of all rail-related collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells).
During 2016 there were 120 railroad crossing collisions in Illinois involving motor vehicles. These collisions resulted in 43 injuries and 22 fatalities. In addition, there were 39 trespassing incidents on railroad property which resulted in 17 injuries and 22 fatalities. Illinois is ranked 2nd in the nation in grade crossing fatalities and 7th in the nation in railroad trespassing fatalities.
24-yr-old Terrance Morris remains jailed in Iroquois County. Bond was set Friday at $10,000 for the Danville man. He was arrested Friday morning by Iroquois County Sheriff’s deputies on a traffic stop for speeding. An odor of burnt cannabis led to a vehicle search and police found a handgun in a backpack. Morris then fled to a cornfield. Hoopeston Police assisted deputies in getting Morris to surrender.
Charges include Resisting a Police Officer, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, and defacing the I.D. on the weapon.
Two Demotte, IN suspects are facing theft charges after their arrests on warrant for a September 7th theft from a Newton County business. Court papers show the theft case involved Urban Forest Products LLC of Brook, IN.
The investigation reveals during a 5 year tenure at Urban Forest Products LLC , Ruth Osby (Hisick) had fraudulently transferred $513, 023.25 into 3 banking accounts under her name and that of her husband Jason Hisick.
Arrest warrants were issued for Osby and Hisick by the Newton Superior Court. The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the warrants.
Ruth Osby was charged with Corrupt Business Influence, 27 counts of Synthetic Identity Deception and Theft. Her bond was set at $1-million dollars, then reduced to $250,000.
Jason Hisick was charged with Conspiracy to commit theft and posted a $3500.00 cash bond.