Governor Rauner deliver second State Of The State Address
Governor Rauner is calling for bipartisan cooperation in order to fix the state. The governor gave his second State of the State address yesterday as protesters gathered outside the Illinois House chamber. Rauner called for legislators to pass Senate President John Cullerton's pension reform bill. He also promised changes to education funding and the criminal justice system. House Speaker Michael Madigan criticized the governor, saying his speech didn't address the fact that there isn't a budget for the current fiscal year.
A Livingston County man was sentenced to a seven-year prison term (Wednesday) after he admitted breaking in to a home in Urbana in November. 34-year-old Brent Weeks will also have to pay more than $4,000 in restitution to his victim.
Weeks pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary. He admitted he broke into a home November 1 stealing pocket watches, coins and other jewelry.
Other charges were dismissed. Court records showed he was on parole for burglary at the time. Because of his prior convictions, Weeks was labeled a Class X felon. He was looking at between six and 30 years in prison.
The Illinois State Police has an investigation team looking into the finances of the Kankakee Valley Park District. The Park District and the Kankakee Valley Park Foundation are the subject of an investigation.
Park District Executive Director Roy Collins has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The Daily-Journal reports the two agencies expenses and revenues are being reviewed. Part of the investigation includes the cash receipts of the popular BBQ Fest. Park District audits over the last three years have questioned the accounting practices.
Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher has announced that the County Clerk's office will be open for Grace Period Registration and Voting from February 17th – March 15, 2016. During this grace period, an unregistered qualified elector may register to vote (two forms of I.D. will be needed) and also a registered voter may submit a change of address form in person at the County Clerk's office.
If a voter registers or changes an address during this grace period and wishes to vote at the March 15, 2016 Primary Election, he or she must do so by grace period voting in person at the County Clerk's Office.
Office hours for Grace Period Registration and Voting are: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday, March 12th office hours are from 8:30 a.m. – noon. Additionally, the Clerk's office will be open Election Day, March 15th for Grace Period Registration and Voting from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
For information concerning Grace Period Registration and Voting, please call the County Clerk's Office at 815-432-6960.