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(Urbana-rb) The University of Illinois has reached a tentative contract agreement with its striking graduate assistants. Graduate Employees Organization Co-President Gus Wood said a ratification vote is scheduled for union members Thursday and Friday. The terms of the agreement were not released. The two sides had been at odds over language on tuition waivers, wages and other issues, and union members went on strike Feb. 26.



(Springfield--jc)  -- A state representative hopes to get enough support for his measure opposing a change to the state’s constitution for a progressive income tax to kill any such move.There are two measures in the Senate for an amendment to change Illinois’ flat income tax. One such proposal in the House is from state Rep. Christian Mitchell.His proposal would amend the constitution by getting a ballot initiative through that says that we can have a graduated income tax where we can charge higher-income people higher rates and lower income people lower rates. On the opposite side is Republican David McSweeney of Barrington Hills, said he’s looking for more support on his bill opposing a progressive income tax.   McSweeney says that a progressive income tax would lead to a major increase in taxes for most Illinoisans.



(Washington-rb) Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the Administration continues to support the Renewable Fuels Standard and the renewable fuels industry. Gary Crawford has more on the story…




Illinois ?House of Representatives passed a bill including veterans in the state's high risk missing persons alert program. State Representative Dan Swanson talks about why this was necessary...



State Representative Dan Swanson



(Colfax--jc)  -- An animal shelter in Colfax will be shutting down soon. According to Channel 3, the Central Illinois Small Animal Rescue is trying to find homes for all of its animals before it closes. The owners are retiring. They are trying to stay open as long as possible. The shelter along Route 9 has around 48 dogs and 52 cats, currently  You can adopt an animal by calling 309-724-8241



(Undated-jm) -- To celebrate the state's 200th birthday and explore its history, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and the Illinois State Museum are teaming up to present "bicentennial minutes" throughout 2018. Here’s today’s bicentennial minute…




(Peoria--jc)  - Daylight Saving Time is this weekend and the American Red Cross reminds remind everyone to TEST the batteries in their smoke alarms as they TURN their clocks ahead an hour. American Red Cross Chief Executive Officer Lyn Hruska says It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is read for all emergencies. Make sure to put your clocks ahead one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night.




(Springfield-rb) ?Hunters and trappers harvested 318 bobcats during the 2017-2018 hunting season. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross talks about how they keep the total of Bobcats harvested down to reasonable number…



Illinois Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson Ed Cross


(Farmer City-rb) Outreach Ministries in Farmer City is hosting a Chicken Dinner for seniors on March 19th. Outreach Executive Director Sharon Steiger has more on the event...



Outreach Executive Director Sharon Steiger. Tickets are not required for the Dinner but you do need to register by March 14th. You can register by calling 309-928-9400



(Springfield--jc)  -- Illinois manufacturers need about 27-thousand  workers a year, for the next five years, just to keep up with retirements. The only problem is, there aren't 30,000 workers with the skills to fill the jobs.  Illinois Manufacturer Association spokesperson says the companies need 22-thousand production workers and 5-thousand engineers every year, for the next five years between now and 2027 just to cover retirements of the baby boomers.  Nelson adds that jobs are available. Jobs needed include those for truck drivers, welders, craftsmen, manufacturers, and supervisors.



(Springfield--jc)  --- A new report of Illinois public employee pay by government transparency advocate-- Open the Books-- shows 144 local government employees in the state making more than 190,000 dollars, out-earning every governor.This is according to records they received from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Some got raises of more than double their salaries from the previous year of work.  Open the Books C-E-O Adam Andrzejewski says this is purely and simply public employee greed and the public needs to start paying attention.



CHICAGO (March 8, 2018) – The Governor’s Office Thursday published the first of a series of blogs on the fiscal year 19 state budget. It argues that by enacting a budget with structural reforms, the state would have a surplus this year that it could use to start paying down its backlog of unpaid bills. The reforms would also ignite the Illinois economy, create more jobs and increase personal income. If legislators passed true pension reform, taxes could be reduced by one Billion this year.




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