As FFA Week is recognized and Illinois schools promote their programs, many chapters might be wishing Governor Bruce Rauner had paid more attention to National FFA Week activities.
As area chapters are celebrating career opportunities and leadership training in agriculture, the governor's budget proposal would zero out the agricultural education line item, which provides $1.8 million annually to support these kinds of programs.
The FFA programs are designed to invest in the youth and offer challenges for them to succeed.
A former Illinois FFA State President who credits the organization with many of the leadership skills he uses in making decisions today said the return on investment when it comes to this funding is significant.
FFA leaders are encouraged by proposed general state aid increases and efforts like Vision 2020, but there's hope agriculture education funding can also be maintained.
Company files suit against Illinois for marijuana licenses
- Illinois' Department of Agriculture is facing a lawsuit from a Chicago company that claims the state did not follow its own guidelines when it awarded the company's competitor a medical marijuana license.
The suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court by PM Rx LLC seeks an injunction to prevent Cresco Labs from receiving the license. The company claims the state did not follow the proper scoring system when deciding which company would be the cultivation center in State Police District 21, which includes Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties.
PM Rx also wants both companies' applications to be rescored.
Authorities in Rensselaer, IN sexual assault has been ruled out in a Rensselaer homicide case.
Rensselaer Police Department is working with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office and Indiana State Police. They're continuing the investigation into the death of 77-year-old Trula Alliss. She was found dead in her home February 5.
Investigators said after reviewing evidence recovered at the scene, they do not believe a sexual assault occurred. If anyone has information about the death of Alliss, you're asked to call the detectives bureau at 219-866-7602 or submit tips online.
Indiana State Police at the Lafayette District reported a busy day Thursday, responding to more than 20 slide-offs and crashes on area interstates.
Two injuries resulted in those crashes.
One of the injuries occurred in White County and included five semitrailers and one car. Officers said traffic had slowed down due to a previous crash, when another semi failed to slow and ran into four other semis and one car.
Two semi drivers were taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
I-65 was closed for about three hours while cleanup was completed.
Troopers want to remind drivers to slow down and be cautious of traffic conditions. They said make sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you and avoid driving too fast for the road conditions.