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Reaction to ‘State of the State’

There’s mixed reaction today from area legislators following Governor Bruce Rauner’s second State of the State Address Wednesday. Rauner didn’t talk about Illinois seven-month past-due budget, but he did say there’s ways to cut costs. Some lawmakers say they’re skeptical of the governor’s agenda. State Senator Tom Bennett of Gibson City says there is still a lot of work to be done. ‘’He talked about education. He talked about making reforms and other things, all good. But what I sense from him is we’ve got to find a balance, and we don’t have a balance today. It’s going to take compromise.” Senator Jason Barickman said in a press release he’s optimistic lawmakers will get budget issues resolved. ‘’We face huge challenges in this state which everyone is aware of, and the path forward is going to require compromises from both political parties. I think the message of the Governor today is that he’s ready to do that. I think Republicans have said look – we think there are some important reforms that are necessary, but we’re also willing to make compromises with you – the majority party. And, hopefully, this year – the results of this year – are unbelievably different than last year,’’ Barickman said. Senator Sue Rezin said it’s a challenge, but “there can be light at the end of the tunnel. Even with the issues, the governor is positive about where we can go.” Rezin said it was refreshing to hear the governor put the taxpayers first. The area legislators say they are anxious to get the budget issues resolved so the state can move forward. Bennett added, the upcoming budget address should be real interesting too. 94.1 WGFA
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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.

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Forrest man gets 7 years for burglary

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.

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Kinzinger opponent ousted from ballot in Illinois

A Republican candidate who was looking to run against Congressman Adam Kinzinger has been kicked off the primary ballot. Rockford businessman Colin McGrody was removed from the ballot.

The State Board of Elections reports close to 300 of McGrody's 893 signatures on the nomination petitions
were ruled invalid.

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Kankakee Valley Park District under investigation

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.

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