Federal Appeals Court denies ex-Governor Ryan’s appeal
CHICAGO — A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a complex 16-page ruling Monday denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he's serving a 6½-year sentence for corruption.
The Village of Crescent City and the Crescent-Iroquois Fire Protection District have issued an outdoor burn ban, until further notice. Mayor Jim Ward says it's just too dry and there's been some instances that have almost gotten out of hand.
The burn ban is effective immediatley.
The Piper City Village Board has also issued a burn ban until further notice.
The ban, which includes trash burning, campfires and brush piles, is prompted by the drought. Violators will be given one warning by Police Chief Fred Fanning before a fine is levied for a second offense.
Village President Dick Chandler is also asking residents to reduce their use of water.
The price of gas in Illinois fell in July, but that’s not the whole story.
The price in July was down eight cents from June, to a statewide average of $3.60, according to the monthly survey by the Triple-A Chicago Motor Club. But the price rose sharply late in the month, for two main reasons:
nThe drought has caused the price of corn to rise, and with it, the price of ethanol, a component of gasoline.
nProblems at refineries in Lemont and Whiting, Ind. have limited supply in recent weeks, making the wholesale price of gasoline higher.
Triple-A spokesman Nick Jarmusz says it goes to show that with gas prices, you never know. “The way gasoline prices are determined, or the factors that go into what you pay at the pump are so varied and complex that changes in any one of the areas can affect prices pretty significantly,” he said.
Jarmusz says the refinery problem will be temporary, but the price of ethanol will last indefinitely.
The July price is 27 cents cheaper than July of last year.
The sixth annual National Night Out is Tuesday, August 7th at Perry Farm in Bourbonnais. State Representative Lisa Dugan says “it’s a fun night of family fun” and everyone’s welcome. The event begins at 4:30 pm with several fun activities including games and musical entertainment.
National Night Out promotes a safe community. The event is sponsored by Dugan and hosted by Kankakee, Bradley and Bourbonnais Police departments, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department and the Illinois State Police.
Back-to School bag give-aways will be available for early arrivals and T-shirt orders will be taken to support the United to Stay Safe program.
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Will County officials say they plan to meet later this month with Illinois' transportation director to talk about the proposed Peotone airport project.
Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh, says the meeting with Transportation Director Ann Schneider will take place in Springfield. County officials say the meeting is an indication efforts continue in getting the airport built.
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and others have long pushed for the airport. However, Will County officials contend Jackson's and his Abraham Lincoln National Airport Coalition (ALNAC) plans for the one-terminal, one-runway are flawed. They argue the project should instead be placed in the hands of a governing airport authority that would be led by Will County and approved by the state legislature.