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Cloonen Urges the Governor to Cooperate

State Rep. Kate Cloonen issued the following statement today in response to Governor Bruce Rauner's annual State of the State address on Wednesday:

"The speech included visions of a brighter future, but since the governor's last State of the State address, we are in worse standing as a state and as a society. Governor Rauner talked about making Illinois great. What he didn't talk about was all the damage he has done by refusing to work on a budget, and how much worse things will get if he remains unwilling to cooperate with all sides to actually make positive change.

"We are at a place now where college students are unable to access the financial aid they need to continue their studies, seniors are being told that their state-funded meal programs are no longer available and at-risk women cannot get the breast cancer screenings they need. It is not an exaggeration to say that the people of Illinois are suffering and their health and their futures are in jeopardy.

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Election offices announce dates for Early-Voting, Grace-Period Voting

Area voters should note the upcoming dates for registering for the March 15 primary election. Officials also want voters to be aware of opportunities for Early-Voting and Grace-Voting. The last day to register to vote at the polls in the March 15 primary election is February 16. That’s the word from Iroquois County Clerk Lisa Fancher. Citizens who are 17 years old now, but who be will be 18 by the Nov. 8 general election, may register and vote in the March 15 primary. Register at the county clerk's office at the Administrative Center in Watseka. One can also register with your village or township clerk, or call the clerk's office at 815-432-6960 for the name of a voter registrar in your precinct. Two forms of identification are required to register — driver's license, Social Security card, utility bill, employer or student identification, birth certificate, naturalization papers or credit card. At least one item must contain your current address. The Early-Voting Grace-Period for unregistered, qualified individuals to register and vote in person at the county clerk's office is February 17 to March 15. Citizens wishing to register and vote must present two forms of identification. Registered voters also may submit a change of address form in person at the clerk's office. Office hours for grace period registration and voting are: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. On Saturday, March 12, office hours will be 8:30 a.m. to noon. Additionally, the clerk's office will be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day, March 15, for grace period registration and voting. Similar hours for voter registration, early voting and change of address are offered at other county clerk's offices in Illinois. 94.1 WGFA
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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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