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Illinois Senate approves new budget package

The Illinois Senate approved a new budget proposal (Tuesday) sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration. The bill’s future is very uncertain.

State Senator Scott Bennett of Champaign voted for the budget. He says the plan uses the same spending levels as the governor’s unbalanced budget proposal and contains both cuts and new revenues.

‘’This budget plan will bring necessary certainty and stability for struggling groups to plan for the future and grow,’’ Bennett said.

State Republican Senator Chapin Rose says Democrats voted to raise taxes and have still not balanced the budget.

‘’Unbalanced budgets, higher income taxes, and no property tax relief for Illinois taxpayers – this is typical of Chicago Democrats,’’ Rose said.

The new spending plan was approved without one Republican Senator supporting it. If approved by the House and signed by Governor Bruce Rauner the plan would increase the Illinois personal income tax from 3.75 to 4.95 percent.

And for the first time, customers would pay sales taxes on certain services in the state – including dry cleaning and laundry services, storage units, and tattoos. The sales tax rate on those services would be 6.25 percent.

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Security in place following PBL bomb threat

A written bomb threat discovered in the PBL High School building prompted an investigation and increased security today (Tuesday).

Superintendent Cliff McClure reported the day’s activities went well; the students and staff were great, he said. The investigation was carried out and “little instruction time was lost” as a result of the investigation.

Paxton Police and the Champaign County Sheriff’s department conducted a search. Students’ back-packs were searched and metal detectors were used as students entered the building this morning.

A written bomb threat was discovered in the building by a school custodian Monday evening.

The superintendent’s office sent an automated message to parents early Tuesday morning informing them of the situation. The message discovered in the building referred to a bombing at 9 am Wednesday.

The bomb threat continued to be investigated by police and PBL administration Tuesday.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Paxton police or PBL administration.

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KCC’s 50th Anniversary celebration continues…

It was a black tie gala at Kankakee Community College (Saturday). KCC is celebrating its 50 years of learning, moving forward with several events to celebrate its role in learning and its place in the community.

Dr. John Avendano explained several select-alumni have been helping to represent the students that have graduated from KCC and make an impact locally, regionally and even nationally. .....

Several more anniversary events are planned this year.

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White County, IN crash injures woman, baby

Sheriff’s Police in White County, Indiana report a woman and an infant were injured after a crash Sunday evening. The accident occurred at State Road 18 and County Road South 300 East. That's about three miles east of Brookston.

Police reported a car southbound ran the stop sign and hit an eastbound truck on SR 18.

Emergency crews had to cut a woman and an infant out of the car.

Both were taken to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

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Ford cuts 10% of white-collar workforce

Ford Motor Company will cut 10 percent of its white-collar jobs in North America and Asia Pacific this year in an effort to boost profits.

The company will offer voluntary early retirement and separation packages to its workers. It expects 1,400 positions to be affected by the end of September.

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