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Business Groups: 2017 Session Worst Ever

Illinois' business leaders say the spring of 2017 is one of the worst legislative sessions they've ever seen. The Illinois Manufacturers' Association, the Illinois Chamber, and the National Federation of Independent Businesses all said yesterday that lawmakers in Springfield made it much tougher for job creators this year. The groups point to the vote to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars-an-hour, votes for new income taxes, and the proposed tax for the 'privilege' of doing business in the state. The NFIB's Mark Grant says they're not surprised by the legislature's anti business stance. He said they're simply fed up.             (Metro News}

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Madigan Claims To Be Meeting Governor's Demands

House Speaker Mike Madigan says he's done everything Governor Rauner has asked. Madigan yesterday released a series of 'accomplishments' he says are actually the governor's budget demands. The Speaker says Democrats approved their own versions of workers' comp reform, a property tax freeze, business incentives, and procurement reforms. Governor Rauner says all of the measures fall short of what the state needs. {Metro News}

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Rauner: Lawmakers Aren't Doing Their "Duty" On Budget

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says it's inexcusable that state lawmakers are heading home for the summer. Rauner blasted Democratic leaders in the Illinois House yesterday, just hours before lawmakers left town without voting on a state budget. The governor said he's willing to keep talking, but says any budget that he signs must have a permanent, meaningful property tax freeze. Illinois hasn't had a budget in more than two years. {Metro News}

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Watseka to celebrate 150th anniversary

The city of Watseka is celebrating its sesquicentennial early in June. A weeklong celebration is set for June 8 – 11th with several events and activities planned.

The city was established in 1867. The upcoming celebration—Ryan Bell --- tells WGFA listeners, will be special ..........

Bell is a member of the 150th planning committee. He says it all starts on Thursday June 8th ..........

An opening ceremony is at 6:30 pm June 8th. It’s followed by Family Movie Night at Lakeview Park, across from Watseka City Hall on Brianna Drive.

Move Night is made possible thru the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce.

{“The Secret Life of Pets" will be shown at Lakeview Park }

A free “Teen Dance” is at Riverside Specialty Parking Lot along Route 24-E.Friday, June 9th, beginning at 5 pm.

Saturday, June 10th events include Kids Games at the First Trust Bank parking lot downtown Watseka 12 Noon ‘til 4 pm. Lakeview Park also has a Kids Fishing Derby from 8 am ‘til 2 pm. And more musical entertainment at the Riverside parking lot at 7:30 pm.

Sunday events include a Petting Zoo at the Old Courthouse grounds and the RC Demolition Derby starting at 10 am at the First Trust parking lot.

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UPDATE: Pembroke Township man arrested for fatal midday shooting in Kankakee

Kankakee police have arrested a Pembroke man in connection with Tuesday’s midday shooting that left one man dead. More arrests are expected.

The victim and the suspect have not been identified. Police initially said they believe there was only one shooter, but several shots were fired in an alley near Bourbonnais Street and Harrison Avenue.

The victim was taken to a Chicago-area hospital where he died Tuesday evening. He was shot in the neck following what police are calling an altercation.

It was the city's fourth homicide of the year following another homicide Sunday.

A man was killed and two others were injured in two separate shootings over the weekend in Kankakee.

33-year-old Jonathan S. Willis, 33 of Kankakee died of multiple gunshot wounds to his chest. He was shot early Sunday at an outdoor party on N. Evergreen Avenue.

A 22-year-old Kankakee man sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg.

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