Indiana lawmakers had set a Friday deadline to reach an agreement on the state’s next two-year budget and raising taxes to pay for improvements to the state’s crumbling infrastructure.
But with just hours left in this year’s legislative session, the House and the Senate were still far apart on some key tax provisions. That’s put some other pieces of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s agenda in limbo.
Holcomb, the House, and the Senate still need to find agreement not just on how much, but also how to raise taxes.
32-year-old Adam Hall of Gilman pleaded guilty (Thursday) to theft over $100,000 in a check-fraud scheme in Champaign. Hall admitted his role in stealing cash from a Champaign business last year.
Sentencing is set for June 16.
The Champaign County State’s Attorney’s office states Hall pleaded guilty, admitting that between August and December of last year, he took part in 38 transactions that involved the theft of $144,568 from Martin One Source, a printing company at 808 Country Fair Drive.
Assistant State’s Attorney Joel Fletcher agreed to seek a prison sentence of no more than eight years for Hall, even though penalties for the crime range from probation to four to 15 years in prison.
Hall admitted that he cashed checks written to a fictitious vendor by Kimberly Allen, 35, of Buckley, an employee of the company who was responsible for paying vendors.
Allen was also charged in late January with theft over $100,000. Her case is unresolved, and she’s due back in court May 23.
Area citizens are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting Thursday (4/20) in Watseka. State Representative Tom Bennett extends the invitation for the 5 pm meeting at the Iroquois County Administrative Center.
Bennett says he plans to provide an update on what’s happening in the Illinois General Assembly and hopefully get input from people about their concerns........
The no-budget scenario is a constant concern for education, government and service agencies. Bennett’s well aware of the frustrations with so many people affected, so community input is all welcome.........
The Thursday Town Hall meeting is at 5 pm at the Adm Center in Watseka.