Illinois Briefs 9/16/14

>Rauner Wants Merit Pay For Illinois Teachers (Springfield, IL)  --  Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is in favor of changing the tenure system for teachers.  He said Monday that poor performing teachers shouldn't get a lifetime job guarantee to teach, and it should be easier to fire them.  Rauner also wants to put into effect a merit pay system, with the idea of  rewarding good instructors.  Governor Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, says Rauner's plans will cost…

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Illinois Briefs – 9/15/14

More Legal Troubles For Quinn (Springfield, IL) -- There are more legal troubles for Governor Quinn. Dozens of IDOT workers who are slated to lose their jobs have filed suit. They say they're being canned so Quinn can save face during a heated election season. All of the workers were staff assistants who may have been hired based on clout and not necessarily skill. The workers are asking a judge to let them stay on the job until IDOT turns over documents that provide details on why they're…

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43rd annual Homestead Festival wraps up today

The 43rd annual Homestead Festival wraps up its 3-day run in Princeton today, featuring plenty of food and entertainment.  The day kicks off with an all you can eat pancake breakfast at the Moose Lodge until noon. Also this morning, a jazz worship service takes place at St. Matthews Lutheran Church at 10:30.  Other events today include the 34th Homestead Festival Car Show on South Main Street, a flea market at the fairgrounds, the 4th annual barbeque rib cook-off in Central Bank’s parking…

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Illinois Briefs – 9/14/14

Former Prosecutor Gets More Time To Mount Murder Defense (Quincy, IL)  --  An Adams County judge today gave former western Illinois prosecutor Curtis Lovelace three more weeks to find a way to pay for an attorney for his murder trial.  Lovelace, once a football standout at the University of Illinois, is accused of first-degree murder in the 2006 suffocation death of his wife, Cory Lovelace. Curtis Lovelace was indicted last month after police took a new look at the death that had…

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43rd annual Homestead Festival this weekend in Princeton

The 43rd annual Homestead Festival gets into full swing today and runs through Sunday in Princeton, featuring plenty of food and entertainment at Soldiers and Sailors Park on South Main Street. The food includes the Princeton Junior Women’s Club presenting a pulled pork barbecue dinner and ice cream social under the tent at the park. The Homestead Steering Committee presents Parade Grand Marshal Julie McCutchan, Princeton Junior Women’s Club baby contest winners, and the window display…

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Illinois Briefs – 9-11-14

Fracking Opponents Scam Homeowners (Johnson County, IL) -- People who are opposed to fracking are trying to pull a fast one on landowners in southern Illinois. They sent out a fake letter to Johnson County residents who've signed oil and gas leases on their property, telling them that the leases have been terminated because of health and environmental factors. The letter claimed to be from Woolsey Energy Corporation and was even written on company letterhead. Company officials weren't happy…

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Illinois Briefs – 9/9/14

Christie Headed To Springfield (Springfield, IL)  --  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is making a pit stop in Springfield tomorrow.  He's going on behalf of the Republican Governor's Association, trying to build support for Bruce Rauner.  Rauner is in a heated race with Governor Quinn.  Christie will attend a couple of "closed door" events in the capital city.  The election is less than 60-days away. Rauner Lays Out Education Plan (Chicago, IL)  --  Bruce Rauner says he'll…

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LaSalle County multi-vehicle accident kills 1, injures 2

The investigation continues into a multi-vehicle accident this morning in LaSalle County that left one person dead and two others injured. The crash happened at around 7 am on Route 251 south of Bottom Road in Peru. Peru Police Commander Shawn Anderson says there were three vehicles involved in the accident. One victim died on the scene, another was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, and the third victim was treated and released. Anderson says the road was shut down until noon with…

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Illinois Briefs – 9/8/14

Illinois Pensions Worst In Nation (Undated) -- Illinois' pension systems still have a 100-billion-dollar shortfall and according to Moody's credit rating agency, that's the worst in the nation. Officials say the state's three-year average liability is over 258-percent. Lawmakers came up with a plan to shore the system up but it's been held up in court. Judges could make a ruling by the end of the year but some believe the plan will be ruled unconstitutional, which means lawmakers will have…

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Saturday’s Week 2 Area High School Football

Sterling Newman 44 - Princeton…

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