Illinois Congressman wants everyone counted for citizen regardless of legal status

As the White House continues forward with attempts to get a citizenship question on the upcoming U.S. Census, an Illinois congressman said everyone should be counted, regardless of immigration status.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Rep. Bryant: Words ‘twisted’ by Pritzker staff on Confederate Railroad cancellation

CARBONDALE — A meeting between Southern Illinois state Rep. Terri Bryant and executive staffers of Gov. J.B. Pritzker has yielded more details about the state’s decision to cancel a performance by the band Confederate Railroad at the Du Quoin State Fair, apparently over their use of the name and symbols of the confederacy.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Benton police make arrests

On June 28, 2019 at approximately 8:15 p.m., Benton Police were dispatched to Huck’s located at 1200 North Main Street in reference to retail theft. Upon investigating, police arrested Linda L. Kilsnick, age 67, of Benton for retail theft. Kilsnick was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On July 1, 2019 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Benton Police arrested Ada L. Mocaby, age 31, of Logan for domestic battery. Mocaby was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On July 4, 2019 at approximately 12 a.m., Benton Police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Renshaw and Hunters Circle.
Upon investigating, police arrested Ronald L. Petit, age 37, of Benton for driving while under the influence. Petit was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On July 6, 2019 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Benton Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of North Main Street in reference to a fight in progress. Upon investigating, police arrested Zachary S. Hancock, age 25, of Benton for battery and criminal damage to property. Police also arrested Tyler J. Hancock, age 18, of Benton for unlawful consumption of alcoholic liquor. Both were charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

Officials from 4 states ink deal to form alliance to promote region at Ohio/Mississippi confluence

Monday was a day for the little guy.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

As Illinois moves forward with $45 billion infrastructure plan, federal efforts uncertain

While Illinois drivers pay more for gas after lawmakers doubled the state’s gas tax and increased vehicle fees to pay for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, federal lawmakers have yet to reach a consensus on how to move forward with a national infrastructure funding plan.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Lawmaker questions cost of canceling Confederate Railroad performance at DuQuoin State Fair

It’s unclear how much taxpayers will have to pay, if anything, to breach a contract with a country act that has been removed from the entertainment lineup for the DuQuion State Fair, but a downstate Illinois legislator said he’s baffled by what he sees as the hypocrisy of one state fair act being canceled while another is still expected to take center stage.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Illinois is now a ‘Tobacco 21’ state, here’s how the law is different

llinois is now the nation’s seventeenth “Tobacco 21” state, and while the law seems straightforward, it contains some unexpected nuances.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Illinois’ population losses greater in youth, working-age residents than retirees

Illinois’ youth and working-age professionals are leaving in greater numbers than other age groups, including retirees, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Illinois State Police warn drivers to think twice about texting behind the wheel

Illinois’ laws for distracted driving are being reclassified so that texting behind the wheel will carry a stiffer penalty next month.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Cannabis grower predicts exponential industry growth in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign a measure to legalize recreational cannabis use and sales for adults and one of the state’s medical marijuana companies is preparing for exponential growth.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

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