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(ILLINOIS) 08/29 -- GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS SIGNING A NEW LAW THAT PROTECTS PRESCHOOLERS FROM BEING EXPELLED.THE MEASURE PREVENTS EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS FROM KICKING UNRULY KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL. INSTEAD, THEY WILL NEED TO DOCUMENT STEPS TAKEN TO HELP CHILDREN WITH THEIR BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS. GOVERNOR RAUNER APPLAUDS THE BILL. PRESCHOOLS WILL BE ABLE TO TEMPORARILY REMOVE A CHILD FOR SAFETY REASONS, BUT MUST THEN WORK TO FIND RESOURCES TO HELP THE STUDENT. THE LAW GOES INTO EFFECT NEXT YEAR.

(ILLINOIS) 08/29 -- THE ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE INCREASED SLIGHTLY LAST MONTH. THE JOBLESS RATE ROSE TO FOUR POINT EIGHT PERCENT IN JULY…AND JOB GROWTH IN ILLINOIS REMAINS BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE SAYS STATE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH. JOB GROWTH WAS SEEN LAST MONTH IN PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES AND LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY. LOSSES WERE FELT IN CONSTRUCTION, TRANSPORTATION AND EDUCATION AND HEALTH SERVICES.

(ILLINOIS) 08/29 -- THE STATE DEPARTMENTS OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AND REVENUE WILL BE OFFERING MORE ONLINE SERVICES TO EMPLOYERS IN ILLINOIS. STARTING SEPTEMBER 11TH, EMPLOYERS CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MY TAX ILLINOIS WEBSITE TO TAKE CARE OF THINGS LIKE SUBMITTING TAX APPEALS, FILING UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE REPORTS AND MAKING PAYMENTS. I-D-E-S SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH. THE WEBSITE IS: MY TAX DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.

(ILLINOIS) 08/03 -- THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR THE SOLAR ECLIPSE LATER THIS MONTH. THE BEST VIEWING SPOTS ON MONDAY, AUGUST 21ST WILL BE IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. I-DOT IS GETTING READY FOR CROWDS OF UP TO 200 THOUSAND PEOPLE TRAVELING ROADS LIKE AND U-S 51, ILLINOIS 13 AND I-57 SAYS SPOKESPERSON GUY TRIDGELL. TRIDGELL SAYS THEY ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH STATE AND LOCAL POLICE FOR THE EVENT. HE URGES MOTORISTS TRAVELING DOWNSTATE TO BE PREPARED FOR HEAVY TRAFFIC AND TO NOT PULL OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO WATCH THE ECLIPSE.

(ILLINOIS) 08/03 -- THREE STATE TREASURERS, INCLUDING ILLINOIS TREASURER MIKE FRERICHS ARE REQUESTING THE MCKESSON CORPORATION TO HELP FIGHT THE U-S HEROIN EPIDEMIC. MCKESSON IS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST DRUG DISTRIBUTOR, AND TREASURER FRERICHS WANTS THE COMPANY TO DO MORE TO PREVENT DRUG ABUSE. THE TREASURERS CALL ON MCKESSON TO TAKE SEVERAL STEPS INCLUDING TYING EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION TO PROGRESS IN COMBATING THE OPIOD EPIDEMIC. IF THEY DON’T…FRERICHS SAYS THE STATE WILL RECONSIDER INVESTMENTS IN THE COMPANY.

(ILLINOIS) 07/19 -- GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER IS CALLING ON THE LEGISLATURE TO SEND HIM THE EDUCATION FUNDING REFORM BILL THEY PASSED, SO HE CAN ISSUE AN AMENDATORY VETO. GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS HE SUPPORTS MORE EQUITABLE FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS…BUT NOT A BAILOUT FOR CHICAGO’S TEACHER PENSION SYSTEM. HE SAYS HE WILL CUT THAT PART OUT OF THE LEGISLATION ONCE LAWMAKERS SEND IT TO HIS DESK. GOVERNOR RAUNER SAYS UNDER HIS AMENDATORY VETO…MOST SCHOOL DISTRACTS ACROSS THE STATE WOULD GET MORE MONEY.

(ILLINOIS) 07/19 -- MOST CROPS AROUND THE STATE RECEIVED SOME MUCH NEEDED RAIN AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. SOME AREAS SAW JUST A LITTLE RAIN AND OTHERS EXPERIENCED FLOODING THIS PAST WEEK. OVERALL, AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IMPROVED SLIGHTLY TO SIX PERCENT VERY SHORT, 28 PERCENT SHORT, 63 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND THREE PERCENT SURPLUS. CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER GIVES AN UPDATE ON CORN. 56 PERCENT OF SOYBEANS ARE BLOOMING AND 17 PERCENT ARE SETTING PODS. THE CONDITION OF THE CROP WAS NEARLY UNCHANGED AT 67 PERCENT IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. WINTER WHEAT HARVESTING IS NOW COMPLETE.

(ILLINOIS) 07/19 -- ATTORNEY GENERAL LISA MADIGAN’S OFFICE IS WARNING THE PUBLIC ABOUT A SCAM RELATED TO THE TOBACCO MASTER SETTLEMENT. THE SETTLEMENT WITH TOBACCO COMPANIES OVER DECEPTIVE MARKETING WAS REACHED IN 1998…BUT CON ARTISTS ARE STILL TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION SAYS ATTORNEY GENERAL SPOKESPERSON ANNIE THOMPSON. THOMPSON SAYS THAT’S A SCAM…SINCE INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE MONEY FROM THE SETTLEMENT. SHE URGES CONSUMERS TO REPORT THESE BOGUS OFFERS TO THE ILLINOIS ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE.

(ILLINOIS) 06/30 -- GOVERNOR BRUCE RAUNER SAYS HE WILL KEEP LAWMAKERS IN SPECIAL SESSION UNTIL THEY PASS A BALANCED BUDGET. THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE WANTS A SPENDING PLAN ON HIS DESK BY FRIDAY, WHEN THE STATE’S FISCAL YEAR ENDS. THE HOUSE BEGAN CALLING VOTES ON REFORMS THE GOVERNOR PROPOSED…AND REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA FLYNN CURRIE SAYS ALTHOUGH THEY MAY NOT INCLUDE EVERYTHING RAUNER WANTS…IT’S TIME TO PASS SOMETHING. CRITICS DISAGREED…SAYING NEGOTIATIONS ARE ONGOING AND A FULL AGREEMENT COULD BE REACHED. THE LEGISLATURE HAS BEEN IN SPECIAL SESSION FOR A WEEK NOW TO PASS A BUDGET AND REFORMS.

(ILLINOIS) 06/30 -- THE CONDITION OF THE CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS IMPROVED LAST WEEK AS WE HEAR IN THE WEEKLY CROP REPORT. CORN HAS BEGUN SILKING SAYS SAY CROP STATISTICIAN MARK SCHLEUSENER, AND 62 PERCENT OF THE CORN CROP IS RATED IN GOOD TO EXCELLENT CONDITION. TURNING TO SOYBEANS… 81 PERCENT OF SORGHUM HAS BEEN PLANTED AND THE SECOND CUTTING OF ALFALFA IS NOW 34 PERCENT COMPLETE. AVERAGE STATEWIDE TOPSOIL MOISTURE IS RATED AS TWO PERCENT VERY SHORT…17 PERCENT SHORT…78 PERCENT ADEQUATE AND THREE PERCENT SURPLUS.

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