Illinois Lawmakers Meeting Again to Try to Reach Budget Deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature is holding another day of a special session with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders still at odds over an elusive budget deal. Lawmakers will meet Friday for the third straight day of a session that could continue through the end of the month. Rauner called the session

No July 4th Fireworks Display in Anna This Year

ANNA – The skies over Anna will be silent this Fourth of July. City leaders Tuesday canceled their annual fireworks display. Mayor Steve Hartline says the company they hired to put on the show failed to get a permit from the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Hartline says he hopes to have fireworks next year. There’s

Severin to Hold Office Hours Today in Zeigler

ZEIGLER – State Rep. Dave Severin will hold satellite office hours today from 10 to 1 at the Zeigler Public Library. Severin’s office will be available to take your opinions about what is going on in Springfield and help you with any related issues you may have.

Benton’s Toler Cinema Sold

BENTON – It looks like at some point in the future you’ll be able to see movies on the big screen again in Benton. The Toler Cinema was recently sold to new owners who plan to reopen the theater. That’s according to a post on the Talk Benton Facebook page by Maranda Rush, a former

The Latest: Estimate: Special session costs $48K for 1 day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Rough estimates show that it costs nearly $48,000 for one day of legislative special session in Illinois, factoring in travel and per diem payments for lawmakers. The Secretary of the Senate’s office provided a snapshot, accounting for $111 daily per diem and 39 cents per mile for 177 members of the General

Illinois Legislators to Meet for 2nd Day of Budget Session

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators are set to meet for the second day of a special session aimed at forcing a budget compromise in the state’s two-year impasse. Lawmakers have to come to an agreement by July 1 or Illinois will enter its third straight year without a budget. There’s been little movement on any

Man Wanted for Alleged Auto Burglary, Theft in Carbondale

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police need your help in identifying a suspect in a burglary to a motor vehicle and theft investigation. On May 15, police responded to 900 East Park Street in reference to a report of a burglary to a motor vehicle. Officers learned an unknown suspect or suspects entered the victim’s vehicle between

Illinois Lawmakers Hold Special Session Amid Budget Impasse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers tasked with resolving the state’s unprecedented budget impasse are gathering to begin the effort. Gov. Bruce Rauner has called a special session in Springfield that starts Wednesday, saying the time to act hasn’t been more urgent. The House and Senate convene at noon. If there’s no budget by July