Updated 4/16/14 5:26 am
Streator Councilman Passes
Long-time resident and Streator Councilman Bruce Hart passed away Monday evening. According to Streator city officials, Hart passed away at his home Monday, but did not provide any details about his passing. Hart was originally elected onto the city council in 2007. City Manager Paul Nicholson said that Hart will be greatly missed. Funeral services for Hart are still pending with the Elias Funeral Home.
Princeton Special Olympics Athlete Recognized
A Special Olympics athlete out of Princeton was certified recently to become a Special Olympics Global Messenger. 32-year old Nathan Warren attended a training session in Chicago March 22nd and 23rd to become one of 23 Special Olympics Global Messengers in Illinois. A Global Messenger is someone who will help spread the message and vision of the movement as well as the benefits gained by participating in Special Olympics. Warren participates in basketball, snowshoe, softball, bowling and other athletics. 116 people have been trained to become Global Messengers since the programs launch in 1997.
Streator High Music Receives Top Marks
The Streator High School music department received superior marks at a contest last Clifton Central High School last Saturday. According to Tim Karth of Streator High School, the Concert Band, the Jazz Band and the Concert Choir all received the highest score in all categories for their groups. Karth says this is the 10th year in a row that the concert band has received 1s, the 9th year in a row for the jazz band and the first time in four years that the concert choir received 1s. The jazz and concert band will be holding their final concerts in City Park on May 11th, while the final choir concert is on Monday, May 12th at the high school.
Eight local libraries are among 159 libraries statewide that are going to share nearly $700,000 in grants. According to Secretary of State Jesse White, the grants are designed for the purchase of books and learning CDs and DVDs. Locally, IVCC and Putnam County Libraries are receiving $5,000 each and Peru Public Library $4,000. Also receiving money are library districts in Spring Valley, Ottawa, Depue, and school districts in Earlville and Marseilles
Livingston County Veterans
A man from Pontiac says he's about two-thirds of the way toward a goal of raising $15,000 for a memorial to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans from Livingston County. Chris Studebaker is a Navy vet who envisions a monument meant to evoke the image of the World Trade Center towers destroyed in the September 11th attacks. It would be outside the county courthouse.
Illinois State President
An Illinois State University Police report indicates former President Timothy Flanagan admitted he yelled at an employee but denied he spat on or made contact with the man. Flanagan voluntarily went to the ISU police the morning of February 28th. He who resigned last month.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) have filed their latest campaign reports with the state. Rauner raised more than $9 million in the first three months of the year. Quinn says he raised $5 million in the first quarter, much of it from labor unions.
Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) is asking a federal judge to throw out the lawsuit filed by one of his former employees. Edmund Michalowski (mik-oh-LOW'-skee) says he was sexually harassed and forced to do political work on state time during the three years he worked for the former Republican candidate for governor. A hearing is scheduled Thursday.
New State Study
The Illinois House has ordered a new study of anti-violence and after-school spending under Governor Pat Quinn. A state audit in February identified what it called "pervasive" mismanagement in the now-disbanded Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Quinn created the $55 million program in 2010.
Would the Chicago Cubs follow the lead of the Atlanta Braves and leave their city ballpark for the suburbs? Owner Tom Ricketts said Tuesday at a Major League Baseball business forum that a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but the Cubs remain committed to fixing up century-old Wrigley Field. The Cubs are squabbling with rooftop owners near the park who oppose some of the renovation plans.