IVCC AD Resignation
Illinois Valley Community College will be searching for a new athletic director starting next week. IVCC President Jerry Corcoran says Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach Tommy Canale (CAH-NAL-EE) made the announcement to his team on Wednesday afternoon. Canale has accepted a job to be a high school and college scout with Alabama-based National Scouting Report. Canale’s resignation is effective next Thursday, July 31st. Corcoran says the school will be searching immediately for an interim athletic director first and it will be followed by the search of a new men’s basketball head coach.
More Interest for Marijuana Cultivation Center
Another Bureau County city has added their interest into bringing a marijuana cultivation center to the area. Spring Valley Mayor Walt Marini says he would like to see a company build a marijuana cultivation center in the city. Marini, along with several alderman, believe that a cultivation center would bring in good jobs and revenue to the city. Marini estimated that a cultivation center would bring jobs that would pay roughly $30,000 to $120,000 a year.Spring Valley, along with Princeton and Peru have voiced interest into bringing a marijuana cultivation center into Illinois State Police District 17.
Woodford County Family Dies in Missouri Accident
Three family members from Woodford County are among four people dead after a traffic accident in Missouri. The accident happened Wednesday on Missouri 5 near the Lake of the Ozarks. Authorities say 50-year-old Terry Schroeder, 46-year-old Cindy Schroeder and 14-year-old Dylan Schroeder, all of Benson, died in the wreck.
Illinois Unaccompanied Children
New federal data show Illinois received 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border this year. The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families released a state-by-state list yesterday. Children are placed in government shelters and then released to sponsors while they go through deportation proceedings.
Business and labor groups want an Illinois agency to move faster on implementing hydraulic fracturing rules. Supporters of "fracking" had hoped the high-volume drilling would begin his summer. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say they're on track to meet a November deadline.
Fast Food Workers in Chicago
Fast food workers from around the country will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss how to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation. About 1,300 workers are expected at a convention in suburban Chicago today and tomorrow. They say they can't provide for their family on minimum wage and want paid sick days and other benefits.
U of I New Arena
University of Illinois trustees are putting another $4.5 million into the renovation budget for the school's basketball arena. The extra money is intended to cover additional costs related to a new scoreboard, video boards and other items. Trustees also gave basketball coach John Groce (grohs) a $100,000 raise.