Updated: January 28th - 5:45 am
Peru Amusement Tax
An amusement tax could be added within the city of Peru once the new theatre is built at the end of the year. At Monday night's city council meeting, city attorney Doug Schweirkert explained to council members that the city would have to pay an incentive of $875,000 to the developer, DMAR, to keep the theatre in Peru. After the theatre opens, a seven percent amusement tax of each ticket sale would go back to the city to make up for the incentive. Council members have been trying to keep the theatre in the Peru Mall, but no agreements have been made between the city and the mall owner.
Streator Elementary Property Tax Increase Referendum
A tax referendum will be on the April ballot for Streator Elementary District homeowners. A yes vote would add 75 cents to the current tax, taking it from $1.32 to $2.07, which is a 56 percent increase. Superintendent Matt Wilkinson said the district's education fund is $2.7 million in the red and that the tax increase would help the district survive and get funds back up. Officials held an informational meeting last night at Northlawn School and are planning to hold another meeting tonight at Kimes Elementary at 6 PM.
ISU Student Dies in Hit-and-Run
An Illinois State University student injured by a hit-and-run driver over the weekend has died. Twenty-year-old Benjamin Allison of Crystal Lake was struck Saturday in Normal. Police say another ISU student is in custody in the case.
Trooper Wants Reckless Homicide in 2014 Accident
An Illinois State Police trooper seriously injured in an accident along Interstate 88 last year wants the truck driver facing trial to be charged with reckless homicide. Renato Velasquez already faces other felony charges in the January 2014 crash near Aurora that killed Illinois Tollway maintenance worker Vincent Petrella. Those charges include driving while fatigued and falsifying driving logs.
Illinois Measles Case
Illinois health officials have confirmed a case of measles in the Chicago suburbs. They say others could have been exposed to the illness this month in the emergency room of an Arlington Heights hospital and at a clinic and a grocery store in Palatine (PAL'-uh-tyn). Officials say they haven't made any connection between this case and a multi-state measles outbreak associated with Disneyland in California.
Illinois Local Union Zones
Governor Bruce Rauner says he wants to create zones in Illinois where local communities could decide whether workers must join a union as a condition of employment. But the Republican says he's not advocating statewide "right to work" legislation. The idea is likely to face heavy opposition from Democrats and unions.
Peoria War Memorial
Fundraising is nearly finished for a new war memorial in Peoria. It will honor those killed in conflicts from the Korean war to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Two granite plaques on either side of a paved V-shaped plaza will be engraved with names of the dead. The memorial will be located in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza.