LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES



Updated: 4/01/15 - 5:50 AM

School Districts on State Financial Watch
Several area schools finances are under the watch of the Illinois State Board of Education following a year of low budgets. The ISBE has placed Hall High School, Cherry Schools and Streator Elementary Schools under a "Financial Watch" after they scored under a 2.61 on the state's 0 to 4 scale. A financial watch means the ISBE will be watching these schools very closely on funds and will offer technical support if needed and will also see if these districts qualify for a Financial Oversight Panel.

You can see the state's full report here: http://www.isbe.net/sfms/P/2015-fin-profile-based-on-14-data.pdf

Water Shutoff in Oglesby
Some residents on the east side of Oglesby will be without water for most of the day today. The city clerk's office says water will be shutoff for those on Walnut Street between Magnal and Field Avenue from 7 AM until 5 PM today. City officials say work is being performed as the city gets ready to replace water main along Walnut Street later this season. 

Walnut Street is also planned to get resurfaced this year from Illinois Route 351 to Ed Hand Highway. Bids for that project go out later this month.

Special Election for Schock's Seat
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has called for a special election to fill the vacancy caused by former U.S. Representative Aaron Schock's resignation. Rauner's office wants a special primary election held on June 8th and a special election on July 24th. Schock formally resigned yesterday. State law requires a special election be held within 120 days of the seat becoming vacant.

Barickman Legislation on Dental First Responders
New legislation passed by a local representative may give those with emergency dental problems a new option. Senator Jason Barickman passed legislation on Tuesday that would create a certification process for dental emergency responders. Barickman said having additional and certified professionals during emergency situations and natural disasters are key to provide necessary relief and services to all affected citizens. Senate Bill 748 will now go to the Illinois House for approval.

Illinois Officials Speakout on Clinton E-mails
U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth says she would hold former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton "accountable" for erasing emails from her personal server. The Democratic congresswoman officially announced her race against Republican Senator Mark Kirk in Springfield yesterday. Duckworth says Clinton 'needs to' testify before the Benghazi committee.


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