Updated on 3/06/14 05:25
I-80 Resurfacing to Continue
After another delay in the emergency resurfacing of Interstate 80 from weather, work is set to continue today. According to I-DOT Field Engineer Joe Spika (SPEE-kah), work on I-80 between Plank Road and Illinois Route 178-Utica has been moving along slowly, but is expected to be done by the end of next week at the latest. Spika says work between Utica and Marseilles is expected to start almost immediately after work is completed between Plank Road and Utica. IDOT reminds drivers that lanes in both directions will be down to one lane until work is completed and to drive cautiously through the work zone.
More Superintendent Discussion at STHS
A special meeting Tuesday night at Streator High School helped determine what qualities staff and teachers want in their next Superintendent. Phil Ehrhardt and Kevin O’Mara of BWP and Associates gave out their findings following a meeting with staff. During the meeting, the school board also added in that they would like the new Superintendent to be pro-agriculture along with someone who is already familiar with the Streator area. BWP will tie in these qualities along with survey results from the general public. Those who still have not filled out the survey can do so through today on the Streator High School website.
(AP) - The Republican candidates for Illinois governor debated pension reform and the state's finances in yesterday's debate ahead of the March 18 primary. State Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) and Treasurer Dan Rutherford (ROOTH'-ur-furd) attended the debate. Brady is the only one who supported a recent pension overhaul that cuts benefits for state workers and retirees.
State Aid Available to Tornado-affected Counties
(AP) - Local governments in nine Illinois counties affected by November tornadoes will be eligible for state aid Governor Pat Quinn announced Wednesday. The governor says the state will make $45 million available to help governments after FEMA turned down their request for aid. Grundy and Woodford Counties are eligible for this aid.
Waste Management to pay Cortland School Medical Bills
(AP) - Waste Management will pay thousands of dollars in medical bills for dozens of students from a school in DeKalb County. Kids from Cortland Elementary School were treated in January after the smell from a nearby landfill made them sick.
Chicago goes after Puppy Mills
(AP) - Chicago's city council has taken aim at puppy mills. Aldermen have passed an ordinance forbidding pet stores from getting animals from for-profit breeders. They will instead be required to get dogs, cats and rabbits from shelters and humane adoption centers. The stores have a year to make the switch.
Gun Activists March in Springfield
(AP) - Gun activists say the new Illinois concealed carry law is a great achievement but the battle for gun rights isn't over. They're rallying in Springfield and calling on lawmakers to relax the list of places where concealed guns aren't allowed, including parks, libraries and commuter trains and buses.
Smoking in the Car with a Child
(AP) - An Illinois Senate panel has advanced a measure to outlaw smoking in a car when children are riding. The sponsor of the legislation says he's trying to protect kids from secondhand smoke in a confined space.
Suburban Chicago Shoplifting Scheme
(AP) - Three suburban Chicago residents are accused in a multimillion dollar shoplifting scheme. Federal prosecutors say a Northbrook man, his wife and their adult daughter stole more than $7 million worth of merchandise from stores, sometimes hiding items inside a woman's skirt. The stolen goods were sold on eBay.