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T.J. Carson

Congresswoman Hopes to Help Women Business Leaders

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) is looking for ways to ensure women are treated more fairly in the workplace. On Monday she held a meeting with women business leaders in Galesburg as part of what she's calling a week-long women’s economic security tour. Tuesday she'll visit the communities of Peoria and Cuba.
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Macomb’s commitment to urban forestry has been recognized for the 23rd consecutive year. The Arbor Day Foundation designated the town as Tree City U.S.A.

City Forester Tim Howe said his department works to maintain older trees and plant new ones.

  Illinois Department of Corrections officials say they still do not know when they will have enough beds to care for prisoners with mental illnesses.

The prison system has been in a legal battle over mental health care since 2007.

Late last year the state submitted a remedial plan to a federal judge, but prisoners suing say the department isn’t following it.

In a new court filing, the state says it still doesn’t know when all 12 hundred beds required will be added.

It was weeks after Abraham Lincoln's death in mid-April, that has body made it from Washington, D.C. back to Springfield, Illinois. The lifting of a replica coffin from a car designed to look like Lincoln's funeral train began a series events this weekend in Springfield, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the president's death and burial.

T.J. Carson

Students at Lombard Junior High School in Galesburg created a club to lessen the impact of bullying.  Seventh grader Katie Dunbar came up with the idea for the "Take A Stand Club." Dunbar said she's well acquainted with the stress caused by being bullied. 

The director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum supports the proposed separation of the museum from its current government home, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. 

But Sunny Fischer, the chair of the IHPA, says the existing structure works well as it is.

"This structure calls for IHPA to handle administrative work like accounting and human resources, while leaving the presidential library and museum free to focus on serving the public as it has done so well," Fischer said.

Cameras that collect information on license plates are thought by some to be an overreach of government. A proposal in the Illinois legislature would regulate the automatic license plate readers.

Some police officers use automated cameras that track vehicles' license plates. In Illinois, there are no regulations on them and the data collected. House Bill 3289 would impose limits, such as how long the data can be kept.

Democratic Rep. Scott Drury says the proposed regulation doesn't go far enough.

The nation went into mourning when, just after the Civil War had finally ended, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. No one alive today can remember, but a class project may make you get a sense of what it was like, or at least what went on. Students at the University of Illinois Springfield began "live-tweeting" on April 14 - the date that that Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater back in 1865. They've continued, tweeting in real time -- 150 years after the fact -- about the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth, and the funeral cortege from Washington, D.C. to Springfield.

A top official with Gov. Bruce Rauner's office confirms, Illinois will restore $26 million in funding for a tobacco quitline, programs for autistic children and other social service grants. Projections show the state is taking in more money than expected.  While some cuts will remain, the windfall frees up money to reverse the cuts Rauner made with little warning on Good Friday, in early April.

 

Starry Night Repertory Theater

A theatre group based in Macomb will debut its largest production this weekend. Starry Night Repertory Theatre presents Enchanted April, a romantic comedy written by Mathew Barber. It’s based on the 1920’s novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim.

Rich Egger

Former Macomb Police Officer Bill Kennedy of Blandinsville has been sentenced to 180 days in the McDonough County Jail. He also had to pay about $20,000 in restitution and court fees.

Kennedy, age 35, pleaded guilty to a Class 3 Felony charge of theft under $300.

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Victor & Penny hail from Kansas City, MO, America’s roaring 1920s “Paris of the Plains.” With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz and clever original tunes. Celebrating a time when style mattered, antique pop duo Victor & Penny impress and delight with charm and hot licks - they are "...an absolute rollicking blast." Victor & Penny are Jeff Freling (Blue Man Group, Chicago) and...
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