Long Concedes 76th District to Mautino
The 76th Representative District has now been decided, just over two weeks past Election Day. On Wednesday afternoon, Jerry Lee Long released a written statement conceding the race to incumbent Frank Mautino. The final vote totals showed that Mautino won the district by 337 votes. Long won the votes in La Salle County, but totals favored Mautino in Putnam and Bureau Counties.
La Salle County Fatal Crash
A one-vehicle crash near Troy Grove early Wednesday morning claimed the life of a Mendota man. Illinois State Police officials responded to the crash around 2:45 AM Wednesday for a vehicle that rolled over in a ditch. Authorities say a vehicle driven by 36-year old Lance Musgrove was northbound on Interstate 39 when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed over the white fog line and ran off to the roadway. Authorities say Musgrove was pronounced dead at the scene.
L-P Building Committees
Officials at La Salle-Peru High School are starting to look towards the future of their facilities. Superintendent Steve Wrobleski says the school created a building committee to help look at needs of the high school. Wrobleski says the committees are made up of state keyholders, including parents and community leaders. Wrobleski says the committee will meet monthly through February with a final presentation to be made to the school board in March.
Wrobleski mentioned that the school is already looking at improving the science classrooms and air conditioning as per their strategic plan that was made up three years ago.
Illinois Minimum Wage
A Democratic state senator has changed a proposal aimed at increasing Illinois' minimum wage in hopes of making it easier to win legislators' approval. The state's minimum wage is $8.25. Sen. Kimberly Lightford of Maywood previously wanted an increase to $10.65 but she now proposes paying workers 18 and older $10 starting in July. By 2017, it'll jump to $11.
The sponsor of legislation that allowed same-day voter registration for Illinois' Nov. 4 election is working to make the change permanent. Senator Don Harmon says he's working with House lawmakers on an election law bill that could advance early next month. Some Republicans criticized the measure as an attempt to boost Democratic turnout for a critical election.
Illinois Treasurer Decided
Republican Tom Cross has conceded the Illinois treasurer's race to Democrat Mike Frerichs. Cross released a statement today saying he has called and congratulated the state senator from Champaign. The hard-fought race had as few as 400 votes separating the candidates early this week.
U of I Bomb Dog Passes Away
A retired bomb-sniffing dog who worked with the University of Illinois police has died at the age of 12. UI K-9 Officer Troy Chew says his longtime four-legged partner, Nala, was euthanized last week. She helped him patrol university athletic events and check out potentially explosive packages for 10 years.
Route 66 Tribal Sites
More than two dozen American Indian tribes are teaming up with a tourism group and the National Park Service to create a guidebook to highlight tribal sites along historic Route 66, the famous byway that stretches from Chicago to California. Representatives from the Park Service and the Chicago American Indian Center were among those at a meeting today to kick off the project.