Updated: January 24TH - 8:00 am

More Illinoisans On Food Stamps
State figures show the number of Illinois households on food stamps continues to rise. The Illinois Department of Human Service says there were 1.07 million households enrolled last month in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That's up 20,000 from the previous month and is the highest level since at least 2010.

CHS Barge Terminal Coming to Peru
A new barge loading terminal is coming to Peru over the next year. Peru Mayor Scott Harl made the announcement at Tuesday's "State of the Cities" event at the Grand Bear Lodge in Utica. Harl said Minnesota-based CHS and Northern Partner's Co-op of Mendota made the announcement to build a barge loading terminal on the Illinois River, which will be located near the American Nickeloid Company. The terminal will be used to handle corn, soybeans and wheat for export through a CHS terminal in Louisiana. Construction is expected to begin this year and will be ready in the spring of 2016.

McLean County Deputy Embezzlement
A former McLean County sheriff's deputy accused of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a union faces felony theft charges. Jay Hobson was indicted Wednesday on two counts of theft over $100,000. He's accused of stealing money from the McLean County Deputies Fraternal Order of Police No. 176.

No Extra Month for Attorneys
The Illinois Supreme Court won't give attorneys fighting a state pension overhaul law an extra month to file their arguments. The lawyers say they needed until March 16th but the high court says it has already agreed to fast-track an appeal and plans to hear the case that month. The law passed in 2013 reduces benefits and raises the retirement age.

State Workers Benefits "Too Generous"
Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois state workers are paid too much and their benefits are too generous. He calls a speech he gave Thursday at a University of Chicago business school a preview of policies he will lay out in next month's State of the State address. The governor didn't give any specifics on how he plans to tackle the state's budget woes.

Former Hawaii Governor to Serve under Rauner
Hawaii's former governor is coming to work for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Linda Lingle will be Rauner's senior adviser. The St. Louis native led Hawaii's government for eight years before an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate.