(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois lawmakers have sent Governor Bruce Rauner legislation requiring him and his successors to use Governor’s office funds “only” to pay people who work for the office. The State Senate voted 46 to 7 yesterday to eliminate what’s called “off-shoring” of salaries. For decades, Governors of both parties have made their payrolls look leaner by paying some employees who work for them out of other agencies’ budgets. The State House approved the bill last week as it now advances to the Governor’s desk.
(SPRINGFIELD) The annual Illinois Peace Officers Memorial Service was held yesterday on the State Capitol grounds in Springfield with hundreds in attendance. The day’s observance included a procession of squad cars from throughout the state, plus a church memorial service and the remembrance ceremony at the Illinois Peace Officer Memorial sculpture. The six upstate officers killed during 2017 were recognized, plus two other officers that died in the line of duty in the past but who had not yet been memorialized. The ceremony honors those in Illinois who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities.
(SPRINGFIELD) The list of top Illinois historic sites chosen by voters in the Illinois Top 200 project covers more than 1,000 years of history, ranging from one end of the state to the other. Number one on the list is Lincoln’s New Salem state historic site, followed by the Pullman Neighborhood National Monument. Rounding out the top five are the John Deere site in Grand Detour, President Lincoln’s Springfield Home, and Cahokia Mounds in the metro-east area. Among the other top ten were Route 66, the Old State Capitol, Fort Massac, and President Ronald Reagan’s family home in Dixon. The Illinois Top 200 project lets Illinoisans vote every two weeks on the top items in specific categories by the state’s 200th birthday December 3. Voting in the next category, the top scenic spots, is underway at www.IllinoisTop200.com.