(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner says Democrats are moving too slowly on budget negotiations. The head Republican met with the four legislative leaders in his Capitol office yesterday and afterwards he told reporters that the Democrats are “reluctant” to agree to an estimated amount of state revenue for the budget year that begins July 1st. Rauner says agreeing to a solid revenue estimate keeps the Legislature from spending more than the state has. Both the Governor’s office and the Legislature’s bipartisan budget arm estimate revenue figures at just under $39 billion with both estimates less than $100 million apart.
(SPRINGFIELD) Firefighters from across the state gathered in Springfield yesterday for the 25th Annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Firefighting Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony. While two firemen were honored for giving their lives to save others, two others were presented awards for demonstrating selflessness & personal courage above & beyond the call of duty. Nine firefighters received the Medal of Valor award for acts of heroism or bravery, while fourteen firemen received the Firefighter Excellence Award for an act of service in the line of duty. In addition, six units received the Firefighter Excellence “Teamwork Unit Citation” awards and one fireman received a Certificate of Recognition.
(SPRINGFIELD) While most disasters cannot be prevented, the stress of such situations can be reduced significantly through personal preparedness. This is particularly important for households with members who have disabilities, functional needs, or may need assistance during an emergency. Throughout this month of May, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and local emergency management agencies will highlight the importance of disaster preparedness for people with functional and access needs. More details are available online at www.Ready.Illinois.gov. A specific preparedness guide is available there as well.