(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to expand the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy and cuts the red tape on future construction projects, allowing the administration to move quickly to build a new state-of-the-art facility at the campus. This will not only eliminate redundant steps in the usual state construction process, but also shave months off the overall project time while saving taxpayer dollars. The entire new building and renovation project will last at least five years, effecting at least 360 Veterans.
(GRANITE CITY) The Governor also has vetoed a bill saying it was a politically motivated attempt to undercut the good work of the Metro East Sanitary District Board of Commissioners. While the sanitary district provides flood protection and sewer services within numerous communities near the Mississippi River in both Madison and St. Clair counties, lawmakers approved the bill back in May that would in effect, replace a current Madison County-based commissioner with the mayor of Granite City and oust the sanitary district’s executive director. Governor Rauner and others in the Metro East area called the measure a state intrusion on local government business with no evidence that the change would benefit MESD taxpayers.
(ULLIN) State and local authorities are still out actively searching for an escaped inmate down in Pulaski County. Law enforcement officials say two inmates escaped from the Pulaski County Detention Center this past Tuesday with one of the inmates caught soon after the escape was discovered. The Illinois State Police report the suspect on the run is a Hispanic male in his 20’s, last seen wearing tan pants and no shirt. The far Southern Illinois search is focusing in the rural region around Ullin, especially around the Interstate 57 area.