(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring his and future administrations to pay employees from the budgets of the agencies they are actually working for. The ban on payroll “off-shoring” by Governors has been a rule of thumb in Springfield for the past several years and past several Governors as they covered up their payrolls by paying some employees from other agencies. While some say it’s all tax money and no big deal, others say the practice siphoned money away from important policy initiatives.
(SPRINGFIELD) A new Illinois Lottery game will generate money to help the families of police officers killed or severely injured in the line of duty. Lawmakers approved the legislation earlier this year to create the new scratch-off lottery game and Governor Bruce Rauner signed it into law this past Monday. Money from the game will go to three designated police memorial funds to be used to provide scholarships to the children of fallen or injured officers, to help fund protective vests for officers, to help build memorials & parks, to hold annual memorial commemorations, and to help the families of those fallen and/or injured.
(VANDALIA) The Illinois State Police and federal authorities converged yesterday to an area just off of U.S. Route 51 north of Vandalia in Fayette County. In fact, an estimated 50 agents from several federal agencies surrounded the military surplus business owned and operated by 82 year old Bob Hanabarger, who for years has sold military surplus at local rummage sales and online. While no arrests were made, one storage container was removed. Federal officials at the scene and the U.S. Attorney’s office would not comment about the apparent raid which involved agents from Homeland Security, the FBI, and the ATF, all assisted by the Illinois State Police. Officials did confirm that there was no threat to anyone in the area.