Comptroller, treasurer talk state’s fiscal state

Fiscal officers, budgeteer stress importance of balanced budget By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ top fiscal and investment officers touted some of the economic policy initiatives laid out by Gov. JB Pritzker in his State of the State speech Wednesday and stressed the importance of continuing to balance the budget. The…

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Major rehab of I-255 begins this weekend; several-month closure

A full closure of Interstate 255 in both directions between Interstate 64 and Interstate 55/70 begins Saturday for approximately five months. A subsequent phase of work will take 255 repairs into November. The Illinois Department of Transportation was joined by the Illinois State Police Tuesday to remind the public that the first phase of repairs…

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State police say forensic evidence backlog shrinking, needs more work

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly and Robin Woolery, the assistant deputy director for ISP’s forensic science department, testify Tuesday before the Senate Public Health Committee in Springfield. The committee met to discuss the state’s backlog of untested forensic evidence. (Credit: blueroomstream.com) Advocates request spot on task force for victims’ families By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol…

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Longtime banker named president of First National Bank of Waterloo

The First National Bank of Waterloo and Robert Hoffmann, chairman of the Board, announced that Rick Parks will succeed Gary Hemmer as the bank’s president. “We are delighted to have Rick Parks join the First National Bank of Waterloo as the new president,” said Hoffmann. Parks will become the bank’s ninth president spanning the bank’s history…

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House Republicans tie ethics reforms to redistricting changes

GOP also pushing for greater financial disclosure by lawmakers, property tax reform By REBECCA ANZEL, Capitol News Illinois, [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Remodeling how Illinois’ political districts are drawn is the key to addressing the “dark cloud” of ethical violations hovering over state government, House Republican leaders said Tuesday. Communities are grouped “primarily for political advantage,”…

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Scott AFB investing in talent pool for military, civilians

“Take Care of the Troops” serves as one of the five U.S. Transportation Command’s priorities at Scott Air Force Base, and a key component of the effort involves investing in the workforce. An office within the command’s Manpower and Personnel Directorate, the Human Capital Development Branch provides numerous education and personal-growth opportunities annually.  For example,…

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