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This morning was the dedication ceremony for two fallen troopers from the Illinois State Police District 12 who both died in the line of duty. At Interstate 57 Mile Post 164.4 Northbound and Mile Post 168.1 Southbound, will be placed 'Trooper Layton T. Davis Memorial Highway' signs and at Interstate 57 Mile Post 151.3 Northbound and Mile Post 157 Southbound will be placed 'Trooper Frank Doris Memorial Highway' signs.

Thank you to the Effingham Sunrise Rotary Committee for the planning and hosting of the ceremony at the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum. The Sunrise Rotary Committee included Kathy Schroeder, Dr. Paul Rhodes, Mel Stock, Dave Price, Dr. Kelly Stanfield, Doc Krahlman and Bill Totten. Other speakers included Jim Nieman (Effingham County Board Chair), Jeff Bloemker (Mayor-City of Effingham), and Mark Doris and Alan Davis (both sons of the fallen troopers).

God Bless America was performed by Sunrise and Noon Rotarians Jim Hecht, Matt Cekander and Greg Sapp.

Other elected officials in attendance were Representative David Reis (109th District) and Senator Dale Righter (55th District). Senator Kyle McCarter was represented by his legislative assistant, Tara Hall.
Other Midwestern states have turned to Illinois for tips in fighting a fatal deer disease. GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE PHOTOMichigan officials had to consider strategies after a fatal disease was discovered recently in the state's deer herd. So where did they turn for assistance?

Not to Wisconsin.

Not to Wyoming.

But to Illinois.

“There are states where the spread of the disease is retarded. The best example is Illinois,” Russ Mason, Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife chief, told the Detroit Free Press.
In Illinois, the infection has shown up in slightly more than 1 percent of deer tested in established chronic wasting disease areas this fiscal year.

To thwart the spread of the neurological disease, transmitted mainly through deer-to-deer contact, Illinois has increased hunting opportunities and used an aggressive sharpshooter program in infected areas to thin the herd, a strategy that has frustrated many hunters.

Read the complete article by Doug Goodman at he Rockford Register Star by clicking here.

Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to dispose of sensitive documents on Saturday at our Shred Event. Over one ton (2,100 pounds) of paper was shred that contained health care information, bank account information and old tax documents with social security numbers. A big 'THANK YOU' also to AT&T for under-writing the cost of the shred truck, Kaskaskia College for the use of their Salem Center parking lot, the City of Salem for providing the safety cones and barricades, and to all of the volunteers who helped direct traffic and unload boxes and bags of old papers! This program not only helps deter identity theft but also helps in our community's efforts to recycle.


In case you missed it last night, here is Leader Jim Durkin's interview on‪#‎ChicagoTonight‬.
Illinois State House Republican Leader Jim Durkin joins "Chicago Tonight" after a week of incendiary rhetoric in Springfield as the end of the fiscal year is just two…

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday tried to up the pressure on lawmakers to pass a stopgap budget, this time warning that state road projects will grind to a halt next month without one.

At a Statehouse news conference, Rauner’s transportation secretary, Randy Blankenhorn, said work will have to stop on the projects after July 1, the start of the fiscal year, if lawmakers don’t approve spending authority to keep them going.
“We’re on the brink of what was once unthinkable, the suspension of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s construction program,” Blankenhorn said. “Without stopgap funding proposed by the governor, we are on a collision course with having to shut down road projects throughout the state in a few short weeks.”

Blankenhorn said the state has more than 800 active projects at this time worth about $2 billion. He said about 25,000 workers are employed on the projects, which this summer include work on Interstate 55 both north and south of Springfield, as well as on Interstate 72 west of town. Improvements underway on North Grand Avenue and from Moffat Street to Koke Mill Road would also be halted.

“Without a stopgap agreement, those projects will be shut down next month,” Blankenhorn said.

Read Doug Finke's complete article here at the State Journal-Register.
Drawings to be held for public hunting area waterfowl blind sites

Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to mark their calendars for upcoming waterfowl hunting blind site random drawings to be held at several public hunting areas in Illinois this summer.

Duck and goose hunters must register in person for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites. Mail-in registrations are not accepted. Unless otherwise stated, blind allocations for these sites are good for one year. To participate in a drawing, applicants must present a 2015 or 2016 regular Illinois hunting license (no apprentice or youth license) and a 2015 or 2016 Illinois Migratory Waterfowl Stamp at the time they register, unless exempted by law. Applicants must be at least 16 years old by the date of the drawing.

Applicants needing to purchase new licenses and stamps should do so prior to the drawing. Most blind drawing locations will not have license sales available. Licenses and stamps are available at any DNR Direct license and permit vendor, through the IDNR website, or by calling 1-888-6-PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).

Read more of Dale Bowman's article from the Chicago Sun-Times by clicking here.
The budget impasse is projected cost Illinois more than $31 million in investment income this year, according to analysis by the state treasurer’s office.
Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said Tuesday the lack of a budget has forced his office to alter its normal investment strategies to free up enough money so the state can pay its bills. As a result, the state earned $7.8 million less in investment income during the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same time period last year.
Frerichs warned if Illinois continues to operate without a budget, or even a stopgap budget, the state will miss out on $2.6 million in investment earnings every month, or $31.2 million over the course of the year.
Read more of Kevin Hoffman's story at Reboot Illinois by clicking here.