The City of Springfield is putting the final touches on a nearly 600 million-dollar budget.
Aldermen have proposed several changes to the spending plan, which could be adopted tonight at a special council meeting. Alderman Cory Jobe and others want to move nearly 80-thousand dollars from other areas to pay for a new inspector general position. The job would involve investigating possible corruption within city operations.
Mayor Mike Houston says he will work with the position if it’s approved.
War Magic is a local folk band that you probably haven't heart of. The group's been called "dream-folk" and "neo-folk" - and they've only played a handful of shows in town. Alistair Reynolds and Mark Reynolds recently joined us to talk about their project and share some of their unique music:
Some of the best Illinois has to offer will be on display this weekend in Springfield. It's the annual Illinois Products Expo at the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds. More than 70 companies will be represented.
Jennifer Tyree, Bureau Chief of Marketing and Promotions with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, says it's a variety of offerings.
I used to live right on the busiest street in the world. Maybe, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but it seemed pretty busy to me. Cars zoomed up and down the street, traveling around the world, and I wasn’t allowed to go past my block on my own, which now seems to be very logical, but at the time it seemed like the most ridiculous rule. On hot summer weeks when I was cooped up to my huge lawn and vast house, my sole escape was Snow Cone Tuesday.
The Illinois House took a key first step in the state budgeting process Tuesday.
It adopted what's called a "revenue estimate" — how much money Illinois is expected to be able to spend in the next fiscal year.
The cap, of $34.495 billion, is significant in several ways: It's about a billion less than last year's number, which means lawmakers are going to have extend the tax increase or find other sources of money, or they'll have to make a lot of cuts. On the other hand, it's not as bad as some people had feared.
Most teenagers spend more time on the internet chatting with friends than reading books - let alone poetry. However, the art form has seen a recent resurgence, and in some circles is even considered "hip." In Springfield, 14 area high school students recently competed in the regional version of the Poetry Out Loud contest to recite a wide variety of poems from memory.