illinois http://wkms.org en Dem IL Congressional Candidate Pushing for Brookport Levee Repairs, Looks to Unseat Shimkus http://wkms.org/post/dem-il-congressional-candidate-pushing-brookport-levee-repairs-looks-unseat-shimkus <p>Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representative’s 15<sup>th</sup> District, Eric Thorsland told residents in Brookport he wants to see funds put into the village’s levee repairs.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:45:31 +0000 Lance Dennee 41357 at http://wkms.org Dem IL Congressional Candidate Pushing for Brookport Levee Repairs, Looks to Unseat Shimkus New Law Passed on Poker Runs in Illinois http://wkms.org/post/new-law-passed-poker-runs-illinois <p>Charity Poker Runs are now under the control of local county governments in Illinois.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law simplifies the permitting process and reduces the fee for charity poker runs to a maximum of 25-dollars. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:55:21 +0000 Jeff Williams 41214 at http://wkms.org New Law Passed on Poker Runs in Illinois Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL http://wkms.org/post/severe-weather-sweeps-through-western-ky-and-southern-il <p>Communities throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois are contending with high water, hail damage, and downed trees this morning following severe storms that passed through our region last night.&nbsp;</p><p>Residents in Beulah in Hopkins County reported a large funnel cloud at about 7:30 p.m., and a large wedge-shaped tornado close to a mile wide was reported in Christian an hour later.&nbsp; Winds of up to 70 miles an hour were recorded near Elkton in Todd County.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:09:35 +0000 Troy Taylor & and Todd Hatton 41071 at http://wkms.org Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL Illinois Residents Have Highest Rate of Discontent http://wkms.org/post/illinois-residents-have-highest-rate-discontent <p dir="ltr" style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Half the people in Illinois are eager to move to another state, according to a new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/168770/half-illinois-connecticut-move-elsewhere.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">Gallup poll</a>. The Land of Lincoln has the highest rate of discontentment among the states.</p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 13:11:32 +0000 Marine Perot 40254 at http://wkms.org Illinois Residents Have Highest Rate of Discontent $7M Announced for Ill. Non-Violent Offender Program http://wkms.org/post/7m-announced-ill-non-violent-offender-program <p>Illinois&nbsp;officials say the $7 million announced for efforts to move incarcerated non-violent&nbsp;offenders&nbsp;into community-based&nbsp;programs&nbsp;comes from the state's general revenue fund.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Sunday, saying community&nbsp;programs&nbsp;save money and are shown to produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent&nbsp;offenders.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:43:08 +0000 The Associated Press 37692 at http://wkms.org $7M Announced for Ill. Non-Violent Offender Program Quinn Travels IL Announcing Grants And Refunds http://wkms.org/post/quinn-travels-il-announcing-grants-and-refunds <p></p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn took part in his second tour around the state this week signing legislation refunding money to taxpayers and announcing capital investments.</p><p>Quinn began his day by signing legislation in East Alton that returned more than $8 million dollars from a now defunct hospital to property owners in southwest Illinois.</p><p>In Springfield the Quinn announced a capital investment to expand the Prairie Capitol Convention Center. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:08:52 +0000 The Associated Press 36564 at http://wkms.org Quinn Travels IL Announcing Grants And Refunds IL Rains Helping Soil Recovery http://wkms.org/post/il-rains-helping-soil-recovery <p></p><p>Illinois' state climatologist says late-October rains helped restore soil moisture after three exceptionally dry months.</p><p>Climatologist Jim Angel says a near-normal 3 point 2 inches of precipitation fell in October, most of it in the last few days of the month. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:11:33 +0000 The Associated Press 36301 at http://wkms.org IL Rains Helping Soil Recovery IL Lawmakers Promote Survey And Budgeting Model http://wkms.org/post/il-lawmakers-promote-survey-and-budgeting-model <p></p><p>Two Illinois state senators say they want "partisan bickering" over the state's budget to be put aside.</p><p>Democrat Dan Kotowski and Republican Pam Althoff are holding a news conference today in Chicago to announce the findings of a study on what Illinois taxpayers' want. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:13:09 +0000 The Associated Press 36119 at http://wkms.org IL Lawmakers Promote Survey And Budgeting Model Topinka Unveils New Financial Records Database http://wkms.org/post/topinka-unveils-new-financial-records-database <p>Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has launched a public database that puts local government financial information and tens of thousands of other records online.</p><p>Topinka's office is calling the database "The Warehouse" and says it will include information from&nbsp; counties, municipalities and special taxing districts across Illinois.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:18:46 +0000 The Associated Press 36103 at http://wkms.org Topinka Unveils New Financial Records Database Thousands Expected At Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Rally http://wkms.org/post/thousands-expected-illinois-same-sex-marriage-rally <p></p><p>Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.</p><p>Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in today's "March on Springfield." The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:36:28 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 35925 at http://wkms.org Thousands Expected At Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Rally