>>Republican Day At State Fair
(Springfield, IL) -- Republican leaders are taking over the state fair today. They'll hit the Director's Lawn at about 12:30p.m. with appearances from all four candidates for governor. It'll be the first time Senator Bill Brady, Senator Kirk Dillard, Businessman Bruce Rauner, and Treasurer Dan Rutherford all appear in public together, hyping the crowd about why they're the best person for the state's top job. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is also expected to speak.
>>Lawmakers Finding A Way While They Aren’t Being Paid
(Springfield, IL) -- Many lawmakers are trying to make ends meet while they aren’t being paid. State Senator Terry Link says he’s okay for now because his wife still works, but that may not the case for everyone. He and his colleagues haven’t been paid since July 1st because Governor Quinn slashed their salaries from the budget. He says lawmakers shouldn’t be paid until they reach a deal on pension reform. Link says Quinn’s move was purely political and it hasn’t done anything to move the pension progress forward.
>>Comptroller Candidate Bows Out Of Race
(Springfield, IL) -- Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn has cleared the path for Sheila Simon to run on the Democratic ticket for Comptroller. He bowed out of the race yesterday at the Democratic County Chairmen’s breakfast in Springfield. Blackburn says he’s impressed with Simon’s service to the state and is confident she’ll bring increased accountability and transparency to the comptroller’s office. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin commended Blackburn on suspending his campaign, calling it gracious and selfless act of service reminiscent of Simon’s dad, former U.S. Senator Paul Simon.
>>Metro East Man Guilty Of Child Sex Trafficking
(Jerseyville, IL) -- A Metro-East man has admitted to paying more than a thousand bucks to have sex with a minor. Sixty-five year old David Driskill pled guilty to charges of commercial sex trafficking earlier this week and faces 15 years behind bars. He was busted in an undercover sting back in May, when he handed over 15-hundred-bucks to an investigator. Authorities were put on to Driskill after he sent texts messages to a woman telling her he’d pay big money to have sex with her nine year old daughter, plus he’d throw in an extra 500 if she sent an inappropriate picture. The woman forwarded the messages on to police, who set up a sting and arrested Driskill in Jerseyville.
>>Clean Energy Plant To Add 300 Jobs In Morgan County
(Jacksonville, IL) -- The FutureGen 2.0 project is expected to put more than 300 people to work in Morgan County. The number was revealed in a new economic-impact analysis conducted by the U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs in Urbana. FutureGen Spokesman Lawrence Pacheco tells the “Springfield Journal Register” the project will be a major economic booster in the area, paying out about 318-million-dollars in wages over a 20-year span. Adding so many jobs in Morgan County can breathe new life into the area, which is struggling with an eight-point-six percent unemployment rate.
>>Daley Doubts Quinn Can Win Again
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn doesn’t have what it takes to win another election. That’s according to his challenger, Bill Daley, who says Democrats need someone who can actually lead on top of the ticket next year. He says Quinn has failed when it comes to pension reform, and he says Quinn’s record has burdened the middle class, increased taxes, and lead to high unemployment. Quinn denies those claims, of course. He says his record includes dealing with corruption, reforming the education system, bringing High Speed Rail to Illinois, and putting 400-thousand people to work through the Illinois Jobs Now Capital Construction Plan.
>>Jackson To Report To Prison November 1st
(Washington, D.C.) -- Jesse Jackson, Junior has just a couple more months of freedom. A judge has ordered him to report to prison on or before November 1st. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for stealing 750-thousand dollars from his campaign fund. He could shave about four months off his sentence for good behavior. Once he finishes his time, his wife Sandi will head to prison for a year for signing off on false tax returns.
>>Woman Was Drunk When She Hit, Killed College Student
(Galesburg, IL) -- A Galesburg woman says she was drunk and speeding when she struck and killed a Knox College student. Lakeesha Smith pled guilty to charges of reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident in court yesterday. She hit Tundun Lawani last October as she was crossing the street with a group of friends. Smith told the judge she left the scene because she didn’t want to see anyone lying in the middle of the road. She faces up to 20 years behind bars.
>>Quad Cities Ballpark Ranked Best In Nation
(Davenport, IA) -- The Quad Cities is apparently a good place to take in a baseball game. The Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa is the nation's best minor league ballpark, according to a “USA Today” reader's poll. The park is home to the Quad Cities River Bandits, the Class A affiliate of the Houston Astros. Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky and FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pennsylvania were ranked as the second and third best parks on the list.
>>Check Out The Tiger Show At State Fair
(Springfield, IL) -- If you’re heading out to Republican Day at the State Fair, be sure to swing by Happy Hollow and see a few big cats put on a show. The Bengal Tiger Encounter features a 450-pound golden tabby, which is one of the rarest big cats in the world. It’s one of four tigers in the show that’ll roll over, stand on their hind legs, and sit on perches on cue. There are two free shows each weekday starting at 1:20 p.m and 3:20 p.m.