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Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget director is warning of "devastating" consequences if lawmakers don't agree on a spending plan for another year.

Tim Nuding said Friday he's concerned about providing electricity and food at Illinois' prisons and homes for veterans and disabled residents.

Illinois' credit rating also could take another hit if there's no agreement by the end of the spring legislative session on Tuesday. That would increase the cost to taxpayers of any state borrowing.

The Republican governor has been unable to reach a deal with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton on a budget for the current fiscal year or the new year that begins July 1.

Nuding is urging lawmakers to keep negotiating, but an end to the stalemate looks unlikely before Tuesday.


A 46-year-old Centralia woman has been charged with theft by deception and two counts of felony theft after allegedly taking multiple items from a disabled person after claiming she wanted to be his girlfriend.  

Centralia Police say Amy Moghadan of North Walnut Street allegedly told the man she was selling his items to raise money for an attorney to get a divorce so the two could be together.    

Police reports indicate the two had initially met at the Charter Communications office and Moghadan invited the man to hang out at her home.  He then reportedly went to her home everyday for two weeks before Moghadan initially asked the man for $45 she needed to pay court fines.   

Moghadan then allegedly began going to the man's home where she either took or borrowed two computers, a smart phone, two TV's and Xbox with three games.  The man said he begged Moghadon not to take some of the items.  

When the man took two bikes to Moghadon's home to have one of them repaired, they allegedly were taken by a man Moghadon said was 'playing a joke' on him.  She promised to help get them back.  

At that point, Centralia Police were contacted and began the investigation that led to Moghadan's arrest.   She was taken to the Marion County Jail.  Police report some items were recovered.


Salem Pool Grand Opening Saturday

The Salem Family Aquatic Center will have it's opening day Saturday from noon to 6.  The ticket window will open at 10 .m. to purchase pool passes, swim lessons or book a pool party.  New this season, Adult Swim Lessons.

The regular pool hours will be noon to 6 Monday through Saturday and 1-6 on Sundays.  

The admission for this year, 2 and under are free, 3-64 years are $5 with those 65 and older just $3.  An Individual Summer Pass is $95 and a Family Pass is $195 for 4 people.  Early morning swim will be $3 per person or $70 EMS Pass.  

The early morning swim hours will be Monday-Friday from 6-8 .m. and Saturday from 6-9 a.m for adults only.

Water Aerobics will be every Saturday at 9 a.m.  $5 per session or a block of 4 sessions for $18.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Negotiations to end Illinois' 11-month budget stalemate appear to be going nowhere after the latest meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said Friday after the meeting that the governor "continues to fail to persuade" during working groups as lawmakers look for an agreement.

Rauner wants pro-business legislation and curbs on the power of unions in exchange for a tax increase to address a $5 billion deficit. Madigan has called the demands a "personal agenda" that hurts the middle class. 

Illinois lawmakers adjourn Tuesday and if they don't pass a budget before then it's going to get harder. That's because a spending plan will require three-fifths support in each chamber. 

Rauner says he's going to continue to pursue a compromise. He'll meet with leaders again Sunday.


The Illinois State Police recently conducted special Traffic Enforcement Patrols or sTEP during the evening hours on Saturday, May 21st and morning hours of Sunday, May 22nd in Jasper and Effingham Counties.

Three occupant restraint citations were issued along with 2 drug or alchohol related arrests, 14 speeding citations, 7 speeding warnings, 24 total citations and arrests with 17 total written warnings.

The state police remind motorists slowing down and observing the speed limit not only saves lives, but also saves on gas.  Additionally, safety belts are proven to be the most effective safety devices in vehicles today and are estimated to save over 12,000 lives each year.  

The project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.




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