Senate Labor Committee discusses path to $15 minimum wage

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SPRINGFIELD —  Divisions between business and labor interests were on display Wednesday at the Illinois Senate Labor Committee’s hearing on raising the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 per hour over an undefined period of years.

Barickman continues in leadership role on judiciary committee

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, has been tapped to continue his role as the lead Republican on the Senate’s judiciary committee, along with being assigned to once again serve on the executive and education committees.

2 more alleged Ford County militia members plead guilty to terrorist acts

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two East Central Illinois men who admitted their roles in firebombing an Islamic mosque in Minnesota, trying to firebomb a women’s health clinic in Champaign and other violent acts during 2017 and 2018 associated with a homegrown terrorist group face 35 years to life behind bars.

Barickman appointed to Senate leadership role

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, will once again take on extra responsibilities as a part of the Senate Republican leadership team.

Barickman recently was appointed to the role of assistant Republican leader.

Barickman sworn in to new term on Illinois Senate

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, is hopeful he can continue to build on his history of bipartisan legislative success as he begins a new term in the Illinois Senate.

So who really are Cindy and Ann Ihrke?

Ann Ihrke and her daughter-in-law, Cindy, were portrayed in a series of mass-mailings to Ford County residents ahead of the Nov.

Site of 1979 gun fight on I-57 finally memorialized

PAXTON — William “Bill” Caisse will always be remembered as a mentor to his younger brother Bob.

Bob recalls how he would look up to Bill as the two participated in track-and-field at Paxton Community High School in the 1960s, and every time Bill would set a record, Bob would try to beat it.

Senator recognized for supporting state's business climate

SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Jason Barickman, R-Bloomington, recently received the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

To receive the award, a legislator’s voting record on measures the chamber deems important to the state’s business community must be 85 percent or better over the previous two Illinois General Assemblies.

FOID card holders get 60-day grace period for submitting renewals

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Aug. 17 signed legislation that gives gun owners a 60-day grace period to keep their Firearms Owners Identification Card active while their renewal application is being processed, even if the processing period extends beyond the card’s expiration date.

Previously, FOID cards were deemed invalid if they expired during the renewal process.

40-plus local road projects included in IDOT's multi-year plan

PONTIAC — State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, recently expressed his appreciation for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s inclusion of more than 40 local road projects in its multi-year improvement program.

The projects announced recently by IDOT are planned to take place between 2019 and 2024.

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