With an eye towards the Prairie State’s history in the White House, Illinois celebrates President’s Day today Monday, February 19.  General Washington’s victories at Yorktown and other battlefields helped force Britain to officially cede Illinois Territory to the new United States in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, making it possible to create the future state of Illinois thirty-five years later.  Washington’s birthday is the ancestor of what is now President’s Day, and 2018 marks the first President’s 286th birthday.  One of Washington’s veterans, James Monroe, as President signed the bill in 1818 that made Illinois the 21st state.   

The first President who lived in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, was elected in 1869 when Illinois as a state was only 42 years old.  Lincoln, whose 209th birthday was observed last week on February 12, has become a symbol of the State’s bicentennial celebration.  Ronald Reagan is the only President  actually born in Illinois (Tampico), while Ulysses S. Grant lived in Galena, Illinois. The most recent President who lived in Illinois was former State Senator Barack Obama who lived in Chicago.

Rep. Severin questioning school superintendents recently on the new school
aid formula at an Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education hearing.
State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) issued the following statement in reaction to the Governor’s budget address today.

“I believe the Governor laid out a realistic look at the State of Illinois’ financial picture in his budget address today. We’ve suffered under the rule of Mike Madigan and the Chicago tax-and spend politicians for decades. Changes need to be made. Long term financial health will only happen in Illinois if we enact conservative fiscal policies, and economic growth is the only way we will ever get a handle on our debt and deficits.

Illinois ranks at the bottom of most lists when compared to other states when it comes to economic indicators and job growth. Our workers’ compensation costs are too high and the regulations on job creators are too burdensome. Today, the Governor stated his desire to ensure that Illinois’ economy grows faster than government spending. I couldn’t agree more.

Another major key to energizing our economy is to unleash the power of the untapped natural resources that sit right below our feet in Southern Illinois. We must get the government off the backs of job creators and entrepreneurs. Our working families can’t take more taxes and our businesses can’t take more regulations. I think the message from today’s budget address was clear. Illinois needs to grow good paying jobs for working families if we are going to survive our long-term financial challenges.”

What: Governor Rauner delivers budget address

Where: Illinois State Capitol – House Chamber

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Time: 12:00 p.m.

The address will be streamed on Facebook Live and at the following links:

http://www.ilga.gov/houseaudvid.asp





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Illinois 34
Franklin County
Thompsonville, Illinois




The Illinois Department of Transportation would like to alert motorists
traveling on IL 34 near Thompsonville in Franklin County
of an upcoming ROAD CLOSURE.

Beginning Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 8:00 A.M.,
IL 34 approximately 1.75 miles east of Thompsonville will be closed.

This closure is necessary to facilitate the repair of a drainage structure.
The road is expected to be open by 5:00 P.M.
on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Motorists should use the marked detour or seek an alternate route.
Message boards and signs will be in place to alert traffic of the closure.

For IDOT District 9 updates on twitter, follow us at
https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict9.