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Longtime Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan donated $100,001 to his own campaign this week. Why that amount? Because by law a donation of more than $100,000 to a candidates own campaign makes that campaign self-funded and removes the limitations of what can be raised for or against the candidate. It's a move that will allow other big money donors to make equally large donations to Madigan's campaign now that the limits are off the donation caps. Reporter Cole Lauterbach explains the tricky campaign finance... 

 


Despite a new report that indicates a 6% decline in casino revenue in the state of Illinois, lawmakers still appear eager to expand gambling in the state of Illinois. That expansion includes the launch of 6 new casinos including casinos in Rockford, Danville, Waukegan, Williamson County, the south suburbs of Cook County and one in Chicago. Reporter Greg Bishop has more on gambling expansion and declining revenue in Illinois...

 


An 88 member panel of lawmakers and experts met in Chicagon on Tuesday to go over some ideas for attempting to reduce the property tax burden in the state of Illinois. The state of Illinois has some of the highest property taxes in the nation and with the state in a constant budget shortfall due to pensions, finding ways to relieve that burden is an incredible challenge. Reporter Greg Bishop has more... 

 


Kewanee Schools Approved a New Budget on Monday Night

Dr Chris Sullens, Kewanee Superintendent of Schools was our guest on People to People on Tuesday. Dr. Sullens was on hand to talk about the newly approved Kewanee Schools Budget which Dr Sullens tells WKEI has Kewanee in a better position that a lot of other schools in the state... 

Building projects have proven to be an area where the Kewanee Schools budget can struggle as Dr Sullens explains... 

Dr Chris Sullens, Kewanee Schools Superintendent was our guest on People to People on Tuesday and you can hear the entirety of our conversation in our People to People Podcast on the podcast page at RegionalDailyNews.com and linked here


The death of a dog due to smoke inhalation in a kitchen fire last month in Kewanee has led to a new charity donation from the Henry County Humane Society of Kewanee. For the first time, the Kewanee Fire Department now has masks specifically made for pets for firefighters to get them the oxygen they need in an emergency. Tim Doubek is a Kewanee Firefighter and a member of the board at the Henry County Humane Society...

Louise Harrison is the chairman of the Henry County Humane Society and she talked about the inspiration for this effort... 

The kits which include multiple sizes of masks and air tubes were donated on Tuesday night so most of the Kewanee Firefighters haven't seen them yet as Tim Doubek explains... 

The pet masks were part of the overall fundraising efforts of the Henry County Humane Society which has more plans for helping with pet safety in the future, specifically related to making sure pets are taken care of in emergencies like a fire in a home. 

Members of the Henry County Humane Society pose with Kewanee Firefighters and Fire Dog Diesel. 


Last night at the Kewanee Public Library Anita Banerji from Forefront spoke to an active and engaged audience organized by the Kewanee Leauge of Women Voters about the importance and impact of an accurate census. The most striking effect of an inaccurate or lower than expected census could be the loss of not one but two congressional seats... 

Then there will be the loss of federal funds. The state of Illinois stands to lose millions of dollars in federal funds over the decade if the state fails to get an accurate count in the Census. 

Breaking it down by person currently in the state of Illinois, Anita Banerji makes clear the amount of federal funding the state stands to lose... 

You can watch and listen to the entirety of Anita Banerji's presentation last night at the Kewanee Public Library on our Facebook page linked here


National Weather Service's Harvest Outlook

The National Weather Service is expecting a favorable stretch heading into October for the upcoming harvest. Chris Miller with the National Weather Service explains for October, we usually see the first frost the last two weeks of the month. However, this year the National Weather Service is predicting above-normal temperatures for those weeks.

Miller reports for late fall and early winter, we can expect cooler than normal temperatures.