The fear of drought-driven fires isn’t stopping most Illinois communities from putting on their annual Independence Day celebrations. Last week, several towns, including Plainfield, canceled their municipal fireworks shows because of the hot, dry conditions.
Governor Pat Quinn signed Illinois' new spending plan over the weekend. His action included plans to shut down Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center, and use some of that money to increase funding for community-based care.
Children giggle and squirm waiting to open the red and white box. Inside, the children find a peach, carrots, chocolate milk, and a turkey sandwich. The meals are provided at 26 sites around the Rockford-area.
For many children who receive free or reduced-priced meals throughout the school year, the summer food program ensures they have proper nutrition during the hottest times of the year.
Joe Leach is the Director of Youth Services at Ken-Rock Community Center in Rockford. He says the meals help the center keep costs down.
The $33.7 billion dollar budget is $57 million dollars less than the budget lawmakers sent him. As promised, the governor is moving to close several state facilities, including Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center.
Governor Pat Quinn says the Supreme Court ruling on health care means Illinois can move forward with implementation of key provisions under the federal law. The governor says Illinois will go along with the expansion of Medicaid. Quinn also says lawmakers need to resume work on setting up an insurance exchange.