The Dixon and Sterling areas will lose about 170 full-time jobs over the next year when a manufacturer moves its facilities to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The Anchor-Coupling plants are owned by Caterpillar: the parent company is moving the jobs as it consolidates more of its operations. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke says it’s a big loss to the community. He says he learned months ago the plants were being evaluated.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn approved a supplemental spending bill this week for the budget year ending June 30th.
The $1.8 billion package pays down some of the state’s overdue bills. It also allocates a small amount of money required to obtain federal disaster funds following the November tornadoes that hit Washington, Gifford, and other Illinois towns.
Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago) says it also spends $47 million dollars for weather-related road work.
Later this week, a legislative panel will meet to finalize a report on addressing heroin use in Illinois. It’s one of two task forces created by the General Assembly to come up with solutions. Their work comes amid concerns about the number of fatal overdoses across the state.
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Toe-tapping rhythms and whimsical lyrics will waft over the shady lawn of the Gurler House on Pine Street in DeKalb, as the Gurler Heritage Association presents the fourteenth annual Folk Music Fest, Saturday, June 21st.
WNIJ invites you to join folk music fans from noon to 5 p.m. for an afternoon of great music. Enjoy Jim Kanas, “David Balika and Friends” and “Last Night’s Fun”. Get all the details from our Events Calendar.