Illinois governor hopeful pledges $1M of fortune
CHICAGO (AP) - Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) has pledged $1 million of his personal fortune to a credit union on Chicago's South Side for loans to small African-American businesses.
Now the wealthy businessman, who's courting black voters as he tries to unseat Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, is catching heat.
Rikeesha Phelon is Illinois spokeswoman for the Democratic Governors Association. She says it's a clear attempt to buy votes.
Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf says he's "putting his own money where his mouth is" and helping create jobs.
Rauner's pledge came during a meeting with an African-American economic development group.
Mark Allen leads the group and says it's asking the candidates to commit to spend campaign funds in black communities. Rauner took it a step further.
WLS-TV first reported the pledge.
Quinn signs bills bolstering Ill. child protection
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday that supporters say will strengthen state child-protective services.
One bolsters child-safety plans composed by the Department of Children and Family Services. Deerfield Democratic Senator Julie Morrison says her initiative gives DCFS the ability to move a child to the home of a relative when there is an allegation of abuse or neglect that doesn't yet warrant state custody or foster care.
Another is meant to stop what Morrison calls a "disturbing trend" - parents who give up custody of their children because they can't get proper mental health treatment. The measure allows parents to get state assistance for treatment when their private insurance won't pay any more and they earn too much to receive Medicaid.
Quinn signs law expanding ban an cyberbullying
CHICAGO (AP) - Governor Pat Quinn has extended the state's ban on student cyberbullying to include actions outside of school.
Quinn signed the legislation on Friday. It prohibits bullying of students via electronic technology even when they're not in school, and applies to devices that aren't owned or used by a school.
The new law expands on a previous legislation banning cyberbullying in schools. It also requires schools to investigate any act of bullying that disrupts school operations or education processes.
It was sponsored by state Rep. Laura Fine and state Sen. Ira Silverstein, and takes effect January 1st.
Fine says students should "not be able to get away with intimidating fellow classmates outside of school."
Ill. drone law extended to private operators
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday extending state drone regulations to private craft.
Supporters say the measure ensures citizens' expectations of privacy.
Drones are unmanned aircraft that can be used for surveillance. Lawmakers adopted a plan last year to regulate drones owned by law enforcement agencies to protect privacy.
The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the law needed to cover all drones because more and more private operators are conducting surveillance.
The law ensures that police agencies cannot hire private operators to do surveillance.
Memorial set for ex-Ill. Commerce Chairman Manshio
CHICAGO (AP) - Memorial services are scheduled for Chicago civic leader and former Illinois Commerce Commission Chairman Calvin K. Manshio.
A family spokeswoman says the 67-year-old Manshio died of cancer on July 24th. Visitation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Lakeview Funeral Home in Chicago, with a memorial service at 2 p.m.
Manshio served on the Commerce Commission from 1985 to 1992. The Chicago attorney was president of the Japanese American Service Committee from 1993 to 1997 and chairman of the Asian American Coalition of Chicago in 1998.
Manshio founded the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago in 1987 and had been serving as president of the Japanese Mutual Aid Society of Chicago since 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Wallace, three children, seven grandchildren and other family members.
Firefighter puts out neighbor's Bloomington blaze
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - If only everyone's neighbor could be a firefighter.
When a fire broke out on the deck of a southwest-side Bloomington home Thursday afternoon, the neighbor who spotted it called the fire department - and then dialed fire Captain Dave Burke.
The Pantagraph reports that Burke lives across the street and was off duty at the time. He extinguished the blaze with a garden hose.
Fellow Captain Jeff Emmert describes the damage as moderate. Firefighters left the scene after about 30 minutes.
Emmert says an investigation determined that the cause was spontaneous combustion of deck-staining materials.
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