Good afternoon: Here are the stories we are working to bring you for Heartland News at 5 & 6.
Gov. Pat Quinn says even though the proposed budget makes tough cuts to education he's preserving a few areas, like early childhood education and some college scholarships. Arnold Wyrick has the details at 5.
People in one Murphysboro neighborhood say they've found a little girl wandering around in the frigid temperatures for two days in a row. To make matters worse, neighbors say the toddler was barefoot and didn't have a coat on. Allison Twaits has more on this story at 6.
Illinois gun owners traveled to Springfield today making the case for the right to concealed carry in the state.
A Missouri senator is rolling out a new proposal to overhaul the state's taxes in an effort to keep pace with neighboring states.
In the Bootheel, the city of Kennett will have to wait a little longer before officials learn the results of tests taken after mold was found in the police department. Tyler Profilet has the latest tonight at 6:03.
An Illinois House committee has approved a measure that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
The Dow hit a record high yesterday. Todd Tumminia has what this means for you tonight at 6:08.
Concerns are being raised after four animals - three skunks and a horse - tested positive for rabies in southeast Missouri.
Are we in bad overall health? A new study has details about how long you could live. Holly Brantley talked to fitness gurus and health officials about what we can do to live longer productive lives.
A federal judge has ordered a small library in southern Missouri to stop blocking access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions, calling it a violation of patrons' First Amendment rights.
A man from the St. Louis area tried to save a bald eagle that was hit by a vehicle in Cape Girardeau County. We'll have the details at 6:05.
Oran had a big send-off today for their basketball team who's headed to state. Todd Richards will have more in Heartland Sports at 6.
Have a great evening -