Headlines for Sunday, April 7

Representatives of the Illinois Community College Board told a Senate appropriations committee late last week they were looking forward to a period of stability in higher education after several years of government dysfunction.  Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget proposal is the same as the two-year college’s request of $388-million dollars. The Illinois college system serves more than 675,000 students at 48 institutions.

The seventh annual Community Art Show is Friday April 26th at Frontier Community College. Each participant will be allowed to enter a maximum of three individual pieces. There are no entry fees. Awards for the event will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on the 26th.

In the fight over a progressive income tax, Senate Republicans are trying to make it harder for income taxes to be raised in Illinois by seeking a two thirds majority requirement to pass any law that increases tax rates or fees. Three fifths of state lawmakers will have to approve the proposed amendment.

Spring represents a busy time of the year for Illinois beekeepers. Larry Krengel who represents the northern part of the state on the board of the Illinois State Beekeepers Association says beekeeping has been growing in Illinois. Statistics show Illinois has over 43-hundred beekeepers, an increase of almost 600 from last year. The State of Illinois requires that all beekeepers be registered with the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

River stages as of early this morning: Little Wabash, east of Fairfield stands at 23.40 feet, above the 17 ft. flood stage. Meanwhile, the Skillet Fork at Wayne City has a reading of 6.02 feet (flood stage is 15 ft). The Little Wabash below Clay City is at 11.42 feet (flood stage is 18 ft.).