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>>Balanced Budget On File
(Dixon, IL) -- Dixon is set to approve next year's budget. The final vote comes the 15th. The finance director says the city will have a cushion of 160-thousand dollars in the capital-projects fund and 90-thousand in the equipment fund.
>>Teen Sexual Abuse Charges
(Fairview Heights, IL) -- A Georgia man is accused of sexually abusing a Fairview Heights girl. Authorities say 20-year-old Maurice Jackson spent last Thursday at a hotel with the 15-year-old. The crime's classified as a Class-2 felony.
>>Extreme Speeding Law Effective
(Quincy, IL) -- A new law for Quincy's extreme speeders is in effect. As of yesterday, if a driver's going 31-miles or more over the speed limit in a rural area he or she will be fined thousands and face jail time too. The same penalty applies if the driver's going 25-miles or more over the city speed limit. "Julie's Law" is named after a Chicago-area teen. She died in 2011 after getting hit by a driver going 76 in a 40-mile-per-hour zone.
>>Fireworks Shows For Holiday
(Undated) -- Several towns are holding fireworks displays on the Fourth. Quincy will hold its show at dusk at the Illinois Veterans Home. Macomb presents its annual display at Hanson Field Stadium at six and a fireworks show in Carthage starts at dusk at the Illini West High School football field.
>>Petunia Festival Going On
(Dixon, IL) -- Rising Rock River waters aren't stopping Dixon's Petunia Festival. Organizers say attendees should be careful, though. The Rock River has flooded the bottom sidewalks at Heritage Crossing and approached the parking area near Dixon High School. The show opens Thursday in Page Park and ends Sunday. This year, admission is free.
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