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>>State Rep Guilty Of Misusing Scholarship Money
(Chicago, IL) -- Another Illinois politician is facing possible jail time for corruption. Former State Rep Connie Howard pled guilty yesterday to using 28-thousand dollars in scholarship money on personal expenses. She'd raised the cash through her annual "Tee Off for Technology" golf outing, which was supposed to help kids looking to pursue degrees in computer science and related areas of technology. Howard could spend up to six months behind bars but her attorney will argue against any jail time.
>>President Focusing On Middle Class
(Galesburg, IL) -- President Obama wants to shore up the middle-class in his last years in office. He says creating jobs, plus providing access to education, home ownership, and a secure retirement are the cornerstones of building a strong middle class. He's calling on Republicans in Congress to take a stand, especially those who agree with him behind closed doors,
but are afraid to vote with him for fear of political backlash. President Obama says that's the wrong attitude and he urges all members of Congress to focus on the American people. He says what Congress won't do, he'll do by executive order.
>>FEMA Extends Flood Aid Deadline Again
(Springfield, IL) -- There's still time to apply for federal flood aid. FEMA has extended the deadline for people who had damage during spring floods back in April. The new deadline is Thursday, August 8th. To qualify, people must live in one of the 35 counties that were declared disaster areas. Check out DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-FEMA for more details.
>> Still No Deal In Ottawa Teacher Negotiations
(Ottawa, IL) -- Teachers in Ottawa could soon be headed toward the picket lines. Contract negotiations between high school teachers and the school board have hit a gridlock and neither side is budging. Teachers are asking for a one-point-nine-percent raise this year and next year but the board would rather pay flat rate stipends. If there's no movement in the next three weeks, striking might be the next option.
>>No Burger King In Mattoon Illinois
(Mattoon, IL) -- Burger King isn't welcome in Mattoon. Well, at least not the popular food chain known for its Whopper of a burger. In fact, the chain restaurant can't put a location within 20-miles of Mattoon. That's because Gene and Betty Hoots' trademarked their local restaurants "Frigid Queen" and "Burger King" in Illinois in 1957, before the home of the whopper ever put stores in the state. The battle over the names came to a head in court about a decade later and, since the Hoots' already had rights in Mattoon, a judge ruled they could keep their name, but only in their home town.
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