News headlines for the evening of Thursday, August 10, 2017
- Illinois republican legislators talked with people in Rock Island about school funding, the budget, pensions, and the state's "sanctuary" status. State Senator Neil Anderson from Andalusia and Representative Tony McCombie of Savanna had "Coffee and Conversation" with more than 50 people at Theo's Java Club downtown.
- The old Rhythm City Casino barge is now the responsibility of the city of Keokuk after Davenport donated it to whoever agreed to pay the moving costs. But Keokuk city administrator Aaron Burnett says the move has been delayed because potential contractors weren't able to get ahold of the proper equipment required to move the barge.
- Money in politics was a big theme as Patricia Avery announced her candidacy for Illinois Lieutenant Governor Thursday in Champaign. Running on a ticket with gubernatorial candidate Tio Hardiman, Avery says that their campaign will be about people and not money. And gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker announced his running mate today. He's running with state Representantive Juliana Stratton of Chicago.
- Recently four Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa ended operations. This comes after the Republican controlled-state legislature blocked federal funding to the organization as a way to restrict abortion access. In addition to abortions, Planned Parenthood provides birth control, STD testing and cancer screenings. Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah Boden looks to see if these closings have effected healthcare access in Iowa.
Chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight ahead of mostly clear skies for a few days. A low around 61 degrees tonight. Mostly sunny tomorrow with a high near 78. Clear skies with temperatures in the high 70s this weekend. After tonight, rain is expected to hold until next Wednesday.