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Rockford Register Star Thursday, June 6, 2019 A3

Pritzker signs Illinois budget, income tax measure

By Sophia Tareen fiscal year that begins next responsibility has arrived in effect in January 2021. for Illinoisans.
The Associated Press month has been called “bal- Illinois,” Pritzker said at a The issue was a campaign House Republican Leader Jim
anced” by both Republicans Chicago bill signing alongside pledge for Pritzker, who calls Durkin on Wednesday called it
CHICAGO — Gov. JB Pritzker and Democrats. It’s a 2% enthusiastic fellow Democrats the graduated tax system a a “blank check for uncontrolled
on Wednesday signed an increase over the current year, and community leaders. “fair” tax because it would spending.”
approximately $40 billion state fully funds Illinois’ $9 bil- The income tax measure adds replace the current 4.95% flat “Illinois families should
budget with more money for lion pension contribution and a constitutional amendment rate, which critics contend eats remain very wary on the rates
education and the state’s child authorizes the borrowing of question to November 2020 up a greater share of income at that are being ‘promised’ today
welfare agency, along with a $1.2 billion to pay $6.7 billion ballots asking voters whether lower wages. — as Democrats will continue
measure that could pave the in overdue bills. The budget they want to switch from a flat- Republicans, who pushed to come back, year after year,
way for a graduated income tax also includes a $1,600 annual rate income tax to one based on back on the pay raises, were also and pickpocket more money
in Illinois. pay raise for lawmakers. income. If approved, the new critical of the graduated income from Illinois families and busi-
The spending plan for the “A new era of fiscal scaled approach would take tax measure calling it harmful nesses,” he said in a statement.

EPA gives $600K to Midway Village wants

Rockford, S. Beloit you to die of dysentery
By Corina Curry city’s oldest industrial areas
Staff writer on the southwest side. Rockford museum Midway Village educator
“Brownfield grant funds to host live action Caitlin Treece, left, and
The U.S. Environmental have been an early economic version of Oregon Trail special events coordinator
Protection Agency announced catalyst in Rockford for valu- computer game Alyssa McGhghy blow
grant awards of $300,000 each able redevelopment projects, up an inflatable wagon
to the cities of Rockford and including the UW Health By Derrick Mason on Monday for use in
South Beloit on Wednesday to Sports Factory, the downtown Staff writer Saturday’s Oregon Trail
be spent on cleaning up con- Embassy Suites hotel, and the IRL event at Midway
taminated properties. Rock Valley College Advanced ROCKFORD — Since 1971, Village Museum. [RACHAEL
The announcement does not Technology Education Center people have been able to fire up KEATING/RRSTAR.COM
state specifically where and at the former Barber-Colman their computers and embark on CORRESPONDENT]
how each municipality plans to manufacturing complex,” said a quest along the 1848 Oregon
spend the money. The money Mayor Tom McNamara. “We Trail. If you go the game put players in the
is earmarked for brownfield will continue to utilize these Minutes later, they die of shoes of a traveler trying to
site revitalization to help gov- grant funds in a manner most cholera or watch a family What: Oregon Trail IRL escort a family of five safely
ernments redevelop vacant effective to reduce blight and member drown in 3 feet of Where: Midway Village Museum, from Missouri to Oregon via
and unused properties. turn brownfield properties water while attempting to ford 6799 Guilford Rd. covered wagon. Players could
A total of 149 communi- into community assets.” a river. When: Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 come up with a perfect travel
ties across the U.S. received South Beloit will use the It’s a scenario familiar to p.m. for all ages; 5-7 p.m. for plan, load their wagon and set
funding Wednesday. money to determine if there is anyone who has played “The 21-and-over off toward their new home only
“We are targeting these any environmental contami- Oregon Trail,” which was Cost: $6 for children and $8 for to die from fever, exhaustion or
funds to areas that need them nation near the confluence popularized in schools in the adults any number of disasters.
the most,” EPA Administrator of Turtle Creek and the Rock mid-1980s and 1990s. Now, To register: Teams must reg- Though the game frustrated
Andrew Wheeler said in a River and determine if any Midway Village Museum is ister by Thursday by emailing students for years, millenni-
news release. “Approximately cleanup is necessary before bringing the computer game to McGhghy at specialevents@ als have recently embraced it
40% of the selected recipients the area is redeveloped. life — complete with “deaths” or by calling for the nostalgia factor. Retail
are receiving the grants for the “We know the power of from dysentery or a broken 815-397-9112, ext. 104. outlets even sell T-shirts that
first time, which means we are this award and need to look leg — with its Oregon Trail IRL read “you have died of dysen-
reaching areas that may previ- no further than the impact of event on Saturday. tery” in a graphic that hearkens
ously been neglected.” our first grant five years ago,” The interactive events that said Caitlin Treece, educator at back to the early days of Apple
“Many communities are said South Beloit Mayor Ted are a part of the journey at Midway Village. “We’ve heard computers.
ready to move forward Rehl. “We restored a large Midway Village will see play- a lot of people advertise this to Midway Village looked to
with redevelopment, they portion of our downtown, ers shoot rubber band guns, their friends as ‘Do you want capitalize on the game’s resur-
just lack the funding to get maintained one hundred jobs, search for resources and pull to come catch dysentery with gence with its event, which is
started,” added EPA Regional and created green space out team members across a tarp me?’” part of the museum’s effort
Administrator Cathy Stepp. of a toxic dumping ground.” “river,” among other chal- From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on to attract younger adults to
Rockford plans to use the Corina Curry: 815-987- lenges. Disaster is always Saturday, families will be able the museum. In August, the
funds to promote redevelop- 1371; ccurry@rrstar. lurking around the corner as to play an educational ver- museum will host “Tipsy
ment efforts in some of the com; @corinacurry players try to avoid receiv- sion of the game, minus all the History Prohibition,” an event
ing calamity cards that cause untimely deaths. that will turn the village into a
problems such as broken wagon But starting at 5 p.m. teams dry town in the 1920s.
wheels. of up to six people will par- “We just kind of sat down
The teams with the most ticipate in a competitive live and thought about what we, as
IN BRIEF points by the end of the game action Oregon Trail experi- millennials, would be attracted
will be eligible for prizes, if they ence, as they load up their to, and pop culture and nostal-
ENVIRONMENT Trust, 5360 Bridge St. survive the journey. Some esti- wagons, hunt for food and gia type things are very much
Goodwill to host Items that can be donated mates suggest about one in 10 treat snake bites. Prairie heart warmers for us millen-
recycling event include cell phones, com- travelers died over a 25-year Street Brewing Co. employees nials,” said Alyssa McGhghy,
puters, printers, small span in the mid-1800s. will also be on hand to serve special events coordinator for
ROSCOE — Goodwill appliances, VCRs, DVD play- “I’m not sure how our mor- drinks during the 21-and-over Midway Village.
Northern Illinois will host a ers and stereos. tality rate in the game will event.
free electronics recycling event For a complete list of accept- compare to that because I Remembered for its 8-bit Derrick Mason: 815-987-
from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday able items: think a lot of people in this graphics and incredible dif- 1344; dmason@rrstar.
at First National Bank and Steaff reports game actually want to die,” ficulty, the digital version of com; @derrickhmason

Commander’s use of deadly force ruled justified

By Ken DeCoster the occupants attorney’s office. filed against Miller, who has a indicted for driving with a sus-
Staff writer of a vehicle after Investigators determined valid concealed carry license. pended license.
their vehicles that a vehicle occupied by Arrest warrants have been Anyone with information
ROCKFORD — A high-ranking collided in the two people drove directly into issued for Alexandro N. Elmore, concerning the whereabouts
Rockford police commander’s area of Eighth Redd’s personal vehicle while 30, and Alexandro Marquez, of Elmore and Marquez should
use of deadly force during a Jan. Street and Fifth she was seated in the driver’s 20, who were recently indicted contact Rockford Police at
20 traffic altercation was justi- Redd Avenue. seat. Redd fired her depart- by a grand jury for aggravated 815-966-2900 or Rockford
fied, according to the Winnebago No injuries ment-issued service weapon at assault, attempted aggravated Area Crime Stoppers at
County State’s Attorney’s were reported. the occupants of the other car battery, mob action, obstruct- 815-963-7867.
Office. An investigation by the as they drove into her vehicle at ing justice, criminal damage to
Assistant Deputy Chief Winnebago-Boone County a high rate of speed, according property and leaving the scene Ken DeCoster: 815-987-
Carla Redd and her husband, Integrity Task Force was to the state’s attorney’s office. of an accident involving damage 1391; kdecoster@rrstar.
Ronald Miller, opened fire on reviewed by the state’s No criminal charges were to a vehicle. Elmore was also com; @DeCosterKen

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