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Family Video Closing Two Springfield Locations

Eric Broughton

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If you are among the few people who still rent DVDs at your local movie store, you may have already noticed that your neighborhood Family Video is having a going out of business sale. As of now two Family Video locations, one located on 2701 W Lawrence Ave and the other at 930 W Jefferson St, are closing. There have been special sales posted that began at the stores a few weeks ago.

Family Video Movie Club Inc. is an American video rental chain located in the United States and Canada. In 2003, the family-owned company relocated its headquarters from Springfield to Glenview, Illinois., and has over 775 stores in North America with the heaviest concentration in the Midwest. In 2013, the company surpassed Blockbuster, which was in decline, as the largest video rental chain in the United States. It is the last major Video/DVD chain in the United States.

A few locations in Springfield will still remain open for now, including locations off Koke Mill Road, North Grand Avenue, South MacArthur Boulevard, and South 6th Street.

 

[The irony of this article, is that I’m watching Netflix while writing it]

 

CEO & Co-Founder of Springfield Daily. Former financial analyst and project manager, turned online entrepreneur. Eric also owns Interactive Media, a digital marketing and consulting firm located in Downtown Springfield as well as the fitness startup FitTube. Eric received his Masters in Business Administration from Benedictine University, prior to that played college football at Quincy University, and is a Springfield High alumni.

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SJ-R writers march for a contract

Thomas Clatterbuck

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2007 was the year President George W. Bush sent the “surge” of troops to Iraq, the iPhone was released, and the subprime mortgage bubble popped. It was also when writers at the State Journal-Register (SJR) last got a raise. Even after forming a union in 2012, the newsroom writers are still fighting to get their first contract with GateHouse Media. GateHouse Media is part of the New Media Investment Group, which acquired the SJR in 2007. They are based in Fairport, New York,

Today, members of the local United Media Guild marched to demand a labor contract. Those negotiations are ongoing in St. Louis, and have made some progress. A deal struck last year will guarantee a one percent raise in September of this year, and a 1.75 percent raise in October of next year. The marchers were joined by members of other local labor unions including AFSCME.

The local United Media Guild is part of The NewsGuild-CWA which represents 25,000 journalists and media workers across the nation.

You can see our interviews with Union representatives in the video player above, and watch some of the march in the player below.

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New Opportunity Zones coming to Central Illinois

Thomas Clatterbuck

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Hundreds of sites in Illinois are being made more business friendly thanks to new “Opportunity Zones.”  372 sites across Illinois were selected to receive special tax breaks to encourage private investments. These locations were chosen based on a number of factors relating to economic need. Many areas in Central Illinois received zones, including Springfield, Decatur, Champaign; as well as a number of smaller communities.

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13) said, “Opportunity Zones, which were a key aspect of the tax reform package we passed, will continue to spur economic investment in areas that need it the most. During the recession, many of our rural communities were hit the hardest and have been the slowest to recover. The tax-free, private investments that will be a result of these Opportunity Zones will help create jobs and grow these communities. We’ve only just started to see the benefits from tax reform and because of provisions like this, we will continue to see tax reform help Americans at all income levels.” 23 of the new zones are located within the 13th.

State Rep. Avery Bourn (R-95) called the zones a, “great opportunity to bring jobs and investments in the 95th.” There are three zones located within the 95th.

Click the link to learn more about these zones and find areas near your community.

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Farm Bill fails in the House, Davis remains hopeful

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The 2018 Farm Bill was dealt a blow today with the House voting against it 198-213. No Democrats supported the bill, which called for new work requirements for SNAP recipients. Their opposition was not surprising, but was not enough to block the bill. They needed support from 30 Republicans to ensure the bill did not pass.

Those Republicans who voted against the bill are part of the Freedom Caucus. Their current opposition to the Farm Bill was part of a wider strategy to force a vote on immigration reform. They are trading their support for the Farm bill to ensure there is a vote on immigration reform. Head of the Freedom Caucus Rep. Mark Meadows said that this was not a “fatal blow,” and suggests that they are likely to support the bill in the future.

While this is hardly a new strategy, it has drawn condemnation from fellow Republicans. Rep. Rodney Davis had this to say:

“As someone who has worked with members from both parties, Democrat and Republican presidents, my message to my colleagues who voted against this bill is reminiscent of a Rolling Stones’ song: ‘you can’t always get what you want.’

“Tanking a bill critical to our farmers not because you disagree with the bill, but because you want a vote on something unrelated is wrong. Refusing to be part of the process because you think your party is going to win in November is wrong. It’s not what the American people sent us here to do. We were sent here to govern.

“In 2013, the farm bill failed the first time around, but we ultimately got a good bill signed into law. In 1996, President Bill Clinton and a Republican-led Congress passed welfare-to-work reforms, similar to the reforms in this bill. For these reasons, I remain optimistic that we can get a farm bill passed this year.”

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