DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Senate wants to require Iowa grocers in a supplemental food program to offer conventional eggs if they sell eggs from chickens housed in cage-free, free-range or enriched colony cage environments.
The Des Moines Register reports that senators passed the measure Monday and sent it to the governor.
The legislation would apply to grocers that participate as vendors in the federal program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC. The measure would allow state officials to seek a federal waiver if necessary.
Sen. Herman Quirmbach, D-Ames, says the bill amounts to "direct interference in the marketplace," but Sen. Dan Zumbach, R-Ryan, praises the legislation for ensuring that a lower-cost choice for protein is available to people in the program. Cage-free chicken eggs typically are more expensive than conventional eggs from large operations.
'Blues Brothers' top movie on Illinois' '200 greatest' list
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois residents have picked "The Blues Brothers" as the top movie in state history, making it the first item on a list of Illinois' top 200 people, places and things.
The list is being compiled as part of Illinois' bicentennial celebration. Every two weeks, people may cast votes online for their favorites in a new category. By early December voters will have selected 10 favorites in 20 categories.
More than 1,500 people voted on the first category, selecting the movie featuring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The next movies selected were "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "A League of Their Own."
Voting is now open for the next category, top businesses.
Categories still to come include top musicians, books, inventions and scenic spots.
Plea hearing set for ex-Urbandale employee in theft case
URBANDALE (AP) — Court records indicate a former information technology worker for the city of Urbandale will change his plea on charges that he stole from the city library.
Forty-year-old Chad Nielsen pleaded not guilty in December to one misdemeanor and eight felony counts of theft. Police say he took more than $47,000 worth of computer hardware from the library between March 2016 and his arrest in October last year.
The records say Nielsen and his attorney have been working on a plea deal with prosecutors. His plea hearing is scheduled for March 19. Last month Nielsen asked the court for permission to pay some restitution before his plea hearing or sentencing.
He no longer works for the city.
Audit: Rauner budget office failed to collect $2M owed by US
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state audit found that Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget office failed to collect more than $2 million in federal rebates.
The review released Tuesday found that the Governor's Office of Management and Budget never received $2.4 million in rebates owed for payments the state makes on bond debt.
Auditor General Frank Mautino found no evidence the office tried to collect the money. Five other receipts show Illinois left an additional $183,000 combined on the table.
The office is responsible for preparing the governor's annual state budget and tracking revenue and spending.
Mautino also found the office overstated its investment income by $40,000 and did not submit accurate financial disclosures to the state Comptroller.
The budget office agreed with the findings and says it improved its procedures.