Don’t miss these top stories Wednesday on BND.com:
▪ Belleville is gearing up for Art on the Square festivities.
St. Louis area celebrities plan to be in attendance at the festival to discuss art and design including KMOX radio’s Carol Daniels, Y98’s Courtney Landrum and Fox 2 broadcaster John Pertzborn.
▪ The Illinois State Senate has approved a new public school funding formula.
Democrats say its a plan that brings fairness to poorer districts while Republicans are criticizing it as a bailout for indebted Chicago schools.
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▪ A Highland 11-year-old girl is battling brain cancer.
Abby Schrage was diagnosed with the tumor April 26. Her parents say doctors are optimistic about Abby’s chances to beat the disease.
“You never wish for cancer or a tumor, but if you did wish for it, this is the one to wish for,” said Jill Schrage, Abby’s mother. “It is 95 to 100 percent treatable. It is a great prognosis, but it is still very hard. You never want your child to have to go through something like this with cancer. It is so hard on her, and it is also so hard on the family, but I will look for all the silver linings. I have no one other way to be but positive.”