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AFSCME Workers To Hit Picket Lines
(Springfield, IL) -- AFSCME union workers are hitting the picket lines today. They say they deserve the pay raise that was promised to them, but as it stands right now, they're not getting it. Governor Quinn says he can't approve pay raises because the General Assembly didn't include them in the state budget. AFSCME workers will picket at more than 75 locations across the state.
Catholic Charities Files Lawsuit Against Illinois
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois is at the center of a heated religious debate. Several Catholic Charities diocese have filed a lawsuit against the state claiming they should have the right to deny foster care and adoption licenses to same sex couples -- a service the organization is required to offer under the new Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act. They say being forced to provide the licenses violates their religious freedom, but Governor Pat Quinn says the state, quote, "has a new law and is not going back."
Quinn Ready To Take Action On Gaming Bill
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn says he's ready to take action on the gaming bill. There's just one problem: It hasn't reached his desk yet. Lawmakers passed the bill in the final hours of session a few months ago but then pulled it from the record. It's a rare maneuver used to try to work out a deal with the governor. Quinn has been very outspoken about his opposition to more gambling in the state. He won't say if he'll veto the bill.
Lawmaker React To Supreme Court Ruling On Capital Plan
(Springfield, IL) -- Lawmakers are praising the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Capital Plan. Peoria Senator Dave Koehler says the plan has added a boost to the Illinois economy, and he's happy to see the court side with the General Assembly. Koehler says it was vital that the plan go forward because construction workers are relying on the jobs. Chicago Senator Mattie Hunter says the decision comes in a time when unemployment rates are staggering. She says every community in Illinois will see positive effects.
State Comptroller Looks To Go Paperless
(Springfield, IL) -- Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is looking to make Illinois the first paperless state when it comes to paying vendors. She says it's a common sense way to save the state nearly two-million dollars. Each vendor who receives more than 30 payments from the state per year will be required to enroll in the direct deposit program. They can opt out but it will cost them two-dollars-50-cents for every paper check they receive.
Eleven-Year-Old Boy Arrested On Murder Charges
(Chandlerville, IL) -- An eleven-year-old Central Illinois boy is behind bars and charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Police responded to a call at a home in Chandlerville on Saturday. When they got there they found Brenda Schaad dead from a single gunshot wound. The young boy was taken into custody about two hours later. His name is not being released because he is a minor. Authorities will not release specific details about the case, but they say at this point, it is not likely that the boy will be charged as an adult.
Last Week To Get Discounted State Fair Mega-Pass
(Springfield, IL) -- It's not too late to get your discounted mega pass for the Illinois State Fair. Up until Saturday the passes will go for just 55 dollars per person. That gives one person the freedom to ride as much as they want for all eleven days of the fair. Rides on the "Giant Slide" and the "Overhead Ride" are not included in the deal. The price jumps to 65 dollars per person after Saturday. You can get your pass at the Emerson Building on the state fairgrounds Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Crop Doing Good Despite Weather
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois crops are still thriving despite the hot and humid weather. In fact, crop conditions are better this week than they were last week according to the Illinois Ag Statistic Service. Corn is 67-percent good-to-excellent, 25-percent fair and eight-percent poor. Soybeans are coming in at 64-percent good-to-excellent, 32-percent fair and ten-percent poor. And about 86-percent of winter wheat is harvested.
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