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Democrat Day At Fair
(Springfield, IL) -- It's Democrat Day at the state fair. That means Democratic politicians from hundreds of blue districts will come out and enjoy the festivities hosted by Governor Pat Quinn. Tractor pulls and harness racing are just a few of the day's events. But Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will be one of the highlights of the day. She'll show off her musical talents as she plays the banjo with her upbeat blues band "Loose Gravel" in the Miller Lite tent.
AFL-CIO Says Quinn Needs To Make Good On Pay Raises
(Springfield, IL) -- Several hundred state workers are planning to picket outside the state fair gates today. Illinois AFL-CIO president Michael Carrigan says they want Governor Quinn to make good on negotiated pay raises. He says it's not just about the money, it's about protecting the integrity of union contracts. Carrigan says Quinn's move to freeze union pay raises undermines worker rights. The governor reneged on the contracted raises because he says lawmakers didn't include money in the budget to pay them. The unions have filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to get Quinn to pay up.
Your Old Bike Could Help Needy Family In Developing Country
(Springfield, IL) -- Your old bike could be just the thing a family needs to get running water. The state's Department of Natural Resources is accepting bike donations this week at the state fair. It's part of the Working Bikes Cooperative's plan to help people in developing countries. The not-for-profit group will repair and restore the bikes before shipping them overseas to Ghana, Tanzania, Guatamala, and Peru. Those who'd like to donate a bike can drop it off between noon and 6 p.m. today and tomorrow at the IDNR tent next to Gate Seven.
Quinn Says Gaming Bill Has Serious Flaws
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn says there's no way he'll sign the gaming expansion bill in its current form. He says the bill is seriously flawed and compromises the integrity of Illinois citizens. He says lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board to clear up the loopholes. The bill passed back in May, but it still hasn't reached Quinn's desk. The idea is to add five new casinos across the state plus slots and horseracing at the state fairgrounds. Quinn says he'll carefully analyze the bill once it reaches his desk and consider all options before making a decision.
League Of Women Voters Joins Efforts To Throw Remap Out
(Springfield, IL) -- The League of Women Voters in Illinois is challenging the latest versions of legislative and congressional maps. They filed a lawsuit yesterday, asking a judge to throw the maps out. League President Jan Dorner says the maps strongly favor the Democratic party -- and that leaves voters with an impartial, imbalanced view of the issues. She says both Republican and Democrats have abused the power to draw district lines in the past. In order to rid the system of gerrymandering, Dorner says the map drawing process should be put into the hands of an independent group.
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