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State Reps Reach Bi-Partisan Pension Deal
(Springfield, IL) -- State representatives may have reached a deal on pension reform. So far about 15 state reps are supporting the deal, aimed at ending the long, bitter impasse over Illinois' pension funding crisis. The bill reportedly offers a balanced plan to bring pension costs under control, while providing retirement security for hundreds of thousands of state workers and teachers. Details of the plan will be announced later today.
Quinn Wants House To Uphold Prison Funding Veto
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn wants state representatives to side with him on state prisons. He says about 500 child abuse investigators could lose their jobs if lawmakers don't uphold his veto. Lawmakers put more than 50-million dollars in the budget this year to pay for prisons but Quinn took it out, and asked lawmakers to put it towards the Department of Children and Family Services instead. The legislature slashed the
DCFS budget by 50-million dollars. Quinn says half-empty prisons should never be a priority over fighting child abuse.
Too Early To Count Quinn Out For Reelection
(Pekin, IL) -- Governor Quinn could face tough competition during his bid for re-election in 2014 but he says people shouldn't count him out so soon. He says naysayers counted him out in 2010, but he managed to pull off the victory. Quinn credits his ability to organize people on a grassroots level for the win. A recent public policy poll puts Quinn's approval rating at just 25-percent but Quinn says he thinks he's doing a good job.
Senate Passes Immigrant Driving Bill
(Springfield, IL) -- Illegal immigrants in Illinois are one step closer to getting legal driving rights in the state. The state senate passed the proposal yesterday with a vote of 41 to 14. Both Republicans and Democrats supported the proposal, which will give about 250-thousand illegal immigrants the right to become legally licensed. Supporters say it will make roads safer because the immigrants will be able to purchase insurance. Opponents say the immigrants already break the law by driving, and there's no indication they'll obey the law now and purchase insurance. The bill now moves to the House.
State Project To Fund Student Success In Decatur
(Decatur, IL) -- The Student Success Center at Richland Community College is getting a makeover. The state is pitching in three-and-a-half million dollars to build an addition at the Decatur campus. The Student Success Center will become the front line for helping adults returning to school and teaching new study skills to struggling students. Construction of this project will create about 65 jobs.
Couple On The Run After Alleged Crockpot Shooting
(Lake of Egypt, IL) -- Police are searching for two Windsor residents who allegedly shot a man over a crockpot. John and Janet Cunningham have been on the run since the shooting on Monday night. Jacob Witherall tells WSIL-TV that John shot him in the head after accusing him of stealing the crockpot. The couple was last seen in Coles County yesterday morning. They were driving a gray Dodge Dakota truck with license plate 38392W. Anyone with information should contact the Illinois State Police.
Concord Man Sentenced In Little League Theft
(Concord, IL) -- The former treasurer of the Chapin Little League has been ordered to pay back money he allegedly stole from the organization. Forty-one-year-old Devin Workman, of Concord, was ordered to pay six thousand dollars in restitution to the baseball organization. He was arrested for theft last December. Workman was also ordered to serve 30 hours of community service and two years of probation. He was fined 600-dollars.
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