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Analysis: Proposal Would Cut State's Pension Debt
(Springfield, IL) -- An analysis shows a proposed pension reform bill will slash the unfunded liability of the state's five pension systems from about 95-billion dollars to 67-billion. Also, next year's required state contribution to the pension systems would be reduced by nearly two-billion dollars. Representative Daniel Biss says the analysis shows the bill would work.
Judge In Beason Murder Case Heading To Appellate Court
(Lincoln, IL) -- A delay in a murder case involving two brothers is possible due to the appointment of Logan County Judge Thomas Harris Jr to the 4th District Appellate Court. An April 29th murder trial for Christopher Harris was scheduled. He and his brother Jason are facing numerous counts of first-degree murder for five deaths of a Beason family.
Town Wants Big Bucks Business Grant
(Robinson, IL) -- Officials in the southern Illinois town of Robinson want a big grant to boost local business. The city of Robinson wants money from a state TARP grant of about 800-thousand dollars to upgrade a road leading to a Marathon Oil refinery. About 100 semi trucks use the road
daily. The Marathon Oil refinery is the single-largest employer in Robinson.
Children Get Early Christmas Present
(Peoria, IL) -- Payless Shoes is making the season a little brighter for nearly 100 children in the Peoria area. Yesterday, the store gave each child a voucher for 20-dollars worth of merchandise at the Payless store on University. The gift comes courtesy of the Payless Gives Program. The kids are part of the Skip-a-Long Home Child Care Network.
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