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Unions Prepared To Sue Over Pension Reform
(Springfield, IL) -- Union leaders say they're prepared to sue if lawmakers pass a last minute pension deal that violates the Constitution. The We Are One Coalition says they've made several attempts to bargain with Governor Quinn and legislative leaders, but they're still being left out of negotiation meetings. The unions have offered to pitch in two percent more of their salaries to help ease the burden. But, they want the state to close corporate tax loopholes and find ways to generate more money.
Assault Weapons Ban Dead In House
(Springfield, IL) -- Lawmakers will not pass a ban on assault weapons before Wednesday. The House was scheduled to hear a proposal in committee yesterday but that didn't happen. Committee Chair and Representative Elaine Nekritz says they aren't even going to consider the proposal during lame duck session. That means it will have to start from scratch once the new general assembly is seated.
House In Session, Could Take Up Illegal Immigrant Driving
(Springfield, IL) -- Illegal immigrants could be granted the right to drive soon. State representatives could act on the measure this week, which would provide the immigrants with a temporary driver's license. They wouldn't be allowed to use the license as an official ID to board a plane or
get a FOID card. And, they'd have to purchase car insurance, otherwise the license would be invalid. The Senate already passed the bill and the House has until Wednesday afternoon to do the same, otherwise it will have to go through the process all over again.
Escaped Prisoner Captured In Chicago
(Chicago, IL) -- One of the men who escaped from a federal prison in Chicago last month is back in custody. Investigators have been looking for Kenneth Conley since December 18th, after he busted a hole in his cell wall and scaled the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Police picked him up in Palos Hills last Friday. He'd been camping out in the basement of a condo. Conley was dressed as an old man when police found him, wearing sunglasses, a beret, and limping with a cane. Conley didn't go down without a fight. He allegedly punched an arresting officer in the face and took off running when he was confronted.
Prison Locked Down After Guards Call Off Sick
(Joliet, IL) -- Nearly 60 guards at Statesville prison called off sick Friday, forcing a lockdown at the facility. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano says it's unusual for so many guards to call in sick at the same time. It happened the same day hundreds of union workers rallied at the state capital against pension reform. Many Statesville employees were among the crowd. A spokesperson for the AFSCME Union says the guards who participated in the rally had prior approval to take the day off.
Illinois 'Super Centenarian' Dies At 111
(East St. Louis, IL) -- The oldest resident on record in Illinois has died. A report out of East Saint Louis says 111-year-old Mayetta Epps-Miller died New Year's Eve. Known for her engaging personality the native of Lewisville, Arkansas was recognized a year ago for being one of the nation's very few "super centenarians" -- those are folks older than 110. She is survived by an extended family including 23 great-great grandchildren and two great-great-great grandkids.
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