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End Of Session Looming, Still No Pension Deal
(Springfield, IL) -- Lawmakers have just one more day to pass a pensions reform deal if they want to get it done before their new colleagues are sworn in. The House passed a proposal out of committee yesterday but sponsor Elaine Nekritz says she's still trying to secure enough votes before calling it in the full House. Three lawmakers voted against the deal in committee, including Representative Raymond Poe. He says the current proposal could force retirees to depend on other government programs if they don't receive compounded cost of living adjustments from year to year.
No Vote On Immigrant Driving Bill
(Springfield, IL) -- The House has yet to vote on a plan that gives illegal immigrants the right to drive. They pushed a bill out of committee yesterday but didn't discuss in the full House. Both Republicans and Democrats have announced their support for the deal, including Governor Quinn and former Governor Jim Edgar. If the bill becomes law, about 250-thousand illegal immigrants would be able to apply for a temporary driver's license.
Illinois Takes Steps To Protect Non-Smokers
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois is among a handful of state taking proactive steps toward protecting non-smokers, according to a recent report released by the American Lung Association. The state passed the Smoke Free Illinois Act five years ago and since then, several other states
have followed suit. North Dakota was the most recent state to pass a statewide ban back in November. The ALA estimates that more than 81 percent of the U.S. population now lives under a ban on smoking in workplaces, restaurants, and bars. Illinois also received high marks for its efforts to help people kick the habit.
East St. Louis Most Dangerous City In Nation
(East St. Louis, IL) -- East St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the nation. That's according to a recently released survey from NeighborhoodScout.com, which ranked the metro-east city as number one for the second year in a row. The results were based on the number of violent crimes reported to the FBI per one-thousand people in cities with a population of 25-thousand or more. Several other Illinois towns made the list including Harvey at number 15, Rockford at number 32, Carbondale at number 64, Springfield at 65, and Chicago at number 79.
Two Arrested In Quincy Drug Bust
(Quincy, IL) -- Police in Quincy have uncovered a massive meth growing operation. They found more than 500 shake and bake bottles along with other meth making materials at a home on Spruce Street yesterday. Police call it one of the biggest meth operations the city has ever seen. They believe the drug was manufactured in the home multiple times a day. Field and Christina Wolf were arrested during the bust.
Bald Eagle Festival This Weekend
(Grafton, IL) -- Illinoisans can catch a rare, up-close glimpse of a bald eagle this Sunday at the Bald Eagle Festival in Grafton. Hundreds of the once endangered birds are expected to make Grafton home during the winter months. The festival is being held at the Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center from 11a.m. until 3p.m. It's free and open to the public.
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