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Jackson Reportedly Signs Plea Deal
(Chicago, IL) -- Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr has signed an agreement to plead guilty to federal corruption charges and acknowledge misuse of his campaign funds. Jackson's so-called "blind plea" would require him to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds that he spent on personal items, including home remodeling, a Rolex watch and travel expenses for a female friend. Any possible prison sentence would be left up to a judge.
Quinn Begins Fundraising For 2014
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn is kicking off his fundraising campaign for 2014. Quinn has sent out his first widespread fundraising letter, emphasizing many of the themes he hit on during Wednesday's State of the State address. He's calling for banning military-style assault
weapons, approving gay marriage and raising the minimum wage to ten-dollars an hour.
Aldermen Cautious About Mayor's reconstruction Plans
(Springfield, IL) -- At least three aldermen are not in favor of Springfield Mayor Mike Houston's plans to raise sales tax and sewer rates to fix the worst streets, sidewalks and sewers in the city. If approved, it would be the third time in five years that the city council has raised taxes to pay for infrastructure improvements. Ward 4 Alderman Frank Lesko says he thinks it's an inappropriate time to be raising taxes, saying "enough is enough."
Evergreen Lake, Lake Bloomington Back To Full Capacity
(Bloomington, IL) -- Bloomington's drinking water supply is back at full capacity for the first time in more than a year. Evergreen Lake regained full capacity last week, the first time since February 2, 2012. The city yesterday reported that Lake Bloomington was also full again. Water Director Craig Cummings says the drought was nearly a year long and the recovery has been slow but steady.
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