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New Pension Plan Introduced
(Springfield, IL) -- Lawmakers are hoping a new pension proposal will be the one that clears the legislature. Republicans and Democrats in both chambers have signed on to the deal, which would up the retirement age and make workers pay more toward their retirement. Reforming the pension system has been a challenge because lawmakers have to make sure they don't take benefits away from workers. Leaders say this bill meets that standard.
Unions don't Like New Pension Plan
(Springfield, IL) -- Union leaders don't like the newest pension proposal. The "We Are One Coalition" calls it a step backwards in the reform process. The bill creates a hybrid plan that gives teachers and university workers a 401K and a traditional pension package. Union leaders say the plan would harm retirement security by putting benefits at the risk of the market.
Students Struggle With Rising College Costs
(Springfield, IL) -- Students are struggling to pay for college each year as the costs continue to go up. Universities have a system which locks student rates in for four years but lawmakers wonder if that does more harm than good. State Rep Sue Scherer is one of several lawmakers
trying to find ways to make school more affordable. She says she's seen the cost's of college more than double in the past ten years, as her own kids have attended in-state schools.
Sequestration Would Affect O'Hare
(Chicago, IL) -- O'Hare International Airport will be affected if automatic federal budget cuts take effect on Friday. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says the "sequestration" cuts would require air traffic controller hours to be cut, possibly leading to the closure of a runway. If that happens, Huerta says travelers nationwide would be affected since O'Hare is a major hub for connecting flights.
Contagious Stomach Bug Going Around
(Undated) -- A stomach bug is going around in several parts of the state. The bug is spreading pretty quickly, especially in school, nursing homes, and daycare centers. Health officials say people can protect themselves by washing their hands frequently and cleaning common contact areas like door handles. Most people who get the virus will experience vomiting, stomach cramping, and diarrhea. Health officials say it usually lasts about two days.
State Reps Look To Name Highway After Former Congressman
(Springfield, IL) -- Lawmakers want to honor former Congressman Jerry Costello with his own highway. State reps support a plan that would name a stretch of I-70 after Costello. They say it's a great way to pay tribute to one of Illinois' longest serving public officials. Reps from all parts of the state expressed support for the proposal, which now has to clear the Senate.
Sterling Police Nab Alleged ATM Thieves
(Sterling, IL) -- The men who allegedly got away with a couple ATM machines in Sterling are set to have their day in court. Robert Zais and Robert Lambert are accused of stealing a John Deere Gator and using it to steal the ATM's. One was taken from the Northfield Mall, the other from the Eggs in Paradise restaurant in Sterling last May. Police arrested the Zais and Lambert on Tuesday and charged them with a series of felonies, including theft and burglary, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. They're being held on 100-thousand dollars bond in the Henry County Jail.
Bears' Webb Has Drug Charges Dismissed
(Chicago, IL) -- A Chicago Bears player likely won't face drug charges despite his arrest for marijuana possession. The Bears confirmed yesterday that offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb was arrested in Pulaski County. Various reports say the charges against Webb have been dismissed.
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