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Brady Keeps Spot As GOP Chairman
Pat Brady is still the leader of Illinois' Republican Party. A committee was scheduled to meet Saturday about possibly firing him but that meeting was cancelled. Brady is taking heat for announcing his support for gay marriage. The announcement has split the Republican Party - some members are calling for his resignation but others, like US Senator Mark Kirk and Congressman Aaron Schock, are backing Brady's decision.
Cardinal George Asks For Prayers Ahead Of Conclave
Chicago Cardinal Francis George is asking for prayers ahead of tomorrow's conclave. Following Sunday's mass on Tiber Island, Cardinal George said the quote "will of God isn't entirely clear to many of us" and asked parishioners to pray that the Holy Spirit guide them in their search for a new pope. The last five popes have been chosen within three-days.
Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching
The crop insurance deadline for 2013 is quickly approaching. Producers should contact a crop insurance agent for details in advance of the sales closing date. Agents can help producers determine what policy works best for their operation and review existing coverage to make sure the policy meets their needs. Crop insurance can protect producers from
natural disasters like last year's drought, which affected crop yields across the country. The deadline is March 15th.
U of I Workers To Strike
U of I food and service workers are walking off the job today. They've been negotiating a new contract for about nine months, but haven't reached a deal. University officials say they thought they'd presented a fair offer on several issues, including wages. But the workers weren't satisfied with the offer and voted it down. The strike is expected to last three days.
Uninsured Drivers To Catch A Break
Just about everyone forgets to renew an auto insurance policy at some point and now, lawmakers want to make sure they aren't penalized too harshly for the slip-up. A senate committee passed a bill that would allow six months of court supervision for people caught driving without insurance for the first time. The person would be required to have insurance during the entire supervision period. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote.
Irish Parade A Success
Not even wet weather stopped thousands of Chicago residents from taking in yesterday's South Side Irish Parade. The celebration is being called a success. Parade officials instituted strict rules over public drinking accompanied by fines of one thousand-dollars.
Mom, Son Battle For Dixmoor
A mother and her son are battling to lead the same northern Illinois community. Wendy Casey and her son Randall Casey are dueling against each other to become the mayor of Dixmoor, a town of 39-hundred and located just south of Chicago. Mom says, quote, "the boxing gloves are on." The two family members, who are also housemates, meet in the election on April 9th.
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