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Election Day Polls Close At Seven
It's Election Day for many towns, cities, and villages across the state. Anyone who didn't cast an early ballot has until seven tonight to do so. Anyone who has questions about the elections process or needs to know where their polling place, can call a special hotline. The number is (312) 814-6466 for those in the Chicago area. Downstate voters can call (217) 782-4141.
Kelly Unlikely To Lose Race To Replace Jackson
The odds are stacked in Robin Kelly's favor at the polls today. Political Scientist Kent Redfield says the district is heavily Democratic and that's exactly how leaders wanted it. He says the district lines were drawn to re-elect Jesse Jackson, Jr. but now that he's out, Kelly can pretty much pack her bags for D.C. On top of that, Redfield says Kelly shouldn't have any trouble being re-elected over the next decade so long as she doesn't get involved in a political scandal.
Prison Guard Stabbed In The Neck
A prison guard at Lawrence Correctional Center is recovering after getting stabbed in the neck. AFSCME Regional Director Eddie Caumiant says they believe the inmate used a pen to stab the officer yesterday morning. He says the inmate has been transferred to the Dixon Correctional Center
for psychological exam. The correctional officer was treated and released at a local hospital.
GOP Lawmaker Supports Gay Marriage
Republican State Rep Ed Sullivan says he'll cast a yes vote for legalizing gay marriage. He says it wasn't an easy decision but after talking with his family, he decided it was the best thing to do. Sullivan's mother-in-law is gay and has been in a relationship with her partner for more than 20 years. He says that gives him a first-hand understanding that gay relationships can work. He also says he was inspired by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's decision to support gay marriage.
Retirees Could Get Paid To Opt Out Of State Insurance
Lawmakers are moving forward with plans to make retired state workers pay a percentage of their healthcare premiums. They're moving a bill to get things solidified, and it includes an incentive for some retirees. Those who worked more than 20 years could get up to 500-dollars a month if they opt out of state health care coverage and get insured by a private company. State Rep Barbara Flynn Currie says that shouldn't be too difficult for retirees who can get insured through their spouse's plans. Currie says the state expects to save about 37-million dollars a year under the measure.
Voters To Approve, Reject Property Tax Hike
Homeowners in the Unity Point and Giant School Districts could be required to pick up the slack for dwindling education funding. The districts aren't getting as much money from the state so they're looking to boost property taxes to make ends meet. The measure is on the ballot in those local elections and voters will have to approve the hike in order for it to take effect. School officials say they'll have to cut some school programs and lay some workers off if the measure fails.
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