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Constitutional Intent Is Center Stage In Pension Debate
The question of constitutional intent has taken center stage in the state's efforts to get the pension systems under control. The constitution guarantees pension benefits for state workers, and calls it a contract between the worker and the state. Some think that means the state has no authority to change benefits at all. But according to Senate President John Cullerton, the terms of a contract can be modified. He says his pension plan, which passed yesterday, doesn't strip workers of their benefits but gives them more control over their retirement plan.
Quinn: Time To Pass Gay Marriage
It's time for Illinois to get moving when it comes to gay marriage. That's according to Governor Quinn, who says Illinois shouldn't be behind states like Delaware, Rhode Island, or Minnesota when it comes handing out basic human rights. A proposal to legalize gay marriage gained momentum in Illinois earlier this year and actually passed in the Senate back on Valentine's Day. But the proposal has hit a wall in the House.
Latest Foreclosure Data Brings Mixed Results
More mixed reviews are coming in after the most recent Illinois real estate data is announced. While the state's foreclosure rate improved in April, the data's not great when compared with the rest of the nation. Foreclosures in Illinois dropped 12-percent last month - down 17-percent
for the year - but the state still ranks fourth in the nation in foreclosures. Chicago ranks tenth in the U.S. amongst major metropolitan markets.
Sangamon County Jail Considers Electronic Visitation
Visiting a loved one who's locked up in Sangamon County could soon be as simple as turning on your computer. Officials at the Sangamon County Jail say they're tossing around the idea of putting a video system in the prison, which would also allow the guests to visit from an unsecured location at the jail. Nothing has been set in stone but county board members have met with distributors to see what's out there. Right now, the guest and inmate visit by traditional means, through a glass partition.
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