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House, Senate Override Quinn Veto On Rate Hikes
It's official. Ameren and ComEd will be raising rates in the near future. The House followed in the Senate's footsteps and overruled Governor Quinn after he vetoed a bill that gives the companies the go ahead to increase their rates. The companies say they'll use the extra cash to upgrade their electric grid, which will help the restore service quicker when there's an outage.
New Concealed Carry Bill On The Table
A new deal on concealed carry will get a hearing today. State reps will hear the details of the newest additions in the bill, which include bans on guns in parks, athletic fields, and on public transit systems. It would also cost 150-dollars to get licensed to carry a gun in public. Some say these measures could be enough to push the bill through the House.
Speed Limit Could Soon Go Up To 70 MPH
Lawmakers are split on whether the speed limit on rural interstates should be increased to 70-miles an hour. Some argue it'll be safer for drivers and that it would even boost revenues for the state as people drive through on road trips. But opponents say boosting the limit will
lead to more crashes and road deaths. Despite the opposition, the bill is headed to Governor Quinn. He hasn't said if he'll sign it.
Topinka Likes Senate Pension Plan Better
Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the Senate version of pension reform is more sensible than the House bill. She says the bill can be justified on a constitutional basis because it gives workers and retirees the option to choose their own retirement plan. The House version doesn't offer choice. It requires workers to retire later, pay more, and accept a reduced COLA. The House bill saves more money but Topinka says it'll drive the state right into the courts.
Odds Of Chief Illiniwek Return Are Slim
Things aren't looking good for the return of U of I's Chief Illiniwek. A student and faculty committee voted yesterday, reaffirming that the Native American mascot is not an appropriate symbol for the school. The decision comes after several pleas to reinstate the mascot, which was sidelined back in 2007 to avoid possible NCAA sanctions. The school has essentially been without a mascot ever since.
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