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Pensions Meeting Today
There'll be more pension talks among state leaders today. Governor Quinn is expected to meet with Senate President John Cullerton and Speaker Mike Madigan today, in an effort to reach a compromise on their opposing pension plans. Illinois received two credit downgrades last week after lawmakers wrapped up without a fix to the underfunded pension problem. Quinn wants a deal before lawmakers go back into special session next Wednesday, June 19th.
Lt. Governor Calling For Assault Weapons Ban
A ban on assault weapons could be in the near future for several cities across the state. Governor Quinn has until July 9th to either sign or veto the bill, but cities with more than 25-thouand people have time to get their own laws on the books. Under the bill, city officials would still have control
of all guns and gun issues, except those that deal with concealed carry in any way. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging home-rule officials to get the assault weapon ban on the books while they still have time.
Student Loan Interest Rates Could Rise
Illinois students with outstanding loans may be on the hook for some extra dough. That's because the interest rates on students loans are expected to double by July 1st from three-point-four to six-point-eight-percent. If the Legislature doesn't come up with a solution, nearly 400-thousand Illinoisans with loans could be affected.
Actor Gives Keynote At Knox College Commencement
A well-known actor and comedian is now an honorary graduate of Knox College in Galesburg. Ed Helms received the degree on Saturday plus, he was also the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. Helms, from TV's "The Office" and the "Hangover" movies, proved he can be more than just a funny man by giving the graduates a serious pep talk on what it takes to be successful. He told them to embrace fear and face the challenges that come with it because it'll build the strength and character necessary for the journey.
School District Plans To Buy Propane Busses
Money is tight for school districts all across the state, but one district may have a way to save a bit of dough. District 205 in Rockford plans to buy 14 buses that run on propane rather than diesel. They'll also add their own propane filling station on their property. If everything goes as planned, the district would shave off about 52-cents for every gallon they use to fill the buses.
Check Your Home For Fire Safety
Would you and your family be prepared in the event of a fire at your home? The State Fire Marshal is making a special effort to remind people about the importance of fire safety in the home. Families across the state are encouraged to evaluate every fire safety feature. That means make sure all smoke detectors work, keep a small fire extinguisher on hand, have an escape plan, and be sure to have a safety kit in case of emergency, which includes a flashlight, food, water, and a blanket. And of course, be careful not to grill too closely to your home if you're enjoying the outdoors.
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