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Leaders Still Can't Reach Pension Deal
Lawmakers are heading back to Springfield to fix the pension problem, but there's one major stumbling block. State leaders still haven't been able to reach a deal. Governor Quinn met with Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan yesterday and made it clear that they need to find a way to work through their differences. Quinn wants them to combine their bills and let the courts decide which one is better. Cullerton is willing to do that, and even willing to let the House version be the primary fix, but Madigan isn't open to the idea because he says it's just too complicated.
Daley To Form Gubernatorial Committee
A former White House chief of staff will officially announce today he's forming an exploratory committee to look into a possible Illinois gubernatorial campaign. The move would allow former chief of staff Bill Daley to start raising funds for a campaign against Governor Pat Quinn.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is also weighing a run for governor.
Thousands To Receive Money after Foreclosure Settlement
Tens of thousands of people in Illinois can expect to receive a check in the mail this week. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says about 30-thousand people who lost their homes to foreclosure between 2008 and 2011 will get about 15-hundred dollars each. It's part of a 43-million dollar settlement with the nation's five largest mortgage providers.
Harold "Pete" Vonachen, Peoria Chiefs' Owner Dies At 87
Longtime Peoria entrepreneur and the man synonymous with minor league baseball in the city has died. Harold "Pete" Vonachen died yesterday morning at the age of 87. Vonachen's successful restaurant gave him the financial stake to buy the Peoria Suns in 1985, and with the influence of his friend, broadcaster Harry Caray, make the team, renamed the Chiefs, an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Vonachen sold the team, but led a group to repurchase it in 1994.
Women Still Make Less Than Men
Professional women in Illinois make about $11,500 less than their male counterparts. That's according to Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who's backing a plan designed to close the pay gap between men and women. It's been 50 years since the Equal Pay Act went into effect and though there have been significant strides, Kelly says things are still imbalanced, especially for African American and Latina women. Kelly is co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act and says she hopes it won't take another 50 years before women finally get equal pay in the workplace.
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