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>>Lawmakers Turn To Courts To Have Their Pay Reinstated
(Springfield, IL) -- Lawmakers are scheduled to be paid tomorrow, but that's not going to happen. That's because Governor Quinn made sure there was no money in the budget to pay them, claiming they shouldn't get a check until they pass pension reform. Democratic leaders have filed a lawsuit though. They hope the courts will step in and remedy the situation.
>>State Investigates Claims Of Abuse In Juvenile Prisons
(Chicago, IL) -- State officials are looking into claims that 15-percent of Illinois' 900-youth prisoners were sexually abused last year. A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Justice reveals the alarming number, putting the former Joliet Youth Correctional Center as one of the
worst lock-ups in the nation. More than 20-percent of the Joliet inmates that responded to the survey claimed they were assaulted last year, 14-percent of those encounters were forced. Officials say they take the claims very seriously and are taking steps to remedy the problem.
>>Simon To Drive Across State To Announce Future Plans
(Chicago, IL) --- Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will make her rounds across the state today to announce her plans for the future. Initial reports indicate she was planning a fly-around but Capitolfax.com reports she'll actually be driving, in her own car, at her own expense. Simon says she isn't seeking re-election in her current post but she is planning a run next year. Rumors have it that she's got her eye on the Comptroller's job.
>>Salad Mix Responsible For Rare Stomach Bug
(Undated) -- Prepackaged bagged salads are responsible for starting a stomach bug that's sickened four people in Illinois and more than 370-people across the nation. The bug reportedly started in Iowa. Officials there apparently discovered the source of the bug but haven't revealed what brand of salad is responsible for the outbreak. They did say the mix contains iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage. The salads have reportedly been removed from store shelves.
>>Dozen Injured In Tinley Park Porch Collapse
(Tinley Park) -- A party in Tinley Park turned into tragedy when the porch collapsed. It happened late Saturday night on Beverly Avenue. The woman who called 911 says at least 35-people, including kids, were on the deck when it gave way. About a dozen people were rushed to the ER after the collapse but none of the injuries were life threatening.
>>Ottawa Man Cashes In On Frankenstein Poster
(Dallas, TX) -- An Ottawa man cashed in on a 70-year old treasure that had been collecting dust in his closet. Keith Johnson sold a poster from the original 1931 "Frankenstein" movie at auction for nearly 263-thousand dollars. He says he picked the poster up at an antique store for less than five-bucks over 30-years ago. Officials with Dallas, Texas based Heritage Auctions say the sale set a world record as the most valuable insert movie poster.
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