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>>Republican Day At State Fair
(Springfield, IL) -- Republican leaders are taking over the state fair today. They'll hit the Director's Lawn at about 12:30p.m. with appearances from all four candidates for governor. It'll be the first time Senator Bill Brady, Senator Kirk Dillard, Businessman Bruce Rauner, and Treasurer Dan Rutherford all appear in public together, hyping the crowd about why they're the best person for the state's top job. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is also expected to speak.
>>Lawmakers Finding A Way While They Aren't Being Paid
(Springfield, IL) -- Many lawmakers are trying to make ends meet while they aren't being paid. State Senator Terry Link says he's okay for now because his wife still works, but that may not the case for everyone. He and his colleagues haven't been paid since July 1st because Governor
Quinn slashed their salaries from the budget. He says lawmakers shouldn't be paid until they reach a deal on pension reform. Link says Quinn's move was purely political and it hasn't done anything to move the pension progress forward.
>>Comptroller Candidate Bows Out Of Race
(Springfield, IL) -- Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn has cleared the path for Sheila Simon to run on the Democratic ticket for Comptroller. He bowed out of the race yesterday at the Democratic County Chairmen's breakfast in Springfield. Blackburn says he's impressed with Simon's service to the state and is confident she'll bring increased accountability and transparency to the comptroller's office. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin commended Blackburn on suspending his campaign, calling it gracious and selfless act of service reminiscent of Simon's dad, former U.S. Senator Paul Simon.
>>Metro East Man Guilty Of Child Sex Trafficking
(Jerseyville, IL) -- A Metro-East man has admitted to paying more than a thousand bucks to have sex with a minor. Sixty-five year old David Driskill pled guilty to charges of commercial sex trafficking earlier this week and faces 15 years behind bars. He was busted in an undercover sting back in May, when he handed over 15-hundred-bucks to an investigator. Authorities were put on to Driskill after he sent texts messages to a woman telling her he'd pay big money to have sex with her nine year old daughter, plus he'd throw in an extra 500 if she sent an inappropriate picture. The woman forwarded the messages on to police, who set up a sting and arrested Driskill in Jerseyville.
>>Clean Energy Plant To Add 300 Jobs In Morgan County
(Jacksonville, IL) -- The FutureGen 2.0 project is expected to put more than 300 people to work in Morgan County. The number was revealed in a new economic-impact analysis conducted by the U of I's Institute of Government and Public Affairs in Urbana. FutureGen Spokesman Lawrence Pacheco tells the "Springfield Journal Register" the project will be a major economic booster in the area, paying out about 318-million-dollars in wages over a 20-year span. Adding so many jobs in Morgan County can breathe new life into the area, which is struggling with an eight-point-six percent unemployment rate.
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