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>>Speed Limit Change To Cost 200-Grand
(Chicago, IL) -- The speed limit is going up to 70-miles an hour on most rural interstates in Illinois. Governor Quinn signed the new law yesterday, but it won't come cheap. The "Chicago Tribune" reports it'll cost about 200-thousand dollars to change or update the speed limit signs. The new law goes into effect January 1st.
>>GOP Lawmaker Claims Pay Cut Shows Democratic Infighting
(Bloomington, IL) -- One Republican lawmaker claims they aren't getting paid because Democrats can't get their acts together. State Senator Jason Barickman says the Democratic party of incapable of governing right now because they can't get along, and
they're trying to use the courts to resolve the fight that they're having over pension reform and lawmaker salaries.Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan are suing Governor Quinn because he slashed their salaries from the budget back in July, claiming they shouldn't be paid until they pass a pension-reform plan. Critics on both sides of the aisle say Quinn's move was purely political because he hasn't done anything to help resolve the problem. Still, lawmakers will miss their September paycheck and there's a chance they won't get October's on time either.
>>Fathers Who Raped Child's Mom Can Lose Parental Rights
(Springfield, IL) -- Women no longer have to share parental rights with their child's father if he raped her. A new law allows the mother to take the man to civil court to prove the child was conceived through rape. If the court sides with the woman, the father's rights would be taken away even if he hasn't been charged with or convicted of rape. The man's family would also lose all visitation and custody rights. The law takes effect January 1st.
>>Five Prison Shutdowns Not Cause For Concern
(Undated) -- Five Illinois prisons have been locked downs in less than a week because of inmate violence. DOC Spokesman Tom Shaer says at least a couple guards were attacked in the five separate, unrelated incidents. He says there's no need for increased concern and points out that people who cause trouble on the outside will likely cause trouble on the inside. Shaer says the DOC takes all violence very seriously and says they're dealing with each inmate accordingly.
>>Crop Conditions Holding Steady
(Undated) -- Crop conditions dropped slightly last week but are still faring well in Illinois, even though there hasn't been much rain. At least 70-percent of corn is in the dough stage while 14-percent of corn acres have reached the dent stage. Corn conditions declined slightly from last week with two-percent very poor, eight-percent poor, 26-percent fair, and 46-percent good, and 18-percent excellent. Soybeans are also holding up with 93-percent blooming and 73-percent setting pods. They also went down slightly last week with two-percent very poor, eight-percent poor, 25-percent fair, 52-percent good, and 13-percent excellent.
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