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>>Heat Wave Coming This Week
(Undated) -- A heat wave is expected to hit central and southeast Illinois. Temps will soar above 90-degrees every day this week, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday and Wednesday will be scorchers with highs reaching up to 105-degrees. The heat poses a risk for health related illnesses. People who work outside should drink plenty of water and wear light weight, loose clothing to avoid heat strokes.
>>Quinn: Pension Outline Positive
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn says it's good to see progress on pension reform, but lawmakers still need to get to the finish line. A ten-member committee has been working to get a bill that will clear botht he House and Senate. Quinn says he'll only support a bill that completely erases the
state's 100-billion-dollar pension liability. He says the liabiltiy is keeping the state from inesting in things like education, public safety, and healthcare. Lawmakers haven't given a specific date on when they think they can get a bill passed but, the longer they wait, the longer they'll go without being paid.
>>School Age Requirement Changed
(Chicago, IL) -- Kids don't have to start school until they're seven in Illinois, but that's about to change. A new law will require them to start one year earlier. It doesn't take effect until the 2014-2015 school year but all kids who turn six by September 1st of 2014 will have to start hitting the books. It applies to public, private, and even home-schooled kids. Supporters of the measure say it'll help kids succeed.
>>First Black Republican State Rep To Be Sworn In
(Morris, IL) -- The newest state rep is being sworn in today. John Anthony will take over for Pam Roth, representing the 75th District, which includes Morris, Seneca, Minooka, and Braidwood. He'll take the oath of office at 6:00 tonight at the Grundy County Courthouse in Morris. Anthony will be the only African-American Republican legislator in Springfield. And, he's the first Black state rep in 30-years.
>>Governor Candidates Must Select Running Mates
(Chenoa, IL) -- Anyone running for governor next year must select their own running mate for lieutenant governor. The two state officers used to run on their own but, a new law requires they run together, on the same ticket. Republican State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says he's already selected his lieutenant governor and will make an official announcement by way of Twitter soon. After that, he'll update his Facebook friends then he'll make the news public.
>>Women Set New Skydiving Record
(Ottawa, IL) -- A group of 35 women have set a new skydiving record in Illinois. They formed a 35-person pinwheel when they jumped out of a plane in Ottawa on Saturday. They beat the previous record of 32, which was set back in 1983. The youngest woman involved in the feat was just 18-years-old and the oldest was 70.
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