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>>People Urged To Stay Cool During Heat Wave
(Undated) -- Temperatures are expected to hit 100-degrees today. People are encouraged to stay inside air conditioned buildings to avoid the hot weather, if they can. Those who don't have air conditioning can hang out at one of the state's cooling centers. The cooling centers are located at Illinois Department of Human Services offices throughout the state and are open from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m.
>>Unions Don't Like Pension Components
(Springfield, IL) -- Union leaders aren't happy with the most recent reports on pension reform progress. The We Are One Illinois coalition put out a statement claiming members of the conference committee are trying to rehash the same unfair, unconstitutional attacks on retirement security.
They especially don't like an idea that will delay and reduce the cost-of-living adjustment that protects retirees from inflation. They want lawmakers to focus on the bill they agreed to back in the spring, which gives workers and retirees the option to choose their own pension benefits.
>>Kirk Defends "No" Votes On Gay Issues
(Springfield, IL) -- Republican candidate for governor Kirk Dillard is defending his "No" votes on gay rights issues. He says he voted against civil unions because of the religious consequences. He says groups like Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services can no longer place kids in loving adoptive of foster care homes because of the state's civil union's law. Dillard says he isn't against equal rights but he draws the line when kids are negatively impacted. Officials with Equality Illinois tell "ChicagoPride.com" that Dillard won't make it very far in next year's election if he continues to attack LGBT rights.
>>Construction Suspended During Holiday Weekend
(Undated) -- Traveling will be a bit smoother this weekend as people hit the road for the holiday. IDOT is cancelling all non-emergency road work starting at 3:00p.m., tomorrow. Officials say they want to boost safety and reduce congestion for the last major travel weekend of the summer. Drivers should remember that work zone speed limits will still be in place and anyone driving over the posted speed limit risks getting a ticket for at least 375-dollars.
>>Emergency Officials Prepping For Earthquake Drill
(Springfield, IL) -- Emergency officials are encouraging families, schools, businesses, and government agencies to participate in the great shakeout earthquake drill. Millions of people across the nation are expected to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" during the October 17th drill, designed to raise awareness about how people can stay safe when the ground starts shaking. Registration is now open for the October drill. Check out ShakeOut.org/CentralUS for more details.
>>Rushville Mayor Calling It Quits
(Rushville, IL) -- The mayor of Rushville is turning in the keys to the city and picking up his books. Scott Thompson is going back to school to pursue a PhD after leading the city for six years. He says he's pleased with his service to the community but he's stepping down because his wife took a job with the Iowa Department of Aging. Thompson will be attending Iowa State University. This will be his last full week on the job.
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