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>>Illinois Congressmen Split On Syria Strike
(Undated) -- Illinois Congressmen are split when it comes to support for a strike on Syria. Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a Major in the Air National Guard, is backing the president's plan but Congressman John Shimkus is a solid no. He says he doesn't think the attack is warranted because he hasn't seen any evidence of a real threat against the U.S. or its allies. Shimkus thinks the strike will make matters worse, not better. A spokesman for Congressman Aaron Schock won't say if Schock supports the plan, but he says he'll "give great weight to the president's plan before the House vote."
>>Quinn Pushes For Minimum Wage Hike
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn wants to bump the minimum wage up to ten bucks an hour. Right now, minimum wage workers in Illinois get paid eight-25 and hour, a full dollar more than the feds require. Quinn says it's near impossible to raise a family on such a small wage. Boosting the minimum wage will give workers an extra 48-hundred bucks a year.
>>Child Abuse Going Up In Southern Illinois
(Chicago, IL) -- Kids in southern Illinois are being abused at alarming rates. DCFS Director Richard Calica says 69-percent of the kids taken into protective custody in the past year come from the southern region of the state. Cook County used to be the hotbed for abuse. Calica says they don't know what caused the shift but it could be attributed to increased drug usage in southern Illinois, and the fact that the people there have a hard time getting access to services that can help.
>>Speed Cameras In I-57 Work Zones
(Kankakee, IL) -- Speed cameras are helping bust drivers who are going too fast in highway work zones. According to IDOT, the cameras are up on I-57 near Kankakee. The cameras will only snap pictures when workers are present and a sign will be posted letting the driver know that photo enforcements are in place. The minimum fine for speeding in a work zone is 375-dollars.
>>Fundraiser Underway For Miles Davis Statue
(Alton, IL) -- A fundraising effort is underway to put a Miles Davis memorial statue in Alton. Organizers say people can buy a 75-dollar commemorative brick, which will feature three lines highlighting something special in their life. Businesses can also purchase a brick for 400-bucks each. The bricks will be used to form a plaza around the Davis statue. Call 618-467-2375 for more details.
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