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>>Quinn To Attend Visitation For Serviceman
(Riverdale, IL) -- Governor Quinn will attend the wake for Sergeant 1st Class Jerome Baker today, an Illinois National Guardsman who died during a training exercise last week. The Riverdale native got sick during a two-mile run in Michigan and died on the way to the hospital. He's one of more than 300 Illinois active-duty service-members who've died since 9-11. Quinn has attended most of their funerals.
>>Quinn Sticking To Guns On Lawmaker Pay
(Decatur, IL) -- Governor Quinn is sticking to his guns when it comes to withholding lawmakers' pay. He says it's not fair that taxpayers are dishing out millions-of-dollars every day to pay for the pension shortfall, while lawmakers keep putting the issue off.
The state stopped paying lawmakers back in July after Quinn slashed the money from the budget. Lawmakers have filed suit over the issue and a judge will decide whether to reinstate their pay by next Thursday.
>>No Additional Furloughs For Civilians At Scott
(Scott Air Force Base, IL) -- Civilian workers at Scott Air Force Base won't be required to take furlough days next year. That's good news for many of the workers, who were forced to take half-a-dozen days off this year because of a tight federal budget. Congress had to cut 85-billion-dollars from several agencies, which impacted about 45-hundred civilian workers at Scott.
>>Unemployment Rate Still Above Nine Percent
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois' unemployment rate is still sitting at nine-point-two percent, despite the fact that the state added 59-hundred private sector jobs last month. Illinois' Employment Security Director Jay Rowell says job growth without a reduction in the unemployment rate is a good indication that employers are willing to hire if they find a qualified candidate. Officials say there's no shortage of jobs in Illinois. Employers posted 197-thousand help-wanted ads last month, nearly 70-percent were full-time positions.
>>Belleville Man Diagnosed With West Nile
(Belleville, IL) -- We're starting to see more human cases of West Nile virus pop up. So far 14 people have been infected this year, the latest report comes out of St. Clair County. Officials say an elderly Belleville man was recently treated for the disease. Two people have died.
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