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>>Politics May Be Holding Up Pension Reform
(Springfield, IL) -- The game of politics could be holding up progress on pension reform. Three of the four Republicans on the ten-member committee are running on a governor's ticket next year, and political scientist Kent Redfield says they're vote on reform could mean lost votes in the primary. For example if one of the Republican candidates votes against reform, it could give the others ammo on the campaign trail, and harm their chances of winning in March. Redfield says it may be safer for them to hold off on taking a stance until after the primary election is over.
>>Term Limits Not So Bad, According To New Poll
(Carbondale, IL) -- Voters in Southern Illinois actually like the idea of term limits for lawmakers. Seventy-five percent of those polled by the Paul Simon Public Policy say they wouldn't mind limiting state reps to five terms and senators to just three.
Many of the respondents believe term limits might make the lawmakers be more responsive to constituent needs. GOP candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is campaigning on the idea of term limits. Butt, critics say it doesn't give lawmakers enough time to build the knowledge needed to tackle tough problems.
>>Chicago Lawmakers Tour Gun Manufacturing Companies
(Henry County, IL) -- Talks of an assault weapons ban in Illinois have gun manufacturing companies looking to relocate. Some Chicago lawmakers are pushing for the ban, claiming it'll help reduce crime but downstate lawmakers say it'll hurt those who use the guns for hunting and sporting purposes. Gun manufacturers think the ban will hurt their bottom line. State Senator Darin LaHood is trying to bridge the divide. He took four Chicago area lawmakers on a tour of manufacturing facilities yesterday, hoping they'd see how much they add to the state's economy.
>>Medicare Enrollment Period Underway
(Springfield, IL) -- Open enrollment for Medicare is underway. Department of Aging Spokeswoman Kimberly Parker says now is a good time for seniors and disabled persons to review their plans. Free counseling services are available for those who need help understanding the plans and what they offer. Call 800-548-9034 for more details.
>>Blackhawks Win In Overtime
(Chicago, IL) -- The Blackhawks pulled off an overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes last night. The final score was three-to-two. The Hawks play the St. Louis Blues at home tomorrow at 7:00p.m. The Blues won the first match-up between the two teams last Wednesday.
>>Bulls Face Pistons At United Center
(Chicago, IL) -- Will Derrick Rose join his teammates on the court against the Pistons tonight. That's the question most Bulls' fans want to know. They anticipated the great return of Rose but after just a few preseason games, he's already having troubles with his knee. Rose sat out this past Saturday when the Bulls faced the Washington Wizards in Brazil. They'll take the court against the Pistons at 7:00p.m.
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