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>>Comptroller Topinka Wants Lawmakers To Give Workers Back Pay
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois' Comptroller says that lawmakers need to find a way to pay state workers what they are owed. Judy Baar Topinka says that's the only way 25-thousand union workers will get the money they are owed when previously agreed raises were ignored. The "State Journal-Register" says Governor Quinn is trying to pass a supplemental spending bill in the veto session next week. House Speaker Michael Madigan wants agencies to cover the wages from already approved spending plans.
>>New Law Says Sex Offenders Can't Hand Out Halloween Candy
(Undated) -- A new Illinois law prevents convicted sex offenders from giving out candy on Halloween. The bill went into effect at the start of the year and aims to keep kids safe on all holidays. Offenders must have their outside lights off so kids don't approach the house looking for candy.
Police officials in O'Fallon tell the "Belleville News-Democrat" that they will be checking up on those homes.
>>Scammer Who Victimized Dozen Southern Illinois Residents Sentenced
(Fairview Heights, IL) -- A telemarketing scammer who defrauded dozens of Illinois residents is heading to federal prison. U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says Robert Thomas will spend over three years behind bars for a scam run out of Florida. Over fifty Illinois residents say Thomas claimed he would sell their vacation timeshares after they sent him advance fees of up to several thousand dollars. Thomas would pocket the money and then claim there weren't any buyers.
>>U of I Alumnus Speaks To Students From International Space Station
(Urbana, IL) -- A video conference between Urbana residents and the International Space Station is being touted as resounding success. University of Illinois graduate Mike Hopkins took a few moments from his busy schedule on the orbiting laboratory to chat with some students and community members last night. The astronaut was a co-captain of the Illini football team and a 1991 engineering graduate. The "News-Gazette" says the call took months of planning and almost didn't happen because of the government shutdown.
>>Cardinals Face Elimination Game In Boston
(St. Louis, MO) -- The Cardinals face elimination in Game Six of the World Series tonight in Boston. The dramatic series even had twist and turns on the off day. A six-hour delay of the team's flight to the east coast meant the team didn't arrive till after 10:00 last night. The players seemed to take it in stride tweeting requests for pizza and toasted ravioli while sitting on the tarmac.
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