illinois

Government
8:35 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Proposal Could Spur IL Pension Deal

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Illinois lawmakers are bringing a new proposal on the table to fix the state’s multi-billion dollar pension crisis. Democratic Representative Elaine Nekritz and about a dozen other lawmakers are expected to announce new legislation today to repair Illinois' $95 billion pension liability. The plan calls for raising employee contributions and a tiered retirement age. It also would shift some of the costs for teachers' pensions to school districts.

Read more
Society
8:36 am
Tue December 4, 2012

IL Joins Network to Track Prescription Drug Abuse

Credit narconon.org

An Illinois medicine-monitoring program joins a national data-sharing network to further prevent prescription drug abuse. The Department of Human Services is linking its prescription monitoring program to a National Association of Boards of Pharmacy network. By joining the national network, Human Services will be able to better identify people who have been issued multiple prescriptions across state lines.

Read more
Government
8:32 am
Tue December 4, 2012

IL Lawmakers Return to Springfield

Credit wikipedia.org

Illinois lawmakers are facing the final three days of the Legislature’s fall session, but big issues like fixing state pension funds or expanding legalized gambling will probably have to wait for January action. The Senate might consider a House-approved resolution opposing wage increases for state workers this year.

Read more
Government
8:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Top IL Republicans Back Immigrants' Licenses

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Top Illinois Republicans are joining an effort to provide driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno are joining former GOP Gov. Jim Edgar today at the state Capitol to announce their support.

Read more
Government
7:35 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Quinn Fights Budget Override

Credit wikipedia.org

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants the House of Representatives to spend money on children, not outdated prisons. Quinn continues to try to divert money from prisons to child-protection services after the Senate rejected the attempt made there. The state Senate voted 35 to 16 to reject Quinn’s $57 million cuts.

Read more
Government
7:32 am
Wed November 28, 2012

IL Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Another Look

Credit w

Illinois lawmakers are considering a three-year pilot program that would temporarily legalize medical marijuana for people with certain illnesses. Bill sponsor Rep. Lou Lang says he thinks political momentum is on his side and hopes to vote on the bill Wednesday.

Read more
Business
7:23 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Peabody to Close IL Mine

A Peabody Energy Corp.  subsidiary is permanently closing a southern Illinois mine because it failed to meet safety, compliance and performance standards. Bay Ridge Inc. says operations at the Willow Lake Mine near Harrisburg are unsustainable. The mine closing will affect about 400 workers.

Read more
Government
7:38 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Another Blow for IL Anti-Eavesdropping Law

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to an Illinois anti-eavesdropping law. The high court let stand a lower-court ruling Monday that said the law violates free-speech rights when used against people who tape police in public. Violators of the law face a maximum 15-year prison term.

Read more
Government
11:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Illinois' Governor Urges Food Bank Support

Credit wikimedia.com

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn reminds state residents to support food banks during the holiday season and throughout the year. Quinn's office says there are eight food banks around the state and, according to Feeding Illinois, there are more than 1.9 million people in the state who don't have access to nutritious food. Quinn urges people to volunteer at food banks in their communities and donate to them. 

Read more
Government
8:23 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Vaught Retires from Director of IL DCEO

Credit www.ecidc.com

The director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is retiring from full-time employment with the state. 65 year-old David Vaught retired Wednesday. His retirement came after an Illinois Inspector General’s Office report that found abuses of hiring laws at DCEO. It also criticized the DCEO for failing to adequately review appointees’ qualifications.

Read more

Pages