Governor Pat Quinn signed five new agriculture laws at the Illinois State Fair’s Agriculture Day. As the state's farmers deal with drought conditions, Quinn said it's an important time to support them and the state's agriculture industry. The new legislation protects cattle pastures from wildlife damage and creates the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to eliminate the state's contributions toward health insurance benefits for retired school teachers and community college professors across the state. Those cuts are part of the budget proposal he unveiled last week. They target two insurance programs and would save the state about $92 million. About 77,000 retired teachers and their dependents are covered under the Teachers Retirement Insurance Program and the Community College Insurance Program. If Quinn's plan is approved, retirees could be forced to pay higher premiums.