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Illinois Lawmakers Take Look At Workers Comp Overhaul

Even as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has finally introduced a formal plan to restructure Illinois' workers compensation system, the Democratic-led Illinois House took a series of votes designed to show there isn't support for it to pass. Several measures that encapsulated Rauner's ideas fell to defeat --- with Democrats voting no, and Republicans voting "present." Republicans say it's a charade. But Democratic Representative Jay Hoffman of Collinsville says Republicans just don't want to...
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Suzanne Pupino is stepping down from her position as DeKalb City Clerk.

The move comes less than two weeks after being sworn-in.

According to a news release issued Friday night, Mayor John Rey said Pupino resigned to "spend more time enjoying her retirement."

Pupino was sworn-in on May 11, 2015 for a two-year term.

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Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Jeffrey Yordon to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

According to a news release, Yordon was CEO and Chairman of Sagent Pharmaceuticals for nine years. He founded the company in 2006, which developed and made injectable pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he worked as the founder, president and COO of American Pharmaceutical Partners.

What's Left To Do In Springfield?

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Illinois legislators are taking a weekend break, but there are major issues unresolved heading toward their May 31st adjournment.

After long last, a handful of Gov. Bruce Rauner's initiatives were just introduced -- term limits, restrictions on where lawsuits can be filed, minimizing what companies are responsible for when it comes to workers' compensation claims, and a property tax freeze.

Here's Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno:

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The PARCC test, associated with the Common Core, will be somewhat shorter next year. 

Illinois was one of 11 states to administer the test this year, and parents complained it was too long. It would take up to 10 hours and spread across two sessions -- one in March, another in May.

The PARCC consortium voted this week to reduce the test by about an hour and a half and consolidate it into one session instead of two.

Anne Morris, a test coordinator for a Springfield school district, says that’s what she's been hoping to hear.

Senate Votes To Allow Bobcat Hunting

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Bobcats, beware. Illinois lawmakers have renewed their call to lift a ban on hunting bobcats.

Former Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a previous attempt in one of his last acts as governor. Bobcats are off limits to hunters now, and democratic Sen. Linda Holmes of Aurora wants to keep it that way.

"There isn't a need to get rid of this animal, which is a native predator species in the state," Holmes said.

She says the bobcat population is fragile, and unlike hunters' other prey -- which carnivorous eaters can turn into a meal -- bobcats are solely hunted as trophies.

Binding Referendum To Tax Illinois Millionaires Stalls

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As Illinois lawmakers grapple with a budget shortfall, a measure to impose a tax on millionaires' income stalled.

Adding a surcharge to income over a million dollars to raise more money for Illinois schools was a concept Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan introduced last year, but there wasn't enough support. Now, as Illinois faces a $6 billion budget gap, he brought it back.

"We're simply asking those that have done well in life to help our educational system," Madigan said.

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Sveas Söner (The Sons of Sweden) chorus presents its 125th annual spring concert this Sunday at Bethesda Covenant Church in Rockford.  The director of the male chorus, as it happens, is neither male nor Swedish.

Sherry Dreyfuss says she was a bit surprised when she was approached by Sveas Söner.

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The school year's end is drawing near for many Illinois communities, but bullying won't necessarily end when classes do. A new city ordinance might change disciplinary actions for those offenses, but will it be enough to get bullies to stop?

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People would not be sent to jail for carrying small amounts of marijuana under a proposal approved by Senate lawmakers.

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Recovery efforts continue in Fairdale after last month's deadly tornado. Of the 66 homes destroyed, it's estimated more than 50 residents want to rebuild. The DeKalb County Community Foundation has a pass through fund called the DeKalb County Disaster Recovery Fund – to receive donations/contributions from donors to support the recovery efforts. 

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