The courts ultimately will decide what happens to Illinois’ pension-reform law. But, two and a half months before the overhaul is set to take effect, thousands of public university employees may soon face a choice: retire before July, or lose a substantial portion of their retirement income.
January unemployment rates fell in 11 of 12 metropolitan areas in Illinois. That's according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in January and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak.
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has committed $53.7 million in funding to the activation of Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois. The announcement comes from U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17).
Same-sex couples in DeKalb County don't have to wait until June 1st to get a marriage license. That was the decision approved by a judge today, and means couples can begin applying for licenses immediately.
Next week, Republican voters in the 75th Illinois House District will choose the person they want to represent them in the general election this fall. The choice comes down to the man who has attracted positive national attention during his half-year in office and a long-time county government leader.
Statewide data shows Illinois public school districts are continuing to struggle financially. The Illinois Board of Education finds 532 districts (62 percent) using their reserves or borrowing. That's compared to 32.5 percent in 2008. The average score of district finances, based upon FY 2013 data, dropped below the highest financial ranking for the first time in five years.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host the National Archery in the Schools Program Illinois State Tournament on Saturday, March 22 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. According to a news release from DNR, participation continues to grow as 873 archers from 32 schools have qualified to compete. The 2013 State Tournament drew about 700 archers; 400 students competed in 2012.