Legislators passed a law overhauling the state's retirement systems. Soaring pension debt remains a concern. The law's constitutionality is also in question. It reduces workers' and retirees' benefits, and raises the retirement age.
Saturday's groundbreaking for a $24 million dollar library expansion can't come soon enough for Dee Coover. The library director walked into her office this week to sweltering temperatures. She called to get the problem fixed and heard a familiar refrain from workers.
"It's been remodeled several times so everything is in the way of what I am trying to work on. It's just that everything is old...antiquated," said service technician Chad Phund.
He's been called to the to 80-year-old building several times to "put band-aids on band-aids."
Rockford police made an arrest after a series of recent home burglaries. They happened along Grant, Sherman and Sheridan avenues over the last few days. The 25-year-old suspect was also wanted in connection with retail theft.
After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, certain companies are exempt from providing birth control as part of their insurance plans. They don't have to cover contraception if it conflicts with owners' religious beliefs.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is proposing legislation to require these companies to share that information with job seekers.
Durbin, a Democrat, says potential employees have the right to know.