A state pension overhaul backed by government employee unions may save half what advocates promised. The new figures come from the state's pension systems, based on how many employees might choose options contained in the Senate bill. The plan gives choices to working and retired teachers, university workers and state employees. These include keeping cost-of-living pay bumps or access to state-subsidized health insurance.
A government watchdog wants to change the way Illinois draws legislative districts. Currently, lawmakers control the process, with Democrats drawing the most recent map. Change Illinois! wants the state to form an independent board to fill that role. The group’s president, Ryan Blitstein, says too many elections have become uncompetitive:
People who live in the Illinois River town of Marseilles will learn more about their options tonight as the recovery from last month’s flooding continues. The Army Corps of Engineers based in Rock Island will host the town hall meeting that starts at 6:00 at the Marseilles American Legion Hall.
Lawrence Murray will pay NIU $4,000 by Aug. 19 under a misdemeanor plea agreement finalized Monday.
According to the Daily Chronicle, Murray -- who had been Manager of Property Control for Northern Illinois University -- pleaded guilty to violation of the State Property Control Act, a Class B misdemeanor with punishable by less than six months in the county jail.