DeKalb – Illinois lawmakers are debating a measure that would overhaul pensions for teachers and other state workers. The bill is controversial because it would affect current employees. WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks about this bill with Dave Urbanek, spokesman for the Teachers Retirement System.
WNIJ news – Concerns have been raised about the wet spring and its effect on the corn planting season. The concern is especially being felt in Southern Illinois, where communities have dealt with widespread flooding. WNIJ's Mike Moen has more on how the situation is playing out in Northern Illinois:
Rockford, IL – Illinois is getting another large chunk of federal funding for high-speed rail. The 268-million dollar grant announced Monday will be used to purchase locomotives and passenger cars capable of handling high-speed travel.
But northern Illinois is still a long way from moving rail passengers at speeds exceeding 200 or even 100 miles per hour. That was one of a number of transportation subjects at yesterday's Tri-State Alliance Summit in Rockford. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.