Firefighters were called to ComEd for a fire in a large storage building in Rockford. The structure was already engulfed in flames when emergency crews responded Saturday night.
According to the Rockford Fire Department, firefighters took a defensive approach due to concerns the building would collapse. They were on the scene for five hours and the building and its contents are considered a total loss.
House Speaker Michael Madigan talked to reporters about pensions during the end of the spring legislative session; he and Senate President John Cullerton were at odds then over how to deal with the state's underfunded retirement systems.
Earlier this week, legislative leaders announced a deal to bring a pension overhaul before the full chambers. It is estimated to save $160 billion over the next 30 years. Illinois has the nation's most underfunded retirement systems.
On Friday, the leaders' staff sent around the memo below that highlights changes for public employee pensions. Lawmakers are expected in Springfield to vote on legislation Tuesday, December 3. Employee unions have already indicated opposition and if it passes, a legal challenge is likely.
Law enforcement is preparing for implementation of Illinois' concealed carry law. Permits won't be issued until the spring. But police officers will be getting caught up to speed on how to deal with concealed-carry scenarios.
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a lawyer has to testify against his former client in a mortgage fraud case. The decision reaffirms a rare exception to the attorney-client privilege.
The idea that lawyers and their clients should be able to communicate confidentially is one of the oldest principles in our legal system. But if someone communicates with a lawyer in order to further a crime, the privilege no longer exists. That's called the "crime-fraud exception."