The Illinois Supreme Court ruled the state constitution's pension protection clause prevents any diminishment of health care benefits for state retirees. According to Crain's, the 6-1 decision said the clause overrode the state's argument that its police powers, applied to dealing with the state's budget crisis, justified a recalculation of what retirees must pay for their health benefits.
Poverty is prevalent in rural areas across the U.S. That’s according to a published report, which says it’s not just an urban issue. Some northern Illinois ranked near the middle, while others fared better in the rankings.
Illinois are moving forward with plans for a major airport south of the city of Chicago. Part of that plan includes the State of Illinois owning and operating a small general aviation airport near Monee in Will County where the long proposed South Suburban one will go.
The Illinois Department of Transportation purchased Bult Field for $34 million.
The purchase includes 288 acres of land and a 5,000 foot runway.
The Sterling School Board is backing a county sales tax resolution. The vote come in Tuesday night's meeting. Sauk Valley Media reports that gives Whiteside County districts enough support to put a referendum on the November ballot.
If approved, the sales tax would increase to 7.75 percent.
Illinois' economy was slow to feel the effects of the Great Recession, and has been slow to recover from it. The state's Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is submitting a five-year plan to the General Assembly, with suggestions for business growth and more state spending.
The National Weather Service reports six tornadoes touched down in Illinois Monday night. A damage survey confirmed an EF-1 tornado landed near Earlville. The weather service reports peak winds reached 110 mph in northern LaSalle County.
There are a lot of summer camps to choose from, with everything from sports to arts and crafts.
Two dozen young students from Taiwan are learning with their American peers how to get their point across. This week, the students are taking part in activities designed around the study and debate of alternative energy.