Thousands of WNIJ listeners lost contact with their NPR programming this morning, when a severe thunderstorm cut the power to Northern Public Radio's transmitter in Lindenwood, Ill. The outage also affected listeners to WNIJ's sister station, Classical WNIU.
While Commonwealth Edison struggled to restore power to 175,000 customers, WNIJ and WNIU had hoped to use generator power to continue broadcasting. Unfortunately, according to chief engineer Jeff Glass, our backup lacked coolant. So when the power went out around 6:00am, fans of NPR's Morning Edition were forced to pull in distant signals from Chicago Public Radio or Wisconsin Public Radio.
Rockford Art Museum is wrapping up its 100th year in a number of big ways. Saturday, the museum hosts its 25th annual Evergreen Ball. Patrons will dine and dance among two-hundred of the museum’s greatest works, which are showcased in the on-going centennial exhibition. There’s also a new book highlighting the stories behind the museum’s growth from a sketch club to a community institution.
Fitch Ratings issued a news release shortly after lawmakers passed a pension overhaul plan. The ratings agency views the passage of pension reform legislation in Illinois yesterday as "a positive indication of the state's willingness to take action on this complicated issue after many failed attempts."
Anne Marie Gaura currently serves as the Interim Director of Engineering and Public Works for the Village of Schaumburg. Gaura served as the Village Manager of Montgomery for a dozen years before that. She resigned from that position in 2012.
Blue Cross says Illinois customers will be allowed to keep their current health plans. 185,000 Illinoisans received cancellation notices because their plans don't meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Illinois lawmakers approved a pension overhaul Tuesday. The Senate passed the plan 30 - 24, and the House approved it on a 62 - 53 vote. Governor Pat Quinn has indicated he will sign this bill, which is intended to save $160-billion over the next three decades.
Plans to deal with Illinois' $100 billion dollars of pension debt have come and gone over the years: a proposal would pass the Senate, only to stall in the House, or vice versa.
Which is why it was seen as a major breakthrough last week when the four leaders of the General Assembly emerged from a meeting in Chicago announcing they'd reached a deal, a bipartisan agreement on how to peel away Illinois' label of having the worst-funded pension system in the nation.