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.
A former northern Illinois congressman says an airspace dispute involving China has the potential to raise international tensions. He also says he’s puzzled as to why the communist nation is angering its neighbors.
The Northern Illinois University football team remains ranked #14 in the latest BCS standings. The Huskies (12-0, 8-0 Mid-American Conference) will face MAC East Champions Bowling Green in the 2013 MAC Championship Game at Detroit's Ford Field on Friday, Dec. 6.
According to NIU Athletics:
***The Huskies are 12-0 for the first time in school history. NIU’s previous best undefeated mark was a 10-0 record in 1963 when the Huskies won the College Division National Championship.