Despite Democratic majorities and a push from the governor, Illinois' legislative session adjourned without a bump in the minimum wage.
Lawmakers settled for putting a non-binding question on the November ballot asking if that's something voters want.
Part of the problem was that legislators from downstate -- from both parties -- were against a hike.
Andrew Biggs says it doesn't make sense to make sense to have a national, or even statewide, minimum wage. Biggs is a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, a D.C. think tank that leans toward free enterprise.
Treasurer Dan Rutherford dismissed the officials after an investigation by the treasurer's inspector general. The Associated Press obtained letters from Rutherford's office indicating Patrick Carlson, George Daglas and Ashvin Lad were fired earlier this month. Each for allegedly violating timekeeping policies and falsifying records.
Officials will track the spending habits of fairgoers in more than a dozen Illinois counties this summer. It's part of an effort to get an idea of the economic impact of agricultural fairs.
The surveys are organized by the University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs. The project began last month at the Greene County Fair and includes DeKalb and Whiteside counties.
More money is on the way for Illinois communities devastated by last fall's tornadoes. Officials are making available more than $11 million dollars of state relief. Governor Pat Quinn announced the city of Washington is getting the majority of those funds. The community will use the money to repair streets and sidewalks. It's part of an overall package to help local governments recoup some of the costs associated with storm cleanup. That’s after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied assistance.
As we approach the November election, WNIJ decided to go beyond its usual in-depth coverage of the issues and candidates. So we invited Pushcart Prize-winning author Dan Libman to visit places where voters are most likely to speak their minds: their local bars. To close the "distance" of a reporter's microphone, Dan used an iPhone to interview imbibing voters.
A bipartisan panel studying concerns over increasing heroin use will meet in Rockford Monday. Lawmakers will hear from members of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office and the Rockford Fire Department.
The House Bipartisan Task Force on the Heroin Crisis will be holding a hearing Monday, July 7th from 9:00am – 12:00pm in Rockford at Rock Valley College.