The Illinois Teachers' Retirement System says it expects a lower return on its pension investments in the next year. That means the state will have to cover more of the cost of teacher pensions.
TRS says it's still a good assumed rate of investment return at 7.5 percent. That falls in line with similar pension systems nationwide. But it's not as profitable as 8 percent, which TRS had been using for the previous few years.
American sculptor Lorado Taft called it “The Eternal Indian”, but it’s universally known as “Black Hawk.”
Taft constructed the statue out of concrete and colored cement on a bluff overlooking the Rock River near Oregon in 1911. Since then, the years, weather and repairs and restorations of varying quality have taken their toll.
The Farmers Market Taskforce will work with the Illinois Department of Public Health to come up with a single set of rules and regulations farmers can follow no matter where they sell their products in Illinois.
Local health departments currently set the rules for buying and selling food at farmers markets. State Senator Dave Koehler sponsored the legislation. He says the statewide standard will help more farmers participate in more markets.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to treat nearly 38,000 acres in northern Illinois next week for the destructive gypsy moth.
Infested sites will receive an application of pheromone, which disrupts the mating of the moth. The pheromone will be aerially-applied beginning Monday, June 30. Affected counties include Boone, Kane, LaSalle, Stephenson, and Winnebago.
Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to $10 an hour. Governor Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday. And he wasted no time campaigning on the issue.
Community Coordinated Child Care began more than 40 years ago with a referral service for parents searching for child care in and around DeKalb. Since then, both the list of services offered by 4-C and the area it serves has grown tremendously.
On a day last spring at the Children's Learning Center in DeKalb, Curriculum Director Shannon Alamia offers a visitor a quick survey of the the facility.