Government

Government
7:02 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Durbin Sounds Alarm As Farm Bill Deadline Looms

Time is running out for Congress to pass a comprehensive farm bill. The current law expires at the end of the month. 

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Government
7:33 am
Fri September 14, 2012

CTU Strike Raises Questions About Reform Law

State Senator Kimberly Lightford

The Chicago teachers strike is serving as a test for an education law approved by Illinois lawmakers last year. The statute included a provision that created additional barriers for teachers to walk off the job.

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Government
6:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Cullerton Says No Pension Vote Until 2013

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

Another top Democrat in Springfield says any action on a pension overhaul will have to wait until early next year. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says a vote on a plan to overhaul the state's troubled pension systems will probably come in January.

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Government
2:11 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Illinois To Improve Youth Prisons

The state of Illinois has agreed to improve conditions at youth prisons under a settlement that officials hope will avert a legal battle if a judge agrees to the deal.

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Transportation
7:33 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Is Rail In The Future For Illinois Tollway Authority?

State Representative Joe Sosnowski

The Illinois Tollway Authority now has state approval to consider adding rail service on its property. But supporters of the new law say it would probably take a while for any such project to materialize. 

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More Trash?
2:25 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Appellate Court Weighing Case Against DeKalb Landfill Expansion

Members of "Stop the Mega-Dump" plot their next move on the steps of the Second District Appellate Court in Elgin.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The proposed expansion of the DeKalb County landfill is now in the hands of three appellate court judges.

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Illinois Tollway
11:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Worst Toll Scofflaws Will Face Lawsuits

Total owed is more than $300 million

Illinois Tollway toll violators, who collectively owe more than $300 million in tolls and initial fines, will be pursued in court, beginning tomorrow.

Executive Director Kristi Lafleur said the agency has sent these violators at least five notices, called them at least four times and offered them multiple opportunities to enter a settlement agreement with the option to use a payment plan to settle the debt.

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Health
10:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

DeKalb County Reports First West Nile Virus Case

The first case of West Nile virus in DeKalb County has been reported to the county health department.  A 59-year-old male county resident was diagnosed recently, a department spokesperson said.

“This is not unexpected,” said Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator at the DeKalb County Health Department, “due to the fact that there have been cases diagnosed throughout Illinois and the United States, and we know that mosquitoes in our area are infected.”

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Government
6:27 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Pension Vote May Have To Wait Until Early 2013

housedem.state.il.us

It appears Illinois lawmakers will wait until early next year to deal with the state’s pension crisis. That was the message from one of the state's top Democrats. 

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State Budget
7:11 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Arbitrator Postpones Illinois Prison Closures

Susan Stephens WNIJ

Two Illinois prisons targeted for closure will stay open for at least another month. An arbitrator ruled today that Governor Pat Quinn and his administration violated the rights of union workers by rushing the process.

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