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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.