Government and Legislature

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Leaders from throughout northern Illinois pitched their most important transportation projects to two Congressmen yesterday. Republicans Don Manzullo and Bobby Schilling will recommend priorities for federal transportation funding to Governor Pat Quinn’s office. 

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  • More synthetic drugs confiscated
  • Toni Keller murder case takes some twists
  • Illinois pauses ‘Obamacare’ planning
  • How well are crime victims protected?
  • Home seized under state gang law

The city of Dixon may be out 20-million dollars more than originally thought in the case against its former comptroller. Federal prosecutors have now charged Rita Crundwell with stealing 53-million dollars over the past 22 years. In the original complaint against Crundwell, she was accused of embezzling an estimated 30-million since 2006 to “support her lavish lifestyle.”

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  • Splitting siblings under DCFS being reviewed
  • Lt. Gov. Simon has hearings in Freeport, Rockford
  • Six charged in Wrigley Field and restaurant "skimming"

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants state institutions, such as Northern Illinois University, to contribute to their workers' pensions.  Currently, the state pays the employer share of contributions.   Quinn's plan would slowly shift the responsibility for paying the "normal cost of pensions" to universities, community colleges and school districts.