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Government
6:37 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Proposed measure aims to save state funding for day care providers

Sara Feigenholtz

Democratic Representative from Chicago introduces a bill that would prevent a state funding cutoff for child care providers in Illinois. 

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Government
5:36 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Former Dixon comptroller to appear in federal court Monday

Rita Crundwell is scheduled to make an appearance for her arraignment on wire fraud charges.

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Government
6:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Voters to decide on tougher rules for pension increases

A constitutional amendment for Illinois will appear on the November ballot. The proposed change has to do with increasing pension benefits for public workers.

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Government
11:24 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Around Illinois – May 3

  • DeKalb-Kendall-Kane courts will seek OK for cameras
  • Governor seeks business help
  • Car demand up, shutdown off
  • What's the fastest-growing faith in Illinois?
  • Arlington makes it to the starting gate
  • Rock Falls CEO speaks out on wind farm
  • Old Abe's place is enlightened

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Government
7:04 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Public retirees, students, city officials get capitol attention

Three bills stand out among those receiving attention Wednesday in the Illinois Legislature.  One has to do with health-insurance costs for state retirees.  Another is in response to the comptroller scandal in Dixon.  The third seeks to end the scandal-plagued legislative scholarship program. 

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Government
4:56 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Northern Illinois makes pitch for piece of federal transportation pie

Congressmen Don Manzullo and Bobby Schiller talk about transportation funding at the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.
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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Government
12:10 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Around Illinois – May 2

  • Will Quinn still close state facilities?
  • 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

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Government
2:18 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Estimates now at $53 million stolen from Dixon

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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Government
11:25 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Around Illinois – April 30

  • Should recording police in action be illegal?
  • Splitting siblings under DCFS being reviewed
  • Lt. Gov. Simon has hearings in Freeport, Rockford
  • Six charged in Wrigley Field and restaurant "skimming"

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Pensions
4:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

What's the impact of Gov.'s pension fix?

NIU's Steven Cunningham, VP for administration & human resources

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. 

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