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Illinois AG Dispute With Jimmy John's Continues

Jun 10, 2016
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Jimmy John's -- the chain sandwich company based in Illinois -- says it's fixed the problem with stores using non-compete agreements for employees.

But the Illinois Attorney General's office says franchise locations are still using them.

Under the agreements, employees couldn't work for another sub shop while working at Jimmy John's or for two years afterwards.

AG spokeswoman Eileen Boyce says stores are still asking employees to sign the agreements.

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Comptroller Leslie Munger says without a new budget agreement, Illinois will again stop paying lottery winners, 911 call centers and higher education grants starting July 1.

    

Munger addressed Illinois' ongoing budget impasse Thursday. She says without new legislation, her office won't be able to write checks. The Republican says the situation could lead to wave of costly lawsuits.

Illinois is poised to enter a second fiscal year without a budget.

Illinois Road Projects On Hold For State Budget

Jun 9, 2016
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The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to spend about 2 billion dollars on road projects for the next fiscal year that starts July 1 -- if there's a budget.

The lack of a deal could kill the construction season. 

That's what business leaders, contractors, laborers and other members of the Transportation for Illinois Coalition say.

Co-chair Todd Maisch, who's also CEO of the state Chamber of Commerce, says no spending on roads this summer would cause construction firms to close, or lay off workers.

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Moody's Investors Service downgraded the State of Illinois' general obligation (GO) rating to Baa2 from Baa1, affecting approximately $26 billion of debt. According to a news release, the rating downgrade reflects “continuing budget imbalance due to political gridlock that for more than a year has kept Illinois from addressing revenue lost due to income tax cuts that took effect in January 2015.”

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing the Jimmy John's sandwich chain accusing it of improperly forcing low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors.

Madigan announced the lawsuit against Champaign-based Jimmy John's in a news release Wednesday. She called the non-compete agreements unfair. 

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One DeKalb summer camp significantly reduced crime in one area of town.

Camp Power is a free summer program offered to University Village residents at the complex. It’s funded by a community policing grant and other community partners, and the goal is to provide academic tutoring, daily lunch service and other organized activities to child campers.

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Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has returned to the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time since his resignation.

Schock was on the House floor Wednesday for an address by India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The former republican congressman wore a House member pin and told the Sun-Times he was back to hear "my friend" speak.

Schock was heavily involved in issues related to India while a member of Congress.

Schock resigned in March 2015 amid controversy over spending from government funds and his political money.

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Data released by the Illinois State Board of Education show many schools in the state have cut back on days of physical education on class schedules.

The Chicago Tribune said Wednesday that nearly 1,200 Illinois schools have been trimming the number of physical education days, frequently saying they don't have facilities or staff to have the courses daily, which is required by a state law.

Of the roughly 3,100 schools that reported, slightly over 60 percent said they had five days a week of physical education.

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Governor Bruce Rauner continues to publicly hammer lawmakers for canceling today's session in Springfield.

It's kicked off the latest round of a war of words between the state's top political leaders, as Illinois remains without a budget.

Rauner says House Speaker Michael Madigan reneged on his commitment to hold session every Wednesday this month.

"They should be here virtually every day, every day of the week. I'm here, workin'. They should be here, workin',” Rauner said.

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Illinois is still without a budget after the last legislative session ended last week. Here's what that means for LINK card recipients shopping at farmer’s markets:

There are about 450,000 SNAP beneficiaries within the WNIJ listening area, according to Illinois Human Services data. That’s about a quarter of all recipients within the state.

Now, more and more farmers markets in the area are starting to allow those residents to pay with their LINK cards. That includes DeKalb’s market, which is in its fifth year of accepting LINK.

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