Illinois

Judge Denies Request To Halt State Worker Pay

Feb 16, 2017
"Courtroom One Gavel" by Flickr User Beth Cortez-Neavel / (CC BY 2.0)

 

 A St. Clair County judge denied Attorney General Lisa Madigan's motion to halt state employee pay in the absence of a complete state budget.

Illinois has gone nearly 20 months without the governor and General Assembly coming together to create a full, balanced spending plan.

It means state employees will continue to be paid as lawmakers and the governor continue their fight over how to pay for Illinois government.

 

DCNP

May 4th is called “Give DeKalb County.”

    

 

Non-profit groups are signing up to be recipients of the 24-hour annual fundraiser when people can make donations. Last year, there were more than 2,000 contributors and nearly a half-million dollars raised. 

 

Some participants include youth service organizations and animal shelters. Residents give donations online or in-person and are matched with a bonus pool.

   

 

"Window" By Flickr User Sam Howzit / (CC BY 2.0)

Illinois officials waited more than five months to alert dozens of domestic violence programs that their funding had been eliminated, an omission that forced layoffs and other cuts.

Officials providing services to victims of domestic violence tell The Associated Press they were unaware that about $9 million in state funding was left out of the stopgap plan that expired in December. They learned about it in a Dec. 16 letter from Human Services Secretary James Dimas.  

Chicago's schools are suing Illinois' governor and other state officials over how the state funds schools, claiming it violates the civil rights of the predominantly-minority student population in the nation's third-largest school district.

Tuesday's lawsuit was filed in Cook County on behalf of black and Hispanic families. It seeks to have a judge declare the formula unlawful.

NIU Recording Engineers Take Home A Grammy

Feb 13, 2017
NIU Today

Northern Illinois University's Dan Nichols won a Grammy Sunday.

He is head of the university's Recording Services. NIU graduate Matt Ponio also shared in the Grammy. 

They won for the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for engineering Third Coast Percussion's Album "Third Coast Percussion | Steve Reich." 

Nichols is the founder and CEO of Aphorism Studios, Inc., a multimedia production company.

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