The U.S. Supreme Court will not get the last word on Illinois’s attempts to cut government pension costs; a 2013 pension law is dead, for good.

There'd been a slim possibility the law would have another big day in court.

Lawmakers attempt at reducing the state's ballooning retirement costs was viewed as landmark when it passed in 2013. 

Also major? A ruling this May from Illinois' Supreme Court that that law --- with its reduced benefits -- was unconstitutional.

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs says two more residents at its Quincy veterans home have been sickened by Legionnaires' disease, boosting the total number of people stricken in the outbreak to 52.

The veterans agency said Tuesday that while there have been two new cases, no residents of the 129-year-old facility have been hospitalized or treated for Legionnaires-like symptoms since Aug. 31.

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Got milk? If so, do you know what kind of milk you have?

A new Illinois law will help you be sure.

Retail dairy cases have several different kinds of milk these days. There are various types that come from cows, along with almond milk, soy milk and maybe even camel milk.

The new law that takes effect Jan. 1 will require any milk that does not come from cattle needs to be labeled as such.

city of Rockford

Rockford's city council is close to a decision on $12.7 million worth of downtown construction projects.

The Finance Committee meets Tuesday to consider a $6.2 million bid to rebuild the city's Concourse parking deck and a $6.5 million federal loan application to support two proposed hotels. If approved, the parking deal could come up for a council vote.

The federal loans would be used to help finance more than 225 new hotel rooms, restaurants and other attractions. 

After previous delays, Alderman Tom McNamara says the council is “really close” to an agreement.

provided, Fox Lake Police Department

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country attended the funeral of a northern Illinois police officer who was fatally shot last week.

Friends and family of Fox Lake police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz also attended the service yesterday at a high school in Antioch, his nearby hometown. The Chicago Tribune reports the funeral procession stretched for 18 miles.

Gliniewicz was shot while chasing three suspicious men on foot in a marshy area of the lakeside community. Police are still searching for the suspects.

Peoria Public Radio

Residents in an Illinois Congressional district will soon have representation again in the U.S. House. 

The seat in the 18th district has been vacant since Republican Aaron Schock resigned at the end of March amid spending scandals. The special election to replace Shock is Thursday.

That's a rarity. Elections are usually on Tuesdays.

McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes has overseen elections for 15 years. This is her first Thursday election...and she's not alone.

Equality Illinois

Illinois's oldest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights plans to open its first downstate office in the fall.

The announcement was made at a recent meeting in Springfield, where politicians and members of the public discussed how to advance policies and research for LGBTQ+ people.

Bernard Cherkasov heads the group Equality Illinois. He says the new office will be located in the state's capital and have one full-time staff member.

WNIJ's Gas Price Monday: Sept. 7, 2015

Sep 7, 2015
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Gas prices in Illinois are, on average, 15 cents cheaper than last week.

A gallon of regular gas in the Rockford area costs $2.51. That’s about 15 cents less than a week ago and a dollar less than a year ago.

The state average is $2.61 per gallon. That’s down 15 cents from last week but about a dollar cheaper than it was a year ago.

A program to offer locking pill bottles for some prescriptions got the green light from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. But the sponsor of the plan says the lack of a state budget could cause delays.

Pharmacies that opt into the voluntary program would dispense addictive painkillers, like Vicodin, in bottles with combination locks built in. Those participating could recoup the additional cost of the bottles from the state.

But without a budget, that rebate money is not available.

Illinois Rules of the Road 2014

If you took a car trip in Illinois this summer, you might think there is plenty of roadwork going on. But a new analysis finds the state would need to bring in billions of dollars in additional revenue to maintain its infrastructure.

Martin Luby wrote the report for the University of Illinois’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He says the state would need a minimum of four billion dollars annually to spend on infrastructure in the coming decades.