Many Illinoisans are thinking ahead to the coming winter. DeKalb and Rockford Public Works officials are no exception. Both offices already have plans for their road salt supplies.
Gilbert Sebenste, staff meteorologist at Northern Illinois University, says that residents may not be thrilled by the news, but it looks like this winter will be just as cold as last year -- if not colder.
The Illinois House voted Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto on a measure dealing with the Freedom of Information Act. The plan gives governments more time to respond to certain citizens' requests, and can charge them up to $100 for some information.
In his veto message, Quinn said the bill reduces government transparency. Now, the Senate will decide if they agree.
The General Assembly also began to advance one of Quinn's last requests--a minimum wage hike. A Senate committee passed a plan to bring it to $10 an hour beginning in July.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will maintain control of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and not divide it--for now, at least.
The library and museum in Springfield is one of Preservation Agency's top attractions. But leaders of the two entities and a supporting foundation have reportedly been at odds--to the point that House Speaker Mike Madigan is proposing to split the museum off on its own.
A northern Illinois police department is the 17th agency in the state—and the first in DeKalb County—to be accredited.
The Daily Chronicle reports the Sycamore Police Department was recognized by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program Monday during a City Council meeting. The department all 71 criteria for its policies and procedures to earn the honor.
Many are remembering the devastating tornadoes that swept through the Midwest a year ago today. Tazewell County and the City of Washington were among the hardest hit.
Public Television Station WTVP is offering a one-hour documentary for the anniversary. Washington Mayor Gary Manier was at the screening Sunday. He says the news media has done a lot to keep the story alive:
New legislation could help give veterans a leg up in securing a contract with an Illinois university or college.
The measure does not put restrictions on the vendors universities can choose. But it does require they report how much they spend on veteran owned businesses, as well as those run by minorities and women.
Dan Johnson, who represents the Federation of Women Contractors, says many institutions already have diversity goals for their procurement programs.