6:45 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Ears Turn To Supreme Court For Next Pensions Cue

Gov. Pat Quinn is surrounded by legislative leaders and lawmakers who helped write the pension plan, as he signs it into law.

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:17 am

Although one court has tossed out Illinois’ mega pension overhaul, state leaders are likely to wait on another legal opinion before deciding what to do next.

There’s no question -- the Sangamon County Circuit Court judge’s ruling is meaningful. But Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is appealing to the state Supreme Court.

Madigan has said it makes sense for lawmakers to wait to hear from those justices.

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8:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

DeKalb, Rockford Ready Winter Salt Supply

Credit Larry Stephens

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.

But, he adds, nothing is guaranteed.

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6:49 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Illinois House Votes To Override FOIA Veto

Credit State of Illinois

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.

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6:33 am
Thu November 20, 2014

U of I Professor Nationally Recognized For Bee Research

Credit University of Illinois

The University of Illinois says a professor will receive the National Medal of Science for her study of bees and their decline.

May Berenbaum will be honored today in a ceremony at the White House. Berenbaum is a recognized authority on pollinating insects.

6:22 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Illinois Lincoln Museum Not 'Seceding' From Library Yet

Credit Flickr user ego technique. / " Bust of Abraham Lincoln" (CC v. 2.0)

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.

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Law Enforcement
8:05 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sycamore Police Receives ILEAP Stamp Of Approval

Credit Sycamore Police Facebook Page

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.

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7:06 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Cupich Becomes Chicago Archbishop Tonight

Credit WBEZ

The Chicago diocese will have a new archbishop tonight.

Blase Cupich will arrive for the Rite of Reception. Retiring Cardinal Francis George presides over an evening service.

Cupich officially succeeds George as archbishop during the Installation Mass.

Other public figures are expected to attend. Cupich will deliver a homily.

Pope Francis named him as George's successor in September.

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6:51 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Many Recall Washington Tornadoes One Year Ago

Credit WCBU

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:

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6:46 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Metra's New Equipment, Alert System Helps Deal With Cold Weather

Credit Metra

Metra officials unveiled new snow-fighting equipment and procedures to deal with the cold.

The commuter rail service installed switch heaters. It also unveiled a machine that clears snow and ice from the rails with blasts of air more than 500 mph.

Metra is also improving communication with email alerts.

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8:02 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Legislation Could Help Veteran, Minority Business In Illinois Colleges

Credit Illinois Board of Higher Education

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.

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