Illinois

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Illinois lawmakers are preparing legislation to ensure that state employees continue receiving paychecks if a judge agrees with the attorney general's argument that their pay should be halted during the budget impasse.

Republican Rep. Avery Bourne and Democratic Rep. Sue Scherer introduced similar measures Wednesday to keep paychecks flowing in response to a motion filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan last week.

Madigan is asking a judge to reverse a previous ruling that not paying state workers would be unconstitutional, even without a budget.

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If there’s anything in Illinois with a lower approval rating than state government, it could be red-light cameras: those big-brother tattle-tales that catch drivers in the act of running a red light at intersections.

State Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, has reintroduced legislation that would ban them across the state. He says financially strapped cities and towns should be cutting spending, not using traffic violations to collect more money.

The Chicago Police Department has unveiled new high-tech strategies and equipment for fighting crime as the city deals with increases in homicides and gang violence.

  

The rollout Wednesday came the same day the department announced there were 51 homicides in January and about a week after President Donald Trump tweeted he would "send in the Feds" if the city's violence problems don't improve.

Feds Reimburse $4M For Quincy Veterans Home Water System

Feb 1, 2017
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The federal government is reimbursing Illinois more than $4 million for a new water treatment facility at a Quincy veterans home that was the site of a Legionnaires Disease outbreak.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was awarding the money to the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, which would reimburse the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

An outbreak of the disease killed 12 people and sickened at least 54 in 2015 and a federal report found the bacteria was likely spread by an aging water system.

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We’ll find out Thursday if spring is around the corner, and some northern Illinois residents have a milestone to celebrate this Groundhog Day.

It’s the 25th anniversary of filming for the movie “Groundhog Day,” and Woodstock residents live in the heart of where it was filmed.

The movie, starring Bill Murray, follows a reluctant weatherman sent to cover a story who becomes doomed to find Groundhog Day keeps repeating itself.

Each year, Woodstock residents have days of festivities planned around the holiday.

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