• Illinois State Senator revamping school funding overhaul

    by  • January 21, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – An Illinois senator says he’s altering controversial school funding legislation to increase its chances of passage. Andy Manar proposed a measure last year to make school funding more equitable. It directed more state money to poorer districts at the expense of wealthier suburban ones. The legislation passed the Senate but hit...

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    Lawyers contesting Illinois pension law seek extension

    by  • January 21, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Lawyers contesting the Illinois law that overhauls a state pension program that is $111 billion in debt are asking the Supreme Court for an extra month to file arguments. WUIS-FM radio in Springfield reports that attorneys for state employees, retired teachers and others who contest the constitutionality of the law say...

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    Three from Chicago arrested in Murphysboro robbery

    by  • January 21, 2015

    MURPHYSBORO — A Wednesday afternoon robbery at a Murphysboro fast food restaurant has landed three individuals from Chicago in the Jackson County jail. According to Murphysboro police, around 2:40 Wednesday afternoon, they received a call about a robbery at Hardee’s. Officers responded to the call, ultimately pursuing and stopping the suspects at the intersection...

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    Hiring freeze started in Quinn’s last month in office

    by  • January 21, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Whether he meant to or not, former Gov. Pat Quinn apparently granted his election foe a post-election wish when it comes to a freeze on state hiring. According to data compiled by the Illinois comptroller’s office, the state reported hiring just 75 new employees in December — down from an average...

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    New law allows schools access to student media accounts

    by  • January 21, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A new state law, aimed at stopping cyber bullying, gives Illinois schools the legal right to demand access to kids’ social media accounts. Some say the law goes too far. Previously Illinois schools could take action against students only if online bullying – such as a tweet or Facebook post –...

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