• Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional

    by  • November 21, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois judge ruled Friday that a law intended to fix the nation’s worst state employee pension crisis violates the state constitution, deciding in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the landmark overhaul. The overhaul had been approved by lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn last year....

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    Centralia couple arrested in connection with Mt. Vernon toddler’s savage injuries

    by  • November 20, 2014

    MOUNT VERNON — Mt. Vernon police arrested two individuals on arrest warrants Thursday night issued from grand jury indictments in connection with the savage injuries inflicted earlier this month on a 3-year-old Mt. Vernon toddler in their care. According to the Jefferson County jail, 27-year-old Kaysie J. Belmont and 28-year-old Michael J. Belmont, both...

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    Push in GA to make same-day voter registration permanent

    by  • November 20, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The sponsor of legislation that allowed same-day voter registration for Illinois’ Nov. 4 election is working to make the change permanent. Sen. Don Harmon said Wednesday he’s working with House lawmakers on an election law bill that could advance early next month. The Oak Park Democrat says same-day registration was “an...

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    Rauner calls Illinois financial condition “stunningly bad”

    by  • November 20, 2014

    SRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner says Illinois’ financial condition is “stunningly bad” and it will require “strong action” to fix it. But he’s not saying what that action will be. The Winnetka Republican spoke Thursday at the Capitol. He says Auditor General William Holland is conducting a “turnover audit” of the state’s financials....

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    Rauner calls on Quinn to halt end of term hiring

    by  • November 20, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is calling on outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn to freeze all hiring in the final weeks of his term. Rauner spoke Thursday at the Capitol. He’ll take office Jan. 12. The Winnetka Republican wants Quinn to agree not to make any additional hires or appointments and to refrain from...

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    Prosecutor addresses rumors in Thompson sex crime case

    by  • November 20, 2014

    SALEM — In an attempt to “correct the record” on what he is calling an egregious social media campaign to smear a child victim of sexual abuse, Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach released a statement today regarding the recent Logan Thompson conviction. Citing evidence in the case, Wilzbach puts to rest social media...

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