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    Madigan pushes for teacher cost shifting

    by  • May 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    House Speaker Michael Madigan is moving forward with a plan to require local school districts to pay their share of teacher pensions. Currently the state covers pension payments for teachers in suburban Chicago and downstate Illinois. Madigan says it’s a “free lunch” for those districts. He says the practice has exacerbated Illinois’ nearly $100...

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    Menard guard arrested on felony contraband charge

    by  • May 7, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    According to the Randolph County State’s Attorney’s office, Charles Ray McClard, a corrections officer at the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center, was arrested and charged Monday with bringing contraband into a penal institution by an employee, a Class 2 felony. The charge claims McClard brought a cell phone into the prison for an inmate and...

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    Advocate group quits Quinn’s mental health talks

    by  • May 7, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    There may be trouble in paradise, in what is looking like a breakdown in the relationship between a mental health advocacy group and Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. According to the Illinois Observer, an online political newspaper, a top mental health advocacy group, Equip for Equality, has abandoned discussions with the Quinn administration over mental...

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