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    Illinois facing another credit downgrade

    by  • June 11, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    With handshakes, hugs and a few kisses, Illinois lawmakers left the capitol May 31 without repairing a leaking pension system that they have been saying for years must be fixed. Now they wait to discover the consequences of inaction; Illinois, already the lowest-graded state in the nation, faces yet another credit-rating cut. When lawmakers...

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    Quinn asks lawmakers to combine 2 pension plans

    by  • June 11, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is asking lawmakers to approve both rival plans on how to solve the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis. But it’s unclear if legislative leaders will agree. Quinn made the request Monday in a meeting in Chicago with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. The Governor convened...

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    Report: Sex abuse plagues Ill. youth corrections

    by  • June 11, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A federal report shows that imprisoned Illinois youth face sexual abuse more than most other states, and the department’s chief and a watchdog group are pressing for action. The Justice Department’s yearly report lists Illinois among the worst states in terms of the frequency of juveniles reporting being sexually abused by other inmates or...

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    Godinez last of IDOC officials senator called on to resign

    by  • June 10, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    As we reported Thursday, the Illinois Department of Corrections had investigated a sexual harassment claim against one of its top officials, the second such investigation in his IDOC career. Friday night, that official, Southern Illinois Deputy Director Ty Bates resigned his position, effective immediately. It was just six months ago, that then state Sen....

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