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    Senate committee passes union-backed pension plan

    by  • May 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A Senate committee has approved a union-backed approach for addressing Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension crisis. The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday to send the proposal to the Senate floor. It could get a floor vote Thursday. The measure gives workers and retirees a choice of benefit packages. For example, workers who want...

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    Police groups question marijuana test

    by  • May 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    lllinois law enforcement organizations say motorist safeguards in pending medical marijuana legislation are not strict enough as the measure heads for a Senate vote. John Kennedy of Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police says police should be able to test blood and urine of motorists suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. The...

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    Centralia no parking zone going into effect

    by  • May 8, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Starting Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the City of Centralia will begin enforcing a no parking zone on East Broadway from Lincoln Boulevard to Noleman Street, per a Municipal Ordinance 013-02 that was passed Jan. 14, 2013, by the Centralia City Council. Per the ordinance, both sides of East Broadway are declared a “No Parking...

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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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