• Downstate mayors looking for pension relief

    by  • May 1, 2014

    Mayors across central and southern Illinois say the pension costs for police officers and firefighters are squeezing out the budgets. Mt. Vernon mayor Mary Jane Chesley has been in Springfield this week, and says lawmakers have sweetened up  the pension deals and now some people make more in retirement than they did when they...

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    Rauner launches corruption tip line

    by  • May 1, 2014

    After months of bashing state employees and their unions, gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner now wants those same employees to help take down Gov. Pat Quinn. In a bizarre move, Rauner’s campaign Thursday launched a statewide whistleblower tip line for citizens who wish to anonymously report incidents of corruption, including patronage hiring and misuse of...

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    IDOC inmate charged in Vandalia arson case

    by  • May 1, 2014

    A 35-year-old inmate of the Illinois Department of Corrections was charged Thursday morning in Fayette County court with multiple felonies, including Class X residential arson for an April fire in Vandalia. Brian T. Thompson, of Mt. Olive, was charged Thursday morning with aggravated arson knowing people present – a Class S felony, arson of...

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    Half of polled Illinoisans would leave the state

    by  • May 1, 2014

    A recent Gallup poll shows nearly half of Illinoisans would leave the state if they could. Gallup asked residents in all 50 states if they had the opportunity, would they move or stay in their current state? After averaging the responses from all 50 states, 33 percent of all residents said they would leave...

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    GOP congressmen call for federal investigation into IDOT hiring

    by  • May 1, 2014

    Republican members of Illinois’ Congressional Delegation are calling for a federal investigation of political hiring in Gov. Pat Quinn’s transportation department. Lawmakers sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General. They say they’re concerned federal funds were used in a “scheme” to subvert court-mandated hiring practices. A Chicago attorney filed...

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