• Speaker Madigan wants voters to decide on millionaire surcharge

    by  • May 23, 2014

    Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) wants to put a referendum before November voters about collecting a 3 percent “surcharge” on income greater than $1 million. Finding insufficient support for a referendum for a constitutional amendment, Madigan is turning to a non-binding question, which he has passed through a committee. “I’m not moving away...

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    Wanted fugitive captured in Alexander County

    by  • May 23, 2014

    Here’s an update to a story we brought you Thursday. Union County authorities say a wanted fugitive has been taken into custody. Union County deputies and U.S. Marshals arrested Brian K. Haymaker around 11 p.m. Thursday at an Alexander County home in McClure. Haymaker, a convicted sex offender, was wanted on a parole violation....

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    Toyota recalls more than 400k vehicles for safety problems

    by  • May 23, 2014

    Toyota is recalling 430,500 vehicles for three separate safety problems. The company said Thursday it’s recalling 370,000 Sienna minivans in cold weather states because road salt can corrode the spare tire carrier under the vehicle and the tire can fall off. The recall includes Siennas from the 2004 through 2011 model years. Toyota is...

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    IDOT to suspend most road work for holiday

    by  • May 23, 2014

    With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced that roadwork will be suspended, where possible, this weekend to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT also provided advance notice of lane closures that will be in place for the holiday weekend...

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    State Supreme Court rules state’s attorneys subject to FOIA

    by  • May 23, 2014

    The Illinois Supreme Court has declared that state’s attorneys are government officials subject to state public-records law. The unanimous ruling released Thursday forces county prosecutors to release public records under the Freedom of Information Act. The law is intended to improve government transparency. The case began when a reporter asked for emails between employees...

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    Bill would end license surrender for traffic citations

    by  • May 23, 2014

    Legislation approved Thursday by the Illinois House would allow drivers to simply sign their ticket rather than surrender their license when they receive a traffic citation. The “sign-and-drive” legislation passed unanimously in the House, 116-0, and had already been approved in the Senate. It now goes to the governor for his signature. Currently, drivers...

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