• Pension reform plan may come next month

    by  • November 8, 2013

    As lawmakers close out their fall session, there is optimism they’ll be back next month to vote on pension reform. A vote during the first week in December is dependent on what the actuaries say about the most recent proposals sent out to be scored. State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), a member of the...

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    Quinn to sign same-sex marriage into law Nov. 20

    by  • November 8, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s planning to sign same-sex marriage legislation on Nov. 20 in Chicago. The governor announced Thursday that he will sign the bill at the University of Illinois at Chicago in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony. The legislature passed the measure Tuesday. Quinn is a longtime same-sex marriage supporter. The Chicago democrat...

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    Government offices close Monday for Veterans Day

    by  • November 8, 2013

    Monday is Veterans Day, a nationally recognized holiday, which means most local, state and federal government offices, as well as financial institutions and public schools will be closed. In honor of American veterans and their special day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active...

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    Clinton County courthouse gets new office phone numbers

    by  • November 8, 2013

    The Clinton County courthouse and jail buildings are moving to a new phone system Friday, which will require the old phone system to be shut down around noon. The courthouse and jail buildings will be open for normal business during this time, and 9-1-1 emergency service lines will be operational, however, regular phone lines...

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    Quinn announces Paul Vallas as running mate

    by  • November 8, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his lieutenant governor running mate for the 2014 election. According to reports, Quinn has chosen Paul Vallas as his running mate. Vallas, who ran an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2002, has courted controversy over the years, heading up school districts in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Chicago. Nationally known...

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    Hall of Fame coach loses cancer battle

    by  • November 7, 2013

    Fred Rakers, the Hall of Fame coach who built Mater Dei High School into one of the state’s top volleyball programs, died Wednesday afternoon after battling cancer for several months. Rakers was 68 and his cancer was diagnosed in August. He is survived by his wife, Rosie, and children Chad Rakers, Jennifer Calloway and...

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