• Union back wages to be paid

    by  • June 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration will start paying overdue raises to unionized workers July 1 even though lawmakers didn’t approve extra funding. An email from the executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees obtained by the AP Wednesday says employees in six...

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    Pension committee formed, Quinn issues deadline

    by  • June 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Gov. Pat Quinn has set a July 9 deadline for a bipartisan committee to come up with a solution for Illinois’ pension crisis. The Chicago Democrat says lawmakers must move quickly to address the $97 billion unfunded pension liability. He says lawmakers’ lack of action is hurting the state’s economy. The Legislature voted Wednesday...

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    OfficeMax wants tax breaks to stay in Illinois

    by  • June 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — OfficeMax Inc. is asking the state of Illinois for tax breaks to keep the company’s headquarters in-state after the office supply chain’s merger with Office Depot Inc. is complete. OfficeMax CEO Ravi Saligram and state Sen. Tom Cullerton made their pitch Tuesday during a hearing on the state’s pension crisis. Cullerton is...

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    Ex-Chicago firefighter gets pension from prison

    by  • June 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — A former Chicago firefighter who was convicted in the 1994 slaying of his wife has been getting more than $55,000 a year in pension payments from behind bars. That’s according to WFLD-TV, which reports there’s nothing illegal about the money that Eugene Ornstead has collected. Now 76 and in a medium-security Wisconsin...

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    Judge finds probable cause to try Biggies owner

    by  • June 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Local businessman Kelly Alexander pleaded not guilty today in Marion County Court to felony charges related to the alleged distribution of synthetic drugs from his Centralia businesses. Marion County Sheriff Detective Anthony Decker testified during a Wednesday preliminary hearing about what led to a search warrant for Biggies Café and General Store, as well...

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