• Two pension plans for consideration

    by  • May 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    By the end of Thursday, Illinois lawmakers may have two pension solutions to consider: one passed by each chamber. The state’s plans are underfunded by an estimated $100 billion. The one championed by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) boasts union support and a choice for pension system members between a higher cost-of-living adjustment and...

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    Puppy survives month in locked car

    by  • May 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Here’s a feel good story for your Thursday. A 12-week old puppy is lucky to be alive after spending nearly a month in an abandoned car. The terrier/schnauzer mix, which has been named Kia by the Kansas City, Mo., shelter caring for her, was discovered Monday by a car lot worker who was tagging...

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    Downstate mayor pleads guilty in federal court

    by  • May 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The mayor of a southeastern Illinois town faces up to 80 years in federal prison and $1 million in fines now that he’s admitted using bogus invoices to skim money from his community. Fifty-six-year-old Bridgeport Mayor Max Schauf pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Benton to three counts of mail fraud and...

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    Patoka residents will see reduction in power bills

    by  • May 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Communities in Southern Illinois will soon see the benefits of passing an electric aggregation referendum on April 9, 2013, says a press release from Affordable Gas and Electric Company, LLC. (AGE). Village of Patoka’s officials approved an electric supply rate of $0.04194 through June 2015. The The winning retail energy supplier is Homefield Energy...

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    Senate committee passes union-backed pension plan

    by  • May 8, 2013 • 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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