• Illinois Senate debates university pensions

    by  • June 18, 2013

    (AP) — A pension reform proposal developed by a group of education experts has been debated in an Illinois senate committee. The six-step plan was developed by officials from the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University. Senate President John Cullerton supports it. Legislation sponsors say it achieves cost savings and is constitutionally sound....

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    Prosecutors: Jackson can get treatment in prison

    by  • June 18, 2013

    Federal prosecutors are refuting the contention by defense attorneys that Jesse Jackson Jr. should spend less time in prison because a lengthy sentence would cause his fragile mental health to deteriorate. In a court document filed Monday, they say the bureau of prisons has hundreds of mental health experts who can treat the former...

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    Legislature’s special session to cost $40K a day

    by  • June 18, 2013

    The Illinois legislature’s special session will cost about $40,000 a day, which includes a $111 daily payment to lawmakers to defray the cost of food and lodging while they work in the state capitol. The per diem payment is on top of the $67,000 base salary lawmakers earn for their legislative work. Others earn...

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    Ex-judge in drug case hopes for delayed trial

    by  • June 18, 2013

    Attorneys for a former southwestern Illinois judge want to delay his July trial, saying he needs more time at a drug treatment facility. Mike Cook was charged with heroin and gun possession as part of a widening courthouse drug scandal. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Cook’s lawyers are hoping to get the case delayed because...

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    Mt. Vernon murder case moves toward trial

    by  • June 18, 2013

    A 20-year-old Mt. Vernon man was due in Jefferson County Court Tuesday, for a pre-trial hearing in a 2011 murder case. Damondros James is charged with the 2010 shooting death of 75-year-old Charles Ellis, a cab driver who was killed at the intersection of 6th and Bell streets during an alleged attempted robbery. Last...

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