• Illinois House OKs bill to regulate ‘fracking’

    by  • May 30, 2013

    (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a measure to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in the state. Lawmakers voted 108-9 Thursday to send to the state Senate a bill outlining rules that energy companies would have to follow during hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel...

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    House approves cost-shift plan for higher ed

    by  • May 30, 2013

    (AP) — The House has approved a plan to have Illinois’ public institutions of higher education begin picking up retirement costs. Lawmakers voted 60-55 Thursday. It heads to the Senate. The proposal would require state universities and community colleges pay a half of 1 percent of payroll costs into the pension system annually. Schools...

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    BREAKING: Conceal carry deal could be near

    by  • May 30, 2013

    Illinois lawmakers may have finally struck a conceal carry deal. It appears an agreement that will preempt home rule only on firearms transportation and existing conceal carry laws. The legislators, State Senators Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), State Reps. Mike Bost (R- Murphysboro), Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein), Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), Frank Mautino (D-Spring...

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    Chain reaction involves four in JC accident

    by  • May 30, 2013

    There was a four vehicle accident yesterday morning on Illinois Route 15 near North Sparrow Lane, between Woodlawn and Mount Vernon. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s report, it occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m. as three trucks and one car were traveling east, when a truck driven by 42-year old Karl S. Markham of...

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    Senate to address pension overhaul

    by  • May 30, 2013

    Senate President John Cullerton says senators will discuss pension overhauls today. The Chicago democrat said Wednesday there are several options they have to weigh. That includes considering three smaller bills that deal with retirement age, salary caps and cost-of-living increases. They could also take up a bill sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan that...

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    Senate balks at Quinn’s education budget

    by  • May 30, 2013

    The Illinois Senate has bucked the governor’s proposed education cuts in passing a pair of budget bills. The governor wanted to cut school transportation funding and to lower the amount of money going to schools. Doing so would have trimmed $300 million from the fiscal year 2014 budget. But senators balked at those cuts, approving...

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