• Senate committee to consider gun bill

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Illinois concealed carry legislation that requires special permission to have a gun in Chicago is scheduled for a Senate committee vote. The Senate Executive Committee will hear Sen. Kwame Raoul’s (KWAH’-may rah-OOLZ’) proposal to comply with a federal appeals court ruling. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that Illinois’ ban...

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    Quinn gets bill allowing teen voting

    by  • May 16, 2013

     A proposal to allow some 17-year-olds in Illinois to vote in primary elections is headed to Governor Pat Quinn. The senate approved the proposal yesterday. Seventeen-year-olds could vote in primaries if they will turn 18 by the time of the general election. 

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    Union seeks raises for community caregivers

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Despite looming Illinois budget cuts, AFSCME has launched a new effort to win raises for caregivers to developmentally disabled individuals — the same caregivers according to a closure plan by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration that will ultimately be caring for residents of the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia. The goal of the initiative...

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    Thursday feel good story

    by  • May 16, 2013

    A group of Florida teenagers will remember more than just the dancing at their high school prom. Twenty prom-bound seniors from Western High School and their limo driver jumped out of their car to help rescue a family whose van had overturned on the highway. Limo driver Danny Izzi was traveling behind the van...

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    Education cut for convicted juveniles

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Just as the Illinois State Senate has voted to treat all 17-year-olds as juveniles in court proceedings, one-third of teaching staff positions have been slashed at the Illinois Youth Camp in Harrisburg. According to AFSCME, children at the Harrisburg facility will not be able to receive a high school diploma because the curriculum will...

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    ROE consolidations could be coming soon

    by  • May 16, 2013

    School consolidation at the regional office of education level will happen and just how much input each county has for that region will be in their hands, very soon.  According to Hamilton-Jefferson Regional Office of Education Superintendent Ron Daniels, a vote at Monday’s Jefferson County Board meeting could lead to consolidation with ROE #13,...

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