• Fracking regulation bill delayed

    by  • March 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A bill to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois is delayed in a House committee while industry and unions negotiate hiring requirements. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Bradley, introduced an amendment this week that would require energy companies to hire a state-licensed water-well driller. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 Spokesman...

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    House approves stripped down pension bill

    by  • March 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois House has approved a stripped-down pension plan that could delay and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees and future retirees. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan and comes out of a laborious process where lawmakers are addressing the pension problem piece by piece instead of a total overhaul at once....

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    Gov. Quinn defends reappointing Corrections chief

    by  • March 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Gov. Pat Quinn is defending his decision to reappoint the state’s Department of Corrections even after complaints from workers and Republicans about ethics, crowding and understaffing. The Democratic governor told reporters Wednesday has confidence in S.A. “Tony” Godinez. The Senate must confirm the appointment. Quinn reappointed Godinez this for a second two-year term. He...

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    Marine killed in Nevada had local ties

    by  • March 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The father of a southwestern Illinois native killed with six other Marines in an explosion during a Nevada training exercise says his son was just two months from completing his military commitment and eager to come home and return to college. Reports indicate 26-year-old Aaron Rripperda, formerly of Highland, died Monday night at the...

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