• Audit says 15% of Ill. roads need to be repaired

    by  • June 21, 2013

    An audit says more than 1 in 7 Illinois roads need to be repaired, four years after the state approved tax increases to pay for a $31 billion road construction program. According to reports, 15 percent of Illinois roads needed to be repaired in 2012. That’s up from 10.8 percent in 2010. A spokeswoman...

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    Senate subcommittee takes up GMO labeling issue

    by  • June 21, 2013

    The Illinois Senate Subcommittee on Food Labeling heard from both sides of the GMO food labeling issue during a hearing Thursday, on the campus of Illinois State University. Although comments from the audience were not allowed, it was evident that emotions ran high among the 200 people gathered at the bone student center. ISU...

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    Tree workshop to be held in Salem

    by  • June 21, 2013

    City of Salem Mayor John Raymer has announced that the city will be holding a two-day tree inventory and assessment workshop as part of its parks sustainability program at William Jennings Bryan Memorial Park next Wednesday and Thursday. Professor Emeritus Tom Green of Western Illinois University will be on hand to work with participants...

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    Most Committee Members Backed Bigger Pension Cuts

    by  • June 20, 2013

    (AP) – Eight of the 10 members of a committee tackling Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis supported a proposal to unilaterally cut benefits. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to form a bipartisan committee to try to end a stalemate between the House and Senate. Legislative leaders appointed the members. The Senate members are Democrats Linda Holmes,...

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