• Strike threat raises stakes in state union talks

    by  • February 24, 2013

    The largest state-employee union in Illinois is preparing to ask its members about striking if there’s no progress this week on contract talks with Gov. Pat Quinn’s office. Henry Bayer is director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union has been negotiating with Quinn on a new contract for...

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    Proposals target tanning and cell phones

    by  • February 22, 2013

    Citing studies confirming tanning beds are medically-proven to be carcinogenic to humans, State Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) has introduced legislation that would prohibit minors from using sunless tanning beds. Radono says according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the risk of developing melanoma due to tanning bed use increases by 75 percent...

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    Quinn favors new “fracking” bill

    by  • February 22, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn is praising a bill that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois, saying it’ll help the economy. Quinn released a statement yesterday after two downstate lawmakers introduced the bill to establish ground rules for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The method uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and...

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    IDOC suffers another staff assault

    by  • February 21, 2013

    Pontiac Correctional Center guard assaulted by inmate in January

    We have confirmed reports of a severe assault on a corrections officer by an inmate around 7 p.m. tonight at Lawrence Correctional Center. “Lawrence CC is on Level 1 lockdown after a staff assault this evening,” said Stacey Solano, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Corrections.”The employee was seen by facility medical staff and...

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