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Chapin Rose Action

Rose: Many knew pension restructuring law was unconsitutional

DECATUR–  While the Illinois Supreme Court ruling that declared the 2013 pension reform law unconstitutional will send lawmakers back to the drawing board, it didn’t come as a surprise to everybody.   State Senator Chapin Rose says the Friday decision by the Illinois Supreme Court was exactly what he thought it would be, “It was…Continue Reading

University group prompt increased gas tax to fix roadways

University group prompt increased gas tax to fix roadways

SPRINGFIELD– What’s the best way for Illinois to pay for roads? The Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois says it’s the gas tax, despite its imperfections.   “It’s definitely a good way for Illinois to plug the funding gap that it has for its highways. It will roughly affect individuals…Continue Reading

Weather Alert 2

Macon County Severe Thunderstorm Warning Until 8 pm

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LINCOLN HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… LOGAN COUNTY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS… NORTHEASTERN SANGAMON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS… NORTHWESTERN MACON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS… WESTERN DE WITT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS… * UNTIL 800 PM CDT * AT 709 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING…Continue Reading

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Court rules 2013 pension reform law unconstitutional

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday struck down a 2013 law that sought to fix the nation’s worst government-employee pension crisis, a ruling that forces the state to find another way to overcome a massive budget deficit.   In a unanimous decision, the seven justices declared the law passed 18 months ago violates…Continue Reading

Michael Madigan and Bruce Rauner

Madigan sets May 14th vote for Right to Work

SPRINGFIELD– As state representatives scattered for the weekend, their leader challenged the governor to put his “right-to-work” proposals into bill form for a vote May 14.   Is House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) calling Gov. Bruce Rauner’s bluff? Is this the golden opportunity the governor has been waiting for? Or is it a case of…Continue Reading

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Illinois National Guard soldier arrested by state police

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard staff sergeant has been arrested on aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges.   Illinois State Police on Thursday arrested 33-year-old Michael R. Evrley of Pana at the Illinois Department of Corrections Training Academy in Springfield.   Authorities say the charges stem from incidents that occurred in Christian…Continue Reading

Gambling Expansion

Senate considering bill to expand gambling in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD– Illinois lawmakers are working on a bill to create a Chicago-owned casino, and they believe there’s a clearer path to expand gambling this session than there has been in years.   Democratic Sen. Terry Link says he’s working with legislative leaders, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner to draft a proposal…Continue Reading