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Illinois Senate OK's Union-Backed Pension Deal

Posted: 05/09/2013 - The Illinois Senate has approved a union-supported pension reform bill. But the measure faces an uncertain future in the House, where lawmakers passed a competing proposal last week.

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Heated Debate in Freeport

Posted: 05/03/2013 - Rarely do city government feuds escalate as quickly as one did at last night’s financial committee meeting in Freeport.

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Madigan Proposes Illinois Pension Changes

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a comprehensive pension-reform package that caps the salary on which a pension can be based and limits annual cost-of-living increases.

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AFSCME to Take New Vote on Contract

Posted: 04/30/2013 - The largest Illinois government employees' union will take a second ratification vote on its tentative three-year contract because of a continuing lawsuit over back wages.

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Illinois Governor Releases 2012 Tax Returns

Posted: 04/26/2013 - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has released his 2012 federal and state income tax returns, which show the only money he earned was his governor's salary of $160,421 and a taxable refund of $1,203.

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Senate Deal Reached on FAA Furlough Bill

Updated: 05/07/2013 - With flight delays mounting, the Senate has passed legislation to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers.

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IL Senate OKs Traffic Cameras on School Buses

Posted: 04/24/2013 - The Illinois Senate has approved legislation to allow school districts to use cameras to catch people who don't stop for buses picking up or dropping off kids.

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Mayor Brereton's Last Council Meeting

Updated: 04/22/2013 - After 16 years as the leader of the City of Murals, Fred Brereton took part in his final city council meeting Monday night.

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Letter to Miss. Senator Tests for Ricin

Posted: 04/16/2013 - An investigation is under way in Washington into a letter sent to Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for ricin.

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No Conceal Carry for Elected Officials?

Posted: 04/12/2013 - An Illinois House Representative wants to strip elected officials of concealed carry rights that don’t apply to regular citizens.

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Senators Wrap Up Work on Immigration Bill

Posted: 04/11/2013 - Four Democratic and four Republican senators have reached agreement on all the major elements of sweeping legislation to remake the nation's immigration laws, and expect to unveil the bill next week.

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