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Illinois Halts Plan to Require ATV Permits
Sunday, March 09, 2014 11:09 AM
Illinois officials have put a hold on plans to require permits for most all-terrain vehicles. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the Illinois Department of Natural Resources won't require off-highway vehicle owners to buy the permits until further notice. Lawmakers approved the new $15 fee for ATVs last year. It was set to take effect April 1. But legislators say they need more ...
Illinois Offers Grants to Boost School Security
Saturday, March 08, 2014 2:25 PM
Public schools, colleges and universities in Illinois have a few more days to apply for state grants to help pay for security improvements. Under the program, schools can get financial help for things such as installing reinforced doors, locks and shatter-proof glass. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is reminding schools that the deadline to apply is March 14. A total of $25 million ...
Pension Law Means Pay Cut for College President
Saturday, March 08, 2014 7:38 AM
The president of Chicago State University is taking a big pay cut to comply with a new state law aimed at reducing Illinois' massive pension shortfall. The Chicago Sun Times reports Wayne Watson's new contract reduces his annual salary from $250,008 to $146,363. The Illinois Legislature in 2012 closed a loophole that allowed college and university employees to retire and draw a ...
Tool to Compare Health Plans Tested with Consumers
Friday, March 07, 2014 1:07 PM
A website being tested in Illinois aims to address widespread confusion about choosing an insurance plan on the government sites that are a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's health care law. It's now nearly impossible to compare the out-of-pocket costs of insurance policies on government websites. Picking the wrong plan could mean paying up to thousands of dollars a year more. A ...
Governor Candidates Support Immigrant Licenses
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:26 AM
The Republican candidates for Illinois governor say they support a law allowing immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses. State Sen. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford were asked about the new law during a debate Tuesday in Chicago. The Legislature approved the measure last year. Brady ...
IL Bill Could Mean Interest-free College Loans
Monday, March 03, 2014 1:46 AM
An Illinois state lawmaker says he's sponsoring legislation that would give what could amount to interest-free loans to college students. Democratic state Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea tells the Belleville News-Democrat that House Bill 5323 would direct the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to study a pay-it-forward type of loan program. Under it, students attending ...
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