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S&P Improves Financial Outlook On Illinois
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:14 PM
A major credit-rating house has taken a more positive outlook on Illinois debt than it has in years after last week's pension-reform vote. Standard & Poor's affirmed its A- rating on state debt backed by general tax revenue Tuesday but revised its outlook from "negative" to "developing." The ratings agency says "developing" means the rating could be raised or lowered in the next two ...
IL Looks for Reasons Behind Rise in Child Deaths
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 3:51 AM
Illinois' child welfare agency says a spike in the number of children reported to have died of neglect might be the result of a change in reporting guidelines. The Department of Children and Family Services says 104 children died of abuse or neglect in the 2013 fiscal year. Seventy-four of those deaths were neglect cases. That's an increase that coincides with new department guidelines. ...
Quinn Joins Democrat Governors in DC
Monday, December 09, 2013 4:14 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn is in Washington D.C., for meetings with the Democratic Governors Association and White House officials. He's set to be in meetings Monday and Tuesday. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says Monday that Quinn will talk with the DGA about economic growth and job opportunities for veterans. The political organization was founded in the early 1980s and supports Democratic ...
Illinois Inmates Aid Tornado Recovery Efforts
Sunday, December 08, 2013 4:30 AM
Illinois state prison inmates are among those who have been taking part in recovery efforts after last month's deadly tornadoes. The Illinois Department of Corrections says department staff and inmates have helped with debris removal. The two dozen tornadoes that swept across Illinois on Nov. 17 damaged or destroyed more than 2,400 homes and killed seven people. Corrections Director S.A. ...
Lawmaker Seeks to Reduce Plane Noise by Airports
Saturday, December 07, 2013 6:30 AM
A lawmaker from Illinois has introduced a bill that aims to reduce noise in residential areas near airports. U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley says the Silent Skies Act would require aviation companies to phase in quieter planes faster than they're doing. All commercial airplanes would have to comply with stricter standards by 2035. Quigley's 5th Congressional District incorporates O'Hare International ...
Unions Vow to Challenge New Illinois Pension Law
Friday, December 06, 2013 1:32 AM
A coalition of unions opposed to Illinois' newly-signed pension overhaul has directed attorneys to prepare a court challenge. The We Are One Illinois coalition said in a statement that attorneys were directed Thursday to prepare a lawsuit challenging the new law's constitutionality. The statement came the same day that Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law at a private event in ...
State Police Pass Along Winter Driving Tips
Thursday, December 05, 2013 7:19 AM
During winter weather, Illinois State Police are urging motorists to take the necessary safety precautions before getting behind the wheel, since vehicle safety is equally as important as driving safely. Extreme weather can have a devastating impact on driving conditions, especially when ice and snow are involved. Freezing rain, icy roads and white-out snow conditions can result in road ...
Fees Waived for Storm Victims to Replace Documents
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:07 PM
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Tuesday that Illinois tornado victims will not have to pay the typical fees for the next month, as they try to get identification and important documents replaced. White's office was given authority in 2012 to waive fees in counties where the governor declared a disaster. Governor Quinn made his declaration Monday for 6 counties, and ...
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