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Using Income Tax Revenue
2:32 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

New Proposal for Illinois Pension System

The Illinois Capitol building

The Illinois income tax increase would be made permanent in the latest proposal to fix the state's underfunded pension systems.

The income tax plan approved by lawmakers temporarily increased the rate from 3% to 5%.  It’s scheduled to begin decreasing in 2014.

But Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie) said the state can't afford that. Lang said Illinois taxpayers didn't create the pension problem, but it's a problem they're stuck with.

“"We have a responsibility to fix it. And we have a responsibility to have shared sacrifice,” Land said.

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Multiple Players Suspended
9:55 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Fight Prompts SCC to Plan for Events

SCC President Michael Ash

Southeastern Community College (SCC) will develop a plan for handling large events in response to a fight that followed a recent men’s basketball game.

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Would put 50K cap on subsidies to individuals.
9:46 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Grassley Proposes Cap on Farm Subsidies

Credit www.indianagrain.com

Several lawmakers from agricultural states have introduced a bill that would cap subsidy payments to farmers at 50-thousand dollars.

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Governor is the Catalyst
2:43 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

AFSCME Continues to Consider Strike

Credit AFSCME31.org

Illinois’ largest public employees' union is talking more about a strike.  Henry Bayer, Executive Director of AFSCME, said contract talks with the governor's office are going nowhere. 

Bayer told Illinois Public Radio that a strike is a real possibility, and he said Governor Quinn is the catalyst.  Bayer said Quinn's termination of the union's previous contract and his attempts to force cuts in pay and benefits has workers ready to go on the picket line.

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closed 2/19
10:45 am
Tue February 19, 2013

West Central School District 235 Closed

West Central School District 235 is closed today, February 19th, due to an electrical problem.  The school had issued a two hour delay but has decided to close for the entire day.