Illinois Governor Pat Quinn unveiled a plan to overhaul the pension system for state employees.
It would force state workers to choose between two plans, both of which would reduce their benefits.
If employees voluntarily go along with the governor's proposed changes, they would have to pay more into their retirement plans, work longer before they retire, and face reduced cost-of-living adjustments in retirement.
Warren County has sold the stately two-story home that has housed the Regional Office of Education for years. The house sits right across the street from the county courthouse. The regional office serves Warren, Mercer and Henderson counties.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church has purchased the building from the county for $74,000.
County Board Chairman Bill Reichow said the office will stay put for the short-term.
Construction is picking up at the former Eagles building in downtown Keokuk. The two-story structure is being redeveloped for residential and commercial use.
Main Street Keokuk’s Joyce Glasscock says the biggest reason for the increased activity is the funding for the project is now in place. She says the development is taking advantage of grants and historic tax credits.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said it's time for state lawmakers to "step forward" and rescue the state's Medicaid system, even if requires some painful decisions.
The Democratic governor wants lawmakers to approve his plan for filling a $2.7 billion hole in the system. It includes reducing services for the poor, cutting payments to health-care providers, and raising cigarette taxes by $1 a pack.