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Illinois towns drowning in pension debt from hundreds of funds

Illinois towns drowning in pension debt from hundreds of funds

By Tim Jones, Bloomberg News

August 25, 2015


Filed under Global

The pension-funding crisis undermining the stability of Illinois and Chicago is rippling through hundreds of smaller governments, squeezing budgets as officials prop up teetering police and fire retirement funds.The eastern Illinois border city of Danville has reduced its firefighter ranks by 27 percent in five...

Rauner dumps treatment from anti-heroin measure, citing cost

Rauner dumps treatment from anti-heroin measure, citing cost

By Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune

August 25, 2015


Filed under Global

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday sought to rewrite a wide-ranging measure aimed at curbing heroin use, eliminating a requirement that the state's Medicaid health care program for the poor pay for medication and therapy programs to treat addiction.The Republican governor said the state can't afford the extra...

Chaotic day on Wall Street ends with market down 588 points

Chaotic day on Wall Street ends with market down 588 points

By James F. Peltz, Los Angeles Times

August 24, 2015


Filed under Global

Moments after the U.S. stock market opened Monday, anyone checking prices might have rubbed their eyes in disbelief: The Dow Jones industrial average had plunged nearly 1,100 points."A four-digit decline is enough to wake people out their morning slumber," said Bruce Simon, chief investment officer ...

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock tries to block release of documents

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock tries to block release of documents

By Caitlin Wilson, Reboot Illinois

August 24, 2015


Filed under Global

The legal battle of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, is still being waged by his attorneys and federal prosecutors over which congressional documents Schock must turn over to the courts as potential evidence of his possible mishandling of campaign and taxpayer money during his time in office.Scho...

Rauner stays out of spotlight on bill signings

Rauner stays out of spotlight on bill signings

By Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune

August 24, 2015


Filed under Global

Moments after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a landmark public safety bill into law at a closed-door ceremony, the lawmakers who had ferried the bill to his desk walked two stories below the governor's office to the press room in the Capitol basement.There, a handful of Republican and Democratic legislators he...

Chicago man admits making bomb threats against SIUC

Chicago man admits making bomb threats against SIUC

By Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

August 23, 2015


Filed under Global

A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to four federal charges and admitted making bomb threats in his "war on SIU," prosecutors said Thursday.Derrick Dawon Burns, 22, admitted sending four letters threatening Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, students, staff, campus police and the FBI between O...

Rauner signs bill allowing nursing home residents to install cameras

Rauner signs bill allowing nursing home residents to install cameras

By Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger, Chicago Tribune

August 23, 2015


Filed under Global

Taking action on dozens of bills, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed measures into law that would allow nursing home residents to put cameras in their rooms to protect against abuse and require high school students to take a civics class in order to graduate.The Republican governor also made liberal use of his ...

New law mandates screening newborns for deadly disease

New law mandates screening newborns for deadly disease

By Stan Polanski, Effingham Daily News

August 23, 2015


Filed under Global

A law Gov. Bruce Rauner signed this week could help save a child's life, according to the local legislator who sponsored it.The law requires all newborns be screened for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)."It's a rare disease, but it's devastating," said Dr. Ryan Jennings, chief medical officer at HSHS St. Anthon...

Why medical marijuana can still get you fired in Illinois

Why medical marijuana can still get you fired in Illinois

By Story Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, images Anthony Souffle, Chicago Tribune

August 21, 2015


Filed under Global

Michael Rosengarden says he is a "big believer" in medical marijuana. But his sympathy for Illinois' cannabis patients runs into a roadblock at his workplace, where he won't employ anyone found with drugs in their system."The liability is significant, and I'm not interested in losing what I've worked a...

EIU eliminates 118 positions

By Dawn Schabbing, Effingham Daily News

August 19, 2015


Filed under Global

Eastern Illinois University has eliminated 118 civil service, administrative and professional positions, but an official said 50 of those positions are already vacated and won't be filled.The 50 vacated positions came from resignations and retirements, according to university spokeswoman Vicki Shaw Woodard. ...

German Parliament overwhelmingly approves Greek bailout

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times

August 19, 2015


Filed under Global

German lawmakers overwhelmingly approved another bailout for debt-ridden Greece on Wednesday, removing the last major obstacle for Athens to receive an emergency infusion of funds to avoid an imminent default.The Greek government is now expected to receive an installment of loans just in time to repay a debt...

Isolated Pamunkey tribe in Virginia finally recognized by U.S.

Isolated Pamunkey tribe in Virginia finally recognized by U.S.

By Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times

August 18, 2015


Filed under Global

The tidal river that surrounds this spit of scrubby land has long functioned like a moat that rises and falls through the day.A single road connects the reservation's sycamore, poplars and modest houses with miles of cornfields that separate the tribe from large retail stores and suburban office parks o...

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