Quinn Hopes To Strike Deal With Unions Soon
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn is confident he and union leaders can reach a contract deal before workers hit the picket lines. The two sides have hit a stalemate in their talks to get a new contract. Union workers are frustrated because Quinn wants them to give up pay raises for three years. Quinn says everyone needs to give and take in order to reach an agreement that's suitable for the state and its workers. Quinn terminated the AFSCME contract last November.
New Pension Proposal Met With Resistance
(Springfield, IL) -- A new pension proposal is being met with some resistance. State Rep Lou Lang wants to make the temporary tax hike permanent in order to foot the bill for pensions. But Governor Quinn isn't so fond of that idea. He says the pension problem isn't connected to whether the state generates more money. As far as the temporary tax hike, Quinn says he signed a bill that would allow the hike to expire in 2015 and as far as he's concerned, that's the way it'll be.
Gay Marriage Faces Harsh Reality In House
(Springfield, IL) -- Religious groups aren't backing down from the fight against gay marriage. About a thousand people met up at the capital yesterday to express their concern over the proposal. They met with their state reps, asking them to vote against the bill. David Smith, with the Illinois Family Institute, says several state reps have committed to vote "No" or "Present" when the bill hits the floor. Smith is confident the proposal will not make it out of the House this year, even though it already passed in the Senate.
Quinn won't talk about next election
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn isn't talking about his next election or who he'll choose as a running mate. He says he's focused on policy issues that make people's lives better - like a minimum wage hike and putting people to work. The governor says he won't engage in any conversations that put politics over policy. Quinn plans to run for re-election next year but his former running mate, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, says she'll be running for a different office.
Winter Weather Expected Tonight
(Undated) -- Winter weather is headed our way. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory, which will go into effect at 6:00 tonight. About three inches of snow is expected to come down, along with freezing rain and sleet. Officials say road conditions will be pretty bad. They urge drivers to use caution, be prepared for slippery roads, and prepare for limited visibility.
Former Student Suing Harrisburg High School
(Harrisburg, IL) -- Legal troubles are surfacing for Harrisburg High School. A former student claims the principal and school board failed to protect him when someone hung a noose in the locker room last year, with his name on it. Roman Morris filed a lawsuit earlier this week, claiming school officials never reprimanded the students who were behind the incident. Superintendant Dennis Smith wouldn't comment about the lawsuit but says there are questions about whether the rope involved was actually a noose.
Code Enforcement Job Fight
(Peoria, IL) -- Code-enforcement workers in Peoria are ready to fight against outsourcing of their jobs. The city says there's too many derelict buildings in Peoria, and subcontracting inspection would get those torn down faster. Inspectors say their job is simply to inspect. The final demolishment decision rests with a court.
Winter Storm Tri-State Area
(Quincy, IL) -- Yet another round of winter weather is blasting into the Tri-state area. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning is in effect through Friday morning. Some areas could see eight inches of snow. More could accumulate in northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa.
State Theft Case Motion
(Dixon, IL) -- Convicted felon Rita Crundwell's attorney has asked a judge to dismiss her state theft case. Bob Thompson says Crundwell's federal plea deal also includes acts from her Lee County indictment. A hearing date on the motion will probably be set at Crundwell's March 4th status hearing.
Cold Case Arraignment
(Dixon, IL) -- An Arkansas man charged in connection with a cold Peoria case will be arraigned today. Steven Watts is accused of beating Gary Dawson to death almost 30 years ago. Dawson, a self-employed mechanic, was found dead in a hog pen in rural Franklin Grove.