Be Careful On The Roads
(Undated) -- Drivers should be careful when they hit the road this morning. Roads are expected to be pretty slick after a mix of rain, sleet, and snow hit the area last night. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and leave space between you and the car in front of you. The snow is expected to keep coming down until this evening.
Gun Safety Up For Debate In Springfield Today
(Springfield, IL) -- Gun safety is up for debate in the Illinois House. State reps will take up the issue in their "Weekly Order of Business" today. It's the third week in a row that they've been tackling the gun issue - starting with hearings on concealed carry. Lawmakers have three months to get a concealed carry law on the books. The hearing and debates are designed to get a gauge on what lawmakers will and will not support when it comes to carrying weapons in public.
Governor Quinn Quiet On Budget Details
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn is keeping quiet about the details of his budget address. Without giving specifics, Quinn says he'll propose very "hard and difficult cuts" for the upcoming year. That could mean a 400-million dollar cut to education, plus deeper cuts to human service and public safety programs. Quinn says lawmakers need to get moving on pension reform in order to relieve some of the state's financial pressure. He'll lay out the full budget plan during his annual speech tomorrow at noon.
Williamson County Deputy Arrested For DUI
(Marion, IL) -- A Williamson County police officer is on the other side of the law. Shaunn Curry was allegedly driving drunk last Friday when he was pulled over. Police had received several 9-1-1 calls a possible drunk driver on Route 13, just east of Marion. Curry was arrested and taken to jail but it's not the first time he's been busted for DUI. He crashed his car back in 2007 and was eventually found guilty of DUI. He was off duty in both cases.
Union Starts Scheduling Ratification Meetings
(Undated) -- The AFSCME Union is scheduling meetings all across the state, so its workers can vote up or down on a tentative contract. The union reached a deal with Governor Quinn last week but details won't be released until it's approved by union members. Union leaders say the agreement protects the economic security of union members, staves off massive health care cost increases, and expands important rights on the job. Each local chapter of the union is set the time and date for their ratification meeting. All union workers are encouraged to attend.
Gas Prices At Record High
(Undated) -- Illinois is starting the month of March with record gas prices. The state's average price of gasoline has risen 59-cents per gallon since January 1st. Drivers are paying a statewide average of three-92-per-gallon. Triple-A says the increase is due to a decline in refinery production.
Learjet Makes Emergency Landing
(Undated) -- A Learjet carrying eight people makes an emergency landing in Illinois. The FAA said a problem with the plane's landing gear forced it to make an emergency landing yesterday at Lambert-International Airport in St. Louis. The jet - reportedly from Ohio - landed without incident.
Report Says Tollway Data Doesn't Add Up
(Undated) -- Economists say Illinois' multi-billion dollar tollway construction plan doesn't add up. Speaking to the "Tribune," top economists say the 12-billion-dollar program was supposed to put 120-thousand people to work. But when the numbers are crunched, since 2008 only 82-thousand jobs have been created, and those relied on what's called "wildly optimistic" assumptions. The economists challenge the state's notion that a net economic benefit will be felt by the construction.
Support For U-I Mascot Returns
(Champaign, IL) -- Support for Chief Illiniwek is resurfacing at the University of Illinois. It's been six-years since the Chief mascot danced around the college. A student group is reportedly trying to put the mascot's return on an election ballot. The university says no matter what the results of a vote show the Chief won't be coming back.