MetroSource News 03/11/2013
Brady Keeps Spot As GOP Chairman
(Chicago, IL) -- Pat Brady is still the leader of Illinois' Republican Party. A committee was scheduled to meet Saturday about possibly firing him but that meeting was cancelled. Brady is taking heat for announcing his support for gay marriage. The announcement has split the Republican Party - some members are calling for his resignation but others, like US Senator Mark Kirk and Congressman Aaron Schock, are backing Brady's decision.
Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching
(Undated) -- The crop insurance deadline for 2013 is quickly approaching. Producers should contact a crop insurance agent for details in advance of the sales closing date. Agents can help producers determine what policy works best for their operation and review existing coverage to make sure the policy meets their needs. Crop insurance can protect producers from natural disasters like last year's drought, which affected crop yields across the country. The deadline is March 15th.
U of I Workers To Strike
(Urbana, IL) -- U of I food and service workers are walking off the job today. They've been negotiating a new contract for about nine months, but haven't reached a deal. University officials say they thought they'd presented a fair offer on several issues, including wages. But the workers weren't satisfied with the offer and voted it down. The strike is expected to last three days.
Uninsured Drivers To Catch A Break
(Springfield, IL) -- Just about everyone forgets to renew an auto insurance policy at some point and now, lawmakers want to make sure they aren't penalized too harshly for the slip-up. A senate committee passed a bill that would allow six months of court supervision for people caught driving without insurance for the first time. The person would be required to have insurance during the entire supervision period. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote.
Woman Dies When Car Lands In A Pond
(Aurora, IL) -- An Aurora woman is dead after her car veered off of I-88 and landed in a retention pond. Police aren't sure what caused the crash near Eola Road Saturday night but they don't believe any other vehicles were involved. Emory Sepulveda was pronounced dead after crews pulled her body from the water. Three passengers in the car were rescued.
Durbin: I Will Run For Re-Election
(Chicago, IL) -- Senator Dick Durbin says he will run for re-election in 2014. The senator told NBC Chicago yesterday that he loves his job and thinks he can bring good jobs to the state of Illinois. The 68-year-old Democrat is considered the second-most powerful man in the majority party of the Senate.
Chicago Lawmaker Wants To Ban Lion Meat
(Chicago, IL) -- A Chicago lawmaker is proposing a ban on the sale of lion meat in Illinois. State Representative Luis Arroyo is sponsoring a bill that would make the commercial sale of lion meat illegal. It would also bar the ownership of lions for the express purpose of killing them, and make killing a lion for meat a criminal offense.
Illinois To Increase Amtrak Funding
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Pat Quinn is seeking to increase the state's spending on passenger rail service. Quinn is designating an extra 12-million dollars for Amtrak in the budget, an 46-percent increase in spending over last year. The "Bloomington Pantograph" says Amtrak has seen an 85-percent increase in ridership in Illinois since 2006.
Journey Added To State Fair Lineup
(Springfield, IL) -- The Illinois State Fair is adding Journey to the musical lineup for the eleven day festival in Springfield. According to a press release yesterday, the band will perform on Sunday, August 18th in the state fair Grandstand. Journey joins Styx, REO Speedwagon, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, The Band Perry and Thomspon Square. Tickets for the Journey show go on sale April 27th.
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