Election Day Polls Close At Seven
(Undated) -- It's Election Day for many towns, cities, and villages across the state. Anyone who didn't cast an early ballot has until seven tonight to do so. Anyone who has questions about the elections process or needs to know where their polling place, can call a special hotline. The number is (312) 814-6466 for those in the Chicago area. Downstate voters can call (217) 782-4141.
Kelly Unlikely To Lose Race To Replace Jackson
(Chicago, IL) -- The odds are stacked in Robin Kelly's favor at the polls today. Political Scientist Kent Redfield says the district is heavily Democratic and that's exactly how leaders wanted it. He says the district lines were drawn to re-elect Jesse Jackson, Jr. but now that he's out, Kelly can pretty much pack her bags for D.C. On top of that, Redfield says Kelly shouldn't have any trouble being re-elected over the next decade so long as she doesn't get involved in a political scandal.
Prison Guard Stabbed In The Neck
(Sumner, IL) -- A prison guard at Lawrence Correctional Center is recovering after getting stabbed in the neck. AFSCME Regional Director Eddie Caumiant says they believe the inmate used a pen to stab the officer yesterday morning. He says the inmate has been transferred to the Dixon Correctional Center for psychological exam. The correctional officer was treated and released at a local hospital.
GOP Lawmaker Supports Gay Marriage
(Springfield, IL) -- Republican State Rep Ed Sullivan says he'll cast a yes vote for legalizing gay marriage. He says it wasn't an easy decision but after talking with his family, he decided it was the best thing to do. Sullivan's mother-in-law is gay and has been in a relationship with her partner for more than 20 years. He says that gives him a first-hand understanding that gay relationships can work. He also says he was inspired by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's decision to support gay marriage.
Retirees Could Get Paid To Opt Out Of State Insurance
(Springfield, IL) -- Lawmakers are moving forward with plans to make retired state workers pay a percentage of their healthcare premiums. They're moving a bill to get things solidified, and it includes an incentive for some retirees. Those who worked more than 20 years could get up to 500-dollars a month if they opt out of state health care coverage and get insured by a private company. State Rep Barbara Flynn Currie says that shouldn't be too difficult for retirees who can get insured through their spouse's plans. Currie says the state expects to save about 37-million dollars a year under the measure.
Voters To Approve, Reject Property Tax Hike
(Undated) -- Homeowners in the Unity Point and Giant School Districts could be required to pick up the slack for dwindling education funding. The districts aren't getting as much money from the state so they're looking to boost property taxes to make ends meet. The measure is on the ballot in those local elections and voters will have to approve the hike in order for it to take effect. School officials say they'll have to cut some school programs and lay some workers off if the measure fails.
IL Guard Prepares For Furloughs
(Springfield, IL) -- The Illinois National Guard will face furloughs later this year. More than 13-hundred guard employees will be forced to take unpaid leaves as part of the federal sequester cutbacks. Workers will reportedly be on furlough 14-days before the end of the current fiscal year. All Guard bases around Illinois are included.
Several Villages Sue Major Online Travel Firms
(Undated) -- Seven Illinois municipalities accuse more than a dozen travel websites of not paying certain taxes. That's according to a new lawsuit against the well known travel websites like Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline. Villages including Oak Lawn and Willowbrook say the firms failed to pay or remit taxes for hotel rooms customers purchased online.
Most Caribou Coffees To Close Across IL
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Nearly all the locations of a popular coffe-shop chain will close across Illinois. Minneapolis-based Caribou Coffee announced it's closing almost 100 underperforming stores nationally, and will re-open some of them under the name Peet's Coffee and Tea. The "Tribune" says Caribou will close up most of its 66 Illinois locations by the end of the month.
Family Reunited With Pal Eight Months, 900 Miles Later
(Collinsville, IL) -- An Illinois family is rejoicing over the happy ending to a story of a lost pup named "Duaz." It seems the five-year-old purebred Italian greyhound was missing eight months after leaving its home in the town of Collinsville, in southwest Illinois. The Dausman family couldn't believe it when a Virginia animal shelter called recently to say they had recovered Duaz. One explanation offered by the family is that Duaz may have been stolen and brought out east before it ran away.