MetroSource News 05/03/2013
Illinois Summary (1st)
Vote On Gay Marriage Still A Ways Off
(Springfield, IL) -- A vote on gay marriage is still a ways off in the House. Speaker Michael Madigan says there's still not enough state reps on board with the plan to push it through. They were about 12 votes shy a couple months ago but several lawmakers have since said they'll vote yes when the bill hits the floor. At least a couple Republicans are supporting the plan, which is typically against the GOP platform. The Senate has already passed the bill.
Quinn Says Gaming Bill Still Doesn't Hit The Mark
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn says the newest gaming bill still falls short of his expectations. He says there are a few things lawmakers need to tighten up on, including making sure education gets a good chunk of the gambling money. Despite his concerns, Quinn says lawmakers have made progress. He's pleased with a provision that puts a ban on campaign contributions from people who own gaming licenses.
House Sends Pensions Bill To Senate
(Springfield, IL) -- State workers could soon be dishing out more money toward their pensions. That's if the newest version of pension reform clears the Senate. State reps put their stamp of approval on a bill that would require the workers to pay more, plus those under 45 would have to work longer. Retired workers would take a reduction in their annual raises. House Speaker Michael Madigan believes the bill can pass in the Senate but it appears they may be working on their own version of a pension bill.
Female Staffer Attacked At Danville Correctional Center
(Danville, IL) -- Danville Correctional Center is on full lockdown. Union officials say a female guard was beaten until she was unconscious yesterday. The inmate who attached her was reportedly taking the guards clothes off when another inmate intervened. A DOC spokesman confirms the attack. He says the DOC Director and other staff members have spoken with the officer and a full investigation is underway.
Alton Business Collecting Food For Kids In Need
(Alton, IL) -- A food drive in underway in Alton to make sure kids in need don't go hungry this summer. Margaret Freer with Freer Auto Body launched "Operation Kids Meals" about six years ago after she realized some were going without food. She's encouraging others to pitch in and donate things like macaroni, cereal, and granola bars. Donation stations are set up at Alton Middle School, Freer Auto Body, and Schnucks stores in Alton.
State Officials Keeping Watch As Rain Draws Near
(Undated) -- State officials are keeping a close eye on towns along the Illinois River. They're hoping more rain doesn't force water levels back up. Many towns are still recovering from a heavy round of rain a few weeks ago, which left hundreds of homes and buildings destroyed by floods. IEMA officials say they'll be ready to respond if weekend rains top any levees.
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