Quinn Vetoes Electric Rate Hike Bill
(Chicago, IL) -- A debate could be brewing over whether Ameren and ComEd customers will pay more in electric rates. Lawmakers approved the rate hike when they passed a bill earlier this year, giving companies the green light to raise rates a couple times in the next few years. The companies say they need the extra cash to upgrade their electric grid and reduce the possibility of power outages, but Governor Quinn refused to sign the bill. He says people and businesses can't afford to pay more right now. Lawmakers will likely override Quinn's veto.
Senate To Consider Two Pension Bills
(Springfield, IL) -- State senators will take a look at a couple of pension bills this week in an effort to determine which will work best for Illinois. The House passed a bill last week that'll increase retirement age, reduce raises for retirees, and force state workers to pay more toward their pensions. Union leaders call the bill unconstitutional and vow to file suit if it becomes law. They've presented their own version of a pension fix to Senate President John Cullerton, who'll present both plans to Democrats today.
Would Be Bank Robber Says He Was Just Kidding
(Toulon, IL) -- A Toulon man says he meant no harm when he attempted to rob a bank on Saturday. Joshua Williams allegedly says he was just joking when he walked into State Bank just after 11:00 a.m. with a plastic bag over his head and demanded money from a teller. When the teller refused, Williams allegedly tore a hole in the plastic bag and said he "wasn't very good at this" and left the premises. He came back about an hour later and was taken into custody.
Recovery Efforts Delayed For SUV Submerged In River
(Peoria, IL) -- Peoria Police are trying to figure out how an SUV ended up at the bottom of the Illinois River. They got a call early Saturday morning about a vehicle floating in the river near State Street with its headlights on. Crews have determined a vehicle may be submerged underwater about 40 feet away from the riverbank, but choppy waters have prevented any recovery efforts. So far, there's no word on whether anyone is inside the SUV. Authorities say a recovery could get underway as soon as tomorrow.
Missing Persons Case Reopened In Galesburg
(Galesburg, IL) -- The Knox County Sheriff's Department is trying to solve a decades-old missing person's case. Helen "Ruth" Alps has been missing since the late 1980's or early 1990's, close to the time period when a woman's skeletal remains were discovered in the East Galesburg brickyards. Officials originally ruled the remains were those of another missing woman, Lula Cora Hood, but she was found alive in Florida two years ago, living under a different name. Alps was around five feet, two inches tall, and heavy-set with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone who might know where she is should call authorities.
Two State Car Chase Ends; Suspects Identified
(Undated) -- Authorities in Kane County are releasing the names of two men arrested over the weekend for leading officers on a high-speed chase for 125-miles through two states. Elgin police say Jacob Braden of Bartlett and Kevin Gorman of Streamwood face charges including burglary, battery, fleeing and eluding. Authorities say the chase started Saturday at a robbery-in-progress in Elgin and traveled north through the Chicago suburbs before ending two-hours later along Interstate 94 in Racine County, Wisconsin.
IL Senator Makes First Public Appearance Post Stroke
(Undated) -- Senator Mark Kirk makes his first public appearance in Illinois since suffering a stroke more than a year ago. It was January, 2012 when Kirk had a stroke which forced him to re-learn how to walk and talk. WGN-TV says Kirk appeared with his friend and colleague, Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, at a press conference at Great Lakes Naval Academy on Friday. Kirk said part of his new mission in life is to personally encourage every single person from Illinois who's got a disability.
IL E-Recycling Up Sharply
(Rockford, IL) -- Electronics recycling is up nearly 50-percent across Illinois. That's good news according to state environmental officials, who say manufacturers of electronic products are getting much better at adhering to new Illinois laws. It's now illegal to dump most types of electronic products in Illinois landfills. The "Register Star" says in 2012 Illinois manufacturers recycled almost 40-million pounds of electronics-related waste.
IL Red Cross Chapters Need Blood
(Undated) -- Chapters of the American Red Cross in southeastern Illinois are looking for blood donors to help replenish supplies during its World Red Cross Day celebrations. World Red Cross Day is held ever May 8th to honor the principals of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. People can donate blood Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Pana; Friday at Family Video in Charleston; and Sunday at Ashmore Community Center in Ashmore. All blood types are requested.