MetroSource News 06/27/2013
>>Conference Committee Prepares For First Meeting
(Chicago, IL) -- A group of ten lawmakers will have a meeting of the minds today, to hash out a new pension bill. State Senator Linda Holmes will be among the group and she says pension reform is an urgent, but sensitive issue. That’s because it’s dealing with the retirement plans for tens of thousands of state workers who were promised benefits, but are now facing a possible cut. The meeting is designed to help lawmakers come up with a pension fix after Democratic leaders failed to do so. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which will be in room C-600 at the Bilandic Building at 11:00a.m. in Chicago.
>>Rep Hopes SCOTUS Ruling Clears Way For Illinois Gay Marriage
(Chicago, IL) -- The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act may put a fire under the feet of Illinois state reps. Representative Greg Harris says he hopes his colleagues step up and give all families the same rights and dignity they deserve. The House didn’t vote on a gay marriage bill before wrapping up last month because there weren’t enough people backing it. The Supreme Court ruling means same sex married couples are now entitled to more than one thousand of the same benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy. But, it’s only allowed in states that recognize marriage equality.
>>Police Make Large Drug Bust In Romeoville
(Romeoville, IL) -- A large marijuana drug operation is out of business. Police raided a home on Rogers Street in Romeoville last Friday and came up with 25-hundred pounds of weed. That’s a street value of about two-point-seven million dollars. Police also found 14-thousand bucks in cash and a stolen handgun in the raid. The case is still under investigation but in the meantime, police have arrested Carlos Nieto and charged him with possession with intent to deliver.
>>West Nile Confirmed In East St. Louis
(East St. Louis, IL) -- People in East St. Louis should take action to protect against the West Nile Virus. The Illinois Department of Public Health confirms the city's first infected mosquito sample this year. Residents should be sure to wear insect repellant when they’re outside, try to keep windows closed, repair any window or door screens that has holes, and be sure to clear any standing water from around their homes. Positive West Nile samples have been discovered in several other counties this year as well, including in McHenry, Cook, DuPage, and Perry.
>>Metra Offers Discounted Fare For Blackhawks Rally
(Undated) -- People planning to attend the Blackhawks victory parade tomorrow, may want to skip the drive and hop on the train. Metra will offer a special one-day only discounted price of five bucks for unlimited rides. They’re also planning to put a few more trains in the rotation because of large crowds. People should show up early to get a seat because trains will leave early if they fill up before the scheduled departure time. The rally will be at 11 a.m. in Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.
>>House Struck By Lightning, Catches Fire
(Wapella, IL) -- Here’s a strange twist to a thunder and lightning storm. Officials say lightning struck a home in Wapella and caused it to go up in flames. It happened Tuesday night in the 600 block of North Chestnut. The storm left the home with about ten to 20-thousand dollars in damages. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
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