>>Judge Will Decide On Lawmaker Pay
(Chicago, IL) -- Lawmakers will have to wait at least one more week to find out if they’ll be getting paid any time soon. A judge heard oral arguments yesterday in the case against Governor Quinn, who slashed money from the budget to pay lawmakers. They haven’t been paid since July 1st. House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton filed suit, claiming the move was unconstitutional. The judge says he’ll make a ruling in the case by next Thursday.
>>Lawmaker Wants Quinn To Live In Mansion
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn doesn’t spend much time in Springfield during the year but one lawmaker wants to change that. Jacksonville state rep C.D. Davidsmeyer has filed a resolution urging Quinn to make the Governor’s mansion his home during the legislative session. He claims it’ll give Quinn more opportunity to work with lawmakers on major issues. According to a recent study, Quinn spent just 50 days doing work in Springfield between July 1st, 2012 and June 30th 2012. If the resolution is adopted, Quinn still wouldn’t be obligated to live in Springfield full time.
>>Poll: Bustos Tied With Schilling
(Aledo, IL) -- A new poll says Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is in a dead heat with former Congressman Bobby Schilling in a rematch. The “We Ask America Poll” is from “Capitol Fax” and was released by the Schilling campaign today. The poll surveyed nearly 15-hundred voters in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District and gives the Democrat Bustos a slim 45 to 44 lead over the Republican Schilling. Schilling leads among Independents 51 to 34. The poll sampled 37-percent Democrats, 24-percent Republicans, and 39-perent Independents.
>IDOT Looking For Winter Workers
(Undated) -- Winter is just around the corner and state officials are boosting their payrolls in order to deal with winter weather. IDOT is hiring road crew personnel to help keep highways and bridges clear. Each position requires a valid Class “A” or “B” Commercial Driver’s License with an “N” or “X” endorsement and non-restricted air brakes. Applications and job descriptions are available online at DOT.IL.gov.
>>NIU Has One Of Ugliest College Campuses
(DeKalb, IL) -- Northern Illinois University has one of the ugliest campuses in the nation. That’s according to Complex.com, which gave the campus a C-plus for its bland architecture and uninspiring surroundings. And, they say most students feel a bit deceived by the university because it sometimes presents itself falsely. The university website shows pictures of the castle-esque Altgeld Hall, but most students say they never get the luxury of even being on that side if campus. The University of Illinois’ Chicago campus also made the list, along with the Illinois Institute of Technology Campus in Chicago.
>>Quinn Is Luckiest Politician Alive
(Chicago, IL) -- Hillary Clinton says Governor Quinn has got to be the luckiest politician in America. During a speech in Chicago yesterday, Clinton says Quinn keeps getting all kinds of lucky breaks when it comes to his reelection bid. So far three potentially strong candidates have backed off of a primary fight with Quinn, including Attorney General Lisa Madigan, State Senator Kwame Raoul, and former White House Chief-of Staff Bill Daley. Quinn chalks up his success as hard work and says his road to reelection will be a battle against whoever tops the Republican ticket.
>>Statesville Inmate Accidentally Released, Captured
(Chicago, IL) -- A Statesville inmate who was accidentally released in Chicago is back behind bars. Jeremiah Harris was caught without incident at his sister’s apartment in Carpentersville yesterday, a northern suburb of the city. The 25-year-old was serving 12-years behind bars for being a habitual criminal and at the same time, he was facing a double murder charge. He appeared in court on the murder charges Monday and was found not guilty but instead of being sent back to prison, he was let go. No one noticed the error until yesterday morning when another judge called about a mistake on the paperwork.
>>Woman Accused Of Deceiving Public
(Benton, IL) -- A Benton woman is in trouble with the law for allegedly deceiving the public. Donna Restivo apparently placed an ad in the paper claiming she was having a garage sale to raise money for the Justice for Molly Organization. The organization was formed after the death of 21-year-old Molly Young, who was found dead in her boyfriend’s Carbondale apartment back in March of 2012. Police say Restivo held the garage sale but never contacted the organization and never turned over any cash. She’s charged with deceptive practice.
>>Dennis Rodman Stars In Controversial Commercial
(Chicago, IL) -- Former Chicago Bulls Forward Dennis Rodman is the star of a new Pistachios commercial, but the 19-second TV spot isn’t getting a great reception. In it, Rodman is sitting next to a Kim Jong Un lookalike and he reveals that the secret to world peace is pistachios. Moments later, the green-haired Rodman goes up in smoke after Kim pushes what appears to be a “nuke” button. Rodman has been palling around with Kim in recent months. Kim is the North Korean leader who is allegedly harboring nuclear weapons.
>>ISU Opens New Stadium For Football Home Opener
(Normal, IL) -- The ISU Redbirds will have a brand new stadium to play in when they take the field for their home opener this weekend. But, there are a few changes that fans should know about before heading over to the field. For example, the parking lots closest to the field will be reserved for scholarship donors and season-ticket holders. Student seating will be on the west side of the new Hancock Stadium, right behind the visitor’s bench. Check out GoRedbirds.com for more details.