24/7 News Source 10/03/2013
>>Congressman Kinzinger Weighs In On ACA Fight
(Washington, DC) -- Democrats and Republicans are going to have to find a compromise in order to get past the government shutdown. That’s according to Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who says everyone needs to put games aside and come to the table to negotiate. Congress hit a stalemate on passing a budget when the House and Senate failed to agree on a plan to delay the Affordable Care Act. The law went into effect this week but Kinzinger says he thinks it’ll fall flat on its face and give Republicans an edge in the next election.
>>Quinn Appeals Lawmaker Pay To Supreme Court
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn is trying to block lawmakers from getting their next paycheck. He’s filed an appeal to the state’s Supreme Court against a ruling that says he violated the constitution when he cut their pay from the budget. Quinn’s move comes after a lower court ruled he “changed” lawmakers’ salaries in the middle of their terms, which is a violation. But Quinn argues the original intent of the constitutional provision is that salaries can’t go up during the term, not down. And to prove his case, he points to at least seven-instances where lawmakers have reduced their own pay midterm.
>>Cullerton Backing Compromised Pension Deal
(Springfield, IL) -- Senate President John Cullerton is backing a new pension deal that could save more than 130-million-dollars over 30-years. He tells the Springfield “State Journal Register” it’s a compromised plan that makes changes to COLA benefits and decreases employee contributions. Cullerton says the plan is “less unconstitutional” than those offered previously but it’ll still likely be challenged in court. Cullerton is hoping the bill will be ready for a vote by October 22nd, when lawmakers head back to Springfield for veto session.
>>Illinois WWII Vets Don’t Government Shutdown Stop Them
(Washington, D.C.) -- A group of World War Two veterans on an honor flight from Chicago to D.C. didn’t let the government shutdown stop them from visiting their memorial. They walked right passed the barricades to see the monument, yesterday. About 90 vets made the trip. They were greeted at the wall with several Illinois lawmakers but Honor Flight officials say the vets weren’t impressed. They say it wasn’t a day for politicking, it was simply a time to remember and honor those who served.
>>Cell Phone Drive to Benefit Domestic Violence
(Ogle County, IL) -- You can help victims and survivors of domestic violence by donating your old cell-phone. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is hosting a cell phone drive and Verizon Wireless will donate 10-bucks for every phone donated. The HOPE Domestic Violence Center in Rochelle will get a portion of that cash. HOPE Executive Director Ruth Carter says the money will help them purchase new computers and provide transportation for their clients. Cell phones can be dropped off at one of Simon’s offices.
>>College Illinois Accepting Open For New Enrollment
(Springfield, IL) -- College Illinois is open for new enrollments. The pre-paid tuition program allows families to beat the high costs of college by saving years in advance. The enrollment period is open through April of next year. Check out 529PrePaidTuition.org for more details.
>>Low-Income Kids To Get Free Dental Exams
(Alton, IL) -- The SIU School of Dental Medicine is providing free exams for low-income kids. Kids between the ages of three and 13 who qualify for free and reduced lunch at their schools are eligible for the check-ups. A wide range of services will be offered, from cleanings to extractions, sealants, and fillings. Services will be available Monday, October 14th from 7:30a.m. until Noon at the school in Alton. Parents do not have to provide proof of insurance.