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ILLINOIS POLITICS | MINIMUM WAGE
Democrats wary of wage hike On Quinn’s proposal: Jacobs says not now; Smiddy has no position yet BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 525
Gov. Pat Quinn wants to increase the minimum wage by $1.75 an hour, to $10, but two area Democratic state lawmakers are not ready to go along just yet. State Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, was busy Monday and had a campaign aide respond when
a reporter called about the issue. The aide, Ben Head, said Smiddy didn’t have a position on the minimum wage increase yet and needs to do “a lot of State Rep. additional research.” Mike Smiddy Smiddy’s fellow Democrat, Sen. Mike Jacobs of East
Moline, said that on the whole, he favors the minimum wage going up, not down. “We should always be striving to make things better for people,” said Jacobs, State Sen. whose district includes Mike Jacobs Whiteside County. “As far as increasing it now, we should
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be slow to that. We should allow the economy to recover. “We have to be realistic. You can’t make the minimum wage so high that employers can’t afford to pay it.” Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, said he supports maintaining the current minimum.
The minimum wage around the Midwest: Illinois $8.25 Ohio $7.85 Michigan $7.40 Missouri $7.35 Minnesota $7.25 Indiana $7.25 Iowa $7.25 Wisconsin $7.25
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SCHOOLS | SPECIAL EDUCATION
Reaching out to farmers
Sterling schools to make exit case District wants out of special ed co-op BY DAVID GIULIANI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 525
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Big ag issues outlined in first meeting of Kinzinger committee involved in farming, but I’m not a farmer,” he said. “I wanted to bring different kinds of farmers together, so they can tell me what’s U.S. Rep. Adam on their mind Kinzinger and educate me.” The committee will serve as a forum for Kinzinger to hear directly from his ag constituents about how policy issues are affecting them. Producers from all 14
BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 570
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, says it’s important for legislators to know what they don’t know. That was one reason, he says, that he has been working for several months to put together an Agriculture Advisory Committee in his 16th Congressional District, which includes Lee, Ogle and Bureau counties. “I have family that has been
counties in the 16th District have been chosen to serve as representatives for their neighboring farmers. It is hoped there soon will be 20 to 25 farmers on the panel. The committee met for the first time Dec. 19 in Ottawa. The launch of the committee would appear to be well-timed, considering the importance of many ag-related issues up for debate in Washington. Farmers still are waiting for a new farm bill, and opti-
mism is building that one will soon emerge. Earlier this week, leaders of the Senate and House agriculture committees said they were close to announcing a multi-year bill. A few loose ends remain on a proposal to cut $9 billion in food stamp funding, and some disagreement lingers about dairy price supports and a catfish inspection agency that has yet to evaluate a fish. FARMERS CONTINUED ON A7
Students return to school after flooding Top two floors of St. Mary’s School still can’t be used BY PAM EGGEMEIER email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 570
STERLING – Students returned to parts of St. Mary’s
School on Monday after flooding from a broken sprinkler system pipe had closed the school for 3 days. The pipe broke about noon last Tuesday, when students were already home because of the severe weather conditions. A secretary was the only person at the school when the pipe broke and sent water down a stairwell.
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Although the kids were back in school Monday, their day was anything but normal. The school’s 180 students in grades prekindergarten through eighth grade were confined to the first floor and basement. The second and third floors are still off-limits for what could be a couple of weeks. “Floors two and three are
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still being cleaned,” said Jeannie Ramos, the school’s office manager and bookkeeper. “The electrical has all been checked out, but the elevator repairman is still there.” All of the classes are being held on the first floor and in six previously unused classrooms in the lower level. RETURN CONTINUED ON A4
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STERLING – A panel today will hear the Sterling school district’s request to leave a cooperative for special education services, which the district hopes will save money. The cooperative includes 10 other districts in Whiteside and Carroll counties – six of which voted against letting Sterling leave; the others supported the move. Tonight, the boards for the Whiteside and Carroll-Stephenson-Jo Daviess regional boards of education will meet to hear Sterling’s case. The boards may decide the issue at the end of the meeting. It is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Sterling High School library. The meeting will start with public comment, with each person getting up to 2 minutes to speak. After public comments, Sterling school officials will present their case to the regional boards, followed by representatives of the Bi-County Special Education Cooperative. For Sterling to prevail, it will need a two-thirds vote of the boards’ members, said Bob Sondgeroth, Whiteside County’s regional superintendent. STERLING CONTINUED ON A2
To attend The Whiteside and CarrollStephenson-Jo Daviess regional boards of education meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the Sterling High School library, 1608 Fourth Ave. Call the Whiteside County Regional Office of Education at 815-625-1495 for more information.
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â€œWe have one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation,â€? Demmer said in a text message. â€œThe minimum wage only matters if you can first find a job. We shouldnâ€™t make it harder for businesses to hire.â€? But he said the state should look at the minimum wage periodically and compare it to the level of inflation and other statesâ€™ minimum wages â€œto ensure we remain fair and competitive.â€? State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, couldnâ€™t be reached for comment. Both Head, Smiddyâ€™s spokesman, and Jacobs noted that neighboring Iowa has a lower minimum wage â€“ $7.25, the national rate â€“ than does Illinoisâ€™ $8.25. â€œA lot of cities and communities are being aggressive in poaching Illinois business,â€? Jacobs said. â€œIâ€™m cognizant that I live right on the border. There is a perception on the border that Illinois is
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anyone any good.â€? Second, itâ€™s hard to get the regional boards together, he said. â€œI donâ€™t know whether we could get the same people together in 10 days, with some from as far away as Galena,â€? Sondgeroth said. If Sterling exits, the cooperative says, its remaining members will likely see their costs rise by 12 percent. Sterling is
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He said he hoped the boards would make their decision tonight. If they donâ€™t, they must vote within 10 days. â€œPeople who will be affected will need to know,â€? Sondgeroth said. â€œTo have them hang for another week or two doesnâ€™t do
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going the wrong way and Iowa is going the right way. We have to keep our eyes open State Rep. to our local Tom Demmer competitors.â€? Christopher MarmĂŠ, an economics professor at Augustana College in Rock Island, said simple supply and demand would dictate that employers would go where they can pay a lesser wage â€“ but itâ€™s not that simple. â€œItâ€™s a lot more complicated than that,â€? he said. â€œBusinesses want cheap labor, but they also want customers who have a lot of money in their pockets.â€? Many companies, he said, strive to pay what is known as the â€œefficiency wage.â€? â€œSome businesses pay a premium,â€? MarmĂŠ said, â€œso they can save on costs in the long term by reducing turnover and increasing worker morale.â€? The state Legislature begins its 2014 session later this month.
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