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Time for new buildings? Task force: District’s schools inadequate for educational needs BY MATT MENCARINI firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5529
DIXON – The strategic planning task force will recommend that the school board develop a plan to address what it calls inadequate schools in the district and hire a consulting firm
to help with the process. The recommendation will be given during the next board meeting on Wednesday, in the form of a report summarizing the task force’s 8 months of meetings, building tours and discussions with architectural firms.
Task force members met Thursday night to review, edit and finalize a draft of the document. The plan – or blueprint – developed by the district and a consulting firm will look at how the school district can address its aging facilities. Rea-
gan Middle School, the newest building, was built in 1959. Dixon is at a tipping point in regard to the facilities, the task force said in its report, and it can’t put the issue off any longer. BUILDINGS CONTINUED ON A4
PHIDIANS DECK THE WALLS FOR ANNUAL ART SHOW
Label Shopper, a store that will sell “discount brand name clothing” in addition to shoes and accessories for men, women and children, according to its website, will open early next week in Dixon. Story on Page A2
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Judy Dixon (right) positions a painting Thursday afternoon at Loveland Community House and Museum in Dixon. The Phidian Art Club is still accepting works of art from 2 to 6 p.m. today for its annual show, which begins at 6 p.m. April 10 at Loveland with a critique, followed by awards at 7 p.m. NEAR RIGHT: Anne Lewis prepares to hang a painting by Sydni Reubin. FAR RIGHT: Ellen Mumford hangs a painting Thursday at the Loveland Community House and Museum for the annual Phidian Art Club show. The Phidian Art Club was founded in 1890 to promote the arts in the form of visual art, literature, and music. The first Phidian Art Show was held in 1947.
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1 Hunt for Easter eggs in Dixon DIXON – A free egg hunt for children ages 2 to 12 will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sugar Grove School and Church, 352 Timber Creek Road. For more information, call 815-288-2811.
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Teens dancing back into the ’60s
DIXON – A ’60s teen dance to benefit Project GenNex will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. today at Rosbrook Studio, 107 S. Peoria Ave. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help Project GenNex’s goal of opening a youth center in Dixon. A $10 gift card to Mama Cimino’s will be awarded to the person with the best 1960s costume.
It’s VDay in Sterling
STERLING – Readings of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” will be at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA, 412 First Ave. Tickets are $10, and may be purchased at the door or by calling 815-543-0955. The reading is being presented by VDay Sterling.
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Shrimp and chili in Dixon
DIXON – The Dixon Rotary Club is planning its annual Community Shrimp Boil and Chili Bowl Fundraiser from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 506 W. Third St. The fundraiser supports Rotary’s events and projects. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-2, and free to kids under 5.
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STERLING – The Sterling man who was injured in an apparent hit-and-run accident late Tuesday night is now in serious condition in a Rockford hospital – an upgrade from his condition Wednesday. Jacob Carr, 20, was found in the 300 block of West Fifth Street about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a resident informed police. Carr, who was unresponsive, is believed to have been hit by a car at some point in the previous hour, police said. Sterling Police Chief Ron Potthoff said in an interview Thursday that police found a small piece of a car, but he declined to say what was found. He urged residents to think about their surroundings and alert police if they have any tips. “If you know anyone who has a fresh dent in their car, or is missing parts on their car, or might be hiding their car, ...” Potthoff said. “Anybody who notices anything, no matter how insignificant, should give us a call.” Carr was taken to CGH Medical Center’s emergency room, before being airlifted to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Police said they didn’t know Carr’s identity until a family member identified him about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Carr was a former Newman Central Catholic High School student. On Sunday, he wrote on Facebook, “If you have God in your life, you will accomplish anything,” saying his status was “feeling good.” On Tuesday, he shared a friend’s status, “Success is a state of mind.” Anyone with information is asked to call police at 815-6326640 or Crime Stoppers at 815625-7867.
A bit of magic in Sterling
STERLING – The Carson Family’s Magical Mystery Show will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Auditorium in Sterling High School, 1608 Fourth Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.centennialauditorium. com or from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the box office. Proceeds benefit Twin City Sunrise Rotary service projects.
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Tonya Bush (right) and Angela Barnhart rack clothing at Label Shopper in Dixon. The store will sell â€œdiscount brand name clothingâ€? when it opens next week at 1379 N. Galena Ave.
Label Shopper opens next week Store will be on Galena Avenue
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DIXON â€“ A new clothing store in Dixon is expected to open next week. Label Shopper will open its sixth store in Illinois, at 1379 N. Galena Ave., on Monday or Tuesday, said Director of Stores Judy Piurowski. The store will sell â€œdiscount brand name clothing,â€? according to its website, in addition to shoes and accessories for men, women and children. Label Shopper is a division of New York-based Peter Harris Clothes. There are Label Shopper stores in Ottawa and Galesburg in Illinois and
Jenna McGuire helps get the stores stock on the floor to be ready for business next Monday or Tuesday. The Dixon store will be the sixth Label Shopper in Illinois. locations in Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio, among nine total states. There are 71 Label Shopper stores nationwide. â€œWeâ€™re moving out that way,â€? Piurowski said. â€œWeâ€™ve started opening stores in Indiana, Illinois
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Plenty of questions for Forumâ€™s guest at meeting Sterling mayor asked about rental inspections, riverfront development BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org EXT
STERLING â€“ The proposed rental inspections program being developed by the cities of Rock Falls and Sterling is about safety not aesthetics, Sterling Mayor Skip Lee says. Lee was at the Sterling Public Library on Thursday evening to field questions as the guest of the Rock River Open Forum. Shane Celestino of Sterling questioned the constitutionality of such programs. â€œThe same arguments are made whenever something is regulated for the first time,â€? Lee said. â€œMultiple legal opinions support what we want to do. Once it is implemented, I think it it will work out fine.â€? Although he believes the
overwhelming majority in both cities are good landlords, Lee feels that the program is needed to untie the hands of city officials in certain cases where public safety is compromised. â€œCode enforcement pretty much works on a complaint basis now,â€? Lee said. â€œWe can issue citations for outdoor things, but the only way you can get inside is with a tenant complaint or a warrant.â€? It can be particularly difficult if a property is in what Lee calls â€œforeclosure purgatoryâ€? or there are out-of-town owners. The fact that the cities are working together on the program should make it run more efficiently, Lee said. â€œ[Rock Falls building inspector] Mark Searing has worked with build-
Sterling Mayor Skip Lee meets with members of the Rock River Open Forum on Thursday night at the Sterling Public Library. ing codes and landlords for a long time,â€? Lee said. â€œWill there be gliches and tweaks? Yes, but the two cities together will have more resources to work on it.â€? The mayor also was asked about progress on the riverfront development. He said the first phase has focused on health, safety and infrastructure. That involves
getting the Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s stamp of approval â€“ no further remediation. A $2.2 million state EPA grant was secured for a greenspace project along the riverfront. The city is acquiring the former National Manufacturing property. The donation agreement calls for Stanley to assume
responsibility for cleaning up any underground contaminants associated with the planned demolition of buildings. The city would be liable for above-ground contaminants such as asbestos and lead paint that would likely have to be dealt with during the renovation process. The city has said it plans to take down 6 of the 10 buildings included in the agreement. The estimated demolition cost would be $1.5 million to $1.7 million. The Lawrence Brothers property is a bit of a question mark, the mayor said. â€œWeâ€™re still assessing what we have with that building,â€? Lee said. â€œThat area is more open, so keeping people out has been a problem.â€? Several people at the meeting were in agreement with the mayorâ€™s belief in the untapped potential of Lawrence Park. Building up and
securing the river banks in that area has been a problem, and the shallow water limits its recreational use. John Espinoza, a Whiteside County Board member, said the old buildings slated for demolition could be a tool in solving that problem. â€œWhen weâ€™re tearing up concrete from the plant and the Rock Falls Limestone Building, we could use the materials to build up the banks,â€? Espinoza said. â€œMilwaukee did something similar along their riverfront. We can build it up and use the rock to protect it.â€? Development doesnâ€™t come cheap, the mayor reminds the group. â€œAbout $60 million is needed just on our side for riverfront development,â€? Lee said. â€œThe reality it that the state of Illinois, and the cities of Sterling and Rock Falls are not infinite pots of money.â€?
Ex-NFL playerâ€™s shop rolls into town Alert lifted after smoke clears at nuclear plant
Mobile meat market will make weekly pit stop at the mall
CORDOVA (AP) â€“ An alert imposed after smoke was spotted at the Quad Cities Generating Station in western Illinois was lifted after eight hours. Exelon Generation officials say the smoke was spotted Wednesday after a pipe released water onto an electrical system. Spokesman William Stoermer says Quad Cities Unit 2 had been removed from service Monday so
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STERLING â€“ Fresh meat on wheels has come to the Twin Cities. Former NFL player Sean Considine, 32, will park his business, Headon & Considineâ€™s Market, at Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays. Despite the gloomy weather, business was brisk on opening day Thursday, Considine said. The former Baltimore Ravens safety, a native of Byron, teamed up with Headonâ€™s Meat and Catering in Creston to create the mobile meat market, the only one of its kind in the state, Considine has said. The meat is cut at the butcher shop that morning and brought to customers in the distinctive refrigerated trailer. The customized refrigerated trailer from which he sells New York strip steak,
workers could replace a valve. The unit was in being restarted when smoke was detected around 1:40 p.m. The alert was lifted around 9:30 p.m. Exelon officials say the unit is stable and another unit remains at full power. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there were no abnormal releases of radioactive material and no one was injured.
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Rani Handschke, of Sterling, walks away with her selection of meat from Headon & Considineâ€™s Market on Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of Northland Mall in Sterling. The refrigerated trailer, which sells fresh meat that is cut at the butcher shop in the morning, will be in the Northland lot from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday.
For more information Find Headon & Considineâ€™s Market on Facebook FOR ALL THE DETAILS 0LACE AN ORDER AT filet mignon, lobster tails and jalapeno burgers, among other things, also makes stops from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Far-
leyâ€™s Appliance parking lot, 1245 N. Galena Ave. in Dixon on Wednesdays, and next to Snyderâ€™s Pharmacy, 415 W. Black-
hawk Drive in Byron, on Fridays. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, you can find him in the parking lot at Westfield Fox Valley mall in Aurora. If business keeps going as well as it has been, a second trailer will be added, Considine said.
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GOP seeks to close appointment loophole with amendment CONCEALED SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ Senate Republicans crying foul after Gov. Pat Quinn used a rare procedural maneuver to try to aid the confirmation of two appointees announced several efforts Thursday to close what they described as a constitutional loophole.
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OBITUARIES William R. Peters MACHESNEY PARK â€“ William R. Peters, 75, of Machesney Park, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at NelsonDebes Subacute Complex in Rockford. Bill was born April 18, 1938, in Aurora, the son of Reinhardt W. and Gertrude E. (Flanigan) Peters. He was a veteran of the Army. He married Susan A. Thorell on Jan. 28, 1961, in Loves Park. Bill was employed by NCR for 35 years, retiring in 1994. He volunteered at the Loves Park Fire Department for more than 10 years. Bill (WB9MCZ) was president of the Amateur Radio Club in Sterling. He also was a member of the Jaycees, Moose Club,
and American Legion. He was a 10-gallon blood donor. Survivors include his wife, Susan; his children, Lindi (Garth) Anderson, Brenda (Charlie) Anderson and Randy (Leslie McClure) Peters; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitaiton will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Delehanty Funeral Home, 401 River Lane, Loves Park. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. A memorial will be established. Visit delehantyfh.com to send condolences.
Elisabetha Zieher DIXON â€“ ElisaSquare in Dixon, betha Zieher, 84, of with the Rev. MariDixon, died Tueslyn Nolan, pastor day, Feb. 28, 2012, of Grace United at Heritage Square Methodist Church in Dixon in Dixon, officiatA memorial sering. Preston-Schilvice to celebrate ling Funeral Home her life will be at 2 p.m. is handling arrangeMonday at Heritage ments.
Russell E. DeWeerdt FULTON â€“ Russell E. DeWeerdt, 87, of Fulton, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Harbor Crest Home in Fulton. Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton is handling arrangements.
Leland W. â€˜Leeâ€™ Nicol SAVANNA â€“ Leland Walter â€œLeeâ€? Nicol, 89, of Savanna, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at his home. Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna is handling arrangements.
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MORRISON â€“ A Rock Falls man accused of causing the death of a pit bull pleaded not guilty to felony animal cruelty Thursday in Whiteside County Court. Joseph R. Nelson, 37, of Rock Falls, was arrested a week ago today. He still was
in jail Thursday on $50,000 bond. A tentative trial date of May 20 was set, and Nelson has a pretrial conference April 30. A public defender has been appointed. If convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals, Nelson faces 1 to 3 years in prison. A necropsy was performed Monday on the adult male pit bull, found March 25 in
a cage in the basement of a Rock Falls home Whiteside County Sheriffâ€™s investigators say Nelson recently vacated. The dog, the carcass of which weighed 25 pounds, appears to have died of dehydration or starvation, they said. Results were sent to a state lab to try to determine the time and exact cause of death.
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NEW YORK â€“ Get ready for another late-night shake-up. David Letterman is preparing to retire from â€œThe Late Showâ€? in 2015, the comedian announced Thursday. The host, who turns 67 this month, plans to say goodnight to his hosting duties once his contract expires next year. The news, which first leaked via Twitter, was later confirmed by Tom Keaney, a spokesman for Lettermanâ€™s production company, Worldwide Pants. Before a â€œLate Showâ€? audience at the Ed Sullivan Theater in Manhattan, Letterman revealed how he had called CBS chief executive Les Moonves to say he would be retiring. â€œI just want to reiterate my thanks for the support from the network, all of the people who have worked here, all of the people in the theater, all the people on the staff, everybody at home, thank you very much,â€? Letterman said. â€œWhat this means now, is that Paul and I can be married,â€? Letterman joked. Paul Shaffer is the â€œLate Showâ€? band leader. Moonves also released a statement, calling Lettermanâ€™s decision â€œpoignant. â€œThere is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always
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In this photo provided by CBS, David Letterman, host of the â€œLate Show with David Letterman,â€? waves to the audience Thursday in New York after announcing that he will retire sometime in 2015. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, has the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history, already marking 32 years since he created â€œLate Nightâ€? at NBC in 1982. be remembered here, age (he is 3 years older After losing a contenand he will certainly sit than Leno) speculation tious and highly publiamong the pantheon of about Lettermanâ€™s plans cized battle with Leno this business,â€? he said. has naturally resurfaced. to inherit â€œTonightâ€? folCBS executives have His departure from CBS lowing Johnny Carsonâ€™s publicly expressed sup- brings an end to a three- retirement in 1992, Letport for Letterman, decade career in television terman decamped to insisting that the funny that began in 1980 with CBS. â€œThe Late Showâ€? man would retire on the short-lived morning premiered in 1993 and at his own terms and not program â€œThe David Let- first easily bested Lenoâ€™s be edged out like his terman Show,â€? which â€œTonight Showâ€? in the chief rival, Jay Leno, was canceled after a few ratings. While Leno gradat NBC. Speculation months on NBC. The sar- ually gained the edge in about his future at â€œThe donic comedian found his overall viewership, LetterLate Showâ€? was briefly calling in late-night tele- man has enjoyed greater quelled late last year vision, launching â€œLate acclaim from critics and when CBS extended his Nightâ€? on NBC in 1982, his fellow comedians, contract to 2014. But where he quickly estab- earning a Peabody in given the recent turn- lished himself with signa- 1992 and a Kennedy Cenover at â€œThe Tonight ture bits Stupid Human ter Honors in 2012, as well Showâ€? and Lettermanâ€™s Tricks and the Top 10 list. as numerous Emmys.
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The school facilities were determined to be insufficient for â€œ21st centuryâ€? learning, in regard to safety and security, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and when
it comes to athletic and performing arts facilities. Starting with Washington Elementary School, the task force toured all the school facilities and rated their elements on a scale of 1 to 5. Dixon High School was rated as the worst building, and Lincoln Elementary School was rated as the the worst
elementary building. In December, the school board voted to close the Lincoln building and relocate its students starting in the 2014-15 school year, in an effort to address budgetary constraints. While it wasnâ€™t listed in the final report to be presented to the
school board, the task force expressed concern regarding its limited land to expand, if a new school building were to be built. Paying for any major facility upgrades or new buildings would require increasing either sales tax or property tax, something voters would have to approve.
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These are good times for U.S. landlords. For many tenants, not so much. With demand for apartments surging, rents are projected to rise for a fifth straight year. Even a pickup in apartment construction is unlikely to provide much relief anytime soon. That bodes well for building owners and their investors. Yet the landlord-friendly trends will likely further strain the
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donâ€™t see that improving in the near future.â€? Demand for rental housing has grown as the U.S. economy has strengthened since the end of the Great Recession nearly five years ago. Steady job growth has made it possible for more people to move out on their own and rent their own apartments. Yet rising home prices are preventing many from buying. A combination of rising rents and sluggish
pay gains will likely continue to weigh on the U.S. economy, which relies primarily on consumer spending. The trend is straining the finances of tenants like Michael Strane. The geologist recently decided to move from Pasadena, California, to the L.A. suburb of Whittier, where asking rents jumped an average of nearly 14 percent last year, according to real estate data provider Zillow.
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and into apartment leases. At the same time, construction of apartments was stalled until the last couple of years because many builders couldnâ€™t get loans during the credit crisis. Add to that several recent trends, from rising mortgage rates to stagnant pay, which have combined to discourage many people from buying homes. Itâ€™s resulted in fewer places to lease and a bump up in rents.
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The location of Straneâ€™s new apartment cut his twohour commute to work in half. But heâ€™ll be paying $1,045 a month, $200 more than he paid before. â€œIâ€™m actually paying more than I really feel comfortable paying right now,â€? says Strane, 39. Rental demand has risen in much of the United States since the housing market collapsed in 2007. A cascade of foreclosures forced many people out of their homes
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State might provide test for free for only low-income students next year SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ As they juggle schoolreform demands with budget cuts, state education officials are considering retaining a traditional college-readiness test for high school juniors but passing the cost along to school districts and possibly the studentsâ€™ families. The move would be just one cost-cutting possibility after Illinois schools have seen close to $1 billion in cuts since 2009, and as educators warn of more drastic cuts when revenues fall if lawmakers decide not to extend a temporary income tax hike set to expire at the end of this year. State board officials estimate it will cost $14 million for all high school juniors to take the ACT test next year, which they want to keep even though it is scheduled to be phased out with the implementation of other exams. But they are considering providing the test free only to lowincome students and requiring other families to shoulder the $52.50 cost next year. â€œThatâ€™s one option
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weâ€™ll have to consider if the funding situation doesnâ€™t go our way,â€? State Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch told The Associated Press. How to fund testing is one crucial component of the current state budget debate, as lawmakers grapple with whether to let the stateâ€™s income tax increase roll back as scheduled from its current 5 percent to 3.75 percent in January, and what to do with the available state funds at hand. Implementing a new set of state-mandated exams is already making the state testing budget balloon. By keeping the ACT and adding the new exams at the elementary and high school levels, the cost of state testing would total $54 million next year, double this yearâ€™s $27 million. â€œThe ACT is one thing that parents and students want,â€? said State Rep. Robert Pritchard of Hinckley, the House Republican spokesman on education funding. He suggested pinching state funding from other programs in order to pay for
Joe Moore talks about the upcoming ACT Assessment test Tuesday at his home in Springfield. For the first time in more than a decade, the State Board of Education might provide the test for free only to low-income students next year, requiring more well-off families to shoulder the cost of the five-subject, $52.50 exam. the test. â€œThere are lots (of â€œTo me thatâ€™s a copprograms) we canâ€™t afford out,â€? said Gary Percy, right now,â€? he said. the father of two teenage The possibility of a new daughters at Elgin District testing fee also is not sit- high schools. â€œThe state ting well with some par- really shouldnâ€™t be passents. ing the buck like that.â€?
SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago citypension programs slowed Thursday in the Illinois House, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they donâ€™t directly approve it. House Speaker Michael Madigan wanted quick House approval for Mayor Rahm Emanuelâ€™s plan after the mayor said he has agreement with major unions covering 57,000 workers and retirees to reduce by half a $20 billion pension debt over 40 years. But half the cost for municipal workersâ€™ and laborersâ€™ pensions would be covered by a 5-year, $750 million property tax hike that the Chicago city council must approve. How that features in necessary legislation has some in the Capitol jittery. â€œLegislators are concerned about wearing the jacket for that property tax increase,â€? said Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat and pension expert.
Some say Chicago, a home-rule city not subject to many state laws, often wants to be left alone by the Legislature â€“ so city officials should take full responsibility for the taxes. Others are wondering where the unions in favor of the changes are and why the city isnâ€™t dealing with all its pension accounts at once. The timing isnâ€™t the best, either, coming just a week after Gov. Pat Quinn made property-tax relief a cornerstone of his state budget plan. The Democrat wouldnâ€™t stake a position on the pension measure Thursday but reiterated his desire to reduce the property tax burden. Municipal pension funds are created and governed by state law, so the General Assembly must approve changes. The Chicago plan would increase employee contributions and reduce benefits to retirees. But lawmakers donâ€™t want their fingerprints on any city council vote to raise taxes.
Two Illinois media groups back legislative hearings into IHSA SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ Two media groups are throwing their support behind a bill that would require legislative hearings into the operations of the Illinois High School Association, the governing body that oversees state high school athletics. The Springfield bureau of
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