Hiring Monitor Appointed in Governor Quinn's Lawsuit

  CHICAGO - A federal judge has agreed to appoint a monitor to oversee hiring decisions at the Illinois Department of Transportation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier's ruling comes just two weeks before the gubernatorial election and

Coalition Pushing for Higher Minimum Wage

SPRINGFIELD -- It’s only advisory, but a referendum to raise the minimum wage in Illinois from $8.25 to $10 per hour could pack a punch, its supporters hope.   Lawmakers, who could have passed an increase on their own, instead allowed the non-b

Durbin and Oberweis to Hold First Debate

The candidates for U.S. Senate will face off in their first broadcast debate tonight (Wednesday).   U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has been trying to paint State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) as a Tea Party Republican, claiming Obe

Governor Quinn's Hiring Lawsuit Continues

CHICAGO — Attorneys are returning to court in a federal lawsuit over hiring in Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation. Anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman has asked for a court-appointed monitor of hiring as part of a lawsuit filed in

Social Security benefits to increase nearly 2%

Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday...

New report shows disparity in campaign donations

Small-time political campaign donors are getting squashed by the big donors, according to a new study...

Davis, Callis choose to talk issues over personal attacks during Tuesday debate

The candidates for the 13th Congressional District wanted more issues and less mud and used a public radio debate Tuesday in Springfield to try to accomplish that...

Illinois Leads Midwest in Job Creation

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today issued a statement regarding the latest economic information released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The information made available today showed that last month Illinois led the Midwest – and was sec

Farmers Hoping for More Sun to be Able to get Crops Out

It has been too wet to make much progress on the corn and soybean harvest.  Mark Schleusener, the USDA’s state statistician for Illinois, says 28 percent of the state reports excess moisture.   The harvest is 43 percent complete

Former President Bill Clinton Rallies Voters Behind Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn’s bid for re-election is getting support from former President Bill Clinton.   Clinton appeared today (Tuesday) with Quinn at Wheatland Tube, a metal tube manufacturer in Chicago, calling the facility proof that Quinn has helped

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2 dead in shooting attack at Canada's Parliament
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) -- A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was killed by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said....
US to track everyone coming from Ebola nations
ATLANTA (AP) -- All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country....
9 UNC employees fired or disciplined in scandal
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- More than 3,100 students - nearly half of them athletes - enrolled in classes they didn't have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a "shadow curriculum" that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina....
Expert: Autopsy doesn't show if Brown went for gun
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Brown's official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there's no way to conclude whether the injury meant the unarmed 18-year-old was trying to grab the gun of the officer who killed him....
California malpractice cap generates big spending
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003....

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