Macomb, IL – Last week, a landmark gender-discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart was permitted to continue as a class-action case after a federal appeals court ruling. Next week, the 25th annual Working Women's Awareness Week, organized by the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), will take place.
Every week, it's time to more fully appreciate wage inequity as unjust as once-tolerated prejudices such as poll taxes preventing African-Americans from voting and discrimination in medical care.
Galesburg, IL – Galesburg aldermen have agreed to crack down on drivers who blast their car stereos within city limits. The enhanced ordinance imposes harsher fines and stricter penalties.
The ordinance says a reasonable person, which includes police officers, must not be able to hear a car stereo within 75 feet of the vehicle. Violators are subject to a $75 administrative fine. A second offense within a two year period carries a $250 fine plus impoundment. A third offense will net a $500 fine plus impoundment.
Galesburg, IL – The former Knox County recorder is heading off to prison after a judge accepted her guilty plea of misdemeanor theft.
Paula Monzo was accused of writing about 35-hundred dollars in checks on the account of the Knox County Democratic Central Committee. Police reports indicate Monzo was having trouble paying bills and had a cocaine habit.
An audit of the recorder's office found no irregularities.
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss legislation in Illinois that would shield all public employee evaluations.
The measure was approved by the House and the Senate and now awaits Governor Pat Quinn's decision.
Supporters of the bill say job reviews are a private matter between a boss and a worker. Opponents of the measure say taxpayers deserve to know if there are problems with someone who is on the public payroll.
Opponents include media groups such as the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.