TSPR Local

Road Construction
7:43 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Highway Trust Fund At Risk, Threatens Illinois Jobs

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:38 am

At the height of the summer construction season, the national Highway Trust Fund is at risk of going belly-up by next month.

The fund helps pay for road work and bridge repairs all across the nation. Among projects in at jeopardy is work currently being done on an Interstate-72 overpass just outside of Springfield.

Mike Zahn, a leader with the International Union of Operating Engineers' State Council, spoke near that site on Monday.  He says these projects mean jobs.

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Millie Gilbert
9:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

New Member of Macomb City Council

Millie Gilbert (left) was sworn into office by City Clerk Melanie Falk. Alderman At Large Don Wynn looks on.
Credit Rich Egger

Macomb aldermen approved the appointment of Millie Gilbert to represent the third ward.

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Fireworks
9:28 am
Mon July 7, 2014

More Fireworks In Illinois Next Year?

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:09 am

An Illinois lawmaker is already looking to next year's Fourth of July.

State Senator Chapin Rose says he saw a lot of fireworks for sale on recent trips to Kentucky, Wisconsin and Tennessee -- and saw a lot of Illinoisans crossing the state line to buy them. The Mahomet Republican says Illinois’ ban on most consumer fireworks sales is bad for the state’s economy. 

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Alan Dixon
9:17 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Former Democratic Senator Alan Dixon Dies At 86

Alan Dixon

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:22 am

Former U.S. Senator Alan Dixon died Sunday, just shy of his 87th birthday.  His political career ended in 1992 when he lost a Democratic primary to Carol Moseley Braun.

In an interview recorded a couple of years ago, Dixon says a neighbor, who was the Democratic Party Chairman of Belleville, took him under his wing. He helped Dixon land his first elected office, as the local police magistrate.

From there, Dixon didn't stop, for decades.

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Ballot Question
9:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Illinois Voters To Consider Employer Birth Control Coverage

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 8:35 am

A question on the November ballot will ask Illinois voters if insurers should be required to cover birth control as part of their prescription coverage. 

Governor Pat Quinn signed the ballot measure over the weekend.  

Voters will get to weigh in, but Illinois law won't change whatever the result of the referendum; it's non-binding.

Still, Kim Foxx, the chair of Planned Parenthood of Illinois' board, says it will give legislators a tool to fight any possible attempts to eliminate coverage of contraception.

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