TSPR Local

Vote Scheduled for Next Month
10:54 am
Thu December 20, 2012

West Burlington Schools Consider Tablets

West Burlington School Superintendent Dave Schmitt

Students in the West Burlington School District could get their hands on some new technology next year.

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Applies to County Employees
10:24 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Lee County Adopts No Tobacco Policy

Lee County Board of Supervisors

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has added “No Tobacco” language to its personnel policy.

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Closing a Huge Gap
5:47 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

State Workers Propose Illinois Pension Plan

Credit Rich Egger

State employee unions say the leading proposals to fix Illinois' public employee pension systems are all fatally flawed, so they proposed their own plan.

Workers point out any attempt to plug the $96 billion funding shortfall must respect the state Constitution, which says benefits "shall not be diminished."

The proposals backed by Governor Pat Quinn and other political leaders attempt to get around that in order to cut retirement benefits. But AFSCME Legislative Director Joanna Webb-Gauvin said those ideas will ultimately fail in the courts.

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New Coach Hired
3:42 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Turning Around Leatherneck Football

New WIU Head Football Coach Bob Nielson
Credit Jonathan Ahl

Western Illinois University has a new football coach who has a history of turning around struggling programs.

Bob Nielson inherited a poor program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1999.  While there, he led the team to six playoff appearances and two national championships.  

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Interim Chief Promoted
10:35 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

New Burlington Fire Chief

The Burlington City Council has unanimously approved the appointment of Matt Trexel as the city’s new fire chief.

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