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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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Sitka Salmon Shares has succesful first year.
1:51 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Galesburg Business has a Happy Holiday

Marsh Skeele, one of Sitka Salmon Shares fisherman.
Credit Sitka Salmon Shares

A company that started this past year in Galesburg’s sustainable business center is having a happy holiday season. Sitka Salmon Shares sells portions, or shares, of a fisherman’s catch to customers across the Midwest.

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Newtown Aftermath
1:21 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Durbin Calls for “Reasonable” Gun Restrictions

US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Credit Rich Egger

Following the second-worst mass shooting in American history, US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said hunters and sportsmen need to "step up."

He urged them to support what he called "reasonable restrictions" on the types of weapons that can be purchased and on large ammunition magazines.

Durbin said average citizens don't need access to the kind of military-style equipment used by the gunman in Newtown, CT.

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