A study by the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs provides some new ideas on what can be done about the state's soaring pension expenses.
Report co-author Jeffrey Brown said it's important to look for savings while at the same time maintaining a retirement package that's competitive.
Warren County's AFSCME employees have a contract for the first time since November 30th 2010.
The county and the union did not hold regular negotiations for nearly two years.
The chairman of the county's finance committee, Mike Pearson, said the delay means it will be a while before employees realize their raises.
He said, “There will be some retroactive pay there so that'll take a few days or weeks to get distributed on a normal payday.”
Illinois lawmakers hope a report on the future of the Regional Offices of Education can be completed sooner rather than later.
A commission has been formed to complete the study. Its members were originally asked to submit recommendations by August.
But that would be too late for the next state budget because Illinois' fiscal year begins July 1.
It should be common sense that lying to police can get you in trouble. But an Illinois Supreme Court ruling says it can actually be a crime.
The case dates back to April 2007, when a LaSalle County Sheriff's deputy thought he recognized someone driving on a suspended license.
He got in his car and followed the woman home, but by the time he got there she was already going inside.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board is paving the way for a pair of projects in southeast Iowa.
During a meeting on Friday, the board signed off on a $1.6-million dollar award for the development of a large-scale fertilizer plant on 300 acres of land near Wever in northern Lee County.
The funding for Iowa Fertilizer Company will come through a forgivable loan, a loan, and tax benefits.
The company is a subsidiary of Orascom Construction Industries out of Cairo, Egypt.