Thursday's Illinois News Summary

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Published on August 16 2012 10:50 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

Quinn Gets Booed at Fair

(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn got a not-so-friendly welcome at the state fair Wednesday. Thousands of union workers showed up for Democrat Day to express their concern over Quinn's recent policy decisions.. They say he wants Quinn to honor union contract and pay workers their promised raises. Plus, they want him to reconsider his plan to shut down prisons, which they say will surely compromise the safety of workers and inmates.

Illinois Dems Rally At Springfield Convention

(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois Democrats take a minute in Springfield to rally their constituents ahead of the upcoming November elections.  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Senator Dick Durbin and state Speaker Michael Madigan were among the who's-who of Illinois Democrats attending the rally staged during the State's Party Convention at Springfield's Crowne Plaza.  Democrats hammered away against presumptive Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan.  Illinois Democrats are hopeful they'll win back as many as six Congressional seats this coming November.

State Lottery Officials Defend Projected Shortfall

(Undated)  --  Illinois lottery officials are busy defending the recent announcement that lottery ticket sales would come in about 100-million dollars short of projections.  State Lottery Superintendent Mike Jones said his office will wait until more accurate figures are available before coming to a conclusion.  The Northstar Lottery Group took over management of the state games in July and promised revenue goals of more than 800-million dollars.  But Northstar announced just this week that final revenue would likely be closer to 725-million dollars.

Regional Airports Want To Add Service To DC

(Savoy, IL)  --  Officials with two regional Illinois airports are vying to start air service to and from the nation's capital.  Willard Airport in Savoy and the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington are each using federal awards of 500-thousand dollars to hopefully ink deals with air carriers that would service flights to Washington, DC.  United Express is one airline both airports are considering.

Man Sentenced To 24 Years For Killing Danville Teen

(Danville, IL)  --  It's 24 years behind bars for the Illinois man convicted of murdering a Danville teen.  Accused killer Alvin Beasley apologized to the family of 17-year-old Deryon Mullins, who was fatally shot two days before Christmas in 2011.  Mullins' mother Tammy Lynn Johnson refused to accept the killer's apology adding she doesn't think Beasley's sentence is harsh enough.  An autopsy revealed the teen suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the back.