Illinois News Roundup for Thursday, May 10


Published on May 10 2012 9:56 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

>>Retired State Workers To Pay Extra For Health Care

(Springfield, IL)  --  Retired state workers will have to pick up more of the costs of their health insurance under a contentious plan the Illinois House approved yesterday.  The goal is to reduce the more than 800-million dollars a year that state government spends on a program that sees thousands of retirees now get coverage for little or nothing.  The plan now goes to the Senate.


>>Lincoln Tomb Gets Its Sword Back Friday

(Springfield, IL)  --  The sword that was broken off one of the military figures atop the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site will be replaced Friday.  The sword was broken by a teenager  who had climbed the now-off-limits-to-the-public upper deck of the tomb after closing hours in October.  The youth was arrested in December.  This replacement will again be bronze.  The installation is expected to take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.


>>State Report Slams College Savings Program

(Undated)  --  State auditors slam the underfunded College Illinois savings program, saying it is poorly run and brings a poor return on investments.  The review says the program is plagued by weak financial controls and conflicts of interest between top administrators and companies hired to invest millions from the prepaid tuition fund.  Agency staff say many of the problems are due to a high turnover of members on its oversight board.


>>Lawmakers Push For Exemptions To Eavesdropping Law

(Springfield, IL)  --  A bill that would weaken the state's strict eavesdropping law is moving forward in the Illinois Legislature. Under current law, it is illegal for anyone, including law enforcement officers, to intentionally use an eavesdropping device to record a conversion.  The law makes an exception for law enforcement officers.  The measure passed the Senate Criminal Law committee yesterday.


>>Stamp Out Hunger This Saturday

(Undated)  --  The Stamp Out Hunger campaign is this Saturday.  It's the largest food drive in the nation, where people come together and leave non-perishable food items in a bag by their mailbox.  Mail carriers will pick the bag up and it will be delivered to a local food pantry or food bank.  Acceptable foods include canned products such as canned soups, meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and juices, along with boxed foods, pasta and rice.


>>Gas Prices Lower Than Normal

(Ottawa, IL)  --  Natural gas prices are down to 22-cents per therm right now, which means big savings for customers.  Bernie Anderson says it's the lowest he's seen in the 32 years he's worked for Nicor Gas.  He says the mild winter created a low demand for the product.  Anderson says now might be a good time to sign a long term contract for your natural gas supplier.  But he says customers should check out all their options and don't do it in a hurry.


>>ISU Considers Tuition Hike

(Bloomington, IL)  --  Students heading to Illinois State University this fall could be paying more than current students.  The university's Board of Trustees wants to up tuition by four-point-four percent.  In-state students would pay 335 dollars per credit hour, while out-of-state students would pay five hundred-78.  Board members will discuss the proposal at a meeting this Friday.  A plan to boost residence hall rates by three percent is also on the agenda.


>>Many Millionaires Call Chicago Home

(Chicago, IL)  --  Single men and women in Illinois looking for a hot date may want to head to Chicago.  It's where they'll have a hot shot at meeting someone with a bank account worth more than seven figures. ranks Chicago as the third top city in the nation with the most millionaires.  That means it's a Mecca for successful entrepreneurs, top executives, celebrities and professional sports stars.


>>Farmers' Market Starts Today

(Springfield, IL)  --  The Illinois Products Farmers' Market starts today on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  It will be open every Thursday throughout the summer from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.  This year, patrons will be able to purchase fresh produce and get nutritional education all in one stop.  That's because the Market is teaming with Springfield Clinic and will host several seminars on nutrition, wellness, and fitness.