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Published on May 30 2012 8:52 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

Agency Given Go Ahead To Garnish Wages

(Springfield, IL) -- If you're delinquent on a loan with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, you may want to find a way to pay up. Lawmakers have given the agency the go ahead to garnish wages on indivduals who've neglected to pay their debt. ISAC will be required to contact the people before taking money from their checks. The bill is headed to Governor Quinn for final approval.

Michelle Obama To Sponsor NAval Ship

First Lady Michelle Obama is sponsoring an all female Navy submarine. The USS Illinois Twenty is expected to enter service in 2015. It's a Naval tradition that first ladies sponsor a submarine; Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton are among those who've sponsored in the past. The idea is that the first lady's spirit will guide the ship and the crew throughout the lifetime of the ship. Obama says it's a "honor and a privilege" to sponsor the submarine, calling it a "tribute to the strenghth, courage and determination" that naval families exhibt every day.

Pilot In Supermarket Crash Dies From Injuries

The Illinois attorney critically injured when his plane crashed through the roof of a Florida grocery store has died. Kim Presbrey died almost two months after his single-engine plane crashed into the Deland Publix store. The 60-year-old died at University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois from injuries he sustained in the crash. Presbrey was a respected workers compensation attorney and was at the controls of a Seawind 3,000 when it went down. The FAA is still investigating.

Legislature Takes Major Bills Down To the Wire

Governor Quinn attended a traditional Memorial Day parade Monday before heading down to Springfield to grapple with the state's budget problems. It's down to the wire once again in the state capital, where lawmakers msut approve about one-billion dollars more in cuts or revenues by  Thursday to balance the budget. Major battles loom over Medicaid cuts and tax hikes.

Online Powerball Gets OK In Illinois

(Springfield, IL) -- The Illinois House voted 62-47 Monday to add Powerball to the state's collection of online lottery games. Illinois residents already can play Lotto and Mega Millions online. The bill must be approved again by the Senate before heading to the governor's desk, because it was amended in the House.

Bill Banning Cell Phones In Emergency Areas To Quinn

(Springfield, IL) -- Residents may soon have to hang up their cell phones while driving by an emergency scene, under a measure heading to the govenror's desk. under the legislation, anyone using a cell phone, camera or video camera while driving within 500 feet of an emergency area, will receive a traffic citation and fine of up to $75. Opponents of the bill say it's overregulation.

Harleys Stolen

(Springfield, IL)  --  Investigators are still looking into the case after four Harleys were stolen during the Springfield Mile.  It happened Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  Sangamon County Sheriff's office says the bikes were taken between 1 and 6 p.m. while their owners watched the races.

Former Auditor Suspended

(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois' former internal auditor for the State Employees' Retirement System has been disciplined for breaking the rules.  Lawrence Stone was suspended for 20 days without pay.  Investigators say he used his state email account for work related to a class he was teaching at the University of Illinois Springfield.  He also went against agency policy and ate lunch at his desk and didn't ask for enough time off.

Madigan Has too Much Power

(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois Republicans say House Speaker Michael Madigan has too much power.  The Speaker presented a proposal just hours before it hit the floor for debate Tuesday, leaving Republicans very little time to analyze the bill.  The debate turned ugly after Democrats refused to remove a section which puts more of a financial burden on downstate and suburban schools.  Representative Mike Bost says he feels trapped by all the rules in place, which hinder him from effectively representing the people in his district.