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Fire Marshal: Change Clocks, Change Batteries
Saturday, March 08, 2014 5:15 AM
The Illinois state fire marshal is urging residents to change smoke alarm batteries Saturday as Daylight Saving Time begins. Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis (met-KYE'-tis) says each home should have a smoke alarm within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one on every floor. Officials suggest changing batteries this time of year, and again in the fall when clocks are changed back to standard ...
IL Unclaimed Property Auction Starts March 17
Saturday, March 08, 2014 4:29 AM
The Illinois state treasurer's office will offer more than 14,000 pieces of unclaimed property for sale in an upcoming auction. Treasurer Dan Rutherford said items being auctioned include a diamond and aquamarine engagement-and-wedding-ring set, gold charm necklaces and a 1947 Mexican peso. The online auction starts at 10 a.m. March 17 and begins winding down at 10 a.m. ...
Tool to Compare Health Plans Tested with Consumers
Friday, March 07, 2014 1:07 PM
A website being tested in Illinois aims to address widespread confusion about choosing an insurance plan on the government sites that are a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's health care law. It's now nearly impossible to compare the out-of-pocket costs of insurance policies on government websites. Picking the wrong plan could mean paying up to thousands of dollars a year more. A ...
Governor Candidates Support Immigrant Licenses
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 11:26 AM
The Republican candidates for Illinois governor say they support a law allowing immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to get driver's licenses. State Sen. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner and Treasurer Dan Rutherford were asked about the new law during a debate Tuesday in Chicago. The Legislature approved the measure last year. Brady ...
IL Bill Could Mean Interest-free College Loans
Monday, March 03, 2014 1:46 AM
An Illinois state lawmaker says he's sponsoring legislation that would give what could amount to interest-free loans to college students. Democratic state Rep. Jay Hoffman of Swansea tells the Belleville News-Democrat that House Bill 5323 would direct the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to study a pay-it-forward type of loan program. Under it, students attending ...
Early Primary Voting Begins in Illinois
Monday, March 03, 2014 1:41 AM
It's the first day of early voting in Illinois, but Gov. Pat Quinn isn't going to the polls. The Chicago Democrat told The Associated Press on Monday that he likes to vote on Election Day. The primary is March 18. Election officials say they're not predicting a high turnout, and voters have trickled into polling places, with totals lower than two years ago, when there was a ...
Watchdog Group Releases Plan to Fix State Budget
Sunday, March 02, 2014 3:30 AM
A government watchdog group says Illinois should keep its temporary income tax increase in place for a year longer than initially promised and begin taxing retirement income to dig the state out of a budget hole. The Chicago-based Civic Federation says its five-year plan would allow the state to pay off its $5.4 billion backlog of unpaid bills and avoid budget cuts. The 47-page ...
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