Thursday, June 25th, 2015
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Jameson's Pub - 2755 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435
Tags: County Board, 2016 Elections, Mark Ferry
Memorial Day ceremonies are moving experiences for Cliff Lauderdale, a Vietnam War veteran who will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the ceremony Monday at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
“It will be emotional,” said Lauderdale, of Shorewood. “They say there’s no crying in baseball. But I can’t keep the tears from flowing, especially when I see the people at the ceremony – the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts.”
This ceremony, which starts at 11 a.m., will be particularly meaningful for Lauderdale and other Vietnam War veterans. It comes during commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
Categories: Local Issues
Monday, June 22nd, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
at 12 Handles Ale House -- 1827 Knapp Road, Crest Hill, IL 60403
Tags: Will County, Woman's Issues, 2016 Elections
As state lawmakers find themselves in their typical late May posture of trying to pass a budget, a new political dynamic hovers over the proceedings: more than $34 million in campaign cash under the control of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his allies.
Rauner already has sprinkled a total of $400,000 in contributions to every Republican legislator as he talks about the need for the GOP to "stay unified" at the end of session. Democrats have made those campaign donations an issue, citing what they say are the bad optics of Rauner doling out money at the same time he's asking Republicans to take tough votes for what he calls his "Turnaround Agenda."
Categories: State Issues
Glenbard Township High School District 87 made a little-noticed wire transfer to the state two years ago, $164,198 that was never discussed in public.
What taxpayers weren't told was that the payment was required by state law because the west suburban district had given hefty pay hikes to two retiring educators, helping fatten their pensions.
A 2005 pension law was intended to rein in big salary spikes that boost retiree benefits and pension costs statewide, imposing cash penalties on districts that gave raises larger than 6 percent to outgoing educators.
Tags: Pensions, Education issues
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