When the news and pictures streamed in from Oklahoma, it was terrible and shocking. The tornado hit Moore, leveling homes and obliterating a school, where frightened children turned to teachers who comforted them, kept their cool and tried to protect their charges, with their own bodies if it came to that.
As state and local officials were still figuring out the extent of the damage, they got word from President Obama that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)would assist efforts to recover and rebuild.
Categories: Local Issues, National Issues
An Illinois agency manager might have to delay retirement. A former university secretary wonders if she'll have to cancel vacations. A state office assistant fears he won't be able to afford the medical care his wife needs.
Anxiety and anger are growing among state employees and retirees who wonder what will happen to their pocketbooks if lawmakers make expected changes to the state's pension systems that could require workers to pay even more toward retirement, increase the retirement age and cut annual increases in benefits.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Pensions, State of IL
A state board assigned to protect the environment is taking a second look at a controversial ruling it issued last year.
The Illinois Pollution Control Board will revisit a ruling on groundwater protection at certain dump sites. The board has scheduled hearings for Monday in Springfield.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: Will County, Environmental Issues, Water
Some members of the Will County Board’s land use committee don’t think it’s cool to be a Cool County — and that’s not cool.
In a silly move, the committee this week rejected an innocuous resolution that the full board designate the county as a Cool County, which the Joliet chapter of the environmental group Cool Cities Illinois proposed. Curt Paddock, director of the county land use department, said the designation would simply recognize the county board for its energy efficiency and conservation plan, adopted last year.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: County Board, Environmental Issues, Tea Party, Will County Republicans, Will County Board
The controversy surrounding the sudden ousting of the Plainfield Park District’s longtime executive director is driven by a compact group of political rivals, the new interim director says.
Garrett Peck, a Plainfield village trustee, was appointed interim director at a special board meeting May 11 when Greg Bott, who was set to retire June 30, was relieved of his duties.
Tags: Plainfield, Tea Party, Garrett Peck, Will County Republicans