SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A bill aimed at fixing Illinois' pension crisis is before Gov. Pat Quinn. A spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton said Wednesday that the bill had been sent to the governor, who has said he will sign it "promptly." Once signed, the law would take effect in June. But unions say the plan is unconstitutional and have vowed to sue.
CHICAGO (AP) - The George Lucas Foundation will donate $25 million to an after-school program for children in Chicago over the next five years. The "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" creator says the money will make it possible for underserved teens to participate the After School Matters program and learn career and life skills.
WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) - The post office in the central Illinois city of Washington is becoming a hub in the tornado-ravaged community as more than 1,400 people a day visit the facility to pick up their mail. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports people are visiting the brick building because daily mail service has been cut off to many homes and businesses. Rebecca Brummitt, a Post Office worker who's helping out in Washington, says some residents are grateful because "the mail was the only personal thing they had left."
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - A Kankakee jury has found a local man not guilty of first-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 death of his 2-year-old daughter. But The (Kankakee) Daily Journal reports that the jury on Wednesday did find 19-year-old Tavarius Radford of Kankakee guilty of child endangerment. He faces up to 10 years in prison for that charge.
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