CHICAGO (AP) - A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan says legislative leaders have reached a deal to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis.
Steve Brown says he was told of the agreement following a leaders meeting Wednesday.
Brown says the speaker's staff is putting together an "explanatory memo" for lawmakers and will send details of the proposed legislation to them Friday.
The leaders have been working with a proposal developed over the summer and autumn by a bipartisan committee of lawmakers. The committee plan would save the state $138 billion over 30 years.
The state's pension crisis, deemed the nation's worst, comes after lawmakers have shorted or skipped payments to its public pension funds for decades.
Both the House and Senate are being called back to meet in Springfield Dec. 3.
Tonight is not just Thanksgiving Eve, it is also one of the biggest party and bar nights of the entire year.
So one Missouri company is hoping to keep it a safe holiday for revelers. ScooterGuy is a designated driving service in St. Louis and Kansas City and they will provide free rides home tonight from 5 pm to 3 am.
Here’s how it works. ScooterGuy teams meet their client at the requested pickup location. The driver, who is fully insured, will give their client a ride home in the the client's own car. The ScooterGuy driver will be picked up by another team member so the customer AND their car arrive home safely.
Last year, ScooterGuy gave more than 100 free rides on Thanksgiving Eve and over 400 rides during the entire holiday weekend.
Police are search for a man after a high speed chase ended when the suspect ditched his car in downtown St. Louis.
The chase started in Illinois when officers tried to stop a speeder. KMOV reports police had to stop the pursuit because it was too dangerous. Officers in another area spotted the speeder though and the chase started again. Police followed the man to a parking garage at 13th Street and St. Charles. That is when the suspect bailed from the car. Police are now searching the area for the man.
The suspect is described as a white man, five-and-a-half feet tall and weighing about 155 pounds. He was seen wearing a dark hooded sweater and light grey or blue pants.