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Ted Nugent latest artist to join IL tornado relief concert

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 13:13 Published in Local News

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Ted Nugent is the latest artist to join the lineup for a benefit concert that will raise money for victims of the Illinois tornadoes.

The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports the 64-year-old Michigan rocker will perform at the "Rock to the Rescue" concert on Dec. 4. The concert will be at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

Other artists already announced include Richard Marx, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Survivor and Larry the Cable Guy.

Styx guitarist James Young and REO Speedwagon guitarist and singer Kevin Cronin are both Illinois natives.

Tickets are on sale and cost between $28 and $58.

The National Weather Service says two dozen tornadoes hit the state on Nov. 17, killing six people. More than 2,400 homes were damaged or destroyed.

 

Madigan spokesman says pension deal reached

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:38 Published in Local News

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.

Local company offering free rides home tonight

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:43 Published in Local News

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. 

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