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IL transit officials announce webinars for plans

Thursday, 24 October 2013 02:59 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Transportation is announcing two webinars for the public to weigh in on the agency's next five-year transit plan.

   Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider said Wednesday the online meetings will take place on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29. Each is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

   They will address plans for building or repairing highways, bridges, airports and train routes for 2015 to 2020.

   IDOT engineers will host the webinars designed to give residents and businesses a chance to better understand and discuss project priorities.

   The webinars are in addition to 16 informational meetings and feedback sessions IDOT hosted earlier this year throughout the state.

   Participating in the webinars requires reserving space online.

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   Online: Multiyear transportation planning: http://tinyurl.com/pwthj5p

 

IL gay marriage opponents invoke God at rally

Thursday, 24 October 2013 02:44 Published in Local News

   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Opponents of gay marriage have rallied outside the Illinois Capitol a day after thousands of supporters rallied for the legislation.

   The "Defend Marriage Lobby Day" began Wednesday with a morning prayer service outside the Capitol. Attendees clustered around a large wooden cross that had been placed at the Lincoln statue. Some participants carried pictures of the Holy Family - Jesus, Mary and Joseph - and posters emphasizing their belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

   The event included pastors who hope to influence moderate Republicans and socially conservative members of the House Black Caucus.

   Same-sex marriage legislation passed the Illinois Senate in February, but gay activists say they're a few votes short in the House.

 

Judge to weigh settlement in Schnucks date breach suit

Thursday, 24 October 2013 02:38 Published in Local News

   A settlement may be near in the class action lawsuit against Schnucks supermarkets stemming from a security breach that compromised more than 2 million customer credit and debit cards.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the judge will decide in the coming weeks if the deal Schnucks has agreed to is satisfactory.  

   But an attorney pursuing a federal lawsuit over the matter is asking the court to throw out the settlement, claiming it's unfair because proper discover hasn't been done and the full scope of the damages to Schnucks customers isn't known.  Attorney's involved in the local case deny that.

   Hackers breached the grocery chain's security between December 2012 and March 2013.

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