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Illinois House to convene next week on pensions

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 02:38 Published in Local News

   CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois House will convene for a special session next week on the state's roughly $100 billion pension crisis.

   Both the House and Senate had tentatively set two days aside next week to meet. On Monday House Speaker Michael Madigan's chief of staff emailed representatives, telling them to expect a one-day session starting Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m.

   Senate President John Cullerton's spokeswoman says senators still have the days on the books and there has been no change for now.

   The four legislative leaders met last week on a plan that could save around $150 billion over the next three decades. Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says the speaker continued discussions with leaders over the weekend and there was progress.

   The leaders are expected to talk again this week.

 

Computer glitch leads to Francis Howell email blitz

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:54 Published in Local News

   Officials in the Francis Howell school district say a computer error led to a strange email blast over the weekend.  Parents of current and former students received emails saying their children were failing classes -- hundreds of them.  

   School district spokesperson Neosha Hayes says the issue has been identified and the flow of emails stopped. Hayes also says student information wasn't compromised because only authorized addresses received the emails.

Dooley picks two for Police Board

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:43 Published in Local News

   County Executive Charlie Dooley will try again to fill two vacancies on the troubled St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dooley will formally nominate former Metro CEO Robert Baer and one-time Hazelwood mayor T.R. Carr Tuesday afternoon.  

   If approved the pair would replace Gregory Sansone and Floyd Warmann, both of whom resigned amid controversy last summer.  Sansone is the subject of an FBI probe after it was learned that a company he co-owns was hired as a subcontractor on the county's new police crime lab.  

   One other seat remains open on the board.  Its not known if Dooley has a candidate in mind for that seat.

   This is the second time the county executive has tried to fill the vacancies.  All three of Dooley's previous police board nominees withdrew their names before confirmations could get underway. 

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