SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois union leaders are encouraging lawmakers to support a pension reform proposal that they recently agreed on with the state's Senate president.
A coalition of unions announced Monday that it reached an agreement with Senate President John Cullerton on a possible solution to the state's $97 billion pension crisis.
Michael Carrigan is the president of the Illinois AFL-CIO. He says the group is trying to ensure fairness for public employees and retirees. The union-backed measure gives workers and retirees a choice of benefit packages.
Carrigan says the group is asking legislators to oppose a solution that House Speaker Michael Madigan backs. Madigan's plan calls for higher pension contributions from employees and limits on how much in pension benefits retirees may collect.
The former mayor of Caseyville, Illinois wants the ballots from the April election recounted. That's because George Chance lost his reelection bid by only four votes -- after 27 years in office.
Chance was entitled to a discovery examination of 25% of the ballots. That took place Monday. Chance says he's already found one vote that was miscounted, so he plans to ask a judge to have all of the ballots tallied again.
The new mayor, Leonard Black has already taken office, but says he can't blame Chance for wanting a full recount.
Mayor Black told Fox 2 News that he'd probably do the same thing if he'd lost by such a narrow margin. "I probably would," he said. "I don't hold that against Mr. Chance. I would do the same thing. I mean it's close enough that it's reasonable."
The final vote count was 576-to-572.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Anze Kopitar tied it with 12:46 to play, Justin Williams tipped home the go-ahead goal 76 seconds later, and the Los Angeles Kings evened their first-round series with the St. Louis Blues with a 4-3 victory Monday night.
Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions. They erased an early two-goal deficit and a third-period deficit to earn their ninth consecutive home victory since March 23. Jonathan Quick made 19 saves.
T.J. Oshie scored his first two playoff goals for the Blues, who had the champs on the brink of serious trouble before Kopitar and Williams beat Brian Elliott, who stopped 25 shots.
Game 5 is Wednesday in St. Louis, with Game 6 back at Staples Center on Friday.