SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A union-backed alternative for fixing the Illinois pension crisis gets a test vote Wednesday afternoon in Springfield.
A Senate committee is holding a hearing on the measure giving workers and retirees a choice of benefit packages. Senate President John Cullerton says it saves money and would survive a legal challenge.
Critics say it won't save enough money.
The South Roxana, Illinois man who admitted to hitting and killing a motorcyclist two years ago, will head to prison.
Lloyd Denny told prosecutors he was talking on his phone and taking prescription medications when he rear ended the motorcycle and killed Bradley Umphlett in Alton. KSDK reports that just days before his sentencing, Denny's bond was revoked for possession of heroin.
Denny will spend three years behind bars.
A woman who claimed that she was shot by a carjacker, is changing her story.
The victim initially told police she was sitting at an intersection in North St. Louis when a man opened her car door, shot her in the leg, and stole her car. After questioning, the woman admitted that she made the story up.
Police believe she was shot in her house, but are still unclear on details surrounding the incident.
The victim remains hospitalized in serious condition.