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Illinois Briefs – 7/28/14

Last Updated on July 28th, 2014

Written by Paul Bomleny

Quinn Takes Low-Wage Challenge

(Springfield, IL) — Governor Quinn is taking a challenge that’ll force him to live on the minimum wage for a while. He made the pledge yesterday after being called out by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. She just wrapped up a week of living on just eleven-bucks a day. It’s part of a movement designed to get more people out to the polls this fall where they can weigh in on whether the state’s minimum wage should be raised to ten-bucks-an-hour. Lawmakers won’t be required to change the wage no matter what voters decide.

More Than 212-Thousand Job Postings In June

(Springfield, IL) — There are a couple-hundred-thousand job openings in Illinois. Employers posted more than 212-thousand help-wanted ads on the internet in June. Eighty-five-percent of the postings were for full-time workers. Anyone looking for work can check out IllinoisJobLink.com for more details.

Madigan Contender Down By Less Than 10-Points

(Undated) — A new poll suggests Attorney General Lisa Madigan may be in for a close race this fall. Her opponent, Paul Shimpf conducted the poll earlier this month, asking 800-likely voters who they’d vote for if the election were today. Forty-six-percent of the respondents say they’d keep Madigan on the job, 37-percent said they’d go with Shimpf, and 17-percent were undecided. The same poll put Republican Bruce Rauner over Governor Quinn by six-percentage points.

More Cameras In The Courtroom

(Sangamon County, IL) — Cameras could soon be allowed in six more courtrooms in central Illinois. Officials with the 7th Judicial Circuit say they’d like to get in on the pilot program that allows courts to record trial cases. They’ll be submitting an application to the state’s Supreme Court sometime this fall. If approved, cameras would go up in Sangamon, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Morgan and Scott counties. Certain cases would be off-limits though, including jury selection and cases involving divorce, adoption, and child-custody battles.

State Considers Changes To Motorcycle Licensing Program

(Springfield, IL) — There could be a few changes coming to the motorcycle licensing program in Illinois. State officials are looking to add a third licensing category that would call for more specified training on bigger bikes. The riders also would be required to prove they can handle the bike when they go through their motorcycle safety class. The idea is to cut back on motorcycle deaths, which have skyrocketed in recent years.