News Headlines – January 11, 2018

Last Updated on January 10th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny

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(Undated)  —  Here’s the latest news:  One of the Democratic candidates for governor in Illinois says it’s time to trim some of Illinois’ local pension plans. A former University of Illinois student is suing the university to get some of the money he says big companies pay the school for student workers. The flu season is off to a deadly start in the Quad Cities. There’s another building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds facing emergency repairs. 

>>Democrat Candidate Biss: Reform Pensions By Combining Them 

(Arlington Heights, IL)  —  One of the Democrats running for Illinois governor wants to reform the state’s pension systems by combining some of them. Candidate Dan Biss yesterday told “The Daily Herald” that Illinois has too many local pension programs, over 600, and that combining some of them may save taxpayers and public workers money. Biss said he’d also be open to pension buyout programs, but didn’t say anything about changing benefits that are growing increasingly expensive. 

>>Former U Of I Student Sues To Get Paid 

(Urbana, IL)  —  A former University of Illinois student is suing to get his share of the money he says the school made from student workers. The unnamed student filed a lawsuit that claims the Illinois Business Consulting Center takes advantage of students. The center pairs businesses with students to work on real world projects, university officials say that’s what makes the program so popular. The lawsuit says if the school is paid for the work, then students should be paid as well. 

>>Rock Island County Reports Three Flu Deaths 

(Rock Island, IL)  —  Flu season is already deadly in the Quad Cities. Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson yesterday said three people in the county have died from the flu so far this season. Gustafson says it’s the latest evidence that this year’s flu season is hitting early and hitting hard. Illinois’ Department of Public Health listed only one death in its latest flu report, but said 344 people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season. 

>>Another Illinois State Fair Building In Bad Shape 

(Springfield, IL)  —  Add one of the Illinois State Fairground’s barns to the list of buildings in danger of falling in on itself. Illinois’ Capital Development Board this month asked for an emergency 100 thousand-dollars to pay for roof work on Barn 13 on the fairgrounds in Springfield. The CDB says without the work, the barn’s roof could cave in. Barn 13 is just the latest building at the fairgrounds to be declared unsafe and in need of thousands of dollars of construction work. 

>>Guilty Plea In Stolen Moline Fire Truck Case 

(Rock Island, IL)  —  A Quad Cities man is looking at eight years in prison for stealing a Moline fire truck. Nathan Stottler pleaded guilty last week to theft charges. Part of his plea agreement caps his possible sentence at just eight years. Moline Fire officials say Stottler stole Fire Engine 21 last summer, and almost drove it into the Mississippi River. Stottler will be sentenced in March.