CHICAGO (AP) - A coalition of public employee unions opposed to Illinois' newly-signed pension overhaul has directed its attorneys to prepare a court challenge. The We Are One Illinois coalition issued a statement reiterating its intention to challenge the pension deal after Gov. Pat Quinn signed it into law today in Chicago. The legislation emerged after months of negotiation over ways to address Illinois' $100 billion pension problem.
CHICAGO (AP) - Lawmakers say the mood was somber when Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law the overhaul of the pension system at a private event in Chicago. Fewer than a dozen people attended the signing ceremony. Quinn says the overhaul will help Illinois deal with its dire financial situation, but public employee unions say they are already preparing to challenge the overhaul in court.
CHICAGO (AP) - A California couple has purchased the house on Chicago's northwest side where Walt Disney was born and plans to turn it into a museum and historical site. A spokesman for new owners Dina Benadon and Brent young says restoration of the home is scheduled to begin next month and should take about a year. Disney lived there until age 4, when his family moved.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged an East St. Louis man in the fatal stabbing of his ex-girlfriend last weekend. Montrell Cooper was charged with capital murder in the death of Michelle Rowling. She left behind two children, including a 3-year-old daughter she had with Cooper. Authorities say he had a history of abusing Rowling.
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