Tuesday's Illinois News Summary

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Published on August 14 2012 8:54 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

Labor Unions, Lawmakers Clash On Pension Fix

(Springfield, IL) -- A pension fix that includes a cost of living adjustment will likely be challenged in court.  Illinois labor groups are not pleased with the idea, holding steady to the line in the state's Constitution that says pension benefits can't be diminished or impaired. Several pension plans are floating around in Springfield, which would give employees an option to reduce their COLA and keep healthcare benefits in retirement or keep their COLA and opt out of healthcare in retirement. State Representative Elaine Nekritz says giving employees the option to choose their benefit is within constitutional guidelines.

Ag Day At The State Fair

(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois is celebrating Agriculture at the state fair today. That mean's Governor Quinn will host the Governor's Sale of Champions, where Grand champion junior livestock will be auctioned off. Fairgoers can also see open beef, goat, swine, and sheep shows plus, harness racing will be underway at the Grandstand track. The fair runs through this Sunday at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.

Threshing Show Begins Wednesday In Perry Co.

(Pinckneyville, IL)  --  Illinois farmers are gearing up for a popular attraction at the Perry County Fairgrounds. The 53rd annual American Thresherman Association's Steam, Gas and Threshing Show starts tomorrow with a draft horse pull.  On Thursday a line of green and red tractors will parade from the fairgrounds into Pinckneyville. The event annually draws several thousand visitors and many camp out to participate in all five days of the show.