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Unions plan 'emergency days' to lobby lawmakers

Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:10 Published in Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislative leaders discussed a developing plan to deal with Illinois' $100 billion pension crisis as the state's biggest employee unions planned a lobbying push to oppose it.

The "We are One Coalition" represents the state's major public employee unions. It alerted members this week about "emergency call-in days" next week and on Dec. 2-3.

Members are being asked to call lawmakers and urge them to vote against pension bills that don't have union support.

Legislative leaders spoke Thursday about a plan they say could save close to $150 billion over 30 years. Officials reported progress but said more meetings are expected. Lawmakers have been alerted about a possible special session on Dec. 3.

Unions say they weren't consulted about the plan and that they think elements of it are unconstitutional.

Business Executives to sleep on the streets

Thursday, 21 November 2013 16:54 Published in Local News

KTRS, St. Louis - Thanks to an organization that helps homeless children and at risk youth, a group of local executives will get a chance to experience the conditions these kids live in.

Covenant House is organizing the event. 20 business executives will spend the night sleeping on the streets tonight.

The event started to bring awareness to the city’s 2,500 homeless children.

 

KTRS, St. Louis - Archdiocese of St. Louis is sending out a warning: someone is fraudulently using their name in an attempt to steal personal information.

A press release says someone reported being called by a representative of the archdiocese to collect donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief. The caller requested the victim's credit card information during the call. Archdiocese officials say they are not asking for donations over the phone.

They are accepting donations during special collections at Mass. 

Donations can also be mailed to the following address:

Archdiocesan Finance Office

Attention: Catholic Relief Services—Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief

20 Archbishop May Drive

St. Louis, MO 63119

 

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