As unemployment benefits start to run out, Gov. Pat Quinn announced yesterday that he is extending the “Put Illinois to Work” program, which has employed 26,000 Illinoisans, until Jan. 15.
The extension was paid for with $47 million from the $1.3 billion sale of tobacco bonds, which are backed by payments the tobacco companies make to 46 states after a 1998 settlement.
Also in the news…
- A record number of 426 objections against the various candidates for Chicago public office were filed by the deadline today. These objections included challenges to names on petitions, such as challenges to Emanuel’s residency.
- Even the suburbs have a problem pension debt. With only 20 of the over 300 pension funds in the area considered fully funded, the suburbs have racked up $5 billion in debt.
- Illinois’ Commission on the Elimination of Poverty plans to release a plan to halve poverty in the state by 2015 on Dec. 9, in conjunction with Human Right’s Day.