Illinois budget 3.24.10

Illinois budget 3.24.10


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- FORENSIC AUDIT: State House Republican Leader Tom Cross and Adam Andrzejewski, a failed Republican gubernatorial candidate, talk at a 10 a.m. news conference about their push for legislation calling for a forensic audit of state spending, hiring and purchasing. Guidroz. UPDATE PLANNED.


- HUNGER STUDY: The hunger organization Feeding Illinois has an 11 a.m. Capitol news conference to talk about the state's first-ever study looking at hunger needs rising dramatically in Illinois. Hopf. UPDATE PLANNED.


- PENSION: House advances pension cutbacks for new hires - Major revisions to state pension benefits for future public employees sailed out of a House committee this morning and could be voted on by the full House this afternoon. By Doug Finke. UPDATE PLANNED.


- LEGISLATURE: The House and Senate are in session. Any breaking news will be posted to the Illinois News category.





TV AND KIDS: Media literacy guru says parents need to keep better eye on kids' TV habits - Media literacy educator Amy VanDeVelde says thoughtful media consumption is a life skill that should be taught and practiced in homes from a child’s early years through adulthood. By Shanna Shipman.





ILLINI GAME COVERAGE: Illinois vs. Dayton in NIT quarterfinal. Tipoff 8 p.m. Story with quotes and report card moving by 11 p.m. By John Supinie. 





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