CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The ice storm that has been blowing through southern Illinois caused such treacherous conditions that scores of schools and other facilities in the region say they will be closed today. Police urged motorists to stay off the roads on Thursday, saying they had handled dozens of weather-related traffic accidents.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois leaders are mourning the death of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Gov. Pat Quinn says few figures of the 20th century changed the world as much as Mandela. Quinn called him a "hero of democracy." Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called Mandela "one of the greatest moral leaders of our time," and Cardinal Francis George of Chicago says Mandela is a model for responding to injustice.
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 Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County's board president Toni Preckwinkle says she won't support two felons running for the panel. Al Sanchez was the head of Chicago's streets and sanitation department and Isaac Carothers is an ex-alderman. Both are running for the board, even though they were convicted in corruption cases. Felons are allowed to run for county and state positions, but Preckwinkle says she expects their candidacies will face challenges.
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