OKs early retirement
Gov. George Ryan signed into law a bill that allows up to 20,000
state employees to retire early. The incentive plan is estimated
to save the state $65 million this year.
Court bars execution of mentally retarded
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the execution of the mentally retarded violates the constitutional prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.
Philip sue to stop O'Hare plan
Illinois Senate President James Pate Philip and U.S.
Rep. Henry Hyde joined forces in a suit aimed at blocking the
planned $6.6 billion expansion of OHare International Airport.
The suit, filed in DuPage County, names Gov. George Ryan and Mayor
Richard Daley as defendants and charges the plan they brokered