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IOU balloon: State limits Lottery payouts to $600 or less

Mark Fitton Oct. 16, 2015, 7:25am

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Lottery players who hit a winner worth more than $600 will have to settle for a promise. As of Thursday, retailers will still pay out winners of $600 or less from their cash registers, but winners of bigger amounts will have to wait until the state has a budget.

After losing override battle in Springfield, state workers seek arbitration from Judge LeChien

The Madison County Record Sep. 25, 2015, 3:25pm

State employees who failed to succeed with legislation placing their contract negotiations in the hands of an arbitrator now aim to achieve that objective in St. Clair County. On Sept. 17, they asked Circuit Judge Robert LeChien to maintain the status quo in litigation pending arbitration of the state’s authority to lay off employees.

Comptroller: Pension payments at risk; state may have to sell assets to meet obligations

The Madison County Record Sep. 24, 2015, 2:11pm

Deadbeat State: Illinois paid an enormous sum in late fees last year

State only paying out Lottery prizes of less than $25,000

Mark Fitton Aug. 31, 2015, 12:29pm

SPRINGFIELD — Win the Lottery? You might want to hold off on that new bass boat, dream house or even paying off any big debts.