(Decatur, IL) -- A major Illinois employer is reportedly getting ready to slash another several hundred jobs. The "Business Journal" reports Caterpillar Incorporated will cut 300 jobs at its plant in Decatur. Just last month the heavy equipment maker announced it was eliminating more than 450 jobs at that same plant. The Peoria-based firm says the layoffs are due to struggles in the mining industry.
(Chicago, IL) -- GOP Party Chairman Pat Brady is expected to resign today. The announcement will reportedly come through a news release about four this afternoon. Brady has been under fire since last fall after announcing his support for gay marriage. Several Republican lawmakers have called for Brady to step aside, claiming he could no longer represent the Republican Party with views that strayed away from the platform.
Funeral Services Set for Former Indiana Governor Otis Bowen
Flags are half-staff in Indiana this week to honor a former governor. A funeral service for former Governor and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Otis "Doc" Bowen will be held Friday.The service will be in his hometown of Bremen.
The Mishler Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul‘s Lutheran Church in Bremen. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Otis "Doc" Bowen died Saturday night in Donaldson, IN.He was 95.
Gov.Mike Pence called Bowen‘s service to the state and the nation incalculable. He was the first Indiana governor in modern day to serve 2 consecutive terms following a state constitutional amendment in 1972. Following his service in the statehouse, Bowen was asked by President Ronald Reagan to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services, a position he held from 1985 to 1989.
As governor, Bowen was credited with overhauling Indiana‘s tax structure and creating a state-wide emergency medical services system. As Health Secretary, Bowen promoted safe sex practices as AIDS began to spread across the country.