State Briefs 3/09/09

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

McDonald’s employee assaulted with sandwich

PEORIA – Police were called to a McDonald's restaurant early Saturday after an employee was allegedly assaulted with a breakfast sandwich.

About 5:20 a.m., a man at the drive-through window was upset his McGriddle sandwich didn't have an egg in it, the victim told police. She told the man she would correct the sandwich, but he became irate when the driver of the vehicle behind him honked at him to move.

The man then threw the hot, greasy sandwich at the 38-year-old employee's face, according to police reports. The man drove off before police arrived.

The woman refused medical attention.

Peoria Journal Star

Poll: Majority would not support tax increases

SPRINGFIELD – A majority of respondents to a new poll say they would not support higher income, sales or gasoline taxes to ease the state’s budget shortfall or pay for infrastructure improvements.

The Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois and the Illinois Insurance Association commissioned the poll, which was conducted by Zogby International. The online poll surveyed 644 likely voters in Illinois. Respondents were randomly drawn from a panel of registrants who had identified themselves as likely voters in Illinois and they were asked to confirm their personal information as part of the polling process. A random sample of voters was contacted by telephone to confirm the personal information they submitted on their registration forms. Weights were added to region, party, age, race, gender and education to conform to the demographics of the general population. According to Zogby, the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Of those responding, 55.2 percent said they would not back either higher income or sales taxes to help close the state’s budget shortfall, which is estimated at $9 billion or more. Further, 53 percent of the poll respondents said they'd be less likely to vote for a state lawmaker who had voted to increase taxes.

When asked if they would support an increase in the state’s gas tax of between eight and 16 cents per gallon to pay for infrastructure improvements, 63 percent of respondents said they would not.

State Capitol Bureau

Chrysler contests OSHA fines at Belvidere plant

BELVIDERE – Chrysler LLC is contesting four separate $5,000 fines issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration last August.

According to OSHA’s Web site, the fines were issued because the company did not have correct procedural steps on securing machines to control hazardous energy, not all workers on the machine in question had received safety training, the machine didn’t have adequate safety protections and the company wasn’t using a control system or brake monitor.

OSHA officials investigated the plant after a complaint was lodged. A hearing date on the citations has not been set.

According to OSHA records, the 44-year-old plant has been cited 27 times since 1976, which is as far back as the organization has records.

The most serious incident was a 1986 fatality when a repairman was crushed by a liftgate. The company paid $284,000 in fines after an OSHA investigation found that the company was willfully not recording accident incidents.

Rockford Register Star

UIS student named to U of I board

SPRINGFIELD – A student trustee from the University of Illinois at Springfield has been designated a voting member of the University of Illinois by Gov. Pat Quinn.

D. Craig McFarland, 22, a senior from Moline, is majoring in political science and communication.

The governor gave McFarland voting rights after James Winters, the student trustee from the University of Illinois at Chicago, resigned from his position on the board for medical and personal reasons. McFarland will have voting rights until the end of his term on June 30.

The U of I Board of Trustees is made up of 13 members appointed by the governor for terms of six years and three student trustees who serve one-year terms. One student trustee gets a vote.

State Journal-Register