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6:01 am
Thu December 18, 2014

IL U.S. Senators split on the change in relations with Cuba

Credit WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

Illinois’ U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says the decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba is quote “long overdue.” And he believes it will eventually lead to free and fair elections on the island.

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5:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

IL Farm Bureau hails diplomatic move toward Cuba

A top staffer with the Illinois Farm Bureau says the President's decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba should create a significant bump in u.s. exports very soon. Adam Nielsen is the Farm Bureau's Director of National Legislation and Policy Development.

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5:22 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rauner Named Nation's Most Influential Pension Figure

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:43 pm

The trade magazine "Institutional Investor" has ranked Illinois' incoming governor as its most influential player in U.S. pensions. An article says Bruce Rauner may regret ever having run for office, given the state's massive longterm pension debt, and the difficulty he is expected to have in addressing it.

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4:20 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Illinois politicians remember Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Politicians across party mourned the death of Judy Baar Topinka Wednesday. She had spent the last 30 years in Illinois politics and recently was re-elected as state comptroller.  

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5:40 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Memorial service for Judy Baar Topinka takes place Wednesday

Some of the state's top elected leaders and former office holders are expected to speak at a memorial service for late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. 

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5:36 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Courts warning about scam over 'missed' jury duty

Illinois residents are being warned about a phone scam in which victims are told there's a warrant for their arrest because of missed jury duty. They're also told they can avoid arrest by paying a fine.

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5:24 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Rauner Favors Merging Comptroller, Treasurer. Just Not Now.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner took a handful of questions from reporters following his appearance Tuesday at a Better Government Association in Springfield; the audience was delighted to hear that he'll live in the capital city.

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 11:00 pm

Many of Illinois' top politicians will pay their respects to the late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at a memorial service today (Wed., Dec. 17). Topinka died last week at the age of 70, shortly after having a stroke. Even as she's being mourned, political jockeying is underway to determine who'll next take her job.

Topinka passed away a month before she was to be sworn into her next term as Comptroller -- the position in state government responsible for paying the bills.

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6:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Indiana’s governor supports Illiana Tollway

The proposed Illiana Tollway has its critics but Indiana’s governor is not one of them.  It’s been called a “boondoggle” by some who see spending more than a billion dollars on the Illiana Tollway as a waste of money. 

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3:13 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Agencies To Ask For More, Rauner Says ... Without Giving An Opinion On If They Deserve It Or Not

Illinois' next governor was back in the capital city Wednesday in part to meet with his budget team. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has already tried to make the case that Illinois' finances are worse than he thought. Now he's adding to his list of examples.  

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7:51 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Sen. Kirk officially retires from Naval Reserve

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has retired from the Naval Reserve, ending a 23-year military career. 

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