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7:02 am
Thu October 30, 2014

U-S Senate Candidates Differ On Ebola Response And More

Jim Oberweis (left) and Dick Durbin

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:31 pm

Ebola has not just dominated the news recently, it has become a point of discussion in campaigns.  It came up in last night's U-S Senate debate, held as part of the public t-v program "Chicago Tonight."

U-S Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, says he favors close monitoring of passengers and quarantining those at high risk of exposure.

But he disagreed with his Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, on the need for a travel ban from certain countries.  

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State News
6:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The difficulties of getting voters invested and informed about elections

From left: Rudy Garrett of Chicago Votes registers a new Cook county voter outside the CTA red line Roosevelt road.
Credit Yolanda Perdomo / WBEZ/Illinois Public Radio

Nearly 7 and a half million voters are registered for the November 4th general election in Illinois. Nearly 200 thousand people have cast early votes. 

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Education
4:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

High marks for Illinois school data website

When the Illinois State Board of Education releases new student achievement results later this week, parents will find even more information online.  The site illinoisreportcard.com provides data for each public school and school district, and has added several new metrics this year. Mary Fergus, spokesperson for the board, says it will give a more complete picture:

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State News
7:17 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ex-felon informs formerly incarcerated of right to vote

Marlon Chamberlain talks to a group from the Chicagoland Prison Outreach about the importance of voting.
Credit Yolanda Perdomo / WBEZ/Illinois Public Radio

The midterm election is just over a week away and community groups are working overtime to get people voting. Among those is a group once considered ineligible to vote.

Marlon Chamberlin sits in a small booth at a McDonald’s on Chicago’s west side. It’s his makeshift office. Here, he meets those recently incarcerated. He’s with FORCE, Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality. Chamberlin’s job is to basically pay it forward. He talks to them about everything from job searching to leadership training. Part of his work includes talking about his past. Specifically what happened in September of 2002

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State News
5:07 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Cronus Chemicals chooses Tuscola for new fertilizer plant

The location of a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Tuscola will include more than $50 million in incentives from the state Cronus Chemicals confirmed Tuesday it’s chosen the site west of the city creating up to 2,000 construction jobs and about 200 permanent ones. 

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State News
5:03 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

The American Red Cross sees internal restructuring

The American Red Cross says an internal restructuring will not impact services in west central Illinois or northeast Missouri. The changes took effect Monday morning.

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State News
4:50 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

The Lone Justice Fighting For Retention

There's only one Illinois Supreme Court Justice on the ballot this November. Some high-dollar contributors are hoping they can remove him from office, something that has never before happened

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State News
4:37 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Quinn and Rauner disagree on flight bans

The candidates for Illinois Governor are disagreeing over the best way to protect citizens from Ebola.  Republican Bruce Rauner says he wants flights from three African countries to be banned from flying into Illinois.  And that Democratic Governor Pat Quinn should, too.

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State News
1:49 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Why Is Illinois So Hard To Poll?

Gov. Pat Quinn, seen at the Illinois State Fair, beat the polls in his 2010 campaign for governor.

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 1:37 pm

This story first ran in the October 2014 edition of Illinois Issues magazine.

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State News
7:12 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Profile: Republican nominee for Il Attorney General Paul Schimpf

Most of the candidates running statewide races won their spot with party support. But not Paul Schimpf, the Republican nominee for Attorney General, who won the nomination on his own. He's trying to unseat Democrat Lisa Madigan. Schimpf introduces himself to voters. 

Schimpf says he's running to win but if he does lose, the 43-year-old Waterloo resident expects to start a small, legal practice.

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