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9:09 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

To Restore Executive Mansion, Rauner Plans Private Funds

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner took questions from reporters Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in his first Statehouse news conference.

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 9:32 am

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner visited the Executive Mansion during his trip to Springfield Thursday.

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6:08 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Study of Illinois military defense helps plan state spending

Spending on the military and defense in Illinois supports 150,000 jobs and more than 13 billion dollars worth of economic activity. 

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5:02 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Ruling on pension benefits law expected Friday

Credit Peoria Public Radio

State employees will learn Friday whether a judge believes a law that reduces their pension benefits is constitutional. Sangamon County Court Judge John Belz says he'll issue a written opinion Friday afternoon. 

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4:36 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Back to the drawing board for ridesharing regulation bill

Credit Peoria Public Radio

Illinois lawmakers say they’re going back to the drawing board to write a new bill to regulate rideshare companies. Lawmakers passed a bill last spring that would have required the most active rideshare drivers to be licensed and insured just like Chicago taxi drivers. 

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1:06 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Il Supreme Court dismisses red light camera case

Red light cameras will continue issuing tickets in Chicago and other parts of Illinois. The Illinois Supreme Court had been considering a constitutional challenge to the cameras, but Thursday the court dismissed the case.

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12:55 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Rauner To Quinn: Freeze Hiring. Now.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner holds his first press conference at the state capitol; it was right outside the Comptroller's office ... and the offices of Gov. Pat Quinn's senior staff.

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:38 pm

Illinois' incoming governor has asked the outgoing one to put state hiring on hold for the remainder of his term.

Even as he was being impeached, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich kept making key appointments. A new Dept. of Natural Resources chief; Barack Obama's open U.S. Senate seat.

Gov. Pat Quinn is by no means under that sort of dark cloud.

And Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner says he has no reason to believe Quinn's doing anything inappropriate.

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10:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Hope for undocumented residents

Thursday night's announcement by President Barack Obama is expected to affect more than 500,000 people living in the shadows in Illinois. Illinois Public Radio's Yolanda Perdomo reports on one man's life.

"This is my yard where I keep all my construction trailers and scaffold and trucks. This is a mixer that mixes the mortar. Wheelbarrows and mud stands. Cinder blocks over here."

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9:44 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Retired state workers want their money back

Attorneys for retired Illinois state employees paying increased health insurance premiums have asked a Sangamon County judge to order the money be returned.

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6:28 am
Thu November 20, 2014

What has and hasn't been done during this week's veto session

Illinois legislators wrap up the first week of their annual fall veto session Thursday.

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6:12 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Who’s Tim Killeen? Meet U of I’s 20th President

Incoming University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen addresses the Urbana campus at the Illini Union on Wednesday as outgoing President Bob Easter looks on.
Credit Hannah Meisel / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

The University of Illinois will have a new president come July after an eight month search and years of short-term leadership. The search committee picked State University of New York's Timothy Killeen for his success in research, and his experience dealing with tough fiscal situations.

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