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2:45 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Quinn appoints Stermer as IL Comptroller

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Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has chosen longtime friend Jerry Stermer -- his former chief of staff and current budget director -- to take over as Illinois' Comptroller.

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9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Report: Illinois fails to monitor runaway kids

An audit has found that Illinois does a poor job monitoring and tracking children who run away from foster homes.

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6:34 am
Fri December 19, 2014

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk against Sony's move to pull movie

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says Sony Pictures should not have pulled the movie “The Interview” from theaters. Sony pulled the film after anonymous threats from hackers said to be connected to North Korea.

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5:55 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Proposed eavesdropping law allows recording police (contrary to internet rumors)

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Nine months after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping law, the legislature passed a bill to replace it. The legislation, which defines eavesdropping and its consequences, is currently waiting on the governor's desk.

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5:20 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Parties' Power Grabs In Battle For Comptroller; Quinn Calls Legislators Into Special Session

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's unexpected death has caused a political furor, as Illinois leaders disagree over a succession plan.

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 12:32 pm

Judy Baar Topinka, who died of a stroke last week, was no stranger to the dizzying world of Illinois politics. The state comptroller had also been state treasurer, served in the legislature and lost a race for governor to Rod Blagojevich. So it's easy to imagine that Topinka would not be surprised at the ongoing furor and partisan divide over how to replace her.

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5:52 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

IIAA Teaches Life Skills Through Sports

Two teams warm up for a match in the IIAA state volleyball tournament.

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 9:02 am

 

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1:19 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Illinois jobless rate falls to 6.4 percent

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell in November to its lowest level since June 2008, hitting 6.4 percent.

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12:28 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Gov. Quinn calls session for comptroller election

Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois lawmakers back to Springfield to consider a 2016 special election to replace late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. In a Thursday statement, Quinn says the special session will be Jan. 8.  

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6:01 am
Thu December 18, 2014

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

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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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