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Health
9:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Quad Cities man with cerebral palsy plans marathon run

A man from the Quad Cities is planning to do something no one in the area has done before: 34-year-old Jeff Hobbs, who was born with spastic cerebral palsy, plans to run the Chicago Marathon next month.  IPR’s Renata Sago reports:

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Rauner attacks Quinn on veteran stance

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is going after Democratic Governor Pat Quinn's record on veterans.

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State News
4:40 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Kirk weighs-in on ISIS beheadings

Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk says the only way to stop ISIS from executing American journalists is for reporters to get out of Iraq. IPR’s Patrick Smith reports.
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State News
12:20 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Dana Thomas House open for partial tours following flooding

Credit springfield.il.us

Springfield's historic Dana Thomas House is once again allowing partial tours to come through after flooding last week. Visitors were able to come through the home on Sunday, though they avoided the bottom floor. Still, the flooding is a physical reminder of further needs, as IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

The home that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for a Springfield socialite back in 1902 has plenty for his fans to admire; amongst the treasures, a bowling alley in the home's basement.

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State News
7:14 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The practice of digging up dirt on politicians

Brace yourself, citizens. September is the unofficial start of campaign season. You’re about to be spun by dueling poll numbers, attack ads and negative messages in multiple guises. To help you decipher the onslaught, Illinois Public Radio is taking you behind the scenes this week to meet the practitioners of politics’ dark arts. Alex Keefe tracked down opposition researchers, the folks whose job it is to dig up dirt on politicians.

KEEFE: "Testing, testing. Hey - Hey, can I talk to you?"

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State News
6:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Fall campaign season underway

You may not have realized, but Labor Day, was supposed to be a big kickoff of the fall campaign season. Here's IPR's Amanda Vinicky with an update.

The seemingly incessant campaign ads, which -- no joke, Gov. Pat Quinn began airing against his opponent the very night Bruce Rauner clinched the Republican nomination in March, have disguised a traditional highlight on the countdown to November's election.

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State News
7:56 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Upward Trend Continues For Video Gaming

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 8:34 am

Video gaming continues to grow in popularity across Illinois. Over the past year, the number of video gaming terminals statewide more than doubled. 

                                                              July 2013                                  July 2014

# Video Gaming Terminals                8,808                                             17,954

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State News
6:24 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Libertarians file criminal complaint against the GOP

The Illinois Libertarian Party has filed a criminal complaint against the state's Republican Party. The Libertarians allege the GOP hired armed private investigators to go to the homes of voters who hadsigned the petitions to put the Libertarian slate on the November election ballot. 

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State News
4:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Illinois publishes guidelines for fracking

Drillers and environmentalists alike have been waiting for Illinois to come out with its guidelines for "fracking."  The state's Department of Natural Resources finally published its draft today.

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State News
6:22 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Springfield Performs ‘The Mikado’ – Is It Racist?

Actors in The Hoogland's version of The Mikado

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 9:50 am

Putting on older theater productions can be a dilemma for those who want to preserve the art in its original form. Some production groups may decide to reinvent pieces that could be seen as problematic in modern times. An operetta currently being performed in Springfield by local actors has sparked controversy for what many consider to be racist qualities.

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