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7:11 am
Fri July 25, 2014

McLean County judges accused of poor ethics

Two McLean County Circuit Judges have allegedly violated court ethics rules. Circuit Judges Scott Drazewski and Rebecca Foley face a complaint before the nine member Illinois Courts Commission chaired by a State Supreme Court Justice.

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State News
6:43 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Chris Christie campaiging for Rauner

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in Chicago Friday to campaign for his fellow Republican Bruce Rauner. Rauner is running for Illinois governor against Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn.

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State News
6:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Inspector General discloses political hiring investigation

Illinois' Executive Inspector General has taken an unusual step and is asking to be part of a lawsuit accusing Governor Pat Quinn's administration of patronage hiring.  

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State News
5:02 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Chicago drivers get a chance to appeal red light ticket

Chicago drivers who may have wrongly received automated tickets from the city’s red light cameras may be eligible for a refund.  IPR’s Alex Keefe has details.

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State News
4:36 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

EPA talks clean-up at zinc facility in Danville

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on the cleanup of one of the most hazardous sites in the U.S.

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State News
3:50 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Still no rules for fracking in Illinois

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Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing.  The coalition says it's left wondering if the governor's administration might be dragging the process for political reasons.

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State News
3:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Quinn supports ban on assault weapons

 

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is bringing the debate over guns into his reelection campaign.  Quinn says the issue of military-style weapons represents a fundamental difference between his policies and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.

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State News
4:21 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Sen. Durbin weighs-in on birth control insurance issue

After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, certain companies are exempt from providing birth control as part of their insurance plans. They don't have to cover contraception if it conflicts with owners' religious beliefs.  

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Government
4:18 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Budget, pensions straining Illinois finances

Wall Street's view of Illinois' financial health has taken a hit, thanks largely to the state budget that took effect at the start of this month.  As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, pensions also continue to be a drag.

When Illinois Democrats passed the state's latest budget, many seemed to hold their nose. Credit ratings agencies are more direct. Standard & Poor’s has revised Illinois' credit outlook to "negative."

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State News
7:53 am
Wed July 23, 2014

State Senator says Quinn has the information to block plan for PCB’s

State Senator Chapin Rose says Governor Pat Quinn should already have the required information to block a plan to store PCB’s at the Clinton Landfill. The Republican from Mahomet is referring to Tuesday’s letter from the Illinois EPA to the DeWitt County Board.  

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