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7:56 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Upward Trend Continues For Video Gaming

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 4:34 am

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

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# Video Gaming Terminals                8,808                                             17,954

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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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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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5:57 am
Fri August 29, 2014

IL education funding, pensions and credit worthiness

It’s expected to be some time before the courts decide whether Illinois can trim retirement benefits for public school teachers, university workers, and state employees. But the uncertainty continues to affect the credit outlook of schools and community colleges across the state. Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey writes about this in the latest Illinois Issues magazine and has this report:

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5:58 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Undocumented immigrants call on President to make changes

A couple dozen undocumented immigrants and their allies rallied in Springfield today outside a county jail where arrested immigrants are being held.  The group called on President Barack Obama issue an executive order to make changes, as the issue stalls in Congress.

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4:16 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Candidates for Illinois governor disagree on how to pay for government

The candidates for governor are disputing how Illinois should pay for basic services like education.  The two candidates have drastically different views on how to pay for government.

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10:23 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Durbin against GMO labeling

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin told a farm sector audience something they like to hear, during a forum held east of Bloomington.

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7:16 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Oberweis, Rauner Kick Off Bloomington Ag Forum

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis.
Credit Charlie Schlenker/Willis Kern / WGLT/Illinois Public Radio

U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis laid into his opponent at an Agriculture forum hosted by the Bloomington-based Illinois Farm Bureau. The GOP State Senator is running against incumbents Dick Durbin.

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6:45 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Increased police presence expected through the weekend

More police will be out on Illinois roads this Labor Day weekend looking to spot drunk drivers and seatbelt scofflaws. That's thanks to a new push by law enforcement and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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