State News

Education
6:10 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

U of I Trustees talk pending retirements from pension reform

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees Friday told President Robert Easter to work with other state schools and lawmakers to prevent a wave of retirements brought on by Illinois’ pension reform law. 

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Education
4:54 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Illinois gets NCLB waiver

After more than two years of trying, Illinois has finally won a waiver from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. What does this mean for schools in Illinois?

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State News
8:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

State legislation hints at marijuana legalization

Credit Wikipedia

Last year, Illinois approved medical use of marijuana after years of debating the issue. But could Illinois be closer to following the lead of some other states that have given the ok to recreational use? Illinois Public Radio's Lee Strubinger reports. 

Twenty states including Illinois allow cannabis to be used with a doctor's approval. About 40 medical conditions can qualify a person. Illinois' law is considered one of the strictest in the country.  

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State News
7:25 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Affordable Care Act impacting those with Medicaid

The Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility for Medicaid. And the number of applicants in Illinois has overwhelmed state employees, meaning the wait for Medicaid benefits to begin can take months. Illinois Public Radio’s Jim Meadows looks at how that wait is affecting three people in Champaign County.

The three people I spoke with were referred to me by Champaign County Health Care Consumers, which helped them fill out and send in their Medicaid applications back in December. 

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State News
7:08 am
Fri April 18, 2014

SIU holding the line on tuition

New students at Southern Illinois University won’t see a tuition increase this fall. SIU Trustees made the decision at their meeting in Carbondale Thursday, saying the rising price of higher education must be balanced with students’ ability to pay.

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State News
7:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Appellate court ruling blocks Il from moving people out of Murray Developmental Center

Residents fighting to stay in Centralia's Murray Developmental Center can remain where they are ... for now. An appellate court decision blocks the state from moving people out without the permission of a court-appointed guardian.

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Government
7:11 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

IL House committee votes on Obama Presidential Library measure

A State House committee is advancing a plan to use 100 million dollars to build Barack Obama’s presidential library in Illinois.  But one Republican says the vote may have been illegal.  

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Economy
3:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State unemployment lowest in five years, high nationally

Illinois' unemployment rate dropped last month -- to the lowest level in more than five years. But the state still has one of the worst rates in the country. 

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Education
3:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

SIU President stepping down

SIU's President is retiring sooner than expected. Glenn Poshard will step aside at the end of this month:

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State News
7:13 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dixon's lesson: 'trust, but verify,' BGA tells municipalities

Rita Crundwell and her attorneys leave federal court in Rockford (May 2012).
Credit Susan Stephens / Illinois Public Radio/WNIJ

It's been two years since FBI agents arrested Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell. She's in prison for stealing 53-million dollars over the course of two decades. Since the arrest, the Better Government Association has been working to educate other municipalities about how to prevent such fraud. Illinois Public Radio's Jenna Dooley spoke with BGA investigator Pat McCraney who says the guiding principle should be "trust, but verify:"

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