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7:13 am
Mon April 29, 2013

What Governor's tax returns say about him

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's latest tax returns give some insights beyond how much he paid in taxes. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

It may be that Illinois' executive in chief has a tendency to procrastination. His tax returns are signed and dated April 14th, a day before the filing deadline. Last year, he filed the day his taxes were due. And rather than filling out the forms online, he does it by hand.

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State News
5:30 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Quinn's salary increases

Governor Pat Quinn's tax returns show he made more money last year but he gave less to charity than he did in 2011. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

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State News
4:20 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

State program helps flood victims

Dan Rutherford

Flood victims who need extra financial help can use a state program to secure a better interest rate. In the Disaster Recovery Linked Deposit program, Illinois deposits money when a local bank approves a flood-related loan. The individual is then charged a lower, state interest rate and the bank gets to keep its charges and fees. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it can help individuals while they're waiting to settle insurance claims. 

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State News
6:44 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Quinn not ready to back raising the speed limit

This week, Senators gave their okay to raising the speed limit on Illinois highways, but Governor Pat Quinn isn't so sure. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports. 

Drivers could legally put the pedal to the metal a BIT more under a measure recently approved by the state Senate. Cars could go 70 miles an hour on most interstates and tollways, rather than 65.

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State News
6:26 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Gov. Quinn says he's not worried about state's image

Governor Pat Quinn says other governors trying to poach Illinois companies are all just ``showboating.'' At least five governors, all Republicans, have recently tried to lure away Illinois businesses. But the Chicago Democrat says he's not worried about Illinois' image.

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State News
6:22 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Group calls on Senate to reject use of medical marijuana

A group of addiction and drug specialists Thursday called on the Illinois Senate to reject the medical use of marijuana. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.

Opponents of "medical marijuana" don't even like that phrase.

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State News
7:45 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Five people murdered in Manchester

Photo by: Peter Gray/WUIS

A longtime pastor in the small, west central Illinois community of Manchester says he’s trying to figure out what to tell parishioners on Sunday after five people were murdered Wednesday morning just blocks away from the church. The suspected gunman is also dead, following a chase and shootout with police. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky has more.

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State News
7:27 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Wildlife also impacted by flooding

Flooding in Illinois displaced thousands of people this spring. It also forced wildlife out of their habitat. That could lead to more animals roaming near roads. Tim Schweizer is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

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Government
10:11 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Flash mob measure passes IL Senate

Anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack could face tougher punishment under legislation approved by the Illinois Senate.

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Floods
10:05 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

West Central IL towns fight rising waters

The Illinois river continues to rise as towns in west central Illinois fight off the water. IPR’s Rachel Otwell has more: 


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