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7:28 am
Tue September 3, 2013

U.S. Senator Kirk reacts to possible attack on Syria

Another Illinois U.S. Senator is reacting to President Barack Obama’s call to attack Syria over its use of chemical weapons.

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7:24 am
Tue September 3, 2013

How the Republican gubernatorial candidates spent Labor Day

Today is the first day candidates for elected office in Illinois can start gathering signatures to get on next year’s primary ballot. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports how some Republican candidates spent their holiday.

NAT: (Marching band scales...)

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State News
7:12 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Il businesses still worry about workers' compensation insurance rates

Despite a drop in the rate of workers' compensation insurance, Illinois businesses say the system is still too burdensome. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Businesses used to be REALLY unhappy with how Illinois required them to handle employee-injury claims. Then, in 2011, Illinois changed its workers' compensation laws.  The state Department of Insurance, the governor and others say  the changes worked: the workers' comp insurance rate is down 4.5 percent.

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State News
7:04 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Il Gambing Board to consider 24 hour casinos

Illinois' gaming regulators will decide if casinos can stay open around the clock. The gaming board is holding a special meeting about it later this month.

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State News
7:01 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Durbin not sure if he'll support military strike in Syria

The Senate’s second highest-ranking Democrat says President Obama made the right call by turning to Congress about a possible military strike in Syria. IPR'S Sean Powers reports.

Senator Dick Durbin says he has NOT made up his mind about whether he would support a military strike against Bashar al- Assad’s regime.

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State News
6:54 am
Mon September 2, 2013

School bus cameras can be used to enforce traffic laws

Illinois drivers already get traffic tickets from red-light cameras and speed-zone cameras. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, a new law means drivers could soon be ticketed by school-bus cameras.

Lawmakers say drivers going around stopped school buses is a significant problem. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, a Democrat from Aurora, acknowledged that some of her colleagues have concerns about Illinois' increasing use of cameras to enforce traffic laws. But during a debate in the House earlier this year, she said this shouldn't be a big deal.

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Politics
8:41 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Kwame Raoul not entering governor’s race

State Sen. Kwame Raoul watched candidate speeches from the back of the room at the Democratic County Chairmen’s Association annual brunch earlier this month in Springfield. He was considering a run for governor at the time, but on Thursday said he will not seek the office.
Credit (Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

A potential Democratic challenger for Illinois governor has taken himself out of contention.  State Senator Kwame Raoul had been flirting with a run for nearly a month. But he ended that Thursday. IPR’ Brian Mackey has more: 


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Politics
4:11 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Durkin Tapped to Head Illinois House GOP

Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) bested Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) as Illinois House Republicans’ new leader. Despite a “scuffle” over the leadership post in past days, Durkin and Poe presented a united front after the closed-door caucus meeting at the Statehouse Inn in Springfield Thursday.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / IPR

In a rare turn of events, Illinois' General Assembly will have a leadership change mid-way through the two-year legislative session.  It's set in motion by House Republican Leader Tom Cross's decision to step down. He's expected to soon announce a run for state treasurer.

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State News
9:31 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Relating to Class of 2017

Ron Nief and Tom McBride, co-authors of the annual Mindset List
Credit Beloit College

This year's college freshmen were born in 1995.  That means professors, politicians and, yes, even public radio reporters have to work harder to connect with these young men and women.  How can today's professionals relate to the Class of 2017?  The authors of the annual Mindset List are here to help.  Illinois Public Radio's Dan Klefstad spoke with one of its authors, Ron Nief. Klefstad began the interview with a movie quote:

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State News
6:25 am
Thu August 29, 2013

State panel considering new day care rules to combat childhood obesity

Illinois day care centers might be forced to put away the high fat and sugary snacks.  A plan under consideration is aimed at bringing healthier meals to kids and getting them more exercise.   It's an effort to combat childhood obesity. 

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