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State News
6:17 am
Wed August 28, 2013

WIU professor becomes Society of American Foresters Fellow

Susan Romano teaches GIS courses at WIU's QC's Riverfront campus and is a new member of the Society of American Foresters.
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A western Illinois University biology professor is being recognized for her accomplishments in a field dominated by men. Illinois Public Radio's Scott Stuntz has the story. 

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Politics
4:30 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Former IL GOP Pat Brady to Lobby For Same-Sex Marriage


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The American Civil Liberties Union is hoping to pass same-sex marriage in Illinois with the help of a new lobbyist- the former head of the state Republican Party. IPR's Alex Keefe reports.

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State News
4:16 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Rise in Downstate Child Abuse Raises Questions for Senate Committee

The chair of a new Illinois Senate committee on child welfare wants answers to rising child abuse in downstate Illinois.  I-P-R’s Patrick Smith has more.

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State News
7:48 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Il House GOP to vote on new leader this week

Republicans in the Illinois House will meet Thursday afternoon in Springfield to select a new leader.  As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, a letter says finding a replacement for outgoing Minority Leader Tom Cross is "of the utmost urgency."

It was less than a week ago that Minority Leader Tom Cross announced he was stepping down. He's expected to instead run for state treasurer.

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Pensions
4:43 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Pension Committee Closer to Proposal

Two Illinois lawmakers say they’re getting closer to proposing a pension plan that could save the state almost $150 billion dollars. IPR’s Patrick Smith has more.

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State News
4:11 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Capitol Renovations Nearly Complete

Credit Brian Mackey / IPR

In Springfield, the west wing of Illinois' Capitol building is nearing the end of a 50 million dollarrenovation. IPR's Brian Mackey reports on the end of the two-year project.

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State News
7:13 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Conversation on Illinois' "puppy lemon law"

A new law in Illinois gives pet owners a remedy if they buy a sick dog from a pet store. But the so-called "puppy lemon law" got us thinking: what happens to those sick puppies after they're returned to the store? Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey called one of the groups that supported the legislation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He spoke with Vicki Deisner, Midwest legislative director for the ASPCA about the puppy lemon law and several other new animal-welfare laws in Illinois this year.

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State News
6:23 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Governor defends record of job creation

Illinois' unemployment rate last month was the second-highest in the country. More than nine-percent of people looking for work couldn't find it.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The job market improved in parts of Illinois; unemployment fell in seven of the state's 12 metro areas.  That includes Champaign-Urbana, the Metro East and Springfield. But other regions saw sharp hikes, including in Danville, Decatur and Peoria.  Each of those regions saw unemployment rates rise by more than a percentage point.

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Economy
5:43 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Illinois Makes Changes to Spur Economic Development

Credit Brian Mackey / IPR

Earlier this year, legislation was introduced to abolish the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Administration officials negotiated a more modest set of changes, and now they've beensigned into law. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on the changes in store for economic development in Illinois.

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Courts
5:15 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

New Law Establishes Legal Protection for Homeless

People who are homeless are getting new legal protections under a law signed today by Governor Pat Quinn. I-P-R's Amanda Vinicky reports.

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