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Government
5:07 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Kirk takes center stage at Republican rally

Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk took center stage Thursday in Springfield for a Republican rally. His appearance comes nearly a year-and-a-half after he suffered a stroke. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

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Government
2:51 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Illinois republicans come together at State Fair

Illinois Republicans were in Springfield Thursday for a meeting of party officials this morning and an afternoon rally at the State Fair.  As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, GOP candidates say the party needs to come together in order to have any hope of breaking the Democratic Party's dominance in Illinois: 


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State News
6:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present

Illinois Democrats gathered in Springfield Wednesday to rally behind their candidates ahead of next year’s election. But they met among a backdrop of party infighting, lawsuits - and without the presence of the state’s party chairman. From Springfield - IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

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State News
6:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Proposed pension fix-up tough for teachers

The authors of a new study say a proposal to fix Illinois' nearly 100-billion-dollar pension shortfall would undermine the retirement security of government employees and make it tougher for schools to attract qualified teachers.

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State News
5:54 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Federal Railroad Administration stepping up

After several recent management changes at Metra, the Federal Railroad Administration is stepping in to make sure the trains are still safe and efficient. 

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State News
5:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Jessie Jackson Jr., wife sentenced to jail

Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior and his wife are both headed to prison for stealing $750,000 in campaign cash. As IPR’s Alex Keefe reports, they were sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Washington DC: 

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State News
8:02 am
Tue August 13, 2013

IL public universities could share more research

A new law requires Illinois' public universities to consider making their research available for free, but it does not require it.

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Agriculture
7:55 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Ag Secretary Vilsack weighs-in on immigration reform

Comprehensive immigration reform is critical to sustaining the Midwest's role as a global leader in agriculture.

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Government
5:15 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Police prepare for IL concealed carry

Although concealed carry is on the books in Illinois … it'll be months before anyone can obtain a permit to actually carry a firearm in public. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, police are already getting ready for the change: 


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State News
4:22 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Food and fun as Illinois State Fair begins

The Illinois State Fair officially got underway Friday. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on what's happening at this year's fair: 

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