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10:41 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

No Democratic rally likely at IL state fair

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The state fair got its start Thursday night with the Twilight parade through the north end of the capital city.  It's an annual tradition.  But indications are that another tradition, a Democratic party rally, will not continue this year.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 


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State News
1:17 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Daley calls Quinn's appointment to CTA board political

An appointment to the Chicago Transit Authority board is the latest issue to spark a debate between Bill Daley and Governor Pat Quinn. 

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State News
6:18 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Congressman Rodney Davis says fellow lawmakers shouldn't focus on government shutdown

Congressman Rodney Davis isn’t taking the same view of some colleagues who are threatening a government shutdown on a spending plan that includes the Affordable Care Act. The Taylorville Republican says while he still wants to de-fund the health care measure, he says conservative senators like Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas should turn their attention elsewhere:

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State News
5:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Senator Dick Durbin weighs in on medical marijuana

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Medical marijuana may be legal in his home state, but the number two Democrat in the U.S. Senate says that shouldn't be a national policy.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:


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State News
6:15 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Illinois State Fair kicks off Thursday

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The Illinois State Fair kicks off in Springfield on Thursday and runs until the 18th. Illinois Public Radio's Peter Gray recently caught up with fair officials to learn more about what's new this year, including special tickets that allow concert-goers to get closer to performances by bands like REO Speedwagon and Journey. Plus, a smart-phone application that helps fair-goers find their way to their favorite fried foods and activities. Peter recently spoke with IPR's Rachel Otwell about all that, and more: 

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State News
10:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

240 computers missing from state prison systems

Illinois' auditor has found that the state's prison systems have lost 240 computers. Auditor General Bill Holland's report shows the Department of Corrections is missing 156 computers and the Department of Juvenile Justice can't locate 84 others. 

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Government
3:13 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

IL Secretary of State Jesse White taking neutral position on race for Governor

A top Illinois Democrat says he's not choosing sides in the Governor's race, where incumbent Pat Quinn is facing a challenge from former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:


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State News
1:55 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Judge agrees to hear suit over legislative pay

Illinois lawmakers will likely have to miss at least one more paycheck. A Cook County judge Tuesday agreed to hear oral arguments next month over the veto of legislative pay.

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State News
10:06 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Growth of farmers markets presents challenges

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Farmers markets are a big hit in many parts of the country, and Illinois is no exception. The state’s number of markets has tripled over the past couple of decades. But all that growth presents challenges. Illinois Public Radio’s Mike Moen reports on how producers and customers are affected:

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State News
6:44 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Il Sec. of State discusses new traffic laws and politics

Jesse White was first elected Secretary of State in 1998, a position he's running for again in 2014. The Chicago Democrat told Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky that's what's determining his stance on the race at the top of the ballot, as Governor Pat Quinn faces primary opposition from Bill Daley. But before they talked politics, White told Vinicky about why he believes three new laws the governor signed Monday  will make the roads safer including one that builds on his graduated drivers' license program for teens.  

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