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State News
8:05 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Measure considered to keep teenagers out of adult courts

Illinois lawmakers are considering a change that would keep more teenagers out of adult court. The measure would send 17 year olds charged with nonviolent felonies into the juvenile court system. 

Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey has more:

Since 2010, 17 year olds charged with misdemeanors have been sent to juvenile court, while those charged with felonies are sent to adult court. Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, a Democrat from Chicago, says getting more 17 year olds in juvenile court has led to fewer of them being sent to prison.  Courts that focus on youths have more options to help troubled kids.  While kids sent to adult court are much more likely to commit crimes in the future.

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State News
7:08 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Revolutionizing transportation in Illinios

In March, President Obama visited Argonne National Lab in the western suburbs of Chicago. Among the many projects there is an effort to dramatically improve battery power. It’s one of several green energy hubs around the country.  

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Crime
6:13 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Seeking access for state prison conditions

Over the last few weeks the Illinois Department of Corrections has been moving 600 men into gymnasiums across the state where they’re now living. It’s the latest sign of the overcrowding problem facing the prisons -- but it’s something the public will not see.

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Education
7:12 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

State community colleges see three-year enrollment drop

  This spring, community colleges in Illinois saw enrollment drop for the third straight year. But a state education official says that's not necessarily a bad thing. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports: 

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State News
6:15 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Flipping the bill for prison healthcare

Illinois taxpayers are paying a private healthcare company more than one point three billion dollars over ten years to provide care for inmates in prisons.

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State News
6:07 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Congress weighs budget proposals

The US House and Senate have each approved separate budget measures for next year. The next step, working on a version both chambers can agree on. Partisan gridlock has prevented a deal, but a freshman Congressman from central Illinois says there's hope. 

Illinois Public Radio's Chris Slaby reports:

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Economy
5:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Consumer advocates criticize natural gas rate considerations

  Illinois legislators already passed a law that lets ComEd and Ameren charge higher rates for electricity.  Now, natural gas companies want the same treatment.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more: 

 The argument for letting ComEd and Ameren hike electric rates was that it'll allow the companies to make needed updates to the electric grid. Consumer advocates balked at that; but they admit those upgrades could ultimately bring their customers savings.
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State News
2:16 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Congressman says Pat Brady should serve out term

  A Republican Congressman says he believes his party's chairman should be allowed to complete his term, after taking a controversial stance earlier this year.  High-level Republicans unsuccessfully tried to overthrow State Party Chairman Pat Brady after he announced his support for same-sex marriage. Congresssman Rodney Davis of Taylorville stands by Brady, saying he did a “good job” bringing the GOP together during the 2012 election season.  Instead of focusing on inner-party politics, Davis says Republicans should focus on solving the problems that plague Illinois.

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State News
5:49 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Decatur Airport handles sequestration cuts

The director of the Decatur Airport says the loss of their air traffic control tower staff will affect airport operations, but not flight safety.

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State News
11:24 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Protecting children of rape victims

A Chicago attorney is asking Illinois legislators to do more to protect the children of rape victims.  Chris Slaby reports on loophole in state law. Shauna Prewitt is an attorney now.  But when she was a senior in college, she was raped and became pregnant.  She decided to keep the child, a daughter. And then she became a victim of a different stripe ... "when seven years ago I had to fight my rapist for custody of my daughter."  Prewitt's now advocating for what she calls a "small but important change.

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