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State News
12:56 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Another two-year extension of farm bill expected

The leader of an agricultural bank says farmers should be prepared for another two year extension of the farm bill. IPR'S Scott Stuntz reports.

Terry Barr, Director of CoBank, said even though the Senate passed its version of the bill, and the House passed a stripped down version, he does not expect a long term farm bill to be passed until after the 2014 Midterm elections. Barr said the uncertainty caused by not having a new, long term farm bill  hurts farmers.

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State News
6:24 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Decision on Dwight Prison could come in September

The head of the Livingston County Board says it will be at least September before officials there can sign off on a plan to re-use part of the closed Dwight prison. Board chair Marty Fannin says he first had to determine the county would make a profit from the housing of about 300 inmates from neighboring counties, as well as federal prisoners. 

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Government
4:20 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Medical marijuana now legal in Illinois

Illinois doctors could soon start prescribing marijuana to their patients. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports:


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Economy
4:14 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

State economic index shows improvement

The rising Flash Index shows a continually improving economy in Illinois. But the University of Illinois economist who compiles the Index says the state has not seen a corresponding fall in unemployment.  Fred Giertz with the U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs says that at 9.8 percent in June, the Illinois unemployment rate has fallen more than two percentage points since its peak in early 2010. But he says it should have fallen more.

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Economy
3:45 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Gearing up for the Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair is just a week away.  This year’s theme is "Where Illinois Comes Together.”  As IPR's Peter Gray reports, a change in policy means Illinoisans who've gotten accustomed to seeing the sights on four wheels, will be together again, with those on two feet: 


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State News
6:57 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Sheila Simon running for Il Comptroller

Sheila Simon is throwing her hat in the ring for Illinois Comptroller. Simon is currently Governor Pat Quinn’s lieutenant governor. She says she’d focus on something previous comptroller’s haven’t focused on - rooting out corruption in towns across the state.

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State News
6:54 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Members of pension committee say Governor not helpful in negotiations

A day after Illinois legislative leaders sued Governor Pat Quinn for vetoing lawmakers' salaries, the governor continued lashing out at the General Assembly for not passing a pension overhaul.

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Government
5:10 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Central figure in Blago investigation sentenced to jail

A central figure in the Blagojevich investigation was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in federal prison. IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports:


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State News
7:08 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Discovering why politicians "explore" running for office

Bill Daley spent more than a month "exploring" a run for governor of Illinois.
Credit The White House

Tueday's declaration by Bill Daley that he was "officially" running for governor was one of the least surprising announcements of this political season. You could be forgiven for thinking he was ALREADY running in the Democratic primary. But Daley insists that until this week, he was just "exploring" a bid for governor. So why would a politician act like a candidate, and talk like a candidate, and raise money like a candidate, but insist they're not yet ACTUALLY a candidate? To find out, Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey set out on a voyage of discovery.

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State News
6:23 am
Wed July 31, 2013

WIU professor studying how to better predict tornadoes

Tornadoes are a fact of life in the Midwest. A researcher at Western Illinois University is using a mathematical approach to help better predict which storms will spawn the twisters. Illinois Public Radio's Scott Stuntz reports. 

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