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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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Government
3:51 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Illinois General Assembly sues Gov. Pat Quinn

The leaders of the Illinois General Assembly have sued Governor Pat Quinn over his veto of lawmakers' salaries. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the leaders say they're trying to protect the independence of the legislature:


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Government
3:44 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Bill Daley officially announces run for governor

Tuesday former commerce secretary and investment banker Bill Daley says he's officially running for Illinois governor. But this comes nearly two months after Daley said he was already "totally committed" to the race. So IPR’s Brian Mackey asks: did anything really change?


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State News
6:56 am
Tue July 30, 2013

DOMA decision puts immigrants on path to citizenship

Aaron Smith and Toshi get married during a private ceremony on Nov. 30, 2012 in Iowa.
Credit Toshi and Aaron Smith

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act is a big win for same-sex married couples. And as Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, the ruling also opens up a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. 

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State News
6:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Central Il Democrats rally for Washington to address climate change

A group of central Illinois Democrats as well as some in agriculture and academics are trying to rally around President Obama's action last month on climate change.

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State News
6:17 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Stanley Cup makes trip to Springfield

The white-gloved handler of the Stanley Cup poses with a life-size replica of the Lincoln family on Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The Cup was in the capital for an invitation-only event, though fans had an opportunity to pose for photos as it was taken out of the museum.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

The Stanley Cup has made a trip to Illinois' capital city. It made an appearance Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield just weeks after the Blackhawks won it for the second time in four seasons. 

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Government
4:46 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Possible pension compromise for committee

A member of the Illinois legislature's special committee on pensions says the group is closing in on a compromise. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, it remains to be seen whether the measure will have enough support in the full General Assembly: 


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State News
9:50 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Discussion on decline of butterflies this year

Researchers from the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission say there is lingering evidence of the effect of last year’s drought. Volunteers conducted an informal butterfly count in early July. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with The Nature Preserves Commission’s Angella Moorehouse about the butterfly census:

It’s still possible for some butterfly species to recover this summer. Some varieties breed several times each the summer months, but others only produce one generation a year.

  

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