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4:21 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

New case of rare stomach disease reported in Illinois

Illinois is reporting one new case of a rare stomach illness, bringing the total number in the state to five.

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Business
2:54 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Quinn speaks out against Metra leadership

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is speaking out against leadership at the troubled Metra rail agency and its parent organization.  IPR’s Tony Arnold explains:

 


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State News
6:24 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Discussion on medical marijuana law

Credit medicalmarijuana.org

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a measure that makes Illinois the 20th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. But how long until it actually goes into effect? And what sort of restrictions will there be for patients hopeful to gain a prescription for the drug? Illinois Public Radio reporter Rachel Otwell recently spoke with statehouse reporter Brian Mackey about the news:

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State News
6:14 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Lincoln's tomb to close for renovations

Abraham Lincoln's tomb in Springfield is slated to close for renovations starting in October. The city's Convention and Visitor's Bureau says the renovations will take place on the underground part of the monument, usually open to the public.

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State News
1:11 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Study finds many county websites lack transparency

A study found many county government websites in Illinois don't provide much transparency.IPR’S Rich Egger reports.

The study was done by the Illinois Policy Institute. Vice President of Policy Ted Dabrowksi says most county websites fail to provide basic information such as public meeting schedules, public workers’ salaries and budget details. 

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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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