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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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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

Credit Metro Centre

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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State News
6:16 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Sen. Brady says pension committee should have a plan soon

Republican Senator Bill Brady says a committee assigned with finding a pension compromise should settle on a plan in a couple of weeks.

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Government
9:09 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

State gets three major new traffic laws

Illinois has a trio of new laws that officials say will make the roads safer.  But the governor has yet to act on other measures that could have a significant impact on drivers.

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State News
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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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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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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