State News

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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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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