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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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State News
8:01 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Credit union offering assistance to lawmakers

Illinois legislators will not be getting their monthly paycheck, starting next week. But at least one financial institution is offering to help tide them over until the General Assembly's dispute with the Governor is resolved.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Lawmakers' base salary of $68,000 has been set to zero. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed their pay out of the budget as a sort of punishment for the General Assembly not passing a pension overhaul. Enter Credit Union 1.

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State News
7:45 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Chris Mooney to take over the U of I's IGPA

Chris Mooney
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University of Illinois Springfield political scientist Chris Mooney will take over next month as the head of U of I's Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Public radio listeners know Mooney as frequent panelist on the "State Week in Review" program. 

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State News
7:26 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Private investigator asks for pardon in 1986 Paris murders

A private investigator wants Governor Pat Quinn to pardon two men imprisoned for years for a double-murder in Paris, Illinois.

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Education
5:22 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Former Ambassador gives $3M to ISU

Former U.N. Ambassador Donald McHenry has donated $3 million to his alma mater, Illinois State University. McHenry says he is pleased to do for the University what ISU did for him, offer an intellectual transformation. McHenry says he still thinks of himself as a former champion debater more than he does as a co-founder of the NAACP or diplomat:

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State News
6:23 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Governor signs bill paving the way for 3rd Chicago-area airport

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Thursday authorizing the Illinois Department of Transportation to move forward on building a 3rd Chicago-area Airport in Peotone.  Touting it as a job creator, the Governor says the construction phase will employ more than 11-thousand workers, and the operational airport will put more than 14-thousand people to work. 

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State News
6:12 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Pioneering Sex Researcher Virginia Johnson dies

A leader in the field of research into love and sex has died. Virginia Johnson was 88 years old. She had been in an assisted living facility in St. Louis.

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Government
6:24 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Bipartisan panel says Gov. Quinn's pension-pay plan is not working

Though it's looking increasingly like legislators will not get their paychecks next month, members of the special committee tasked with agreeing on a new pension plan say that's NOT a factor in their deliberations. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:


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Education
3:05 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

SIU president retiring next June

SIU President Glenn Poshard will step down from his post next summer. The long-time administrator says it's time for him to slow down, and he's ready for the next chapter in his life.

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Government
3:00 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

No August paychecks for state lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers will not get their paychecks for the month of August.  

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