State News

State News
6:22 am
Wed July 24, 2013

U of I professor running for Illinois' 13th Congressional District

Both major political parties will have a primary race in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. University of Illinois Physics professor and Democrat George Gollin launched his run Tuesday with supporters at the Champaign County Fair. The first-time candidate says he’s still learning about fundraising, but has met with backers who are familiar with science and higher education policy:

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Floods
5:45 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Wed. last day to apply for federal flood assistance

Wednesday is the last day individuals affected by extreme flooding in the spring can apply for federal assistance.

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Government
5:36 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lawmakers weigh-in on pension proposals

A key committee of legislators continue to formulate a new way to overhaul state pensions, but early indications are that it does not apply to all of the state's retirement systems.   At least one representative wants to make sure any changes are felt across the board. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more: 


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State News
3:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Quinn cashes in on bet with Massachusetts governor

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is cashing in on his bet with the Massachusetts’ governor following the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win over the Boston Bruins.

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State News
12:00 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Shuttered Dwight prison could soon have purpose

Officials in Livingston County could vote as soon as next month to reuse part of the shuttered Dwight Correctional Center. 

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State News
6:08 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Governor enacts new law expanding Medicaid

Even as Congress looks to further roll back President Barack Obama's signature health care program, his home state is officially implementing a key part of it. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more on a new Illinois law expanding Medicaid.

For the first time, low-income adults without children will be eligible for Medicaid. Specifically, adults within 138-percent of the poverty level, so someone making just under $16,000.

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State News
6:03 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Daley says he wants to see IL's income tax drop

A candidate for Illinois governor says he wants to see the state’s income tax rate drop in 2015. Democratic challenger Bill Daley says two years ago, the legislature approved a hike in the income tax rate. He’d allow that hike to expire in two years.

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State News
1:06 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Illinois home sales up

Sales of existing homes in Illinois were up 14-point-9 percent in June from previous year levels, and median home prices increased 9-point-7 percent according to the Illinois Association of Realtors. Geoffrey Hewings with the University of Illinois’ Regional Economics Applications Laboratory says he’s not ready to call the increases a trend, but he says it’s certainly an improvement from the lower home sales and prices that came with the collapse of the housing bubble.

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State News
7:53 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Debate over whether government should continue supporting sugar growers

Candy shop owner Rob Flesher says companies like his pay more for sugar thanks to government sugar supports.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

The average American consumes nearly 40-pounds of refined sugar a year. And behind all those sweet snacks, a stealthy and heated battle is taking place over whether the government should continue to help out sugar growers. Yes, this is a farm bill issue. But as Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse reports, it’s one that has a very direct impact on consumers’ wallets:

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State News
7:14 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Lisa Madigan's decision to not run for governor could shake up Republican leadership

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's decision to run for re-election will have its biggest effect on the democratic primary for governor. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it could also lead to a change in leadership among Republicans in the Illinois House.

State Rep. Tom Cross, a Republican from Oswego who's been House Minority Leader since 2002, says "many" people approached him to consider running for AG when it was thought Madigan was likely to run for governor.

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