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State News
6:37 am
Wed June 18, 2014

"Fair Maps" Group Gets Some Latitude In Fight For Ballot Spot

Twenty-seven feets' worth of voter signatures may still not be enough for a redistricting group's effort to make it on the November ballot.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:24 pm

A struggling effort to change how Illinois draws its legislative districts will live another day. State election authorities Tuesday (6/17) voted to give it some extra time to prove it deserves to make it on the November ballot.

Supporters were joyous last month when a semi-truck pulled into the state board of elections' parking lot in Springfield.

A campaign to overhaul the state's redistricting process was dropping off a 27-foot-long document, filled with a half million signatures.

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agriculture
1:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Chefs learn where their food comes from

About a dozen chefs from Chicago and central Illinois recently gathered for a two-day crash course on where their food comes from – the farm. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers tagged along. And a warning to our listeners, this story contains audio of animals being slaughtered.

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Sports
1:06 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Champaign-Urbana bid to host high school basketball tournaments

Nearly 20 years after losing out to Peoria, Champaign-Urbana hopes to once again host the Illinois state high school boys basketball tournament. And a bid will be made to host the girls tournament as well.  

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Environment
3:24 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Western Illinois University researches Asian Carp mitigation

Western Illinois University faculty members are researching ways to mitigate Asian carp in the upper Mississippi River basin. IPR’s Emily Boyer reports they’ve received 30-thousand dollars of federal funds for a second year of the study.

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State News
4:26 am
Tue June 17, 2014

IL takes part in earthquake drill

  Emergency responders from Illinois and nearby states are spending this week preparing for the possibility of a natural disaster that sounds out-of-place for the Midwest ... an earthquake. 

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State News
4:08 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Uof I employees will see COLAs

  The University of Illinois will give merit-based raises to its employees for a third straight year.  President Robert Easter announced the 2.5 percent raises in a mass e-mail Monday… effective with the start of the new appointment year in August. 

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State News
3:56 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Rethinking Chicago and political patronage

  A historic federal court ruling Monday means Chicago will no longer have a federal monitor guarding against political hiring at City Hall. As IPR’s Alex Keefe reports, it marks the end of the decades-old Shakman lawsuit.

Attorney Michael Shakman first sued the Cook County Democratic Party in 1969 - for using city employees to work on campaigns.  

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State News
3:44 am
Tue June 17, 2014

IL joins other states screening newborns for SCID

  Babies born in Illinois are already tested for dozens of disorders.  Now the state public health department is adding more to that list. Newborns will be tested for SCID (skid) -- a rare genetic disorder that makes babies especially susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. 

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State News
3:37 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Medicaid expansion law signed

Credit Peoria Public Radio

  Illinois will be able to continue to expand Medicaid, thanks to a new law signed by the governor MONDAY ... even as Republicans say the state is struggling to keep pace with previous growth.  Amanda Vinicky reports.

A couple years back, a bipartisan group of state legislators worked together to scale back Medicaid -- a government-backed program that gives health care coverage to the poor and disabled. Rep. Patti Bellock, a Republican from Hinsdale, says they were tasked with finding a way to save at least $1.6 billion in order to keep it from imploding.

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History
2:25 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Mother Jones Monument to get upgrades

Mother Jones Memorial
Credit Illinois AFL-CIO

   A labor group hopes that efforts to upgrade a nearly 80-year old monument in downstate Illinois will also bring a history lesson to new generations.  

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