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Politics
7:56 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Rutherford concedes campaign for governor

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford basically conceded his campaign for governor Tuesday. His standing in the polls plummeted after a former employee filed a lawsuit accusing the treasurer of sexual harassment and coercing him to do political work.

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State News
6:55 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Judge considering plan to fix Illinois' youth prison system

A federal judge is considering a plan to fix Illinois’ broken youth prison system. IPR'S Patrick Smith reports. 

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union submitted their joint plan on Friday. It arises out of a federal lawsuit brought by the ACLU in 2012. That suit alleges the state is violating federal law by providing inadequate education and mental health treatment to youth in its facilities.

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State News
6:25 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Voters head to the polls Tuesday

After months of campaigning, Illinois voters go to the polls Tuesday. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, turnout for recent primary elections has been quite low.

Jim Tenuto, with the State Board of Elections, says fewer than one in four registered voters has pulled a primary ballot in recent years. And leading up to the primary, things have been calm this year, too.

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Government
4:44 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Official: Illinois may need new prison

The director of the Illinois Department of Corrections says the state may need a new prison soon.

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State News
7:06 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The gubernatorial campaign ahead

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to select their parties nominees for Illinois governor. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports on what kind of campaign we can expect to see in the months ahead.

Dave Lundy is a Democratic strategist who’s not working for any candidate running for governor. Lundy says the Democratic nominee’s campaign will probably look like the 2012 presidential race, in which the Republican nominee is portrayed as being so wealthy, he’s out of touch.

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State News
7:01 am
Mon March 17, 2014

GOP candidates for governor make final campaign stops

Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Candidates are making their final pushes for support ahead of Tuesday's elections. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, it's all about getting out the vote.

As they travel the state on St. Patrick's Day, each of the Republicans seeking the party's nomination for governor are hoping for some luck they can carry over to election day.

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State News
6:46 am
Mon March 17, 2014

How new pension reform law could impact state university employees

Illinois’ new pension reform law is set to take effect this summer. That leaves many employees at state universities nearing retirement age with unanswered questions. Some longtime workers who rely on what’s called the money purchase formula may see a cut in their monthly retirement benefit if they don’t retire by July 1st.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Schilling, Bustos set to battle again for Congressional seat

The second battle for Congress between republican Bobby Schilling and democrat Cheri Bustos is officially underway. Sunday in the Quad Cities, Schilling launched his campaign to win back Illinois' 17th District seat.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

IL Republican Senate candidates have tough fight ahead, whoever wins

The two Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Illinois have just one more day to campaign before the primary. Whoever wins will have a tough fight in November’s general election.

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Government
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Can sin help Illinois’ budget?

When Illinois lawmakers are in need of more revenue, they often turn to sin.  

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