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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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State News
2:01 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Daley wants to get rid of Regional Transportation Authority

Bill Daley says he wants to eliminate the agency that oversees all other transit agencies around Chicago.

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State News
7:27 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Obama addresses the cost of getting a college degree

President Barack Obama used part of his speech at Knox College to address the price of earning a college degree. IPR'S Chris Lovingood has the story. 

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State News
7:23 am
Thu July 25, 2013

The consequences of school districts paying for their own pension costs

Chicago Public Schools continue to face severe budget problems. They are laying off staff and cutting programs. And part of the reason for those reductions has to do with the district’s pension obligations.Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold reports why Chicago Public Schools’ struggling pension system could actually turn into the model for every other school in Illinois.

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State News
7:07 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Former state lawmaker pleads guilty to mail fraud

Connie Howard leaves federal court house in Springfield
Credit Amanda Vinicky / WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

Prosecutors will recommend six months of prison time for a former state legislator who Wednesday pleaded guilty to mail fraud.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

From 1995 through last summer, Connie Howard traveled from Chicago to Springfield to serve as a member of the Illinois House. This time, she returned to make an appearance in federal court. 
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Politics
4:42 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Obama sounds familiar themes at Knox College speech

Speaking to a boisterous crown at Knox College today, President Obama outlined what he wants to do to rebuild the middleclass.  IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:

 


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State News
12:46 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

FEMA again extends deadline for flood victims to register for assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline that individuals affected by extreme flooding can apply for assistance. Today was supposed to be the final day. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Businesses and people affected by this spring's storms and flooding now have until August 8 to register. FEMA says it extended the deadline another 15 days because it wants to make sure sure all people affected are able to apply for disaster assistance. 

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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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