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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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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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