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Government
4:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

IL Lawmakers continue pension talks

Governor Pat Quinn may have rebuffed legislators' efforts at finding a pension solution and cancelled their pay.  But lawmakers key to negotiations are continuing talks anyway.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 

When the Governor cut legislators' salaries as a sort of punishment for their not passing a measure to bring down the state's pension costs, he didn't pick and choose. There was no mercy for legislators who had voted for controversial pension plans - including one Quinn had supported - but which didn't fully advance. Nor did he make an exception for the legislators who've attended countless meetings as part of special panels formed by the Governor.

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Government
7:08 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Legal questions for cutting lawmakers' pay

Legal questions surround Governor Pat Quinn's bold move Wednesday to strike legislators' salaries out of the state budget.  It's an unprecedented one --- though somewhat similar to an action taken by Quinn's predecessor, Rod Blagojevich.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:


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Concealed Carry
3:13 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Illinois State Rifle Association Files Suit Over Concealed Carry

BREAKING: Illinois lawmakers thought they were in the clear after meeting a federal court's deadline to pass a concealed carry law by July 9th.  But as Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports, the Illinois State Rifle Association says that's not good enough.

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State News
12:03 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Quinn eliminates salaries for lawmakers

Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday used his veto power to eliminate salaries for Illinois legislators. As IPR’S Brian Mackey reports, Quinn says until lawmakers fix the state's pension problem, they shouldn't get paid.

On Illinois' $100-billion unfunded pension liability, Quinn has been setting deadlines for more than a year. Until now, there haven't been any direct consequences for lawmakers when they've blown each of those deadlines. Quinn changed that in a big way.

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State News
6:23 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Lawmakers adjourn without acting on pension overhaul

Illinois legislators gathered all day Tuesday to deal with a new gun law then promptly adjourned without taking action on the state's pensions. As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports that sets the stage for another showdown between the governor and the General Assembly.

Yesterday was the deadline Gov. Pat Quinn had given legislators for getting a pension overhaul to his desk.

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Government
7:17 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Lawmakers reject Quinn veto of concealed carry

Illinois lawmakers Tuesday rejected Governor Pat Quinn's veto of concealed-carry legislation. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, it makes Illinois the last state to let people carry guns in public. 


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State News
6:27 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Deadline for two major state policy issues

Tuesday marks a deadline for state legislators on two major policy matters. As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports, both pit them against the Governor.

There's no fudging over the first deadline. It was set by a federal court. Illinois has until the end of today to pass a law legalizing the concealed carry of guns.

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State News
7:42 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Deadlines and the Governor

Tuesday is the latest deadline Governor Pat Quinn has set for overhauling Illinois' pension systems. It's part of what's become an ongoing pattern: Quinn sets a deadline, the General Assembly fails to meet it, Quinn sets another deadline, et cetera. 

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State News
7:23 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Lawmakers to vote on changes made to concealed carry bill

Illinois lawmakers are due back in Springfield this week. They’re expected to vote on changes the governor made to a concealed carry bill. Governor Pat Quinn says lawmakers caved to the National Rifle Association while negotiating the bill.

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State News
7:16 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Southern Il farmers discuss fruit and vegetable crop

A year ago, southern Illinois fruit and vegetables were struggling through a record drought. This year, growers say things couldn’t be more different, with cooler temperatures and much higher rain totals. Wayne Sirles is Vice President of Rendleman Farms in Union County. He says last year, peaches were ready much earlier than normal, and this year people will have to wait just a bit longer. 

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