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Government
7:07 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Special pension committee meets

The latest special legislative panel formed to find a pension solution met for the first time in Chicago Thursday.  As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, it sounded a lot like every other Illinois pension committee: 


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State News
7:13 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Il Gay rights activists say Supreme Court ruling on DOMA is bittersweet

Expect a raucous time at this weekend's annual Pride Parade in Chicago. Gay right activists will celebrate the death of "DOMA," or the Defense of Marriage Act. Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling declaring the Act unconstitutional is a major victory for advocates, who had a disappointing spring in Illinois. 

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State News
6:58 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Ford Edsel enthusiasts converge in Springfield

The Ford Edsel is widely known for being one of the greatest marketing flops in history. It had a brief run from 1958 to 1960. But not everyone gave up on the Edsel as Illinois Public Radio’s Rachel Otwell explains:  

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State News
6:47 am
Thu June 27, 2013

The impact of the Mississippi River dam

The completion of the dam that spans the Mississippi River between Keokuk and Hamilton was supposed to mean big things for the region. In the fourth and final part of the series, Damming the Mighty Mississippi, Public Radio’s Jason Parrott looks at its impact in both 1913 and 2013.

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Government
9:37 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Quinn: pension failure means more bond interest

Governor Pat Quinn says Illinois' failure to solve its pension problem means the state will have to pay $130 million more in interest on bonds it sold Wednesday. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, a new study is questioning Illinois' low debt rating: 


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Courts
4:54 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

What the DOMA ruling means for Illinois couples

Wednesday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, has Illinois gay-rights advocates celebrating, and opponents reeling.  What it means as a practical matter for Illinois couples is complicated, as IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 


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State News
2:04 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Bill Brady announces another bid for governor

Illinois State Senator Bill Brady is hoping his third campaign for governor is a charm. The Bloomington Republican announced Wednesday he’s running for the executive branch again. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Bill Brady lost to incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn in 2010 by about 32,000 votes.  Four years earlier, he didn’t make it out of the Republican primary.  Brady says now, he’s learned where he needs to do better.

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State News
11:50 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Gay marriage advocates hope Supreme Court ruling helps their cause

Illinois advocates say Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act adds urgency to their fight to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The high court's decision means that in the eyes of the law, same sex couples who are legally married cannot be denied their equal right to federal benefits. But in Illinois, gay couples cannot legally marry.

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State News
6:55 am
Wed June 26, 2013

How Mississippi River dam and nearby power plant produce power

The Mississippi River dam between Keokuk and Hamilton and the nearby power plant were completed 100-years ago. In part three of the series, Damming the Mighty Mississippi, Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Parrott looks at how they work together to power the region.

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Government
8:59 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

State pension committee meets for first time Thursday

The latest effort to reach a compromise on a state pension overhaul involves a special panel of lawmakers.   The Illinois House and Senate conference committee was created to work out a deal that has, so far, eluded the legislature. GOP representative Jil Tracy of Mount Sterling is one of four Republicans on the ten-member panel which meets for the first time Thursday. She thinks they can come to an agreement:

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