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State News
5:04 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

State's year end bills mount

Illinois is ringing in the fiscal new year with 6-point-1 billion dollars in unpaid bills. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, it's only expected to get worse.

Illinois' budget year ended Sunday, but Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says she still has thousands of bills to pay, in fact, 73,184 bills to pay, and that doesn't even include figures from other state agencies.

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State News
7:12 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Il prison watchdog group says many people with mental illness end up in prison

Last week, prison officials in Indiana announced they'd soon add programs for mentally ill inmates, and house them in a special facility. A few days earlier, a report from a prison watchdog group raised concerns about the same kind of inmates in an Illinois prison. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.

The John Howard Association, a prison-monitoring group, says the demise of our mental health system in recent decades means a lot of people with mental illness end up in prison.

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State News
7:02 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife to be sentenced this week

A federal judge this week is set to sentence Jesse Jackson Junior and his wife for stealing campaign money. As IPR’S Alex Keefe reports, his lawyers are expected to bring up the ex-Congressman’s mental illness.

Jackson Junior pleaded guilty in February to stealing 750-thousand dollars from his campaign account and spending it on lavish personal items - furs, electronics, a Rolex watch.

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Sports
5:33 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Thousands celebrate Blackhawks in Chicago

Thousands celebrated the Blackhawks championship Friday at Grant Park.  Some arrived with a group of friends.  But one die-hard fan came alone.  IPR’s Michael Puente reports: 


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Education
7:16 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Quinn: education funding not enough

After years of state budget cuts, Illinois schools will get roughly level funding under legislation signed into law Thursday. But Governor Pat Quinn says it's still not enough. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more. 


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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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