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6:26 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Celebrations for Blackhawks win go late into the night

The celebrating went late into the night in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

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Courts
5:38 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

New state rules aim to make court process easier

A new set of rules from the Illinois Supreme Court are aimed at making it easier for people to use the court system. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 


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State News
2:52 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Central Illinois churches react to new Boy Scouts policy

A month has gone by since the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to begin accepting openly gay scouts, effective next year.  

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State News
7:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

100th anniversary of Mississippi River dam

Credit: Mississippi River Power 100 Facebook page

The 100th anniversary of the completion of the dam that spans the Mississippi River between Keokuk and Hamilton will be celebrated this weekend. Thousands are expected to attend in the four-day event… which begins Thursday. Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Parrott will prepare us for it with his series: Damming the Mighty Mississippi. He starts off by looking at how the idea of building the dam first came together.

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State News
7:17 am
Mon June 24, 2013

More than two weeks left for state to enact concealed carry legislation

Two weeks and one day remain until a federal court deadline for Illinois to enact a law allowing people to carry guns in public. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Lawmakers approved concealed-carry legislation on the last day of their regular session in May, but Gov. Pat Quinn has refused to say what he plans to do with it. Asked about it last week, after his special session on pensions, Quinn was typically non-committal.

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Agriculture
4:55 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Davis reacts to Farm Bill’s failure

Thursday’s failure of the farm bill in the U.S. House of Representatives came as a surprise. The measure made significant cuts to the food-stamp program. But it was not enough for some Republicans, and too much for some Democrats.

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State News
8:28 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Financial records gone in Washington Park

The state attorney general is being asked to investigate what happened to the financial records in the southwestern Illinois town of Washington Park. Village officials say they'd like to find the records, too. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 


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State News
10:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Congressman asks campaign official to step down for writing racist comments

Central Illinois Republican congressman Rodney Davis is asking a campaign official to step down from his party position after writing what's been called a racist email about Davis' primary challenger. 

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State News
6:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Will special committee succeed in solving state's pension problem?

The Illinois General Assembly's one-day special session on pensions came and went Wednesday. Governor Pat Quinn had initially demanded lawmakers send him legislation to overhaul the state's underfunded pension systems, but in the end he settled for a special committee. 

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Government
3:59 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

IL lawmakers create pension committee

The Illinois Legislature has taken action to create a committee to address the state's $97 billion pension problem. The House agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee after the Senate approved a similar motion Wednesday. Governor Pat Quinn requested the committee as a way to end a stalemate between the House and Senate. Senate President John Cullerton says there's no guarantee it will work but says it's "a very good step toward reaching a compromise":

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