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3:11 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Quinn signs law on fracking

Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law what's touted as the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking."   Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports:
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2:17 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Bill Daley attacks rivals on pension reform

Bill Daley is attacking his Democratic rivals ahead of next year’s race for Illinois governor. His main beef with them - how they’ve handled proposed reforms to the state’s retirement systems. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Daley says incumbent Governor Pat Quinn hasn’t been a good leader on what many call the top issue facing Illinois, cutting the state’s 100 billion dollar pension debt.

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1:53 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Sterling company features minor league baseball players in commericals

A Lumber Kings player featured in Wahl Clipper commercials. Credit: WVIK, Rockford, Il

When a northwestern Illinois company wanted to promote a new line of men's grooming products, it decided to use some "everyday guys" instead of professional models. And 50 miles away in eastern Iowa it found those "guys" - members of the Clinton Lumber Kings minor league baseball team.  IPR'S Herb Trix reports.

 

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7:07 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Special session unlikely to produce agreement on pension reform

Get ready for Illinois lawmakers to leave Springfield later this week with no agreement on pension reform … again. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called pension reform his top priority the past two years. The state has about 100 billion dollars in debt related to retirement benefits, and that’s growing. But the top Democrats in the Senate and the House haven’t agreed on the best way to cut retirement benefits, creating a rift between allies.

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7:04 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Group fights transparency issues within concealed carry legislation

Governor Pat Quinn says he's reviewing the compromise legislators reached on concealed carry.  No matter what action the governor takes, the measure's sponsor says it needs a minor fix, following concerns about transparency. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains. 

Illinois residents would be able to carry guns in public under the measure before Governor Quinn. First, they would have to get a concealed carry permit.  The measure creates a state board to review applications.

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6:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Arguments against recommended prison sentence for ex-Congressman begins today

Credit: NPR

Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Junior Monday are expected to argue against prosecutors’ recommended prison sentences for the ex-Congressman and his wife. IPR’S Alex Keefe reports.

The government wants to send former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson to prison first for 18 months while the former Congressman stays with their two kids. Prosecutors then want Jackson Junior to serve four years once his wife gets out.

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7:56 am
Fri June 14, 2013

What it's like to have a superhero for a neighbor

Today “Man of Steel,” the latest Superman movie, opens in theaters across the country. Much of the film was shot in Chicago, a stand-in for the comic book’s fictional Metropolis. But some folks downstate may take issue with that. 

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7:47 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Livingston County Sheriff wants to use Dwight prison for county inmates

The Livingston County Sheriff hopes to convince state and local officials to re-open a portion of the closed Dwight prison for housing county inmates.

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7:26 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Republicans wants to use tax credits to keep college students in the state

State politicians have focused on using tax credits to keep companies in Illinois.  House Republicans want to use that tactic to keep students here too.  IRPS' Amanda Vinicky reports.

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7:22 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Hillary Clinton visits Chicago

Hillary Clinton was in Chicago Thursday making one of her first big speeches since stepping down as Secretary of State. There’s already speculation about her possible presidential bid in 2016. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

Clinton DID give the obligatory nod to the hometown sports team....

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