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2:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Political scientist says not to underestimate Quinn

Politicians looking to take over the governor's mansion have gotten a lot of attention lately, but a politician scientist warns not to discount the man occupying it now.  IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Most voters are less than impressed by Governor Pat Quinn's performance and according to polls, they haven't been for a while. Which helps explain why he's got so many challengers. 

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1:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

House Republican leader says Democrats are playing politics with pension reform

The top Republican in the Illinois House of Representatives says he thinks Democratic leaders are purposely not passing pension reform for their own political gain. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

 

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There are lots of conspiracies for why pension reform hasn’t been approved. One is that it’s purely a legal debate over how to interpret the constitution.

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1:37 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Cat partnering with community college

Caterpillar wants to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. Wednesday, it announced a partnership with the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, starting with an exhibit in downtown Davenport.

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7:01 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Il lawmakers say more federal money is needed for transportation projects

Illinois officials and lawmakers say state transportation projects would benefit from more federal support.When she testified before three members of Congress Tuesday, Democratic State Representative Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook, said the federal government hasn't budgeted money to passenger trains since 2010. She says Illinois was forced to come up with the needed 10-million dollars on its own.

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1:03 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Lincoln's homework expands understanding of teaching methods at the time

Courtesy of WGLT

This just in…Abraham Lincoln's math homework was correct! Researchers have connected a new fragment of Lincoln's earliest known handwritten manuscript to other records of the 16th President. Illinois Public Radio’s Charlie Schlenker reports this expands the understanding of Lincoln and of teaching methods of the times.

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7:14 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. still reviewing concealed carry legislation

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is not saying if he will sign a bill allowing residents to carry concealed guns. The state legislature approved a concealed carry bill after a federal court ruled Illinois’ ban unconstitutional.

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7:11 am
Tue June 11, 2013

School transportation state funding to remain the same

The budget lawmakers approved would keep school transportation funding next year the same as this year.  But as IPR’S Chris Slaby reports, Illinois school districts still face financial struggles.

Lawmakers say they were able to accomplish this because of what they call the "April surprise," when Illinois collected an extra one-point-five billion dollars in tax revenue. Anthony Galindo is the superintendent of the Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley district.  He says the "surprise" amounts to an extra 300-thousand dollars there.

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7:05 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. says lawmakers should take a lesson from the Chicago Blackhawks

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state legislature could take a lesson from the Chicago Blackhawks in passing pension reform. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Lawmakers adjourned from Springfield without passing what many consider the biggest issue facing the state: its increasing pension obligations. So Governor Quinn called them back for a special session next week, saying they should take the two rival pension reform plans, put them on the same bill, and pass them both. He says he knows of another team that got the job done when it was needed.

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6:56 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Political scientist says Gov. needs a win on pension reform

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn “Desperately needs a win” on pension reform. That’s the conclusion of political scientist Kent Redfield. The U of I Springfield professor spoke ahead of next week’s special session on pensions, which Quinn ordered. Redfield says the Governor repeatedly blamed pension costs for the state's budget problems. If no agreement is reached, Redfield says, Quinn will look weak going into next year’s primary election:

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6:53 am
Tue June 11, 2013

IDOC official resigns

A top official at the Illinois Department of Corrections has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment. Department spokesman Tom Shaer says two investigations focused on Deputy Director Ty Bates were launched about two months ago. He resigned after the investigations concluded and punishment, including suspension, was announced.

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