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Politics
4:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Harold Launches Bid for Congress in Urbana

Former Miss America Erika Harold has vowed to reach out to those who aren’t traditional Republican voters.  Harold announced her run to seek the GOP nomination for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in front of Urbana High School Tuesday.  

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State News
4:42 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Quinn: ready to call special session amid pension uncertainty

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’s ready to call a special session.  That’s after lawmakers failed to pass a pension plan last week.  Illinois Public Radio’s Susie An reports.

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State News
3:22 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Lawmakers considered numerous measures for IL veterans

Illinois lawmakers considered at least two-dozen proposals related to veterans during the spring session.Among those getting approval, allowing prospective law enforcement officers to substitute a college degree with military experience, and reducing requirements for veterans to obtain hunting licenses.  Republican Representative C-D Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville, sponsored several pieces of military legislation.  But he says there are limits:

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State News
6:24 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Lawmakers reject plan to help Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools’ budget problems could go from bad to worse. That comes after Illinois lawmakers rejected a plan for the schools to delay pension payments. IPR’S Tony Arnold explains.

Three years ago, the Illinois state legislature gave Chicago Public Schools what critics would call a pension holiday where the district could stall on making payments to its retirement system. That’s set to expire at the end of this month meaning Chicago’s schools will have to make room for an extra 400 million dollars in its budget to pay for teachers’ pensions.

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Government
9:22 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Another downgrade for IL credit rating

Illinois' credit rating has suffered another downgrade.  It follows the General Assembly's adjournment Friday without any agreement on what to do about the state's pension systems.   Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky has more: 


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Government
9:14 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Sexual abuse filing measure heads to Governor

Victims of sexual abuse in Illinois have a limited amount of time in which to file charges.But a proposal on its way to the governor would cut back some of those limits.

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State News
9:32 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Two broadband projects underway in Il

A push to bring high speed internet access to smaller communities and rural areas was a key part of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package. One of the first projects to gain funding in Illinois was the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority, or DATA. It was followed soon after by iFiber, a project to bring broadband to counties in north central and northwest Illinois. As Illinois Public Radio’s Guy Stephens reports, both are now moving from the construction phase to implementation.

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State News
7:13 am
Mon June 3, 2013

What's next for gay marriage issue?

Gay couples in Illinois hoping to have their wedding this summer got some bad news Friday. The state House of Representatives did not call the bill legalizing same-sex marriage for a vote. Illinois Public Radio’s Tony Arnold reports on what went into that decision, and where the issue goes from here. 

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State News
7:06 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Il GOP has new party chairman

Illinois Republicans have a new state party chairman. The selection was made this weekend in Springfield.  IPR'S Sean Crawford reports:

Longtime political operative and lobbyist Jack Dorgan was chosen at a state central committee meeting.  Dorgan beat out a field of 6 other hopefuls,  some who said the party is broken.  Dorgan has a different view.

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State News
7:01 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Dan Rutherford running for governor

Today is day two of state Treasurer Dan Rutherford's three-day tour of Illinois. He's meeting with supporters to say he's OFFICIALLY running for governor. Rutherford has been laying the groundwork to run for years, making the formal announcement one of the least surprising events in Illinois politics. So we asked reporter IPR'S Brian Mackey to find something about Rutherford's announcement that WAS surprising.

Like many Republican candidates, Rutherford likes to remind people he was a businessman. And although he was the only Republican senator to vote for civil unions in 2010, he's opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage. Nothing too surprising about any of that. But Rutherford is distinguishing himself on a matter of tax policy.

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