State News

Environment
5:56 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

IL fracking registration begins for companies

It'll likely be next year before oil and gas companies looking to "frack" in Illinois can begin. But the registration process is underway.

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State News
6:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Quinn appeals to state’s high court

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is seeking a direct appeal to the state's high court, as he tries to withhold legislators' pay.

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Health
4:03 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

State removes Health Alliance from retiree contracts

The state of Illinois has removed Urbana-based Health Alliance from its list of retiree contracts, as of January 2014. 

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Politics
3:49 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

IL lawmakers get pay restored

After going without pay for three months, Illinois legislators' paychecks are in the bank.  

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State News
8:01 am
Wed October 2, 2013

ADM requests up to 20-million dollars in tax breaks to stay in Il

As Archer Daniels Midland plans to move its headquarters out of Decatur, Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to award tax breaks to keep the agribusiness giant in Illinois. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more on ADM's request Tuesday for up to twenty-four million dollars in tax breaks.

At a legislative hearing in Chicago, representatives of ADM told lawmakers they wanted incentives worth $1.2 million a year for up to 20 years. In return, the company would keep its headquarters in Illinois, likely in Chicago.

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State News
7:54 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Hard to get farm bill info during shutdown

The partial shutdown of the federal government is hitting at the same time that the farm bill expires. IPR’s Scott Stuntz looks at what that might mean for farmers in the tri-states. 

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State News
7:44 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal gov. shutdown turning into campaign fodder

A day into the federal government shutdown, it's already turning into campaign fodder for next year's election.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Congressman Rodney Davis is facing competition from both sides as he aims to hold onto his central Illinois Congressional seat. The Taylorville Republican is looking at a primary challenge from former Miss America Erika Harold; three candidates are trying for the Democratic nomination: University of Illinois physicist George Gollin, U of I social policy analyst David Green and former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis. Callis immediately pounced, saying Davis helped force the shutdown to score points with what she calls his "right wing base."

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Health
1:51 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

New health exchange brings technical glitches

Some Illinois residents trying to sign up for health insurance through the new exchange program Tuesday have run into technical glitches.  

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State News
6:52 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Partial shutdown to impact Il National Guard

The Illinois National Guard says the partial government shutdown is going to have a big impact on its operations and on communities. IPR'S Patrick Smith reports.

Captain Dustin Cammack says only about 70 of the guard’s 13 hundred civilian technicians will be allowed to work during the shutdown. That means more than 12 hundred maintenance workers, administrators and trainers who keep the guard running will be forced to stay home. Cammack says he and his fellow technicians are supposed to come into work today...

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State News
6:26 am
Tue October 1, 2013

New Il GOP House leader says same-sex marriage is likely in the state

The new leader of Illinois House Republicans says the writing seems to be on the wall for marriage equality in the state. House Minority Leader Jim Durkin said his personal religious convictions cause him to oppose gay marriage, but he acknowledged the likelihood it may someday be the law of the land.

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