State News

Government
4:03 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Quinn weighs-in on property tax issue

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he thinks he knows how homeowners could avoid higher property taxes.

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Government
3:12 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

State lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday after two weeks away. The top issue this spring remains whether to let the temporary tax increase drop at the end of the year as scheduled, or vote to keep the income tax rate at five percent. 

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Environment
3:07 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

10 state erosion conference held in Quad Cities

This week, engineers, contractors, and municipal workers from ten states will meet in the Quad Cities to learn how to prevent erosion and improve water quality. Tuesday through Thursday, two chapters of the International Erosion Control Association will hold a joint conference called, "Great Connections." Brian Stineman, Davenport's Natural Resources Manager, expects more than 200 people to attend the workshops, field trips, and other sessions.

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State News
6:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Parents urged to vaccinate school-aged children

Cases of mumps and measles are on the rise nationwide. Two mumps outbreaks in west-central Illinois are fueling the concern. Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel spoke with Illinois Department of Public Health director, Lamar Hasbrouck, about the causes  and next steps in handling the diseases. 

 

   

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State News
11:05 am
Fri April 25, 2014

ISU professor says John Paul the second's canonization is controversial

John McHale, author of "Saintly Sex."

For Catholics worldwide, the canonization in Rome this Sunday of Popes John the Twenty-third and John Paul the Second is a cause for celebration. But Illinois State University Professor John McHale has misgivings about the sainthood of Pope John Paul. He's co-authored a new book that criticizes John Paul's legacy with regard to the role of women in the church, priestly celibacy and the clergy sex abuse scandal. McHale spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Judy Valente.

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State News
7:25 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Higher ed not keeping up with demand for mental health services

Colleges and universities continue to see growing demand for mental health services. But national data published this month shows budgets and staffing levels for most campus counseling centers aren’t keeping up with that demand. Illinois Public Radio’s Ryan Weber reports on the effect it’s having on students in the final story of our series, “Unmet Needs: Living with Mental Illness in Central Illinois.”  

University of Illinois student Hann Lindahl started to develop her anxiety in high school. It went untreated, and, during her first years of college, the anxiety grew, and so did the binging, and she started...

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State News
7:04 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Roger Ebert statue unveiled in Champaign

Artist Rick Harney poses next to his bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert on April 24, 2014 in Champaign, Ill.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

A life-sized bronze sculpture of Roger Ebert was unveiled Thursday outside the Virginia Theater in Champaign. The artist who designed the statue of the late movie critic sitting between two empty theater seats says the piece took six months to complete. 

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State News
6:58 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Springfield ordinances for Lincoln's funeral unearthed

Members of the Lincoln Funeral Coalition look through the 150 year old ordinances.
Credit Lee Strubinger / Illinois Public Radio/WUIS

Organizers are getting ready for next year’s anniversary reenactment of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. The Coalition received a gift from the City of Springfield, four resolutions the city adopted for the funeral in April 1865.

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State News
6:52 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Prospects dim for graduated income tax

A proposal for a graduated income tax is stalled in the Illinois General Assembly. The plan, where the more you earn, the more you pay, would require amending the state's constitution. But it's unclear whether it has the support it needs before an early May deadline.

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State News
1:59 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Quinn in favor of term limits

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says a constitutional amendment enacting term limits is not a new concept and he hopes to see one this year. IPR'S Jennifer Fuller reports.

Governor Quinn says he is no stranger to the issue of term limits in Illinois. During a stop in Marion Thursday, Quinn pointed out he was in southern Illinois 20 years ago promoting that idea for statewide office holders and lawmakers.

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