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State News
8:48 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Kelly takes over as IL newest representative

Illinois’ newest representative in the U-S House was sworn in Thursday afternoon. Robin Kelly fills the seat long held by Jesse Jackson Junior. 

 

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State News
8:08 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Murray Developmental Center in Centralia to close

Under the direction of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois is closing another state facility for people with severe developmental disabilities.  He shuttered the Jacksonville Developmental Center last year.  Next, is the Murray Developmental Center, in Centralia.  But he admits, he has never been to either.  

IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:

Governor Pat Quinn was walking toward the Capitol Thursday when he was confronted by Rita Winkeler.

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State News
7:16 am
Fri April 12, 2013

IL House votes to remove lt. gov. from state constitution

Members of the Illinois House say the services of the lieutenant governor are no longer needed. They're not targeting current officeholder Sheila Simon, but the actual job itself. 

IPR’s Brian Mackey has more:
It's often been attributed to John Nance Garner that the job of vice president "is not worth a bucket of warm spit." Members of the Illinois House of Representatives seem to have similar ideas about the office derisively called the "lite guv." They voted 83-28 to eliminate the job from the Illinois Constitution.

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Government
9:54 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Gun-control advocates rally in Springfield

As Illinois lawmakers consider lifting the concealed-carry ban, activists rallied to call on legislators to also enact new gun regulations. A court has given the state until early June to pass a law allowing people to carry guns in public.   While gun-control advocates like Senator Dan Kotowski have accepted that, they say Illinois can still enact restrictions. 

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Government
9:50 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Quinn questioned on closing state facilities

Under the direction of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois is closing another state facility for people with severe developmental disabilities.  He shuttered the Jacksonville Developmental Center last year.  Next, is the Murray Developmental Center, in Centralia.  But he admits, he has never been to either.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.:  Governor Pat Quinn was walking toward the Capitol Thursday when he was confronted by Rita Winkeler.

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Health
3:30 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Cigarette makers promote tobacco in Springfield

  Cigarette manufacturers were in Springfield Thursday urging lawmakers to promote other forms of tobacco as an alternative to smoking. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, public health officials say it's a dangerous message: 


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State News
7:04 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Proposed legislation targets hazing

Students in Illinois who commit hazing against classmates face fines, probation, and even time behind bars. A proposal that advanced in the Illinois legislature Wednesday would extend those penalties to school personnel who fail to report such incidents to police. 

Representative Martin Moylan, a Democrat from Des Plaines, says his legislation follows an incident in his district earlier this year. A high school soccer coach was fired when several freshmen were allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted as part of a hazing ritual.

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State News
6:50 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Residents to be moved from Centralia developmental center

Governor Pat Quinn says Illinois will "soon" move the first residents out of the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Addressing a rally of "community care" activists Wednesday, Quinn said getting people out of large institutions and into smaller group homes provides a better quality of life.

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State News
6:22 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Legislators and regulators clash over casino

Members of the Illinois Senate clashed with gambling regulators Wednesday over a plan to put a casino in Chicago. What started as policy disagreements turned into personal attacks.

IPR's Brian Mackey reports:
Chicago's casino would have a feature that Gaming Board officials say is unique in America: the city would own it. Construction and management decisions would be made by a special "authority" - like the ones that run White Sox park, Navy Pier and McCormick Place.

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State News
6:07 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Multi-millionaire contemplating run for governor

A multi-millionaire exploring a bid for governor attempted to win over lawmakers during a visit to the state's capital city Wednesday. 

IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports:

Bruce Rauner hasn't officially declared his candidacy for governor, yet. He's got an exploratory committee, though, that his spokesman says has taken him on nearly 30 stops  so far, from East St. Louis, to Champaign, Rockford to Vandalia. The spokesman confirms: his latest stop was in Springfield where sources say he met with nearly two dozen state legislators. 

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