State News

State News
6:16 am
Wed March 13, 2013

IL at risk to fall back into recession

As the country's economy slowly improves, an economist says there are several reason why Illinois' is not. Edward Boss the chief economist for the state's government forecasting commission. He says Illinois is one of just a handful of states at risk to fall back into a recession.

Read more
Education
7:30 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Illinois education board asks for more funding

A week after Governor Pat Quinn suggested lawmakers slash the state's education budget -- Illinois school officials are asking them to instead increase spending on schools. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 

 The chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, Gery Chico, says public schools can't afford any more cuts. He says they're already eliminating extracurricular activities, getting rid of staff, and shortening the school day.
Read more
Environment
5:56 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Environmentalists pressure advocates on fracking issue

A coalition of environmental groups accuse other advocates of selling out when it comes to the drilling technique known as "hydraulic fracturing."  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.  

 Environmentalists have warned of the dangers of "fracking" - a process that extracts natural gas or oil by pumping millions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground.That's why it was a big deal a couple weeks ago that the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council stood with business leaders to announce they'd reached an agreement that could pave the way for fracking in Illinois.
Read more
Government
3:42 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Illinois, SEC reach settlement

Illinois has reached a settlement with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, which accused the state of misleading investors about the depth of its pension problems.

Read more
State News
7:47 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Quinn's budget at odds with General Assembly spending cap

The top leaders of the General Assembly are sending strong signals they won't go along with key parts of Governor Pat Quinn's budget.  They're insistent Illinois spend less than the Governor has proposed.

Read more
State News
7:14 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Department of Public Health renewing emphasis on HIV awareness

The Illinois Department of Public Health says when it comes to HIV awareness, sexually-active women and young girls are often overlooked.  The Department putting a renewed emphasis on teaching women to protect themselves, and how to get tested.

Read more
State News
6:56 am
Mon March 11, 2013

AFSCME's agreement treats new employees differently

If Governor Pat Quinn's agreement with AFSCME, Illinois' largest public employee union, goes through, new employees will be treated differently than those already on the payroll. Union members get pay boosts the longer they work for the state. Quinn's Chief of Staff, Jack Lavin, says it will take longer for new hires reach those step increases, and he says they'll start off making less too.  “And new, to achieve the top of that job classification it was previously eight years, now it’ll be 11 years.

Read more
State News
6:16 am
Fri March 8, 2013

IL House continues to address state's pension problem

The Illinois House continued test votes on measures to address the state's pension problem, and after a series of failures, one finally passed. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, most Republicans are still boycotting the process.

Read more
State News
6:12 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Quinn to address innefficient boards and commissions

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn may have a hard time getting most of his budget through the General Assembly, but he is expected to act Friday on one proposal that doesn't require getting legislators' approval.  

Read more
Government
3:36 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Counties focus on mental illness, gun access

More Illinois counties are complying with a law intended to keep guns away from people with mental illness. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports: 

 An audit last year found only three county court clerks reported people with "disqualifying mental health conditions" to the Illinois State Police.  Now, that number's up to 27.  Jessica Tramme is chief of the firearm services bureau for the Illinois State Police.She says a change in January means judges MUST order court clerks to notify the State Police when people are found "mental defective" or "intellectually disabled."
Read more

Pages