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8:26 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Breast Milk Drop Off Site To Open in Champaign

Donated breast milk at the Indiana Mother's Milk Bank in Indianapolis.
Credit Indiana Mother's Milk Bank

Many lactation experts say newborns can get their nutrition needs met through formula, but that breast milk is preferred because of the additional health benefits. When mothers can’t produce enough breast milk for their baby or can’t use their breast milk due to medical reasons, donated milk is available. But not enough of it, due to a nationwide shortage of pasteurized breast milk.

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6:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library could become an independent state agency

An Illinois House panel has approved a proposal to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum an independent state agency. House Speaker Michael Madigan is sponsoring the measure, and says he's "spent a little time studying the issue."

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6:45 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Lawmakers advance bill to start hydraulic fracturing process sooner

Legislation intended to hasten the arrival of hydraulic fracturing in Illinois is advancing in the General Assembly. Illinois authorized the oil and gas extraction technique, commonly known as "fracking," last year.

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6:25 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Il Democrats abandoning efforts to keep 5% income tax rate

Illinois Democrats are abandoning efforts to keep the income tax rate at its current level, and not let it drop. Illinois’ state income tax rate is scheduled to go down in January From five percent to 3-point-75.

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6:17 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Bipartisan Support For Earned Income Tax Credit, But Budget Stands In Way

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 4:55 pm

  With less than a week remaining in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session, advocates are still working to double the state's tax credit for the working poor.

Advocates say the Earned Income Tax Credit is more effective at lifting people out of poverty than welfare or raising the minimum wage.

More than 900,000 Illinois workers receive the state's version of the EITC, which is currently worth 10 percent of the federal version of the credit.

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6:16 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Marijuana Cousin Winding Way Through General Assembly

Hemp rope

Originally published on Mon May 26, 2014 12:05 pm

Universities in Illinois may soon get the chance to research industrial hemp.  HB5085 is weaving it's way through the legislature.Lee Strubinger reports.

The Illinois Farm Bureau has been pushing the idea.  But hemp was banned in the 1970’s and labeled a controlled substance, as it is related to marijuana.

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State News
7:42 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Gas prices to be slightly lower this summer

As the summer driving season gets underway, look for gasoline prices to be slightly lower this summer, compared to last year. That’s the prediction from Patrick DeHaan of the gas price tracking website GasBuddy.com.

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6:18 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Il lawmakers return to Springfield Monday

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield Monday. With just six days remaining before the scheduled summer adjournment, , the state budget remains the top issue. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Lawmakers have a difficult choice: slash spending on things like education and health care, or vote to make the current five percent income tax rate permanent. It's scheduled to drop by more than a percentage point at the end of the year.
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11:50 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Il House rejects "doomsday" budget

The Illinois House has overwhelmingly rejected a 34.5 billion dollar "doomsday'" budget that would mean deep cuts to schools and social services next year. The budget plan was developed by legislative leaders after it became clear there weren't enough votes to support an earlier budget that relied on extending Illinois' temporary income tax increase.

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7:05 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Il House could vote on leaner budget Friday

The Illinois House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a budget that would make drastic cuts across state government. This is the budget Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats have been warning about. It would cut spending across Illinois government, from prisons to human services to schools.

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