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7:04 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Champaign County second in Il issuing same-sex couples marriage licenses

Marissa Meli, 28, and Laura Meli, 27, have been in a relationship for more than eight years, and on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 became the first same-sex couple in Champaign County to get a marriage license.
Credit Sean Powers / Illinois Public Radio/WILL

Champaign County is the second county in Illinois to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples before June 1. That’s when a state law says same-sex couples can marry.  A federal judge ruled last week that Illinois' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. That ruling applied to Cook County.

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State News
6:14 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Lawmaker wants to lessen low-level crime penalties

An Illinois lawmaker wants to reduce penalties for lower-level crimes, in exchange for increasing penalties on more serious offenses. The move could lower costs and ease the burden on the state's overcrowded prisons.

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State News
6:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

New state DCFS director is out

There’s a new acting director of Illinois’ child welfare agency. The previous director abruptly resigned Wednesday.

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Government
5:54 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

McLean County hopes to issue same sex marriage licenses early

Another downstate Illinois county says it hopes to issue marriage licenses to gay couples earlier than expected.

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Business
5:38 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Hundreds rally in Springfield on minimum wage

The battle over raising the minimum wage got lot louder Wednesday. Several hundred minimum wage workers and union members rallied in the Capitol. 

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Politics
3:20 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Dillard gains Retired Teachers Association endorsement

Credit Brian Mackey / IPR

In the Republican primary for governor, state Senator Kirk Dillard today picked up the endorsement of a group of retired teachers. But he and two of the other candidates are still being badly outspent by Bruce Rauner. In endorsing Dillard, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association praised his vote against a pension overhaul late last year -- though Dillard previously voted in FAVOR of cuts to pension benefits. Rauner, however, has given more than five million dollars of his own fortune to his campaign, including a $1.2 million dollar contribution earlier this week.

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State News
10:14 am
Wed February 26, 2014

GOP candidates for Lt. Governor face off in debate

GOP candidates for Lt. Governor participate in debate.
Credit Gary Zidek / Illinois Public Radio

The first Lt. Governor candidate debate took place last night in West Chicago. All four Republican running mates were invited, but like many GOP gubernatorial forums this winter there were only three participants. Illinois Public Radio’s Gary Zidek has the story.

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State News
6:57 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A discussion on genetic privacy

Adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine (abbreviated ATCG) are the four nucleotide bases that make up DNA.
Credit Jane Ades, NHGRI

It cost billions of dollars and took more than a decade to sequence the first human genome. That was more than ten years ago.

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State News
6:47 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Washington University and U of I researchers develop new type of pacemaker

This photo shows the new cardiac device ― a thin, elastic membrane ― fitted over a rabbit's heart. The membrane is imprinted with a network of electrodes that can monitor cardiac function and deliver an electrical impulse to correct an erratic heartbeat.
Credit University of Illinois and Washington University

Researchers at Washington University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new device that may one day help prevent heart attacks.

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State News
6:14 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Audit criticizes anti-violence program pushed by Quinn

An audit Tuesday criticized an anti-violence program Governor Pat Quinn pushed during his 2010 election campaign. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Republicans wasted no time in calling for an investigation.

The non-partisan audit says the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative was "hastily implemented" and did not use standard financial safeguards. It says there's no documentation of how communities were selected, and notes that not all the most violent parts of Chicago were included.

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