State News

Courts
8:22 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

IL Justice Kilbride concludes three-year term

The Illinois court system will get a new leader next week. Friday Tom Kilbride concludes his 3-year term as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and on Monday Justice Rita Garman will take over.  IPR’s Herb Trix has more:

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Government
4:01 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Quinn not ruling out raising income tax

 The last time he ran for governor, Pat Quinn embraced raising Illinois' income tax rate.  He's not doing that this time around, though he's not ruling it out, either:

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State News
3:25 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

State funding announced for Moline I Wireless Center

The state of Illinois will help modernize the I Wireless Center in Moline. Thursday, Governor Pat Quinn came to the Quad Cities to formally announce a four-million-dollar grant from the public works program, Illinois Jobs Now.

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Health
1:21 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

State Sen. Rose: conspiracy to shut out Health Alliance

State Senator Chapin Rose says state regulators conspired to shut out Health Alliance on a technicality.  The Mahomet Republican was among the lawmakers in a legislative hearing Wednesday, questioning the decision to choose four other providers of Medicare Advantage retiree contracts.  

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State News
1:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Il Congressman grills health care website developers

During a Congressional hearing Thursday Collinsville Republican John Shimkus grilled the private contractors tasked with building the new federal health care website. Technical glitches continue to disrupt the rollout of the online health insurance exchanges.

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State News
6:42 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Little accomplished in first week of veto session

Illinois legislators were supposed to meet this week for three days as part of the fall veto session. Instead they left Springfield after only two. Little was accomplished during that time. 

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State News
6:24 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Gambling expansion hearing brings up same concerns

An Illinois legislator is trying to re-start negotiations over a big expansion of gambling. Talks broke down in May, and Democratic state Representative Bob Rita, from Blue Island, says nothing has happened since then.

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Health
6:17 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Group questions using healthcare hotline number

As the federal government continues to grapple with glitches in the new health insurance website, President Obama this week encouraged people to use the insurance exchanges' telephone hotline instead.

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Government
6:12 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

IL House fails to override museum veto

Many Illinois museums will continue to have to offer 52 free days a year. That's after the Illinois House failed to override a veto of legislation that would have cut that number in half.   The museum proposal is one of the few actual vetoes lawmakers had to deal with during their veto session.

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State News
4:40 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Mayor Ardis, state mayors, urge immigration reform

Nearly two-dozen Illinois mayors, including Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, are urging the state’s Congressional delegation to support immigration reform.  The mayors are making a business case, rather than pushing for a particular bill.  They say updating the nation’s immigration policy would be an economic boon by creating jobs and increasing revenues.  Champaign Mayor Don Gerard says that’s critical for his community, which is home to the University of Illinois’ flagship campus.

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