State News

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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Budget
4:45 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Illinois House panel approves 2015 spending plan

Credit Flickr, Randy Von Liski

The Illinois House took a key first step in the state budgeting process today. From the Statehouse, Illinois Public Radio's  Brian Mackey has more.

IPR's Brian Mackey reports.

The Illinois House adopted what's called a "revenue estimate" -- how much money Illinois is expected to be able to spend in the next fiscal year. Democratic Rep. John Bradley, from Marion, is chairman of the House Revenue Committee. That's significant in several ways. It's about a billion less than last year's number, which means lawmakers are going to have extend the tax increase or find other sources of money, or they'll have to make a lot of cuts. On the other hand, it's not as bad as some people had feared. 

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State News
7:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

College Illinois concerns

A central Illinois lawmaker wants to make changes to the state's pre-paid college tuition program because he says it's dangerously close to financial disaster. 

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Law
5:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

State senate looking at electronic tracking limits

The Illinois Senate is considering limits on the ways law enforcement can use electronic tracking information. Both privacy advocates and police are in favor of the change.

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State News
9:41 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Economist says Il had difficulty coming out of the recession

Credit igpa.uillinois.edu

Illinois, like many states, suffered financially during the recession. But an economist says Illinois was in a weaker position to deal with the challenge. 

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State News
7:07 am
Mon February 24, 2014

U of I initiative receives 70-million dollar federal grant

An initiative announced by the University of Illinois more than a year ago now has the funding to build its Chicago-based manufacturing hub.

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