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Government
4:34 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Quinn meeting with pension committee members

Governor Pat Quinn went months without meeting with members of the special legislative committee formed to draft a new pension plan.  But he has ramped up efforts this month.

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State News
6:16 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Quinn mostly absent during pension negotiations

As he runs for re-election, Governor Pat Quinn is staking a lot on getting something done with Illinois' pensions. He's even making a show of asking the state Supreme Court let him cancel legislators' salaries until it's done.

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State News
6:06 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Reacting to the goverment shutdown

All the news about the government shutdown might have you feeling angry or anxious. Or maybe you think you don’t care. The study of political psychology suggests you do have SOME response, and your earliest impulse could have a big impact on how you act later. Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe explains. 

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Business
6:02 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Quinn defends ADM veto threat

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn defends his threat to veto legislation to give tax incentives to Archer Daniels Midland Company to keeps its headquarters in Illinois.

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Health
5:59 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Vets speak out on health care reform tax

Some veterinarians say the Affordable Care Act’s 2.3-percent tax on medical devices is unfair.

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Government
5:56 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Quinn to push for another capital construction program

Illinois’ largest capital construction program expires next year and Governor Pat Quinn says he hopes to launch a similar program.

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Business
5:44 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Waiting game for large plant relocation in Central Illinois

Illinois is still waiting to see if its attempts to lure a $1.1 billion fertilizer plant went far enough.   Lawmakers this spring authorized an approximately $30 million tax incentive package in an attempt entice executives of Chicago's Cronus Chemicals LLC to build its new project in Tuscola, in the central Illinois.  But Iowa is offering its own tax incentives.  Spokesman Dave Lundy says the company is still evaluating cost estimates between the two sites. 

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State News
7:06 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Mandatory prison time for gun crimes? NRA says no

When the Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield next week, lawmakers will be asked to increase the minimum prison term for people convicted of illegal gun possession. Advocates of the plan say it's necessary to stem the tide of violence plaguing certain parts of Illinois. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

The proposal is relatively simple: if you're arrested with a gun you're not supposed to have, you go to prison for at least three years. Currently, it's possible to get probation, with no time in prison.

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State News
6:55 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Member of Il pension committee comments on process

A member of the Illinois Pension Committee says a lot has been accomplished so far, but she feels there's still a long way to go. IPR'S Rich Egger reports. 

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State News
6:51 am
Mon October 14, 2013

WIU to ask for more state funding

Western Illinois University is asking for a sizeable increase in state funding for next fiscal year. IPR'S Rich Egger reports.

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