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State News
3:47 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Opponents of same-sex marriage rally in Springfield

A day after supporters of same-sex marriage rallied at the Illinois Capitol, opponents had their turn.  Thousands gathered at the statehouse Wednesday, urging the Illinois House to uphold traditional marriage.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:
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Government
3:15 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

State Sen. Oberweis looks to challenge Dick Durbin

Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis is again looking to go to Washington.  Oberweis, who's from Sugar Grove, won his seat last year.  It was his first win after several failed attempts at public office, including runs for governor, Congress and U.S. Senate.  The magnate of Oberweis Dairy told opponents of same-sex marriage Wednesday at a rally in Springfield that he wants to try running for the U.S. Senate again.

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State News
6:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Proposed measure would cut Governor's salary

Governor Pat Quinn's attempt to cancel state legislators' paychecks could come back to haunt him.  A Republican legislator has filed a bill that would cut the budget of the governor's office by one million dollars.

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State News
6:51 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Durkin approved as Il House's minority leader

State Representative Jim Durkin is officially the highest-ranking Republican in the Illinois House.Lawmakers of both parties unanimously approved his election Tuesday as the chamber's minority leader.One of Durkin's top priorities is getting more Republicans elected to the House. He says he's getting a late start, but plans to be competitive.

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State News
6:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Gov. Quinn says pension shortfall is a crisis

Governor Pat Quinn is disputing a fellow top Democrat's statements that Illinois' nearly 100-billion-dollar pension shortfall is not a crisis. Senate President John Cullerton has said that the pension shortfall is not an imminent crisis, but finding a solution can keep the state's income taxes down. 

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Government
5:25 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Day one of veto session: not much happening

Illinois lawmakers were back in Springfield Tuesday for their fall legislative session. Several controversial issues are up for consideration. We asked IPR’s Brian Mackey what happened on day one.


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Crime
5:05 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Meth use rising in east central Illinois

After years of declines, meth use in east central Illinois jumped last year.  The state registered the fifth-most methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests in the country in 2012.  That’s as meth use continues to drop nationally.  Cheryl Silver of CU-CitizenAccess takes a look at what’s driving the increase and why law enforcement officials are scrambling to get a handle on it. 

CU-Citizen-Access is an online community news site based at the University of Illinois. 

 

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Government
3:29 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Hundreds rally for same-sex marriage in Springfield, opposition rally planned Wed.

Back on Valentine's Day, the state Senate approved legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to get married in Illinois. The hope then was that Illinois would become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Eight months later, it still hasn't happened.

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State News
6:15 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The effects of crop insurance in 2012 drought

Drought hit Illinois farmers hard last year. Many of those farmers had federally subsidized crop insurance that helped them cope. Illinois Public Radio’s Scott Stuntz spoke to a professor who analyzed the data from last year, to see how much those policies actually helped farmers.

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Government
8:17 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Ripples in IL from federal shutdown

The fallout from the federal shutdown continues in Illinois. More than 500 government employees have to pay back unemployment benefits they collected while on furlough.

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