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State News
1:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Dillard criticizes Rauner

The Republican candidates for Illinois governor are sparring just two weeks before the primary.

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State News
6:58 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Amish in Illinois look to form food hubs

Illinois Farm Bureau’s Michael Doherty (left) speaks with a group of Amish farmers as food hub organizer Dave Bishop (right) looks on.
Peter Gray Harvest Public Media

Restaurants, schools and other big buyers are looking for local food year-round.  And many of them are connecting with small farms on the Internet. But not all local producers are on the cutting edge, or even on the power grid.

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Government
7:13 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Illinois retirees’ tax break in question amid recommendation

Illinois retirees' would lose their tax break, if lawmakers sign onto the recommendation of a nonpartisan government research group.  The plan has fallen flat before.

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Military
7:03 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Challenges for military families moving into IL

Moving to a new state is never easy, especially when you’re a school-aged kid. But for military families who move more frequently than most, laws in Illinois create a unique challenge — and, in some cases, a barrier to entry. Illinois Public Radio’s Hannah Meisel reports

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State News
7:03 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Discussion on "across the board" spending cuts

When politicians talk about budgets, someone invariably brings up the idea of across the board spending cuts. Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford talked with Chris Mooney, the Director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Mooney says using such a general approach to bring down spending seems simple. But he says, in practice, it's more complicated: 

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State News
6:52 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Legislation targets conservation police

Credit dnr.state.il.us

A group of lawmakers is challenging the broad powers enjoyed by Illinois' conservation police officers. At issue is whether the officers can operate on private land without a warrant. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Illinois law lets conservation police enter "all lands and waters” to enforce the Wildlife Code. The idea is, even if you have a huge private forest, you’re not allowed to, say, shoot a deer out of season.

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State News
12:56 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

ISP mailing out first concealed carry permits

Illinois gun owners can soon carry their weapons in public. Illinois State Police officials say they are mailing out the first concealed carry permits to gun owners who applied. They say about 5-thousand people should receive them as soon as next week with another 46-thousand applications pending.

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Politics
11:37 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

GOP Governor candidates meet again for debate

We’re getting a better idea of how the Republican candidates for Illinois governor would use their power if elected.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports on what the four candidates said in Thursday’s debate.

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Environment
11:12 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

State groups asking for tougher coal power company regulations

There are 90 aging coal ash pits in Illinois — piles of slag left behind when coal is burned for energy, most often electricity. Environmental groups are asking for tougher state regulations on coal-burning power companies now that coal ash residue is starting to show up in the water supply.

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Government
11:09 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Request for national DCFS director search

Some Illinois politicians want Governor Pat Quinn to conduct a national search for the next director of the state’s child welfare system.

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