State News

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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Government
5:30 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Illinois fall veto session to get underway

Most state legislators will get their first glimpse Tuesday of the Illinois Capitol's latest renovations.  They include new custom-made copper-plated doors made infamous by their nearly $700,000 price tag.  Also, less unusual budget matters will be on their agenda this week, as the fall veto session gets underway.

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State News
1:59 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Episcopal leaders use World Series to raise money for charity

Episcopal leaders in Boston and St. Louis are using the World Series match-up between their teams to raise money for charity and boost awareness about sex trafficking and prostitution. Until the start of Game One on Wednesday, Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boston will be collecting online donations. The money in the pot will go to a non-profit in the winning city that helps victims of sex trafficking.

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State News
7:16 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Preview of fall veto session

For the first time since a brief special session in July, legislators will begin making their way en masse to Springfield this week, for the fall veto session. The agenda before them is relatively light. The General Assembly will likely debate some budget matters. And there's a hearing on a new type of health care coverage for retired state employees. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky previews what else is ahead: 

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State News
7:13 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Researchers say Chicago Mayor should hire more cops, not push mandatory minimums

Chicago is struggling to bring down deadly gun violence. As part of that, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing three-year mandatory minimum sentences for anyone caught carrying an illegal firearm. He wants state lawmakers to take up a bill to that effect when they go back to Springfield this week. The mayor says he doesn’t want more parents to lose children to gun violence, but research shows there’s a much better way he could help. Illinois Public Radio’s Robert Wildeboer explains.

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State News
7:04 am
Mon October 21, 2013

3D printers changing how students learn

 3D printers are changing the way many people do business.  As IPR’S Sean Powers reports, the machines that create toys, guns and even human bones are also changing the way students learn in the classroom.

Bryan Wilcox runs a company in Urbana that specializes in helping people create products from scratch. Just about everything he works on starts off as a prototype that’s not displayed as a graphic or drawing, but a physical object made using a 3D printer.

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Business
3:32 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down "Amazon Tax"

The Illinois Supreme Court today struck down the so-called "Amazon tax."  As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, the decision could pave the way for businesses to make more money online.

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Politics
3:21 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Schock Takes Criticism

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A conservative group is criticizing Illinois congressman Aaron Schock for his vote to end the government shutdown and extend the treasury’s borrowing authority. Even so, it does not appear he will be challenged in next year’s primary. Illinois Public Radio’s Scott Stuntz reports.

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State News
6:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Criminal justice experts against new gun proposal

Illinois legislators have more research on mandatory minimums to go through if they want it. IPR'S Robert Wildeboer explains.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making another push in the legislature for 3-year mandatory minimum sentences for those caught illegally carrying a loaded gun. 

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