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Courts
7:55 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

IL Supreme Court temporarily moves to Chicago

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in Chicago next month. The justices will be displaced from their Springfield home during a yearlong renovation.

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Politics
7:45 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Choosing a lieutenant governor

For the first time, candidates for governor in Illinois will choose their second in command. They used to get stuck with whomever primary voters choose for lieutenant governor, whether the two got along or not.  It's an opportunity for candidates to find a running mate they work well with, or perhaps someone to balance out the ticket. It's expected at least some of the six men will try to broaden their appeal by pairing up with a woman, or to someone from a different part of the state. As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, the new selection process might also have unintended consequences:

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State News
6:42 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Gov. signs measure into law restricting how police use drones

Illinois police departments will be restricted in how they can use drone aircraft under a new law signed Tuesday by Governor Pat Quinn. The law says police have to treat drones like they would a search, convincing a judge they have probable cause in order to get a warrant.

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State News
6:26 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Gov. vetoes measure for mass-transit agencies

Governor Pat Quinn has rejected a bill that would have allowed public transit agencies to take on more expensive projects without giving public notice or going through a bidding process. 

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State News
6:17 am
Wed August 28, 2013

WIU professor becomes Society of American Foresters Fellow

Susan Romano teaches GIS courses at WIU's QC's Riverfront campus and is a new member of the Society of American Foresters.
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A western Illinois University biology professor is being recognized for her accomplishments in a field dominated by men. Illinois Public Radio's Scott Stuntz has the story. 

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Politics
4:30 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Former IL GOP Pat Brady to Lobby For Same-Sex Marriage


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The American Civil Liberties Union is hoping to pass same-sex marriage in Illinois with the help of a new lobbyist- the former head of the state Republican Party. IPR's Alex Keefe reports.

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State News
4:16 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Rise in Downstate Child Abuse Raises Questions for Senate Committee

The chair of a new Illinois Senate committee on child welfare wants answers to rising child abuse in downstate Illinois.  I-P-R’s Patrick Smith has more.

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State News
7:48 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Il House GOP to vote on new leader this week

Republicans in the Illinois House will meet Thursday afternoon in Springfield to select a new leader.  As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, a letter says finding a replacement for outgoing Minority Leader Tom Cross is "of the utmost urgency."

It was less than a week ago that Minority Leader Tom Cross announced he was stepping down. He's expected to instead run for state treasurer.

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Pensions
4:43 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Pension Committee Closer to Proposal

Two Illinois lawmakers say they’re getting closer to proposing a pension plan that could save the state almost $150 billion dollars. IPR’s Patrick Smith has more.

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State News
4:11 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Capitol Renovations Nearly Complete

Credit Brian Mackey / IPR

In Springfield, the west wing of Illinois' Capitol building is nearing the end of a 50 million dollarrenovation. IPR's Brian Mackey reports on the end of the two-year project.

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