State News

Government
4:09 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Retired workers sue over state pension overhaul

A group of retired government workers has sued to block a law that cuts pension benefits for Illinois state employees. It's the latest in what's expected to be a series of lawsuits. 

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State News
7:47 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Speed limit increasing on interstate highways, with some exceptions

The speed limit on most interstate highways in Illinois is increasing to 70 miles per hour starting this month. But there are some exceptions. The speed limit is, for example, still 65 mph on Interstate 74 through Peoria and for a portion of I-55 around Springfield.

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State News
7:25 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Voices in the news in 2013

It’s now 2014. But we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the voices in the news last year in Illinois state politics and government. People in the Capitol were busy with same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and dozens of other issues. This is not meant to be a comprehensive chronology, just a few of the more memorable moments. 

The piece was produced by Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey. 

 

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State News
7:22 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Independent Tax Tribunal begins taking cases

Illinois taxpayers have a new way to protest disputes about how much they owe in taxes.  The state's Independent Tax Tribunal will begin taking cases Tuesday, January 2nd, though as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, it's not without some controversy. 

The idea behind the Independent Tax Tribunal is summed up in its name. Instead of going through the Illinois Department of Revenue to appeal a tax decision made by the Department of Revenue, taxpayers will have the option of appealing to an independent judge. 

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State News
7:14 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Il lawmaker proposing law impacting juveniles who receive long prison sentences

An Illinois legislator is proposing a new law affecting young people who receive long prison sentences. That comes after a federal court banned lifelong sentences for juveniles. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.


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State News
7:04 am
Thu January 2, 2014

The process of applying for concealed carry

Illinois residents can soon start applying to carry concealed weapons. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports on the process.

Illinois was the last state in the country to adopt a concealed carry law. And that’s only because a federal court mandated the state legislature to allow it. 

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Culture
12:22 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The worst words of 2013

Once again the English language has been under assault during the past year, but riding to the rescue for the 39th year are the "word watchers" from Lake Superior State University in Michigan. They've just issued their latest list of words and phrases "banned from the Queen's English for mis-use, over use, and general uselessness."   IPR’s Herb Trix reports.

Statehouse
5:03 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Police prepare for an estimated 400,000 concealed carry permit applicants

Illinois State Police say they’re expecting hundreds of thousands of people to apply for permits to carry concealed weapons in 2014. As Illinois Public Radio’s Alex Keefe reports, the state begins taking general applications this weekend.

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Statehouse
4:25 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

New Laws Restrict Private Gun Sales in 2014

The concealed carry system isn't the only new gun law in Illinois for 2014. As Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reports, there are new restrictions on how private citizens can sell firearms.

Peer-to-peer gun sales are going to get somewhat more cumbersome. As Illinois State Police Colonel Marc Maton explains, the seller has to check on the status of the buyer's Firearm Owners' Identification, or FOID card.

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Housing
6:55 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Chicago remembers open-housing advocate

John Baird is being remembered in many ways due to his decades as a real estate developer and architecture preservationist.  But also for his work to fight housing discrimination in Chicago. 

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