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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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Government
7:06 am
Fri December 27, 2013

New Illinois license plates in 2014

Not done holiday shopping? Try the Illinois Secretary of State.  Nearly a dozen new license plates will be for sale in 2014.  

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State News
7:14 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Audio from Blagojevich's appeal hearing now online

The sometimes contentious and surprising audio from the appeal hearing of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is now online. IPR'S Robert Wildeboer reports.

Attorneys spent an hour arguing Blagojevich’s appeal on December 13th. Leonard Goodman told judges that Blagojevich never intended to commit fraud, he thought he was engaging in political horse trading. That led Judge Frank Easterbrook to repeatedly ask Blagojevich’s attorney about a case called Cheek.

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State News
7:06 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Some post-Christmas consumer advice

If you got a present this holiday season you weren’t quite expecting, the Better Business Bureau in St. Louis wants you to remember that stores aren’t required to accept returns. Chris Thetford is the vice president of communications for the St. Louis B.B.B. He says stores are only required to take back merchandise that is defective, though most retailers do allow returns in other situations. Thetford’s first piece of advice? Returns are easier with a gift receipt.

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State News
7:24 am
Tue December 24, 2013

John Deere's Tango E5 autonomous lawn mower on display

Credit Herb Trix / WVIK

What do you get when you cross a Roomba vacuum cleaner and an invisible pet fence? The answer from John Deere is the Tango E-5 autonomous lawn mower. It's on display now for the first time in the US at the John Deere Pavilion in the Quad Cities. IPR'S Herb Trix reports. 

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State News
7:15 am
Tue December 24, 2013

DePue still waiting for clean-up of its old industry sites

An Illinois town that, for decades benefited from industry, has seen that prosperity go away.  While the jobs have left, the community is left dealing with the aftermath. Illinois Public Radio's Lee Strubinger reports:  

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State News
6:58 am
Tue December 24, 2013

New company expected to come to Bloomington-Normal

The expected drop in employment at State Farm Insurance is apparently attracting a new company that hopes to take on some of those workers.

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