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4:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Quinn signs higher speed limit bill into law

Drivers will be able to legally go five miles an hour faster on most Illinois highways, beginning in January.  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit to 70 miles an hour.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.


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State News
7:11 am
Mon August 19, 2013

New law targets litterbugs

Litterbugs, be on notice. Two new Illinois laws could cost you.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Before Deborah Mell became a Chicago alderman last month, she pushed two pieces of legislation through the Illinois House, both trying to crack down on people who litter. The first:

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State News
7:01 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Political pranksters target Congressman Davis

Political campaigns are gearing up for next year's elections. So, too, are political pranksters. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Congressman Rodney Davis has lately found himself being shadowed by a giant duck.

Technically it's a woman in a duck suit.

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State News
7:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

IL Republicans at crossroads

More than a hundred Republicans heard from their party leaders and top candidates at the State Central Committee and County Chairmen’s Association meeting on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Springfield, Ill.
Credit Brian Mackey/ Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Republicans are at a crossroads. The party has a historically small number of people in the Illinois Senate, and a small minority in the House, too. But Republicans are also hopeful about 20-14, when they have the chance to win back the Illinois governor's office, ending 12 years of Democratic rule. Party leaders and candidates rallied in Springfield Thursday at the Illinois State Fair. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the men competing for the top of the ticket each say they're uniquely qualified to revive the Illinois Republican Party

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State News
5:32 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Illinois law bans tanning beds for minors

A new Illinois law bans anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed. Previously, minors had to get their parents' permission to use one.

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Government
5:14 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Illinois republicans looking for candidates

Illinois Republicans are still looking for candidates willing to run for some races further down the ballot next year. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 


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Government
5:07 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Kirk takes center stage at Republican rally

Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk took center stage Thursday in Springfield for a Republican rally. His appearance comes nearly a year-and-a-half after he suffered a stroke. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

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Government
2:51 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Illinois republicans come together at State Fair

Illinois Republicans were in Springfield Thursday for a meeting of party officials this morning and an afternoon rally at the State Fair.  As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, GOP candidates say the party needs to come together in order to have any hope of breaking the Democratic Party's dominance in Illinois: 


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State News
6:21 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Illinois Democrats meet, Madigan not present

Illinois Democrats gathered in Springfield Wednesday to rally behind their candidates ahead of next year’s election. But they met among a backdrop of party infighting, lawsuits - and without the presence of the state’s party chairman. From Springfield - IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

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State News
6:00 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Proposed pension fix-up tough for teachers

The authors of a new study say a proposal to fix Illinois' nearly 100-billion-dollar pension shortfall would undermine the retirement security of government employees and make it tougher for schools to attract qualified teachers.

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