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Government
4:59 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

IL special pension committee meeting Friday

Illinois lawmakers on a special pension committee are scheduled to meet again Friday in Chicago. Members of the group say they're making progress toward a compromise, but as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, some of their colleagues think they've found a way to reach a solution even faster:


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State News
6:26 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Food hubs helping struggling farms

Crates of food t be shipped out to businesses in Chicago and east central Illinois
Credit Sean Powers / Harvest Public Media

“Food hubs” are popping up across the country. These food processing and distribution centers make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores, and others to buy local food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there are more than 220 of them in 40 states plus the District of Columbia.

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Business
5:05 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Ex Metra CEO addresses controversy

Metra's ex CEO answered questions Wednesday about political patronage and his controversial severance package.  IPR's Yolanda Perdomo reports: 


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State News
4:35 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Caterpillar: US immigration policy bad for business

One of Illinois' biggest companies says U.S. immigration policy puts it at a competitive disadvantage.  As Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports, Caterpillar's involved with a Chamber of Commerce campaign seeking an overhaul of federal immigration law: 


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Government
4:28 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Madigan mum on election decision details

When Attorney General Lisa Madigan this week announced she would not seek the Illinois governor's office, she said a key factor was her father's position as speaker of the Illinois House. But in her first meeting with reporters since the announcement, she declined to elaborate. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.


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State News
6:56 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Discussion with new Illinois Unites for Marriage campaign director

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky speaks with Illinois Unites for Marriage campaign director John Kohlhepp about group's renewed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage following its failure over the spring session.

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State News
6:25 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Quinn turns focus to Daley

With Attorney General Lisa Madigan out of the race for Governor, incumbent Pat Quinn turned his focus to another potential opponent, Bill Daley.  As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky it's an early indication of the campaign to come.

Republicans have a somewhat crowded field of four candidates hoping to be Illinois' next Governor. For now, though, Democrats have only two: former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley and Governor Pat Quinn.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Quinn praises Madigan’s service as AG

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn praised Lisa Madigan’s service as attorney general Tuesday.  That comes after Madigan decided not to challenge Quinn in next year’s Democratic primary for governor.  Madigan said she wouldn’t run since her father plans to continue serving as Speaker of the Illinois House.  Quinn said little about Madigan’s decision when asked about it by reporters Tuesday:

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Government
3:34 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Pension meetings behind closed doors

The Illinois lawmakers working on solving the state pension problem are not planning any more public meetings, but they are meeting behind closed doors this Friday. And as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the leader of the group says they'll be doing so without input from one key figure in the debate: 


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Government
5:49 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Lisa Madigan not running for governor

After months of speculation that Governor Pat Quinn would face a primary challenge from Lisa Madigan,  the Attorney General today announced she will not run for Governor.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

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