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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Quinn staying out of Metra, Madigan controversy

Governor Pat Quinn appears to be staying out of a controversy over House Speaker Mike Madigan's role in employment decisions at Metra, the suburban Chicago commuter rail agency.Madigan last week acknowledged suggesting a pay raise for a campaign donor who had a $57,000-a-year job at Metra.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Dillard kicks-off run for governor across state

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard is toured the state Monday to kick off his campaign for governor.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 


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State News
7:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Illinois gets poor marks for cost of doing business in the state

Illinois dropped eleven spots in a national survey of the best places to do business. Business leaders say they're not surprised. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The CNBC survey ranks Illinois 37th overall. But the state gets especially poor marks when it comes to the cost of doing business. Illinois comes in at 44th out of 50 states.

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State News
6:24 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Chicago could toughen ban on assault weapons

Chicago’s City Council could toughen its ban on so-called assault weapons this week.

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Business
4:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Metra CEO payout under investigation

Illinois’ executive inspector general is investigating the large severance package of Metra’s former CEO.  Alex Clifford stands to gain $718,000 for resigning from the rail agency.  Metra’s board of directors has come under fire for agreeing to the big pay-out.  Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he has the power to fire the entire Metra board - but he has to wait to see what the inspector general finds.

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State News
7:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Lawsuit filed against proposed Illiana Expressway project

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation

A legal challenge could stall a much touted proposed expressway for Chicago’s southern suburbs. IPR'S Michael Puente reports.

Illinois and Indiana have partnered to build the Illiana Expressway. The east-west corridor is expected to one day connect I-55 in Will County to I-65 in Lake County, Indiana. The goal is to relieve congestion on existing roadways and create jobs. But a federal lawsuit filed yesterday claims the project will destroy natural areas.

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State News
6:47 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Il Supreme Court rules on parental notification law

The Illinois Supreme Court Thursday upheld a law that requires young women to notify their parents before getting an abortion. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the decision ends a legal fight that goes all the way back to the 1990s.

For the first time since the law passed nearly two decades ago, women 17 and younger who want to have an abortion will have to get their parents' permission.

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Education
9:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

More state school security changes possible

The head of Illinois' Emergency Management Agency says school security will continue to be a priority and that more changes could be coming.  A new law requires all schools to hold drills that practice what to do in the event of a shooting.  

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Government
4:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

IL Lawmakers continue pension talks

Governor Pat Quinn may have rebuffed legislators' efforts at finding a pension solution and cancelled their pay.  But lawmakers key to negotiations are continuing talks anyway.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 

When the Governor cut legislators' salaries as a sort of punishment for their not passing a measure to bring down the state's pension costs, he didn't pick and choose. There was no mercy for legislators who had voted for controversial pension plans - including one Quinn had supported - but which didn't fully advance. Nor did he make an exception for the legislators who've attended countless meetings as part of special panels formed by the Governor.

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Government
7:08 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Legal questions for cutting lawmakers' pay

Legal questions surround Governor Pat Quinn's bold move Wednesday to strike legislators' salaries out of the state budget.  It's an unprecedented one --- though somewhat similar to an action taken by Quinn's predecessor, Rod Blagojevich.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more:


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