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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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Government
5:21 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

IL religious leaders want concealed-carry changes

Illinois' new concealed carry law forbids people from bringing guns into schools, hospitals and casinos.  A group of religious leaders say they want the same protection for places of worship.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.


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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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