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State News
6:23 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Lawmakers adjourn without acting on pension overhaul

Illinois legislators gathered all day Tuesday to deal with a new gun law then promptly adjourned without taking action on the state's pensions. As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports that sets the stage for another showdown between the governor and the General Assembly.

Yesterday was the deadline Gov. Pat Quinn had given legislators for getting a pension overhaul to his desk.

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Government
7:17 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Lawmakers reject Quinn veto of concealed carry

Illinois lawmakers Tuesday rejected Governor Pat Quinn's veto of concealed-carry legislation. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, it makes Illinois the last state to let people carry guns in public. 


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State News
6:27 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Deadline for two major state policy issues

Tuesday marks a deadline for state legislators on two major policy matters. As IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports, both pit them against the Governor.

There's no fudging over the first deadline. It was set by a federal court. Illinois has until the end of today to pass a law legalizing the concealed carry of guns.

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State News
7:42 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Deadlines and the Governor

Tuesday is the latest deadline Governor Pat Quinn has set for overhauling Illinois' pension systems. It's part of what's become an ongoing pattern: Quinn sets a deadline, the General Assembly fails to meet it, Quinn sets another deadline, et cetera. 

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State News
7:23 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Lawmakers to vote on changes made to concealed carry bill

Illinois lawmakers are due back in Springfield this week. They’re expected to vote on changes the governor made to a concealed carry bill. Governor Pat Quinn says lawmakers caved to the National Rifle Association while negotiating the bill.

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State News
7:16 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Southern Il farmers discuss fruit and vegetable crop

A year ago, southern Illinois fruit and vegetables were struggling through a record drought. This year, growers say things couldn’t be more different, with cooler temperatures and much higher rain totals. Wayne Sirles is Vice President of Rendleman Farms in Union County. He says last year, peaches were ready much earlier than normal, and this year people will have to wait just a bit longer. 

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State News
6:15 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Il S.C. rule making it easier for military personnel spouses to get a law license goes into effect

This week, a new Illinois Supreme Court rule took effect that's intended to make it easier for spouses of military personnel to get a law license. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Angela Allen practices law in Chicago and, with a husband in the Illinois National Guard, she's one of about 800 members of the Military Spouse J.D. Network. Allen says the job market for lawyers is tough enough as it is, but with the frequent transfers that are a part of military life, she says the time and expense of getting a new state law license made it even harder on the lawyer-spouses.

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Government
5:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Quinn still pushes pension deadline

Governor Pat Quinn's office says its July Ninth deadline for a pension overhaul stands, even though the leader of a special legislative panel formed to come up with a solution says there's no way to meet it.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more, following the committee's meeting Wednesday morning in Chicago: 

  
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Politics
5:28 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

George Ryan released from prison

Federal Inmate number 16627-424, better known as former Illinois Governor George Ryan, is done serving time.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports: 


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State News
6:55 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Paperwork filed to override Governor's veto of concealed carry legislation

With a week to go before a deadline requiring Illinois allow people to carry guns in public, Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday vetoed the legislation that would have authorized concealed carry.  The governor claims he's concerned about public safety, but he's already under fire by critics who say it's a political stunt. As Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports, the measure's sponsor has already filed paperwork to override Quinn's changes.

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