State News

State News
5:50 am
Mon March 24, 2014

ISU gets a new President

Credit Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Timothy Flanagan has resigned. Flanagan did not attend a special meeting Saturday of the governing Board of Trustees, which accepted his resignation unanimously.

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State News
7:01 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Proposal to hike the minimum wage in Il moves forward

A plan to raise the minimum wage in Illinois has cleared its first legislative hurdle. But as IPR'S Hannah Meisel reports, it continues to draw criticism from business groups.

The plan would gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $10.65 an hour. Illinois' current rate is$8.25, already one of the highest in the nation.

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State News
6:48 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Green Party announces slate of candidates for Nov. election

Now that Illinois’ two major political parties have candidates for this fall, the state Green Party is trying to make waves with a list of its own… with candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary of state. IPR'S Jeff Bossert has more:

The party announced its slate of candidate for statewide office over the weekend, and is starting a petition drive to get on November ballots.

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State News
6:26 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Madigan proposes new tax on millionaires

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a new tax on millionaires. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, the money would be earmarked for schools.

Under the proposed change to the Illinois Constitution, any income over a million dollars a year would be subject to an extra three-percent tax. That's on top of the current five percent income tax rate.

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Politics
7:57 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Quinn promotes min. wage in Chicago

As legislators who'll have to vote on a minimum wage increase began debating the issue in Springfield, Governor Pat Quinn was in Chicago promoting it. 

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Politics
7:53 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

IL governor race gets negative

Each major party candidate for Illinois governor has wasted no time before going negative against his opponent. 

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Courts
7:51 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Attorney: IL needs new eavesdropping law

An attorney who successfully had Illinois’ eavesdropping law thrown out says the state now needs a new eavesdropping law.

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Politics
7:48 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Rauner touts Democrat supporters

The Republicans' nominee for governor, Bruce Rauner, announced a round of new endorsements Thursday, but not from members of his own party. 

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State News
7:42 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Tio Hardiman says his run for governor is not over yet

Anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman may have lost the Democratic primary nomination, but he says his run for governor is not over yet. As Illinois Public Radio's Lauren Chooljian reports, that might not be legally possible.

Tio Hardiman says he actually feels pretty good about his loss to incumbent Pat Quinn in his first try to be governor of Illinois. He says he’s really proud that he pulled in more than 28 percent of the vote. But….

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State News
7:16 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Flanagan South pipeline nearing completion

Construction of Flanagan South Pipeline in Livingston County, Illinois (Summer 2013)
Credit Jenna Dooley / Illinois Public Radio/WNIJ

A 600-mile oil pipeline that crosses Illinois is nearing completion. IPR'S Jenna Dooley has more:

When it's done, the Flanagan South project from Canada-based Enbridge is expected to carry 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day. It crosses several states, starting near Pontiac, Illinois to a hub in Cushing, Oklahoma.

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