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State News
10:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Congressman asks campaign official to step down for writing racist comments

Central Illinois Republican congressman Rodney Davis is asking a campaign official to step down from his party position after writing what's been called a racist email about Davis' primary challenger. 

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State News
6:24 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Will special committee succeed in solving state's pension problem?

The Illinois General Assembly's one-day special session on pensions came and went Wednesday. Governor Pat Quinn had initially demanded lawmakers send him legislation to overhaul the state's underfunded pension systems, but in the end he settled for a special committee. 

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Government
3:59 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

IL lawmakers create pension committee

The Illinois Legislature has taken action to create a committee to address the state's $97 billion pension problem. The House agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee after the Senate approved a similar motion Wednesday. Governor Pat Quinn requested the committee as a way to end a stalemate between the House and Senate. Senate President John Cullerton says there's no guarantee it will work but says it's "a very good step toward reaching a compromise":

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Business
3:50 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

OfficeMax asks state for tax breaks

OfficeMax is asking the state of Illinois for tax breaks to keep the company's headquarters in-state after the office supply chain's merger with Office Depot is complete.  State Senator Tom Cullerton made his pitch Tuesday during a hearing on the state's pension crisis. He was joined by OfficeMax CEO Ravi Saligram, who says the combined company could be located here or in Florida, where Office Depot is headquartered.

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State News
7:16 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Special session on pension reform begins today

Members of Illinois' General Assembly return to the capitol Wednesday for a special session on pensions where they're expected to pass off the problem to a yet another legislative committee. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

What to do about Illinois' $100 billion pension debt has confounded legislators for years.

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State News
7:08 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Senate hears pension reform proposal for university employees

As lawmakers began returning to Springfield Tuesday, they had a hearing to consider the merits of yet another pension proposal. This one is aimed just at people who work for Illinois' public universities. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Illinois university employees would be asked to pay two percent more out of every paycheck. And when they retired, cost-of-living increases would be just half the rate of inflation, instead of the current three percent compounded annually.

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State News
6:58 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Republican Congressman says differences on food stamp program should be worked out in committee

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says President Obama is premature in threatening to veto the House’s version of the farm bill. The White House says $2 billion dollars in annual cuts to the food stamp program in the House’s plan goes too far, and will leave some Americans hungry.

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Politics
11:54 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. asks to go to prison before wife

Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior is asking a judge to send him to prison before his wife.  Both Jacksons are set to be sentenced next month for misusing $750,000 in campaign cash.  IPR’s Alex Keefe reports: 


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Environment
3:11 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Quinn signs law on fracking

Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law what's touted as the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking."   Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky reports:
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State News
2:17 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Bill Daley attacks rivals on pension reform

Bill Daley is attacking his Democratic rivals ahead of next year’s race for Illinois governor. His main beef with them - how they’ve handled proposed reforms to the state’s retirement systems. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Daley says incumbent Governor Pat Quinn hasn’t been a good leader on what many call the top issue facing Illinois, cutting the state’s 100 billion dollar pension debt.

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