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6:57 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Arguments against recommended prison sentence for ex-Congressman begins today

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Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Junior Monday are expected to argue against prosecutors’ recommended prison sentences for the ex-Congressman and his wife. IPR’S Alex Keefe reports.

The government wants to send former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson to prison first for 18 months while the former Congressman stays with their two kids. Prosecutors then want Jackson Junior to serve four years once his wife gets out.

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7:56 am
Fri June 14, 2013

What it's like to have a superhero for a neighbor

Today “Man of Steel,” the latest Superman movie, opens in theaters across the country. Much of the film was shot in Chicago, a stand-in for the comic book’s fictional Metropolis. But some folks downstate may take issue with that. 

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State News
7:47 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Livingston County Sheriff wants to use Dwight prison for county inmates

The Livingston County Sheriff hopes to convince state and local officials to re-open a portion of the closed Dwight prison for housing county inmates.

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7:26 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Republicans wants to use tax credits to keep college students in the state

State politicians have focused on using tax credits to keep companies in Illinois.  House Republicans want to use that tactic to keep students here too.  IRPS' Amanda Vinicky reports.

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State News
7:22 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Hillary Clinton visits Chicago

Hillary Clinton was in Chicago Thursday making one of her first big speeches since stepping down as Secretary of State. There’s already speculation about her possible presidential bid in 2016. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

Clinton DID give the obligatory nod to the hometown sports team....

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State News
7:22 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Streamlining the transition from military life to college

Transitioning from military life to college can be difficult especially when it comes transferring credit. Illinois Public Radio’s Jenna Dooley reports on efforts to streamline the process:

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State News
2:08 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Political scientist says not to underestimate Quinn

Politicians looking to take over the governor's mansion have gotten a lot of attention lately, but a politician scientist warns not to discount the man occupying it now.  IPR’S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Most voters are less than impressed by Governor Pat Quinn's performance and according to polls, they haven't been for a while. Which helps explain why he's got so many challengers. 

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State News
1:48 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

House Republican leader says Democrats are playing politics with pension reform

The top Republican in the Illinois House of Representatives says he thinks Democratic leaders are purposely not passing pension reform for their own political gain. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

 

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There are lots of conspiracies for why pension reform hasn’t been approved. One is that it’s purely a legal debate over how to interpret the constitution.

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1:37 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Cat partnering with community college

Caterpillar wants to inspire young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. Wednesday, it announced a partnership with the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, starting with an exhibit in downtown Davenport.

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State News
7:01 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Il lawmakers say more federal money is needed for transportation projects

Illinois officials and lawmakers say state transportation projects would benefit from more federal support.When she testified before three members of Congress Tuesday, Democratic State Representative Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook, said the federal government hasn't budgeted money to passenger trains since 2010. She says Illinois was forced to come up with the needed 10-million dollars on its own.

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