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State News
6:55 am
Wed June 26, 2013

How Mississippi River dam and nearby power plant produce power

The Mississippi River dam between Keokuk and Hamilton and the nearby power plant were completed 100-years ago. In part three of the series, Damming the Mighty Mississippi, Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Parrott looks at how they work together to power the region.

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Government
8:59 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

State pension committee meets for first time Thursday

The latest effort to reach a compromise on a state pension overhaul involves a special panel of lawmakers.   The Illinois House and Senate conference committee was created to work out a deal that has, so far, eluded the legislature. GOP representative Jil Tracy of Mount Sterling is one of four Republicans on the ten-member panel which meets for the first time Thursday. She thinks they can come to an agreement:

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State News
7:56 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Illinois' poor credit rating could impact universities

Recent downgrades to Illinois' credit rating could soon have an effect on universities all over the state.

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State News
6:56 am
Tue June 25, 2013

How Mississippi River dam was built

Credit: Mississippi River Power 100 - Keokuk - Hamilton Facebook page

The dream of damming the Mississippi River between Hamilton and Keokuk became a reality in 1910. The funding had been secured so work could get underway. In part two of the series, Damming the Mighty Mississippi, Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Parrott looks at how the dam was actually built.

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State News
6:26 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Celebrations for Blackhawks win go late into the night

The celebrating went late into the night in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

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Courts
5:38 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

New state rules aim to make court process easier

A new set of rules from the Illinois Supreme Court are aimed at making it easier for people to use the court system. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 


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State News
2:52 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Central Illinois churches react to new Boy Scouts policy

A month has gone by since the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to begin accepting openly gay scouts, effective next year.  

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State News
7:54 am
Mon June 24, 2013

100th anniversary of Mississippi River dam

Credit: Mississippi River Power 100 Facebook page

The 100th anniversary of the completion of the dam that spans the Mississippi River between Keokuk and Hamilton will be celebrated this weekend. Thousands are expected to attend in the four-day event… which begins Thursday. Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Parrott will prepare us for it with his series: Damming the Mighty Mississippi. He starts off by looking at how the idea of building the dam first came together.

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State News
7:17 am
Mon June 24, 2013

More than two weeks left for state to enact concealed carry legislation

Two weeks and one day remain until a federal court deadline for Illinois to enact a law allowing people to carry guns in public. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

Lawmakers approved concealed-carry legislation on the last day of their regular session in May, but Gov. Pat Quinn has refused to say what he plans to do with it. Asked about it last week, after his special session on pensions, Quinn was typically non-committal.

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Agriculture
4:55 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Davis reacts to Farm Bill’s failure

Thursday’s failure of the farm bill in the U.S. House of Representatives came as a surprise. The measure made significant cuts to the food-stamp program. But it was not enough for some Republicans, and too much for some Democrats.

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