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State News
10:50 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Catholic Diocese of Rockford asking churches to stick with Boy Scouts

Bishop David Malloy. Courtesy of Jenna Dooley, IPR.

The Catholic Diocese of Rockford is asking churches to continue to keep charters with the Boy Scouts of America. Bishop David Malloy is responding to the new policy that says scouts cannot be denied membership based on sexual orientation. The Chicago Tribune reported a church in Crystal Lake severed ties with a Boy Scout group over the change.

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State News
6:23 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Gov. reviewing concealed carry plan

The plan that would give Illinois a concealed carry law has reached Governor Pat Quinn's desk. Lawmakers approved it last week. But it often can take a few days to move the legislation.  A Quinn spokesperson says the governor is "reviewing it carefully."

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Government
3:38 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

State lawmakers to return for special session

Illinois lawmakers will be back in Springfield later this month as Governor Pat Quinn has called a special session. The governor said he wants legislators to, quote, "finish their job for the people of Illinois", and reach a deal on pension reform.  IPR’s Chris Slaby has more: 


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Agriculture
7:53 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Exploring the right to farm

Hog farmer Bob Young had to overcome lawsuits from his neighbors before buidling his confinement facility near Rochester, Ill. Says Young: “There are a few (city people) that come out here and think we got to change everything so we can make it city living. And that won’t work.”
Credit (Bill Wheelhouse/Harvest Public Media)

Individual state constitutions across the nation spell out a host of guaranteed rights for their citizens … for example, same sex marriage or collective bargaining. But what about the right to farm?   Harvest Public Media’s Bill Wheelhouse reports on what’s behind a new drive to establish that guarantee:
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Environment
7:11 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Making household hazardous waste events easier

There's a push in Springfield to create a fund that would make it easier for communities to hold household hazardous waste events, similar to the hugely-successful one in Bloomington-Normal last fall. Walter Willis of Hampshire heads up the Illinois Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. He says his group has lobbied for the Paint Stewardship Law, which would develop a revenue stream through the sale of paint products that could fund community-wide events.

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Politics
7:01 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Rauner joins Republican Governors race

A wealthy Chicago area businessman is joining the race for the Republican nomination for Governor. Bruce Rauner used the internet to make his announcement.   IPR’s Sean Crawford reports:

Rauner's video is both a good way to deliver a message and avoid reporter's questions. 

The millionaire venture capitalist who co-founded a private equity firm  has been rumored to be a candidate for months.  He's been traveling the state on what he called "listening tours." 

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Crime
4:06 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

State measure would add jail time for taping violent crime

People who post internet video of themselves committing violent crimes could start spending more time behind bars.

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State News
12:30 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Group lobbies for Paint Stewardship Law

Illinois Recycling and Resource Management Conference image by WGLT

There's a push in Springfield to create a fund that would make it easier for communities to hold household hazardous waste events, similar to the hugely-successful one in Bloomington-Normal last fall. Walter Willis of Hampshire heads up the Illinois Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. He says his group has lobbied for the Paint Stewardship Law, which would develop a revenue stream through the sale of paint products that could fund community-wide events.

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State News
7:44 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

30-day delay for IL concealed carry law

Illinois will have an extra 30 days to approve a concealed carry law.

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Politics
4:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Harold Launches Bid for Congress in Urbana

Former Miss America Erika Harold has vowed to reach out to those who aren’t traditional Republican voters.  Harold announced her run to seek the GOP nomination for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in front of Urbana High School Tuesday.  

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