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State News
6:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Criminal justice experts against new gun proposal

Illinois legislators have more research on mandatory minimums to go through if they want it. IPR'S Robert Wildeboer explains.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is making another push in the legislature for 3-year mandatory minimum sentences for those caught illegally carrying a loaded gun. 

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State News
6:02 am
Fri October 18, 2013

U of I now housing Gwendolyn Brooks archives

The literary archives of poet Gwendolyn Brooks are now housed on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus. Brooks was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the long-time poet laureate of the state of Illinois.

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Politics
9:08 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Congressman Davis defends vote to reopen government

13th District Congressman Rodney Davis doesn’t believe he abandoned his principles by voting to reopen the government.  The Taylorville Republican says he didn’t get all the victories he wanted out of the measure approved late Wednesday. But he says there were some, including a change in the Affordable Care Act that requires verification of income. 

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Government
9:01 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Getting a pulse on post-shutdown frustration

Polls show voters grew more frustrated with Washington as the government shutdown dragged on.  Now that there’s a deal, it’s unclear whether that anger may weigh on voters’ minds ahead of next year’s elections. 

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Business
3:44 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Post shutdown, sigh of relief from state investors

With the federal shutdown over and a government default averted, investors breathed a sigh of relief Thursday.  That includes the people responsible for investing billions of dollars on behalf of Illinois state government. 

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State News
6:21 am
Thu October 17, 2013

U.S. Senator Durbin discusses end to gov. shutdown

The U.S. Senate’s number two Democrat says he hopes the battle to end the partial government shutdown and avert a default paves the way for more bipartisanship. Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin spoke to reporters Wednesday night after the Senate voted on the plan, but before the House took it up. Durbin praises Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for working across the aisle to reach an agreement.

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State News
6:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Fate of proposed Illiana Expressway decided today

The Illiana Expressway has literally been on the drawing board for more than a century. The proposed highway between Illinois and Indiana would provide an alternate route south of the city. 

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State News
5:50 am
Thu October 17, 2013

AFSCME weighs in on pension debate

Even as legislators look for new ways of combating Illinois' pension debt, the state's largest government workers' union says they should return to an old plan. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has more.

Illinois' $100 billion dollar pension debt continues to mount. But it's not as if legislators haven't tried to do something about it. Last spring the House and Senate each passed plans that would have cut back the state's pension costs. It's just that the chambers didn't pass the SAME plan.  

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Politics
5:25 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Rutherford: Washington gridlock won’t affect race for governor

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford doesn’t think he will see a backlash against Republicans in next year’s race for governor.  Some recent polls have shown most Americans disapprove the way congressional Republicans handled the budget.  Rutherford says he doesn’t think the conflicts in Washington, D.C. will be a factor in a race closer to home - like his bid to win the Republican nomination for governor.

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State News
11:43 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Some economists oppose tax incentive package for ADM

Archer Daniels Midland reportedly has its share of suitors as the agribusiness giant looks to move its corporate headquarters out of Decatur. Recent reports list Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Chicago as possible new locations for the headquarters and its 100 employees.

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