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2:18 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

A hole in Il FOID law

State lawmakers now have less than two weeks to pass a law allowing Illinoisans to carry concealed guns. But some say Illinois’ existing system of licensing gun owners is badly broken. The state is SUPPOSED to take away Firearm Owners Identification Cards from criminals, the mentally ill and people who have restraining orders against them, like those who have been charged with domestic violence. But more than 67-hundred revoked cards are currently unaccounted for.

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State News
1:53 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

House approves drone regulation measure

A proposal that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies in Illinois has cleared the House. Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance.

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State News
7:12 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Pension talks to continue today

A solution for dealing with Illinois' 100 billion dollars of pension debt continues to elude legislators, even as the spring session rapidly approaches its end. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn Friday. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Lawmakers have taken votes to deal with the pension debt. Problem is the House passed a plan that Speaker Mike Madigan says will save more money. And the Senate passed a different plan that his fellow Democrat, President John Cullerton, says is better because it's more likely to be upheld by the courts.

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State News
7:05 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Senate approves education funding

Illinois Democrats continued approving a new state budget on party-line votes Wednesday. The Senate approved spending plans for education, from elementary and high schools to colleges and universities, with funding pretty much at last year's level.

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State News
6:56 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Senate approves changes to state election law

The Illinois Senate has approved a multi-faceted change to the state's election laws. The legislation is almost as notable for what it does NOT do, as for what it does. IPR'S Brian Mackey explains.

The proposal would make dozens of changes to state law including online voter registration. But until Wednesday, the legislation also would have changed how Illinois gets a lieutenant governor.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

IL concealed carry talks continue

Legislators are continuing to negotiate as they seek an agreement on concealed carry legislation.

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State News
12:53 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Gambling expansion proposal still being negotiated

Supporters of gambling expansion in Illinois are scrambling to negotiate the bill in Springfield. A plan to add five casinos in Illinois, including one in Chicago, is still being negotiated as state legislators are scheduled to end their session on Friday.

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State News
7:22 am
Wed May 29, 2013

State budget passes out of the House

The bulk of a new state budget passed out of the Illinois House Tuesday, and now heads to the Senate.  It's far less harsh than lawmakers had been predicting at the start of the legislative session.  IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports.

When he presented his budget back in March, Governor Pat Quinn referred to it as his most difficult.He warned that pension costs were eating up money for other causes. But higher-than-expected revenues came into state coffers last month, freeing up enough money to the point that Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says while many human service programs will be cut, it's only by one-percent.  Others won't be at all.

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State News
7:13 am
Wed May 29, 2013

U of I grad makes it easier to follow state capitol bills

More than six thousand bills are before the Illinois General Assembly this spring session. Legislators have until Friday to get through them. And with some of the biggest policy issues facing the state still outstanding, measures will move, change and die rapidly. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky spoke with a recent University of Illinois Urbana Champaign graduate who has founded a company that aims to make it easier to follow what's happening at the capitol.  

                                                                                

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State News
7:06 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Debate on use of drones in non-combat situations

Drones have been a controversial military weapon in the last decade, and just last week President Obama set tighter standards and oversight over their use. As debate over military drones continues, there’s another debate going on about the use of drones in non-combat situations within the U.S. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports from Urbana.

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