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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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State News
10:06 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Former Congressman gets honored by hometown

Former western Illinois Congressman Lane Evans has been honored by his hometown. Tuesday, Rock Island re-named a street in the neighborhood where he grew up "Lane Evans Drive." Friends, former co-workers, and government officials gathered to unveil the new signs.

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Government
4:48 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The shutdown's impact on Medicare enrollment

The open enrollment period for Medicare began Tuesday but because of the partial government shutdown, signing up could be more challenging.  Even though Medicare.gov is online despite the shutdown, the website warns users that information posted may not be up to date.  Linda Tauber-Olson is with the Presence Covenant Center for Healthy Living in Champaign, and she’s helping people sign up for coverage.  But she advises them not to go to Medicare.gov to enroll, since updated information isn’t flowing from insurance companies to the website.

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Government
4:42 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Durbin calls gridlock ‘political cowardice’

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin calls the gridlock in Washington over the federal government’s debt limit and the partial shutdown acts of “political cowardice.”  The Illinois Democrat says it’s dangerous for lawmakers to be negotiating this close to the start of a federal default.  Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Durbin said lawmakers must come to an agreement as soon as possible.

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Government
4:34 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Quinn meeting with pension committee members

Governor Pat Quinn went months without meeting with members of the special legislative committee formed to draft a new pension plan.  But he has ramped up efforts this month.

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State News
6:16 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Quinn mostly absent during pension negotiations

As he runs for re-election, Governor Pat Quinn is staking a lot on getting something done with Illinois' pensions. He's even making a show of asking the state Supreme Court let him cancel legislators' salaries until it's done.

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State News
6:06 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Reacting to the goverment shutdown

All the news about the government shutdown might have you feeling angry or anxious. Or maybe you think you don’t care. The study of political psychology suggests you do have SOME response, and your earliest impulse could have a big impact on how you act later. Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe explains. 

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