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4:51 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

The latest with OfficeMax and staying in Illinois

Soon after OfficeMax and Office Depot announced their intention to merge earlier this year, one of the biggest questions was where the company would be based. OfficeMax has about 2,000 employees at its headquarters in Naperville, in the Chicago suburbs. Office Depot is based in Florida.  IPR’s Brian Mackey has an update on where things stand.
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State News
4:55 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

IL lawmaker questions Quinn’s tax credit ‘moratorium’

One downstate legislator questions why legislation addressing the future of major corporations in Illinois has to come after a solution is found to the state pension crisis. 

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State News
3:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Rev. Jesse Jackson on government shutdown

The Reverend Jesse Jackson had some tough words for House Republicans over the government shutdown Tuesday. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

CHANTS: Call the vote! 

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State News
12:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Rauner chooses running mate

Credit BruceRauner.com

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner Tuesday is announcing his running mate. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, she's a Wheaton city councilwoman with little experience in statewide politics.

Her name is Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti. She studied piano performance and went on to become a lawyer, including a stint working for former Republican attorney general Jim Ryan.

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State News
11:44 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Hastert compares government shutdowns

Denny Hastert wasn't the Speaker of the U.S. House during the last government shutdown, but he was an Illinois Congressman in 1995 and '96.  He told IPR’S Amanda Vinicky, this time is different.

Hastert says back then, Republicans were trying to get a handle on spending. He says it worked.

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State News
7:08 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Congressman Rodney Davis says he supports individual spending bills to end shutdown

President Obama wants House Speaker John Boehner to call a vote on a so-called “clean” continuing resolution to end the partial government shutdown. But Congressman Rodney Davis says he IS supporting “clean” resolutions, by voting for individual appropriations bills. The 13th District Republican says these measures reflect the way Washington used to govern in the days before gridlock.

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State News
7:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Advocate pushes for limits on days of full contact football practice

Credit Peter Gray / WUIS/Illinois Public Radio

Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion. But responding quickly after a hard hit isn't enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to prevent injury to still-developing brains. Illinois Public Radio’s Peter Gray reports on a push for the state to follow the NFL in limiting days of full contact football practice.

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6:52 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Flowing fuels: monitoring Illinois pipelines

Construction of Flanagan South Pipeline in Livingston County, Illinois.
Credit Jenna Dooley / Illinois Public Radio/WNIJ

Today we wrap-up our series on "Flowing Fuels" with a look at who is responsible for inspecting pipelines in Illinois. As Illinois Public Radio's Jenna Dooley reports, inspections are based on location and the type of resource that flows through these lines:

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Environment
5:40 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Court: EPA must better regulate ash coal plant pollution

A federal court has ordered the US EPA to more strictly regulate a form of pollution from coal fired power plants.  It’s a move environmental groups say is a long time in coming, as IPR’s Scott Stuntz reports:

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State News
5:18 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Quinn: prolonged shutdown means more layoffs

Governor Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues, Illinois will have to lay off more workers whose paychecks come from federal funding.

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