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State News
6:16 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Measure allowing a video gambling company to monitor games to come up for a vote

The sponsor of a plan that would allow a video gambling corporation to monitor games across Illinois says he expects a final vote by the end of the week. Illinois issues a contract with a private company to make sure video gambling games follow state guidelines. State law currently prevents a game manufacturer from filling that role. But Representative Frank Mautino says Scientific Games, a national gaming corporation, submitted the bid before that law went into effect.

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State News
7:07 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Madigan says he still wants to shift pension costs to school districts

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is following through on his promise to try and relieve the state from having to pay for teachers' retirement benefits.  IPR’S Amanda Vinicky explains.

The two chambers of the General Assembly are focused on competing proposals that seek to reduce the state's pension costs. What both plans have in common, though, is what they lack. Neither shift the cost of downstate and suburban public schools teachers' pensions from the state to the school districts that employ them.

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State News
6:58 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Callis running for 13th Congressional District

A former chief judge in Madison County says she’s motivated by public service, and wants to use her experience to help people in new ways. Democrat Ann Callis resigned from the post Friday, and has announced she’s seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Callis cites her efforts to set up Illinois’ first veterans’ court, and was inspired by her son, who recently finished officer candidate school in the U.S. Army after earning a degree:

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Politics
11:12 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Possible replacements for Pat Brady

Illinois Republican Party bosses say they already have a few dozen candidates who want to be the next party chairman.  Pat Brady resigned that post Tuesday - following controversy around his support for same-sex marriage.  IPR’s Alex Keefe reports:


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Government
4:22 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

State frees 120 inmates on early release

The Illinois Department of Corrections has freed 120 inmates as part of a new early-release program. But the director of the department says letting more inmates out is not the answer to overcrowding in prisons. 

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State News
9:48 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Head of Illinois Republican Party steps down

The head of the Illinois Republican Party has resigned. Chairman Pat Brady’s public support of same-sex marriage had sparked controversy among GOP leaders. 

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Government
8:27 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Possible pension showdown in IL House, Senate

The long-simmering battle over government-employee pensions in Illinois took another turn Monday The Illinois Senate will be going its own way on a plan to change the drastically-underfunded system , potentially setting up a showdown with the House of Representatives.  IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 


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Government
5:52 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Cullerton unveils pension proposal

Senate President John Cullerton's office has released the first official outline of the pension proposal he negotiated with unions. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has a rundown.

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Government
3:43 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

NRA against IL gun restrictions

  

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State News
7:44 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Gov. Quinn wants to cut funding for school buses

Governor Pat Quinn is calling for massive cuts to state spending on school buses.  He says it would stave off further cuts to classroom spending. But critics are asking, what good is classroom spending if students can't get to school? Illinois Public Radio's Chris Slaby reports.

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