State News

Health
6:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Illinois gets brand name for health care reform

Illinois officials Wednesday unveiled the brand name for a new insurance marketplace that’s part of President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan:

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State News
6:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

ISP approves instructors who will train those applying for concealed carry permits

Illinois gun owners are now a half-step closer to being able to legally carry concealed weapons. Fifty-four instructors have been approved by the Illinois State Police. They’ll be in charge of training the thousands of people expected to apply for concealed carry permits.

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State News
6:05 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Cost for IL healthcare reform coming in 25-percent less than originally thought

Small businesses and uninsured individuals awaiting next week's unveiling of Affordable Care Act insurance policies got a glimpse of how much plans will cost.  The cost of coverage in Illinois under the federal healthcare overhaul is coming in at 25-percent less than original estimates. 

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State News
6:43 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Gay marriage advocates lobbying House Republicans

A bill to legalize gay marriage in Illinois will be waiting for lawmakers when they head back to Springfield next month. The bill already passed the State Senate, but is stuck in the House. Now, proponents are in the midst of a lobbying campaign targeted at an unlikely group of lawmakers: House Republicans. But as Illinois Public Radio's Alex Keefe reports, there are big hurdles to getting GOP representatives to vote yes. 

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Business
11:11 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

ADM looks to move world HQ from Decatur

After 44 years as the world headquarters for Archer Daniels Midland, the central Illinois town of Decatur is about to lose that title.  IPR’s Sean Crawford reports: 


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Prisons
11:03 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Report: IL prison youth education in violation, inadequate

Credit WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio

The education Illinois kids get in youth prisons is grossly inadequate, and in violation of state and federal laws and regulations.  That’s according to a new report that can’t simply be put on a shelf.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer has more:  
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State News
3:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A competitive GOP primary for Gov. could help other challengers

Some political strategists say a competitive Republican primary for governor could help challengers further down the ballot, like for state representative or senator.  Four candidates are seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

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State News
3:30 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Rodney Davis announces re-election campaign

Congressman Rodney Davis is touring the 13th district formally announcing his re-election campaign. The Taylorville Republican recently voted for the House Bill to defund Affordable Care Act and during his stop in Bloomington Davis was forthright about the law several times.

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State News
8:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Constitution and Freedom of the Press

The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows for a free press. But how much freedom should be allowed is an issue that continues to be discussed. Illinois Public Radio's Rich Egger reports. 

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State News
6:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Il Democratic Party endorses Quinn for Gov.

Gov. Pat Quinn addresses Democratic Party leaders Sunday in Springfield. Although he’s running unopposed in next year’s primary, he sought and won the official Democratic endorsement for re-election.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn saw his last serious Democratic opponent drop out, leaving him a straight shot to victory in next year's primary. So it was no surprise Sunday when the Democratic Party of Illinois officially endorsed Quinn for re-election. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more.

This year has seen a series of potential challengers to Quinn come and go, most recently former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, who promised a vigorous campaign and repeatedly lashed out at Quinn.

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