State News

Government
6:41 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Dueling pension plans in IL House, Senate

Illinois' top Democrats are going forward with competing pension proposals.  One of them is scheduled for a vote Thursday.  Despite unions' strong stance against it, House Speaker Michael Madigan says he expects the House will pass his plan.  It would require state employees stay on the job until they're 67 years old before they could draw a full pension.  It also reduces future pension payouts.  But even as that package was gaining steam, Madigan's fellow Democrat, Senate President John Cullerton, was cooking up a different proposal, this one the brainchild of labor leaders.

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Government
5:26 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

IL Senate approves gambling expansion

The Illinois Senate has once again approved an expansion of gambling. But it remains to be seen whether Governor Pat Quinn will go along with the plan. IPR's Brian Mackey has more. 

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State News
6:04 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Il House could vote on Madigan pension proposal

The Illinois House could vote this week on a new pension proposal. Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan has come through on a promise of a comprehensive overhaul.

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Government
10:44 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State AFSCME deal could be null and void

Illinois' largest public employees union will take a new vote on a contract deal it had ratified in late February.

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State News
3:20 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

IL State Rep. fights fraud charges

State Representative LaShawn Ford.

Attorneys are coming out with their defense for an indicted Illinois state representative charged with bank fraud. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports.

State Representative LaShawn Ford was indicted late last year on 17 counts of bank fraud and lying to the bank.

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State News
3:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Peoria's Madison Theater included on list of endangered buildings

Peoria's Madison Theater listed as endangered site.

Ten old hotels, homes, and bridges all built at different times in Illinois' history.  The structures might be different, but for 2013, they have something in common. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports.

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The sites span from the state's northern border to Madison County, outside St. Louis. They make up this year's "Ten Most Endangered Historic Places" list released by Landmarks Illinois, a state organization that promotes preserving sites.

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Sports
10:57 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

State Farm secures naming rights for Assembly Hall

It’s not Champaign’s Assembly Hall any more.

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Floods
4:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Federal flood damage assessments in IL

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation, District Four

Federal officials started to assess the damage to Illinois homes and businesses Monday from the recent floods.  The head of Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency says the state wants tens of millions of dollars from the federal government to help pay for flood damage.  Governor Pat Quinn says homeowners and businesses who suffered flood damage could qualify for loans to get back some of the money spent on clean-up. “It’s important that we assess all of the expenses and the damage that occurred because of the floods.

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State News
3:27 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Kindergarten bill before IL House

Most Illinois school districts have all-day kindergarten classes.  A proposal before the Illinois House would require all districts to have such programs.  But funding issues are getting in the way.  The Illinois Federation of Teachers says nearly 90-percent of school districts have all-day kindergarten but that leaves 80 districts without. Representative Chris Welch, a Democrat from Hillside, says improving early education means students would be better-prepared for secondary education.

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State News
7:25 am
Mon April 29, 2013

More announcements expected in the race for Illinois Gov.

Last week, Congressman Aaron Schock announced that he will seek re-election rather than run for Governor. Expect more announcements in coming months. But first, incumbent officials have to make their decisions. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports.

Plenty of posturing and fundraising has gone on as candidates interested in being the states' chief executive look ahead to the 2014 elections. But it's like dominos. A lot of politicians' decisions are based on someone else's.

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