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State News
6:26 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Survey says big disconnect between teens and parents on driving laws

Credit State Farm

A survey conducted by State Farm Insurance finds there is a significant disconnect between teens and parents as to how teens are responding to more restrictive drivers' license laws. So-called Graduated Drivers Licenses restrict night time teen driving and limit the number of passengers young drivers can have when they first get their licenses.

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State News
5:26 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Waterloo Republican mounts Attorney General campaign

Paul Schimpf,
Credit Brian Mackey / IPR

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan beat her last opponent by more than a million votes. Her decision to run for re-election next year scared away most of the people who'd been eyeing her job. But as IPR's Brian Mackey reports, at least one Republican is throwing his hat in the ring.

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State News
7:22 am
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP gubernatorial candidates face off in Champaign Co. straw poll

The Champaign County Republican Party’s annual Fall Festival included a straw poll for each of the candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor of Illinois.
Credit Sean Powers / IPR/WILL

The Republican Primary for Illinois governor doesn’t happen until early next year, but Sunday voters in Champaign County heard from all four candidates and chose their favorite in a straw poll. As Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, party faithfuls also had the chance to reflect on the GOP’s vision.

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State News
7:06 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Some prisoners getting two meals a day instead of three

Illinois prisons are expanding a program to feed some inmates two meals a day instead of three. IPR'S Brian Mackey has more on prisoners eating brunch.

The Illinois Department of Corrections has combined breakfast and lunch at two prisons so far. Spokesman Tom Shaer says this is not a money-saving measure, but it is easier on the staff. In a prison, mealtime means not just preparation, serving and clean-up, but also moving inmates from their housing area to the dining hall. Shaer also says inmates prefer the brunch schedule.

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Politics
11:10 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Jesse White announces re-election bid

Illinois’ long-time Secretary of State announced Thursday he is running for re-election.  But Democrat Jesse White says it may be his last term in office.

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Politics
11:03 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

IL Democrats to meet for candidate slating in 2014

The Democratic Party of Illinois says it'll meet later this month to consider slating statewide candidates in next year's election. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, at least one of those candidates thinks it’s a bad idea:
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State News
6:58 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Il Supreme Court hears arguments in tax case

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that asks whether a business went too far in trying to secure a lower tax rate for its product. IPR'S Brian Mackey has the story of the Hartney Fuel Oil Company.

Harney sells gas to big transportation companies, railroads, trucking firms, that sort of thing. Until 2008, you could have been forgiven for thinking Hartney was based in Forest View, in Cook County. After all, the company had a building there where all of its employees worked. But, every day, Hartney customers sent orders to a fax machine in the tiny town of Mark, Illinois. There, a contractor would forward the order to Hartney headquarters.

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State News
6:24 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Ruling in western Il church dispute

Diocese of Quincy crest

The first round in a long fight over church property in western Illinois has ended with a victory for the challengers. This week, a judge in Adams County ruled in favor of the Diocese of Quincy of the Anglican Church in its dispute over money and land with the national Episcopal Church. 

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Government
6:59 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Details missing from federal healthcare rollout

A major rollout of the federal health care overhaul is rapidly approaching, and significant details are still missing. 

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State News
7:02 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Gov. suspends funding for Capitol renovations

Illinois’ capitol was designed in the late 1800s. Critics are upset about the money spent restoring the statehouse to what architect J. Richard Alsop III calls its “period of historic significance,” with fixtures like this statue of a maiden – which cost approximately $40,000.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / IPR/WUIS

Governor Pat Quinn has suspended funding for future renovations at the Capitol, a pricey project that's already caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed. 

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