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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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State News
7:24 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Gov. vetoes measure making it easier to increase electric rates

Governor Pat Quinn vetoed legislation Sunday that would have eased the way for increases in electric rates. But it's not the first time he's opposed this sort of thing, and the legislature has so far been able to work around him. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.


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Government
4:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Quinn reviewing airport gaming measure

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’ll be reviewing a new gambling expansion bill that passed the state senate this week. In particular the part about adding slot machines to Chicago’s airports. IPR’s Tony Arnold reports. 

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Government
2:50 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Close vote on IL toll measure

Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure intended to encourage big-time tollway violators to pay their debts. Anyone who owes more than a thousand dollars and has exhausted the appeal process could have their name listed online.  

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State News
7:15 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Madigan discusses what issues lawmakers could deal with before adjournment

Illinois' legislators have less than a month before they're scheduled to adjourn.  The Speaker of the Illinois House made some predictions about what may and may not happen before then. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

                                                                A measure to legalize same sex marriage in Illinois already got state Senators' approval. But the Speaker of the Illinois House says there's not enough support for it to pass in that chamber. Mike Madigan said in March that gay marriage was a dozen votes shy in the House. 

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