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State News
7:07 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Numerous reasons cited for death of honey bees across the U.S.

A new report identifies numerous reasons why honey bees are dying off across the U.S. Illinois Public Radio’s Jason Parrott reports.

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State News
7:03 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Police across the state remember colleagues killed on duty

Police officers from across Illinois gathered in Springfield Thursday to honor colleagues killed in the line of duty. As IPR’S Brian Mackey reports, one officer was killed in 2012.

On the Monday after Thanksgiving, Illinois State Police Trooper Kyle Deatherage was patrolling on his motorcycle on Interstate 55, about 30 miles south of Springfield.

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Government
4:12 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

IL House approves pension overhaul

A plan that will leave state employees and teachers with reduced retirement benefits made it out of the Illinois House Thursday, potentially paving the way for the pension overhaul that has thus far eluded lawmakers. But it also ignites a faceoff between two of the state's top Democrats with the potential to keep a pension overhaul as elusive as it's ever been. Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky explains.

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Sports
3:01 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

IL lawmakers want wrestling reinstated

Illinois lawmakers are "weighing in" on Olympic organizers' decision to drop wrestling from the summer games. The Illinois House and Senate passed resolutions encouraging the International Olympic Committee to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic sport.  

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Government
7:26 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Proposed refund for sick pet store animals

Senators in Illinois voted to give consumer protections to people who unknowingly buy a sick cat or dog from a pet shop.

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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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