Brian Mackey http://peoriapublicradio.org en Governor drops GED from Illinois law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/governor-drops-ged-illinois-law <div>Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation that will remove all references to the GED from Illinois law. It’s part of a much broader change in the education program for people who didn’t finish high school.</div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:55:54 +0000 Brian Mackey 26797 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Governor drops GED from Illinois law Gov. Quinn approves minimum wage ballot question http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gov-quinn-approves-minimum-wage-ballot-question <div>Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to 10 dollars an hour. Governor Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday, and as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he wasted no time campaigning on the issue.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The question is just advisory. Lawmakers don’t have to heed the people’s advice, but supporters of the increase say they hope it’ll pressure reluctant legislators to go along.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:56:36 +0000 Brian Mackey 25322 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gov. Quinn approves minimum wage ballot question Conservative activist Jack Roeser died http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/conservative-activist-jack-roeser-died <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Illinois Republican Party says longtime conservative activist Jack Roeser&nbsp;has died. The wealthy businessman spent years on the outside, fighting the party establishment.&nbsp;</div><div> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:52:55 +0000 Brian Mackey 24876 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Conservative activist Jack Roeser died More sexual harassment allegations filed against Dan Rutherford http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/more-sexual-harassment-allegations-filed-against-dan-rutherford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A former state employee Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. He's also expanding the list of defendants to include Mitt Romney's presidential campaign organization.</span></p><div> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:28:41 +0000 Brian Mackey 24799 at http://peoriapublicradio.org More sexual harassment allegations filed against Dan Rutherford Governor approves supplemental budget for current year http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/governor-approves-supplemental-budget-current-year <div>Governor Pat Quinn has approved a supplemental spending bill for the budget year ending June 30th.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 1.8 billion dollar package, signed Monday, pays down some of the state’s overdue bills. </span></div><div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:54:21 +0000 Brian Mackey 24645 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Governor approves supplemental budget for current year New regulations address global warming http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-regulations-address-global-warming <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Democrats in coal states rush to distance themselves from new federal regulations intended to address global warming -- Senator Dick Durbin says Illinois is in a good position among coal-producing states.&nbsp;</span></p><div> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:52:09 +0000 Brian Mackey 24619 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New regulations address global warming Durbin calling for increase in spending on medical research http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/durbin-calling-increase-spending-medical-research <div>Dick Durbin is calling for an increase in federal spending on medical research. The Illinois senator made his case Monday in Springfield, before &nbsp;a group of doctors and scientists at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. IPR's Brian Mackey has more.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Durbin says federal investment in basic medical research has lagged far behind inflation. He says a decade ago, 30 percent of grant proposals were funded, while today that number is down to just 15 percent.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:18:16 +0000 Brian Mackey 24600 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Durbin calling for increase in spending on medical research After some juvenile arrests, a fresh start http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/after-some-juvenile-arrests-fresh-start <div>A new law will automatically clear certain arrest records for juveniles when they turn 18. It’s meant to keep arrests that did not result in criminal charges from following kids into adulthood. IPR's Brian Mackey has more.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The law applies only to arrests for lesser crimes, mostly non-violent. Sex offenses and top felonies will stay on the books, as will any arrest that resulted in formal criminal charges.</span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:08:06 +0000 Brian Mackey 24582 at http://peoriapublicradio.org After some juvenile arrests, a fresh start Legislator Pay: Too Much or Too Little? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/legislator-pay-too-much-or-too-little <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/capitol.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A state senator and candidate for higher office on Thursday sought some attention for giving up a portion of his pay. This comes after Illinois lawmakers — for the first time in years — did not vote to symbolically cut their own pay. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 11:47:31 +0000 Brian Mackey 24491 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Legislator Pay: Too Much or Too Little? Moody's criticizing new state budget http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/moodys-criticizing-new-state-budget <div>The credit rating agency Moody's is criticizing the Illinois state budget passed last week. As IPR's Brian Mackey reports, this is not a surprise to government officials.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moody's says because Illinois did not extend higher income tax rates, it could have to rely on what it calls "credit negative" practices.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois already has the lowest credit rating of any state in the country. Moody's isn't lowering it further, at least not for now.</span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:22:28 +0000 Brian Mackey 24364 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Moody's criticizing new state budget