State News http://peoriapublicradio.org en Inspector General joins lawsuit http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/inspector-general-joins-lawsuit <div>Illinois' Executive Inspector General has taken an unusual step and is asking to be part of a lawsuit accusing Governor Pat Quinn's administration of patronage hiring. &nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:03:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26997 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Inspector General joins lawsuit Chicago drivers get a chance to appeal red light ticket http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/chicago-drivers-get-chance-appeal-red-light-ticket <div>Chicago drivers who may have wrongly received automated tickets from the city’s red light cameras may be eligible for a refund. &nbsp;IPR’s Alex Keefe has details.</div><div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:02:49 +0000 Alex Keefe 26993 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Chicago drivers get a chance to appeal red light ticket EPA talks clean-up at zinc facility in Danville http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/epa-talks-clean-zinc-facility-danville <div>The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking input on the cleanup of one of the most hazardous sites in the U.S.</div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:36:54 +0000 Mallory Black 26989 at http://peoriapublicradio.org No rules for fracking in Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/no-rules-fracking-illinois <div>&nbsp;</div><div>Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing. &nbsp;The coalition says it's left wondering if the governor's administration might be dragging the process for political reasons.</div><div> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:50:10 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26988 at http://peoriapublicradio.org No rules for fracking in Illinois Quinn supports ban on assault weapons http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/quinn-supports-ban-assault-weapons <div>&nbsp;</div><div>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is bringing the debate over guns into his reelection campaign. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn says the issue of military-style weapons represents a fundamental difference between his policies and Republican candidate Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:06:16 +0000 Patrick Smith 26975 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Quinn supports ban on assault weapons Sen. Durbin weighs-in on birth control insurance issue http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/sen-durbin-weighs-birth-control-insurance-issue <div>After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, certain companies are exempt from providing birth control as part of their insurance plans. They don't have to cover contraception if it conflicts with owners' religious beliefs. &nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:21:43 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26931 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Sen. Durbin weighs-in on birth control insurance issue Budget, pensions straining Illinois finances http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/budget-pensions-straining-illinois-finances <div>Wall Street's view of Illinois' financial health has taken a hit, thanks largely to the state budget that took effect at the start of this month. &nbsp;As IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports, pensions also continue to be a drag.</div><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Illinois Democrats passed the state's latest budget, many seemed to hold their nose.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Credit ratings agencies are more direct. Standard &amp; Poor’s has revised Illinois' credit outlook to "negative."</span></p></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:18:31 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26930 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Budget, pensions straining Illinois finances State Senator says Quinn has the information to block plan for PCB’s http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-senator-says-quinn-has-information-block-plan-pcb-s <div>State Senator Chapin Rose says Governor Pat Quinn should already have the required information to block a plan to store PCB’s at the Clinton Landfill.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican from </span>Mahomet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is referring to Tuesday’s letter from the Illinois EPA to the DeWitt County Board. &nbsp;</span></div><div> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:53:49 +0000 Jeff Bossert 26898 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State Senator says Quinn has the information to block plan for PCB’s Republican Paul Schimpf criticizes state pension overhaul http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/republican-paul-schimpf-criticizes-state-pension-overhaul <div>The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General is criticizing incumbent Lisa Madigan for defending the state's pension overhaul law which he thinks is unconstitutional.</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:25:11 +0000 Hannah Meisel 26868 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Republican Paul Schimpf criticizes state pension overhaul Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/trucker-asks-are-police-above-law <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="A screenshot of the video Brian Miner posted of being pulled over in June by an Illinois State Trooper. " data-attribution="Credit Brian Miner, You Tube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-dJgFdfl3I)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/YouTubeScreenShot_BrianMiner_Trooper_2014.JPG" alt="" /><p>It has been just over half a year since Illinois made it illegal to talk on your phone while driving without the use of a hands-free device. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:55:23 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26841 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law?