Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org en Window on Illinois term limits starting to narrow http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/window-illinois-term-limits-starting-narrow <div>Two of Illinois' top Republicans want to limit how long someone can stay on as governor of Illinois. But they only have about two weeks to get the proposed constitutional amendment through the General Assembly.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:10:30 +0000 Hannah Meisel 22264 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Window on Illinois term limits starting to narrow Madigan keeps Democratic Party chair post http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/madigan-keeps-democratic-party-chair-post <div>The man who has led the Democratic Party of Illinois for the past sixteen years will hold onto that title, but he did face a rare display of opposition. Party leaders met in Springfield today to re-elect House Speaker Michael Madigan as their chair.</div><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:52:45 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22190 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Madigan keeps Democratic Party chair post Audit faults state CMS department http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/audit-faults-state-cms-department <div>Illinois government’s top administrative agency came in for criticism Tuesday. An audit faulted the Department of Central Management Services for everything from math errors to abusing the procurement process.&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:45:29 +0000 Brian Mackey 22189 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Audit faults state CMS department Farmers concerned about sharing data http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/farmers-concerned-about-sharing-data <div>As farmers use information technology to grow more with less money, many are being asked to share their data. But they're worried about security, privacy, and other problems that could crop up.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:10:55 +0000 Michelle O'Neill 22114 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Farmers concerned about sharing data IL cost to lease cars might go down http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-cost-lease-cars-might-go-down <div>The cost of leasing an automobile in Illinois should be going down. At least, that's what's supposed to happen under legislation the governor signed into law Monday.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:56:01 +0000 Brian Mackey 22111 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL cost to lease cars might go down Illinois gets NCLB waiver http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-gets-nclb-waiver <div>After more than two years of trying, Illinois has finally won a waiver from the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. What does this mean for schools in Illinois?</div><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:54:45 +0000 Brian Mackey 22005 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Illinois gets NCLB waiver IL House committee votes on Obama Presidential Library measure http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-committee-votes-obama-presidential-library-measure <div>A State House committee is advancing a plan to use 100 million dollars to build Barack Obama’s presidential library in Illinois. &nbsp;But one Republican says the vote may have been illegal. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:11:15 +0000 Tony Arnold 21954 at http://peoriapublicradio.org IL House committee votes on Obama Presidential Library measure State unemployment lowest in five years, high nationally http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-unemployment-lowest-five-years-high-nationally <div>Illinois' unemployment rate dropped last month -- to the lowest level in more than five years. But the state still has one of the worst rates in the country.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:06:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 21930 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State unemployment lowest in five years, high nationally A state push for more early childhood education http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-push-more-early-childhood-education <div>As Illinois navigated the economic downturn, lawmakers made lots of cuts including to early childhood education. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:45:22 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21837 at http://peoriapublicradio.org A state push for more early childhood education Groups fending off potential IL motor fuel tax hike http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/groups-fending-potential-il-motor-fuel-tax-hike <div>Gas station owners and petroleum distributors&nbsp;are fending off a potential increase in Illinois' motor fuel tax, even though it's not an immediate threat.</div><div> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:06:34 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21782 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Groups fending off potential IL motor fuel tax hike