Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org en Rauner releases plans to reduce income tax rate http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rauner-releases-plans-reduce-income-tax-rate <div>Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner says he’s willing to negotiate with lawmakers on lowering the income tax rate.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:04:23 +0000 Tony Arnold 26810 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rauner releases plans to reduce income tax rate 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 Schools may close on election day http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/schools-may-close-election-day <div>Illinois students could get a day off of school come election day. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports on a law signed by the governor this afternoon.</div><div> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:42:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26696 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Schools may close on election day Rauner and Quinn disagree on minimum wage http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rauner-and-quinn-disagree-minimum-wage <div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The candidates for Illinois governor are again bickering over the state’s minimum wage. A referendum will ask voters this Fall whether the minimum wage should go up to 10 dollars an hour.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:05:22 +0000 Tony Arnold 26644 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rauner and Quinn disagree on minimum wage Educator bringing hip hop music to science class http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/educator-bringing-hip-hop-music-science-class <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine being in a science class and getting bombarded with complicated terms and phrases. It can be daunting for people of color who are underrepresented in the sciences. But there’s a push in academia to change that through hip hop. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:31:46 +0000 Sean Powers 26587 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Educator bringing hip hop music to science class New law requires police get bulletproof vests http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-law-requires-police-get-bulletproof-vests <div>A new law signed Wednesday is intended to keep police officers safe, by requiring they get protective gear.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:23:15 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26586 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New law requires police get bulletproof vests Regulations for medical marijuana approved in Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/regulations-medical-marijuana-approved-illinois <div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois.&nbsp;</span></p><div> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:36:46 +0000 Susie An 26504 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Regulations for medical marijuana approved in Illinois Legislators to decide whether to discuss or hold investigation of anti-violence program http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/legislators-decide-whether-discuss-or-hold-investigation-anti-violence-program <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight Wednesday when a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:02:19 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 26502 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Legislators to decide whether to discuss or hold investigation of anti-violence program State panel to tackle prisoner reduction http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-panel-tackle-prisoner-reduction <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A small panel of Illinois lawmakers meets this week with a lofty goal. They want to find a way to reduce the prison population, cut down on recidivism - but still enforce strict laws. Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold reports.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois State Representative Mike </span>Zalewski<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is gathering the committee to look at the big picture on prisons.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They’ll discuss overcrowding in Illinois’ prisons, and the billion dollars they cost taxpayers each year.</span></p></div><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:03:43 +0000 Tony Arnold 26459 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State panel to tackle prisoner reduction Lawsuits filed against state welfare system http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawsuits-filed-against-state-welfare-system <div>Illinois’ child welfare system is facing a pair of lawsuits filed by families of two young girls who died from abuse. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:57:48 +0000 Tony Arnold 26458 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawsuits filed against state welfare system