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3:51 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Illinois General Assembly sues Gov. Pat Quinn

The leaders of the Illinois General Assembly have sued Governor Pat Quinn over his veto of lawmakers' salaries. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the leaders say they're trying to protect the independence of the legislature:


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Government
3:44 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Bill Daley officially announces run for governor

Tuesday former commerce secretary and investment banker Bill Daley says he's officially running for Illinois governor. But this comes nearly two months after Daley said he was already "totally committed" to the race. So IPR’s Brian Mackey asks: did anything really change?


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State News
6:56 am
Tue July 30, 2013

DOMA decision puts immigrants on path to citizenship

Aaron Smith and Toshi get married during a private ceremony on Nov. 30, 2012 in Iowa.
Credit Toshi and Aaron Smith

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act is a big win for same-sex married couples. And as Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers reports, the ruling also opens up a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. 

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State News
6:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Central Il Democrats rally for Washington to address climate change

A group of central Illinois Democrats as well as some in agriculture and academics are trying to rally around President Obama's action last month on climate change.

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State News
6:17 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Stanley Cup makes trip to Springfield

The white-gloved handler of the Stanley Cup poses with a life-size replica of the Lincoln family on Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield. The Cup was in the capital for an invitation-only event, though fans had an opportunity to pose for photos as it was taken out of the museum.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

The Stanley Cup has made a trip to Illinois' capital city. It made an appearance Monday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield just weeks after the Blackhawks won it for the second time in four seasons. 

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Government
4:46 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Possible pension compromise for committee

A member of the Illinois legislature's special committee on pensions says the group is closing in on a compromise. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, it remains to be seen whether the measure will have enough support in the full General Assembly: 


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Education
4:39 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Quinn touts money for Bradley University, Eureka College

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is touting funding for three colleges in the region. He announced nearly $5 million in investments for Bradley University, Eureka College and Illinois Wesleyan University.  That includes $700,000 to renovate Eureka’s main science building. Eureka President David Arnold says the grant is part of five-million-dollars to redo the century-old building:

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Illinois Central College offering "Walk-In Wednesdays"

Illinois Central College has an offering to help new and returning students register for fall semester.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:29 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Instructions for those wanting to apply for Sanberg's city council seat

Anyone interested in being part of the Peoria city council can apply at the Mayor’s office. Mayor Jim Ardis and the council are charged with filling the vacant at-large council seat held by Gary Sandberg. Sandberg died more than a week ago of heart disease likely compounded by the heat.

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State News
9:50 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Discussion on decline of butterflies this year

Researchers from the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission say there is lingering evidence of the effect of last year’s drought. Volunteers conducted an informal butterfly count in early July. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with The Nature Preserves Commission’s Angella Moorehouse about the butterfly census:

It’s still possible for some butterfly species to recover this summer. Some varieties breed several times each the summer months, but others only produce one generation a year.

  

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