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10:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Peoria County nursing home to open with new rates, later than expected

Peoria County hopes to open its new nursing home facility in late June or early July.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that’s about a month later than originally planned: 


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Politics
4:53 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Madigan: downstate schools should pay pension costs

The leader of the Illinois House of Representatives says Downstate school districts will eventually have to pay for their employees’ pensions. 

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Politics
4:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Illinois Senate approves pension overhaul

 

  The Illinois Senate approved an overhaul of the state's pension systems Thursday. It comes one week after the Illinois House approved a more severe set of benefit cuts. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the differences in those plans were at the heart of the debate:
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Politics
4:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Illinois Senate approves pension overhaul

 

  The Illinois Senate approved an overhaul of the state's pension systems Thursday. It comes one week after the Illinois House approved a more severe set of benefit cuts. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the differences in those plans were at the heart of the debate:
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Floods
3:34 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

State requesting Federal Distaster Area assistance

  Governor Pat Quinn is asking for federal help in the recovery after this spring’s flooding.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Quinn speaks on Madigan’s pension plan

Governor Pat Quinn says House Speaker Michael Madigan's pension-reform plan is “comprehensive” and deserves a vote in the Senate.  The House approved Madigan’s measure last week. It would require employees to pay two-percent more toward retirement benefits. 

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Education
2:52 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Bustos pushes for year-round federal school grants

To help them complete their education, students should be able to attend college year-round. And that's the goal of a bill introduced Thursday by Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos - the Access to Education and Training Act.

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State News
7:16 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Clean up continues after last month's floods

Clean-up continues after last month's floods. IPR’S Jenna Dooley has more on efforts in LaSalle County where hundreds of students are still in temporary classrooms:

JoEllen Fuller laughs nervously when asked how last month's floods damaged Marseilles Elementary School:

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State News
6:53 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Il Senate to vote on pension overhaul

The Illinois Senate is expected to vote Thursday on the latest proposal to fix the state's drastically underfunded pension systems. Many aspects of the plan have been put forth before in what's become a multi-year pension debate. But as Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey reports, it has one element that makes it unique. 

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State News
6:47 am
Thu May 9, 2013

How immigration overhaul could impact Il agricultural workers

Illinois Farm Bureau

A U.S. Senate committee is expected to vote Thursday on a plan to provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of people living in the United States illegally. The Senate immigration reform bill includes a special provision for farm workers that shortens the waiting period for legal residency. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Powers explores how that section would impact Illinois’ agricultural workers.

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