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Government
12:06 am
Wed May 28, 2014

State senate approves public education funding change

The Illinois Senate Tuesday approved a measure to completely change how the state's public schools are funded. The plan would shift state resources from schools with more property tax wealth to more impoverished areas. But that shift of resources creates winners and losers. Senator Dale Righter, a Republican from Mattoon, says he cannot vote to create "losers" ... even if his area would benefit from the change.

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State News
7:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Lawmakers return to Springfield Monday

After a weekend break, legislators begin to return to Springfield Monday as the calendar draws closer to the scheduled May 31st adjournment. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky catches us up.

While the end of the month is a key date, it's another one, about a half a year away, that will largely guide much of what happens these next few weeks: the election.

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Government
3:49 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Proposal gives translators for Illinois jurors

Jury duty could soon be open to people who are not fluent in the English language. The Illinois Senate Wednesday a pilot program to provide translators for jurors.

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Business
5:02 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Caterpillar to testify Tuesday on offshore taxes

Caterpillar says it acts ethically and complies with all federal and state tax laws.  That’s part of the message company Finance Services Vice President Julie Lagacy plans to deliver at a U-S Senate investigative panel Tuesday. 

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Business
1:38 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Caterpillar reportedly under investigation by Senate panel

Bloomberg is reporting a U.S. Senate investigative panel is examining Caterpillar.  The investigative panel is reportedly examining whether the company avoided U.S. taxes by moving profits outside the country. 

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

IL Republican Senate candidates have tough fight ahead, whoever wins

The two Republicans running for U.S. Senate in Illinois have just one more day to campaign before the primary. Whoever wins will have a tough fight in November’s general election.

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Politics
10:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

IL Senate candidates trade jabs

On the first day they officially became campaign rivals, a Republican running for U.S. Senate took jabs at his primary opponent.  Businessman and West Point graduate Doug Truax questioned Jim Oberweis's tax practices.

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Government
3:15 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

State Sen. Oberweis looks to challenge Dick Durbin

Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis is again looking to go to Washington.  Oberweis, who's from Sugar Grove, won his seat last year.  It was his first win after several failed attempts at public office, including runs for governor, Congress and U.S. Senate.  The magnate of Oberweis Dairy told opponents of same-sex marriage Wednesday at a rally in Springfield that he wants to try running for the U.S. Senate again.

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Government
4:29 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

IL concealed carry measure heads to Gov. Quinn

Both the Illinois House and Senate have approved legislation allowing people to carry guns in public. Illinois, under threat of a court order, is poised to be the last state with such a law. IPR’s Chris Slaby has more.

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State News
1:34 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Il Senate approves Medicaid measure

A measure that would implement a key part of “Obamacare” in Illinois is on its way to the governor’s desk, after it was approved by the Senate Tuesday.

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