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State News
8:06 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State sues Chicago company for ash pollution

The state of Illinois is suing a company on Chicago’s south-east side for not containing harmful pet-coke ash.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against KCBX, a company owned by the wealthy Koch Brothers,Madigan’s office alleges the company is violating state environmental laws. KCBX is contracted by oil giant BP to handle tons of pet coke, a dust-like substance that is sold as a cheap fuel in foreign markets. Huge piles of it are stored along the Calumet River. In recent months, much of the dust has allegedly been landing around the homes of residents, affecting

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State News
6:24 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Gambling expansion hearing brings up same concerns

An Illinois legislator is trying to re-start negotiations over a big expansion of gambling. Talks broke down in May, and Democratic state Representative Bob Rita, from Blue Island, says nothing has happened since then.

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State News
7:13 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Researchers say Chicago Mayor should hire more cops, not push mandatory minimums

Chicago is struggling to bring down deadly gun violence. As part of that, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing three-year mandatory minimum sentences for anyone caught carrying an illegal firearm. He wants state lawmakers to take up a bill to that effect when they go back to Springfield this week. The mayor says he doesn’t want more parents to lose children to gun violence, but research shows there’s a much better way he could help. Illinois Public Radio’s Robert Wildeboer explains.

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Government
6:22 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Pension committee floats new style of retirement plan for some

With an eye toward reaching an agreement in time for the upcoming veto session, legislators on a special pension committee met Friday in Chicago.  The conversations focused on giving state employees and teachers a new style of retirement plan.

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Crime
2:51 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Peoria grapples with fifth homicide in less than a month

Peoria Police are investigating the city’s fifth homicide in less than a month.  County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll says the body of 31-year old Carnell Ashford was found Friday in the backyard of 1401 Northeast Perry.  She says Ashford has a Chicago address, but was reportedly living in Peoria for the last year.  Ingersoll says autopsy results are expected Saturday.

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Courts
7:55 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

IL Supreme Court temporarily moves to Chicago

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in Chicago next month. The justices will be displaced from their Springfield home during a yearlong renovation.

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Politics
7:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Kirk walks-back plan for mass gang member arrest

U.S. Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is repudiating a plan he floated earlier this year to do a mass arrests of 18,000 gang members.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports: 


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Politics
3:32 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Quinn staying out of Metra, Madigan controversy

Governor Pat Quinn appears to be staying out of a controversy over House Speaker Mike Madigan's role in employment decisions at Metra, the suburban Chicago commuter rail agency.Madigan last week acknowledged suggesting a pay raise for a campaign donor who had a $57,000-a-year job at Metra.

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State News
6:24 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Chicago could toughen ban on assault weapons

Chicago’s City Council could toughen its ban on so-called assault weapons this week.

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Sports
5:33 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Thousands celebrate Blackhawks in Chicago

Thousands celebrated the Blackhawks championship Friday at Grant Park.  Some arrived with a group of friends.  But one die-hard fan came alone.  IPR’s Michael Puente reports: 


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