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State News
6:46 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Why does Chicago have more homicides than NYC?

A crime researcher in Chicago says New York city spends a lot more money on city services, and that might be one reason why they have so few homicides compared to Chicago.

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State News
2:27 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Il Supreme Court hears red light cameras case

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A court case challenging Chicago’s red light cameras is now in the hands of the Illinois Supreme Court. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports on what’s at stake with the case. 

The challengers to Chicago’s red light cameras say the city jumped the gun. Attorneys say the city didn’t have prior approval from state officials before installing the cameras. The cameras take photos of drivers running through red lights or illegally turning right on red. Tickets are then mailed to offenders.

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State News
6:52 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Il Supreme Court to hear arguments in Ottawa

Illinois Supreme Court Justices are packing their robes and gavels and heading west. For only the second time since 1897 the state’s high court will hear oral arguments somewhere other than Springfield or Chicago. The court will convene to hear two cases Wednesday in Ottawa. Illinois Public Radio’s Brian O’Keefe spoke with Supreme Court spokesman Joe Tybor. He says this is a chance to remove some of the mystery that surrounds the high court:

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Government
6:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Durbin pushes to allow undocumented immigrants to serve in military

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is pushing for some immigrants in the country illegally to be allowed in the military.  And he’s bringing that push to Chicago’s West Side Monday.  From our bureau there, IPR’s Chip Mitchell reports.

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State News
7:22 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Hillary Clinton receives Illinois Order of Lincoln honor

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the recipient of Illinois’ highest honor for professional achievement. IPR'S Alex Keefe has details.

Clinton was given the Order of Lincoln at a black-tie ceremony Saturday night for her years of public service. She’s been a First Lady, U.S. Senator, Democratic presidential candidate and most recently, Secretary of State.

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State News
1:42 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library

A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending a hundred million dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago for the second time. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state, and U.S. senator. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school. All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois. But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.

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Government
5:17 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Lawmakers advance Emanuel Chicago pension plan

A bill to cut retirement benefits for some City of Chicago employees has made its way to the governor’s desk. But it’s not clear whether he will sign it. IPR'S Tony Arnold reports.

In one day, the Illinois State House and Senate approved a measure affecting more than 56-thousand city laborers and municipal workers. The bill would have current employees pay more toward their pensions - while retirees would get less money in benefits.

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Government
7:58 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Emanuel touts changes to state pension bill

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is touting some changes to a state bill that would prop up some of the city’s troubled pensions.  But the changes may be more political than practical.

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Government
6:34 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Chicago labor groups, IL Republicans on same side over pension issue

Some labor unions are finding themselves on the same side as Illinois Republicans in fighting changes to Chicago employees’ retirement benefits.  

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Education
6:54 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

U of I Urbana officials weigh in on Chicago strike

A 2-day strike by faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago isn’t deterring the efforts of some at the school’s flagship campus to unionize:

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