7:08 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Rahm Emanuel defends pet coke proposal

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending a proposed ordinance that could drive out at least one segment of industry from the city. 

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5:59 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Chris Christie stops in Chicago

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is trying to pump up Republicans who want to win the Illinois governor’s race this year.  As IPR’s Alex Keefe reports, Christie was in Chicago for fundraisers Tuesday.

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4:07 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

State board denies emergency petcoke rules

A major setback to the state of Illinois over the handling and storage of petroleum coke, or petcoke.  

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6:55 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Chicago remembers open-housing advocate

John Baird is being remembered in many ways due to his decades as a real estate developer and architecture preservationist.  But also for his work to fight housing discrimination in Chicago. 

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10:29 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Swearing-in ceremony focuses on gun violence for federal prosecutor

Gun violence was the focus at a ceremony Monday to install the new top federal prosecutor in Chicago.    Zach Fardon’s first day last month as the new U.S. attorney brought a public rebuke from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  He told the Sun-Times that federal prosecutors do a horrible job on gun crimes.  At Fardon’s swearing in ceremony yesterday, with Emanuel in the front row, U.S. attorney General Eric Holder said solving gun violence is hard work.  HOLDER: It is the product of cooperative endeavor and sustained effort. This is simply not a time for institutional friction.  Illinois U.S.

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State News
5:30 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Could Chicago host the next RNC?

The new head of the Illinois GOP says it’s too early to say whether Chicago should host the 2016 Republican National Convention. That could be a tough sell to Chicago’s staunchly Democratic mayor.IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

State Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan was cautious when asked today about the prospects of a Chicago RNC in 2016.

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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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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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