Illinois

Floods
4:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Federal flood damage assessments in IL

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation, District Four

Federal officials started to assess the damage to Illinois homes and businesses Monday from the recent floods.  The head of Illinois’ Emergency Management Agency says the state wants tens of millions of dollars from the federal government to help pay for flood damage.  Governor Pat Quinn says homeowners and businesses who suffered flood damage could qualify for loans to get back some of the money spent on clean-up. “It’s important that we assess all of the expenses and the damage that occurred because of the floods.

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Politics
6:02 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Rick Perry aims to lure away IL businesses

The governor of Texas is messing with Illinois, or at least he's trying to. Rick Perry is in Chicago this week, in part to try to lure companies to relocate to Texas.  IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 


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Government
4:02 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Durbin seeks fourth term

Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin says he’s planning on running for a fourth term. From Washington, IPR’s Lauren Chooljian reports. 

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Senator Durbin has been serving in the US Senate since 1997.

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State News
6:24 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Wealthy school districs receive extra tax money

 

IPR's Chris Slaby reports:

Illinois' top education official says “it's not fair” that wealthy school districts are receiving extra money from the state.  As IPR’s Chris Slaby reports, it comes at the expense of districts that are less well off. 

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Politics
2:16 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Congressman says Pat Brady should serve out term

  A Republican Congressman says he believes his party's chairman should be allowed to complete his term, after taking a controversial stance earlier this year.  High-level Republicans unsuccessfully tried to overthrow State Party Chairman Pat Brady after he announced his support for same-sex marriage. Congresssman Rodney Davis of Taylorville stands by Brady, saying he did a “good job” bringing the GOP together during the 2012 election season.  Instead of focusing on inner-party politics, Davis says Republicans should focus on solving the problems that plague Illinois.

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State News
2:16 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Congressman says Pat Brady should serve out term

  A Republican Congressman says he believes his party's chairman should be allowed to complete his term, after taking a controversial stance earlier this year.  High-level Republicans unsuccessfully tried to overthrow State Party Chairman Pat Brady after he announced his support for same-sex marriage. Congresssman Rodney Davis of Taylorville stands by Brady, saying he did a “good job” bringing the GOP together during the 2012 election season.  Instead of focusing on inner-party politics, Davis says Republicans should focus on solving the problems that plague Illinois.

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Government
5:21 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Illinois House passes pension measure

Illinois legislators have yet again done what was long unthinkable, the House Thursday passed a measure reducing state employees' and teachers' retirement benefits.   IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more: 


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Government
4:42 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Illinois Senate approves pension measure

 Teachers would have to make a major decision about their retirement benefits under a measure the Illinois Senate approved Wednesday.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has the latest on lawmakers' attempts to overhaul the state's pension systems. 

   The legislation would require any teacher working at a downstate or suburban public school to make a choice:
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Government
8:50 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

AFSCME votes to accept state contract

By a margin of 96 to four, members of the state's largest public employees' union voted to ratify a new contract with the state.  AFSCME and Governor Pat Quinn's administration reached a deal in late February.  But in order for it to take effect, a majority of the union's more than 35,000 members had to agree to it.  AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says this may have been the toughest negotiations the union's ever experienced.

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State News
7:07 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ambulatory services face money shortage

Providers of ambulance and other emergency services in Illinois face a shortage of money. Some patients use on Medicaid, Illinois' low-income health insurance, to pay for trips.

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