Illinois

Economy
3:45 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Gearing up for the Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair is just a week away.  This year’s theme is "Where Illinois Comes Together.”  As IPR's Peter Gray reports, a change in policy means Illinoisans who've gotten accustomed to seeing the sights on four wheels, will be together again, with those on two feet: 


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Government
4:46 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Possible pension compromise for committee

A member of the Illinois legislature's special committee on pensions says the group is closing in on a compromise. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, it remains to be seen whether the measure will have enough support in the full General Assembly: 


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Government
12:39 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Likely discussion on Peoria option to buyout water supplier

A potential Peoria City buyout of Illinois-American-Water will likely be discussed in the coming months.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports a group under the region’s new economic development effort could revisit the issue:

 


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Government
5:36 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lawmakers weigh-in on pension proposals

A key committee of legislators continue to formulate a new way to overhaul state pensions, but early indications are that it does not apply to all of the state's retirement systems.   At least one representative wants to make sure any changes are felt across the board. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more: 


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Business
5:05 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Ex Metra CEO addresses controversy

Metra's ex CEO answered questions Wednesday about political patronage and his controversial severance package.  IPR's Yolanda Perdomo reports: 


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Government
11:34 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

IL Comptroller pledges quicker nonprofit payments

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka speaking in Peoria Monday, July 15, 2013.
Credit Tanya Koonce / WCBU

  Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is creating an advisory council to help non-profit groups receive state payments in a more timely fashion. Topinka visited the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria yesterday to talk with non-profit human service groups about the state’s financial condition. She says her office is now paying bills from June 21st, a shorter delay than usual. But Topinka says its still within the first month of the state’s new fiscal year. She says by fall and into the holiday season, the payment delay gap could get larger:

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Government
5:21 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

IL religious leaders want concealed-carry changes

Illinois' new concealed carry law forbids people from bringing guns into schools, hospitals and casinos.  A group of religious leaders say they want the same protection for places of worship.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.


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Politics
3:02 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Dillard kicks-off run for governor across state

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard is toured the state Monday to kick off his campaign for governor.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 


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State News
7:04 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Illinois gets poor marks for cost of doing business in the state

Illinois dropped eleven spots in a national survey of the best places to do business. Business leaders say they're not surprised. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The CNBC survey ranks Illinois 37th overall. But the state gets especially poor marks when it comes to the cost of doing business. Illinois comes in at 44th out of 50 states.

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State News
7:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Lawsuit filed against proposed Illiana Expressway project

Credit Illinois Department of Transportation

A legal challenge could stall a much touted proposed expressway for Chicago’s southern suburbs. IPR'S Michael Puente reports.

Illinois and Indiana have partnered to build the Illiana Expressway. The east-west corridor is expected to one day connect I-55 in Will County to I-65 in Lake County, Indiana. The goal is to relieve congestion on existing roadways and create jobs. But a federal lawsuit filed yesterday claims the project will destroy natural areas.

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