Illinois

Politics
4:54 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Harold Launches Bid for Congress in Urbana

Former Miss America Erika Harold has vowed to reach out to those who aren’t traditional Republican voters.  Harold announced her run to seek the GOP nomination for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in front of Urbana High School Tuesday.  

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State News
4:42 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Quinn: ready to call special session amid pension uncertainty

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’s ready to call a special session.  That’s after lawmakers failed to pass a pension plan last week.  Illinois Public Radio’s Susie An reports.

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State News
3:22 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Lawmakers considered numerous measures for IL veterans

Illinois lawmakers considered at least two-dozen proposals related to veterans during the spring session.Among those getting approval, allowing prospective law enforcement officers to substitute a college degree with military experience, and reducing requirements for veterans to obtain hunting licenses.  Republican Representative C-D Davidsmeyer of Jacksonville, sponsored several pieces of military legislation.  But he says there are limits:

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Government
7:24 am
Sat June 1, 2013

IL lawmakers adjourn, leave some big issues unresolved

The Illinois General Assembly ended its 2013 session last night. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, it's more likely to be remembered for what was not accomplished than for what was.
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Government
4:29 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

IL concealed carry measure heads to Gov. Quinn

Both the Illinois House and Senate have approved legislation allowing people to carry guns in public. Illinois, under threat of a court order, is poised to be the last state with such a law. IPR’s Chris Slaby has more.

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Crime
6:45 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

ACLU joins state prison lawsuit

A lawsuit over health care in prisons in Illinois is getting a boost from the American Civil Liberties Union.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports.

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State News
1:34 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Il Senate approves Medicaid measure

A measure that would implement a key part of “Obamacare” in Illinois is on its way to the governor’s desk, after it was approved by the Senate Tuesday.

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Government
1:30 am
Wed May 29, 2013

IL House approves cellphone driving ban

A mix of tourists and lobbyists milled about the rotunda of the Illinois Statehouse on Tuesday.
Credit (Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

It's now up to Governor Pat Quinn whether "hang up and drive" will become law in Illinois. The House gave final approval Tuesday to a measure that would make it illegal to talk on a hand-held phone while driving. Representative John D'Amico, a Democrat from Chicago, says talking on the phone while driving has been linked to traffic accidents.

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Government
5:02 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

IL House pushes for its pension overhaul

Reps. Darlene Senger (left) and Elaine Nekritz discuss pensions in a Statehouse conference room.
Credit (Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

Members of the Illinois House continued pushing for their version of a pension overhaul Tuesday. The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate remain deadlocked over the best approach to fixing Illinois $100 billion pension problem. The latest twist could affect how public school teachers' pensions are funded. IPR’s Brian Mackey has more.
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Courts
2:42 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

‘Amazon tax’ issue heard in IL Supreme Court

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the state's so-called "Amazon tax." The decision could change the way Illinois websites make money online. IPR’s Brian Mackey reports: 


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