Illinois

Politics
11:25 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Rauner pushing term limits for governor

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is drumming up his campaign for governor with a second campaign. Rauner, a Republican, is trying to get a question on the 2014 ballot that could lead to major changes in state government.  Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky spoke with Rauner about the petition drive:                                                         

 

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Politics
8:41 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Kwame Raoul not entering governor’s race

State Sen. Kwame Raoul watched candidate speeches from the back of the room at the Democratic County Chairmen’s Association annual brunch earlier this month in Springfield. He was considering a run for governor at the time, but on Thursday said he will not seek the office.
Credit (Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

A potential Democratic challenger for Illinois governor has taken himself out of contention.  State Senator Kwame Raoul had been flirting with a run for nearly a month. But he ended that Thursday. IPR’ Brian Mackey has more: 


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Courts
7:55 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

IL Supreme Court temporarily moves to Chicago

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in Chicago next month. The justices will be displaced from their Springfield home during a yearlong renovation.

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State News
8:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Proposed Midwestern pipeline at center of lawsuit

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over plans by the Canadian company Enbridge to build an oil pipeline through four Midwestern states. The pipeline would carry tar sands oil through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma:  

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State News
4:23 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

State teacher pension system sees returns

Illinois' largest public pension system saw greater than expected returns, according to an early analysis of the last fiscal year's investments. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports: 


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State News
7:13 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Value of farmland on the rise

Even though farm income saw a marginal increase between the second quarters of 2012 and 2013, there continued to be a rapid rise in the value of farmland, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis which surveyed agricultural banks in parts of seven Midwestern states, including Missouri and Illinois. 

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Government
4:50 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Quinn signs higher speed limit bill into law

Drivers will be able to legally go five miles an hour faster on most Illinois highways, beginning in January.  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit to 70 miles an hour.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.


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Government
5:15 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Police prepare for IL concealed carry

Although concealed carry is on the books in Illinois … it'll be months before anyone can obtain a permit to actually carry a firearm in public. But as IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, police are already getting ready for the change: 


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State News
10:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

240 computers missing from state prison systems

Illinois' auditor has found that the state's prison systems have lost 240 computers. Auditor General Bill Holland's report shows the Department of Corrections is missing 156 computers and the Department of Juvenile Justice can't locate 84 others. 

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Economy
4:14 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

State economic index shows improvement

The rising Flash Index shows a continually improving economy in Illinois. But the University of Illinois economist who compiles the Index says the state has not seen a corresponding fall in unemployment.  Fred Giertz with the U of I’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs says that at 9.8 percent in June, the Illinois unemployment rate has fallen more than two percentage points since its peak in early 2010. But he says it should have fallen more.

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