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Government
3:36 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Dog-tethering measure passes IL Senate

The Illinois Senate has approved limits on how dogs can be tethered.  The animals would have to be kept on a rope or light chain that's at least 10 feet long. The sponsor of the legislation, Senator Linda Holmes, a Democrat from Aurora, says it's meant to promote the humane treatment of animals.

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Politics
4:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Illinois Senate approves pension overhaul

 

  The Illinois Senate approved an overhaul of the state's pension systems Thursday. It comes one week after the Illinois House approved a more severe set of benefit cuts. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the differences in those plans were at the heart of the debate:
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Politics
4:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Illinois Senate approves pension overhaul

 

  The Illinois Senate approved an overhaul of the state's pension systems Thursday. It comes one week after the Illinois House approved a more severe set of benefit cuts. As IPR’s Brian Mackey reports, the differences in those plans were at the heart of the debate:
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Government
8:27 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Possible pension showdown in IL House, Senate

The long-simmering battle over government-employee pensions in Illinois took another turn Monday The Illinois Senate will be going its own way on a plan to change the drastically-underfunded system , potentially setting up a showdown with the House of Representatives.  IPR’s Brian Mackey has more: 


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State News
5:01 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

School Bus video passes IL Senate

The Illinois Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would allow for videotaping cars that pass stopped school buses. IPR’s Chris Slaby has more.

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The measure would allow school districts to install cameras on buses to make sure cars stop when students are being picked up or dropped off.

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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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