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Government
7:10 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Ill. Sec. of State Police dies

The director of the Illinois Secretary of State Police has died.  

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Politics
4:05 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Quinn concedes Governor’s race to Rauner

Governor Pat Quinn has conceded his campaign for re-election to Republican Bruce Rauner.  Rauner defeated the Democratic incumbent by five percentage points, declaring victory Tuesday night. Quinn said he wanted to make sure all the votes were counted.  He says that happened Wednesday:

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Politics
1:04 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Illinois Treasurer’s race still close

Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs says it may be a week before voters know who won the contest for Illinois treasurer. Frerichs and Republican Tom Cross both ended the day with about 48 per cent of the vote.  Frerichs told supporters on Tuesday night that he’s waiting for every last ballot to be counted.

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Politics
12:58 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Here’s the IL ballot questions voters picked

In addition to choosing a new governor, Illinois voters approved several ballot questions, including two changes to the state’s constitution.

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Education
4:08 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

High marks for Illinois school data website

When the Illinois State Board of Education releases new student achievement results later this week, parents will find even more information online.  The site illinoisreportcard.com provides data for each public school and school district, and has added several new metrics this year. Mary Fergus, spokesperson for the board, says it will give a more complete picture:

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Politics
10:09 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

A push to change legislative district drawing in IL

Advocates seeking to change how Illinois draws its legislative districts are following through on a promise to keep trying, even after getting knocked off of this year's ballot.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky has more.

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Environment
5:39 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Illinois and new greenhouse gas emission standards

State regulators are beginning to discuss how Illinois will meet new federal requirements for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:
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Education
12:17 am
Tue July 22, 2014

District 150 aims to expand sex education curriculum

District 150 is also working to expand it’s sexual education programs starting this fall. A grant from the State Board of Education will help the district implement a five-year plan to add programs that focus on contraception. District 150 Special Education Director Maureen Langholf says the program aims to work with area health departments and community groups to promote safe sex:

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Crime
4:54 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Quinn could send state police to tackle Chicago violence

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is willing to provide back-up for the Chicago Police Department. More than 50 people were shot in Chicago over the long holiday weekend.  

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Government
3:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

A look at the state’s minimum wage issues

Illinois lawmakers are considering raising the state's minimum wage to ten dollars, and Chicago could raise it higher still. IPR’s Amanda Vinicky surveys the minimum wage landscape.

Despite Democratic majorities and a push from the governor, Illinois' legislative session adjourned without a bump in the minimum wage. Lawmakers settled for putting a non-binding question on the November ballot asking if that's something voters want.

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