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Government
11:50 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Should Illinois combine treasurer, comptroller offices?

Illinois lawmakers have long debated whether to combine the offices of comptroller and treasurer. Both candidates for treasurer are competing to one-up each other over whether the office should even exist.  

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State News
7:52 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Madigan keeps Democratic Party chair post

The man who has led the Democratic Party of Illinois for the past sixteen years will hold onto that title, but he did face a rare display of opposition. Party leaders met in Springfield today to re-elect House Speaker Michael Madigan as their chair.

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Government
7:11 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Specifics on IL proposed progressive income tax

Advocates have been moving for months to give Illinois a progressive income tax. Instead of the same flat rate for everyone, those who make more would pay more. Supporters are finally getting specific.

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Government
4:37 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Lawmaker has new state gambling expansion idea

The logjam on gambling expansion in Illinois has gone on for years.  Now, a state legislator leading the negotiations says he's got a new, two-pronged approach.  

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Education
2:52 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

State cuts look grim for school districts

The state superintendent says some districts won't be able to make it through next school year if lawmakers further cut school spending.

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Government
11:02 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

State funding for Peoria, Fulton bike trail project

Peoria County is getting $77,000 in state funding to develop a bike path to Fulton County.  The money will be used to acquire a more than 24-mile abandoned railroad corridor that runs from Fulton County to Bellevue.  The funding is part of a $1 million effort to develop or improve 42-miles of bicycle trails in the state.

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Government
5:35 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Push to double low-income state tax credit

Efforts to raise the minimum wage have been getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only proposal intended to improve the lives of the working poor. There's a push to double Illinois' tax credit for low income workers.

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State News
3:25 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Rutherford says employee making allegations

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says one of his employees has made allegations against him.  But he won’t say anything more than that.

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Government
4:17 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Quinn delivers State of State address

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered his sixth State of the State address Wednesday. As Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reports, Quinn's speech was pretty much what you'd expect from a man fighting to keep his job ... despite some of the lowest approval ratings of any governor in America.

                           

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Government
12:35 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Lawmakers respond to propane shortage

With the state's return to a deep freeze, the governor and several lawmakers are responding to the shortage of propane in Illinois. Although there is enough propane to go around nationwide -- the problem has been getting it to where it's needed most.  Governor Pat Quinn declared a "propane emergency" on Monday. An executive order lets truck drivers avoid fees and taxes usually required to transport propane. For the propane that is available, the cost has skyrocketed. State Senator Dale Righter says he's heard from constituents forced into tough decisions.

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