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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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State News
6:03 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Governor Quinn signs budget

Illinois will have a budget in place when the state's new fiscal year begins Tuesday. The governor signed it into law Monday.  

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Crime
8:45 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

State proposal would clear some juvenile arrest records

State lawmakers are advancing a plan that could automatically clear the arrest records of some juveniles.  

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Education
2:49 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

District 150 ‘State of Schools’ address moved to this fall

The annual District 150 ‘State of The Schools’ address is usually this month. But Superintendent Grenita Lathan is working with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce to instead hold the annual event in the fall.  Lathan says the new date is better because the district has more financial and staff hiring data to report compared to the spring:

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Education
5:40 am
Thu May 15, 2014

State board responds on Charter Oak testing investigation

The Illinois State Board of Education says it found no evidence that a District 150 primary school manipulated test scores. However, a letter sent from the ISBE to the district says it’s forwarding its report to its Licensure Division for further review. 

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Government
6:05 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Peoria airport earns state award

The Peoria International Airport is getting state recognition for the way it operates. The state Department of Transportation awarded the airport as the ‘Primary Airport of the Year’.  Airport Director Gene Olson says the award was based on multiple projects and procedures at the airport:

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Government
1:08 am
Wed May 14, 2014

State hearing looks if new pension law could be suspended

A hearing set for Wednesday afternoon could determine if some - or even all - of Illinois' new pension law will be suspended. The law is supposed to take effect next month.

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Government
8:33 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

State argument over citizen’s initiatives

State election officials are beginning a long and deliberate process --- going through the two citizen's initiatives filed last week.  Challengers are trying to argue that's a waste of time and money.

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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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