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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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Government
12:15 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Mayor Manier reacts to State of Union speech

Washington, Illinois Mayor Gary Manier was in the nation’s capitol for the State Of The Union last night.  He was the guest of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk. The Central Illinois town was devastated following last November’s tornado. Manier says it was a thrill to see President Obama deliver the speech. But Manier says he was hoping the President would mention the state’s recovery efforts:

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Government
11:13 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New talks on gambling expansion kick off Tuesday

An Illinois lawmaker is attempting to revive talks over a massive expansion of gambling in the state. The effort begins Tuesday at a casino in East St. Louis.

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Politics
7:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Frerichs stops in Peoria, formally enters race for state treasurer

Credit Sean Powers/ Illinois Public Radio

The lone Democratic candidate for Illinois Treasurer says he’ll bring accountability to the office, and help create jobs.  State Senator Mike Frerichs of Champaign formally kicked off his campaign Wednesday with stops across the state, including in Peoria: 

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