Brian Mackey http://northernpublicradio.org en In Illinois Legislature, A Culture Change On Criminal Sentencing http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-legislature-culture-change-criminal-sentencing <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit flickr/meeshpants" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201309/prisonmeal.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Not long ago, it seemed every time a different type of crime started making the news, members of the Illinois General Assembly would rush to increase the penalty for that offense. But today — with prisons stuffed beyond capacity and state finances ailing — lawmakers have begun taking a more deliberate approach. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:09:11 +0000 Brian Mackey 49989 at http://northernpublicradio.org In Illinois Legislature, A Culture Change On Criminal Sentencing Quinn Signs Minimum Wage Ballot Question http://northernpublicradio.org/post/quinn-signs-minimum-wage-ballot-question <p></p><p>Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to $10 an hour. Governor Pat Quinn approved the ballot question Sunday. And he wasted no time campaigning on the issue. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:07:02 +0000 Brian Mackey 49507 at http://northernpublicradio.org Quinn Signs Minimum Wage Ballot Question Quinn Fundraising Appeal Tied To Bill Signing http://northernpublicradio.org/post/quinn-fundraising-appeal-tied-bill-signing <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Gov. Pat Quinn speaks to reporters in this file photo." data-attribution="Credit Amanda Vinicky/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201310/QuinnCrop.jpg" alt="" /><p>Voters will get to weigh in on whether Illinois should raise its minimum wage for adults to $10 an hour. Gov. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:57:39 +0000 Brian Mackey 49509 at http://northernpublicradio.org Quinn Fundraising Appeal Tied To Bill Signing Illinois Outlaws Police Ticket Quotas http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-outlaws-police-ticket-quotas <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit flickr.com/appleswitch (Creative Commons)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/police-cars.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police ticket quotas are now illegal in Illinois. Over the weekend, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:52:25 +0000 Brian Mackey 49135 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Outlaws Police Ticket Quotas Lawsuit: Rutherford 'Coerced And Intimidated' Employee Into Political Work http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lawsuit-rutherford-coerced-and-intimidated-employee-political-work <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford speaks with reporters in this file photo from August 2013." data-attribution="Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/2013-08-15-rutherford.jpg" alt="" /><p>A former state employee on Thursday filed more allegations of political and sexual harassment against Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:11:10 +0000 Brian Mackey 48995 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lawsuit: Rutherford 'Coerced And Intimidated' Employee Into Political Work Rare In Illinois, Black Bear On The Move http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rare-illinois-black-bear-move <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="A black bear is seen near Genoa, in DeKalb County, on the morning of Wednesday, June 11, 2014." data-attribution="Credit DeKalb County Sheriff’s Dept. via Illinois Department of Natural Resources" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201406/2014-06-11-black-bears-1.jpg" alt="" /><p>A black bear has been spotted in northern Illinois, heading east across the state. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:04:12 +0000 Brian Mackey 48930 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rare In Illinois, Black Bear On The Move General Assembly Adjourns With Much Undone http://northernpublicradio.org/post/general-assembly-adjourns-much-undone <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="House Speaker Michael Madigan addresses his colleagues at the close of the Illinois General Assembly&#039;s spring session." data-attribution="Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201405/2014-05-30-Madigan-posst-session.jpg" alt="" /><p>The General Assembly finished its legislative session shortly after midnight Saturday, approving a billion-dollar road construction program.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2014/05/2014-05-31-adjourn-WUIS Sat, 31 May 2014 11:55:35 +0000 Brian Mackey 48367 at http://northernpublicradio.org General Assembly Adjourns With Much Undone Illinois Lawmakers Prepare To Wrap Up Session http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-lawmakers-prepare-wrap-session <p></p><p>The Illinois General Assembly is winding down its spring legislative session Friday, and could wrap up a day ahead of Saturday's scheduled adjournment. Observers say just a few big issues remain. Fri, 30 May 2014 12:14:36 +0000 Brian Mackey 48319 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Lawmakers Prepare To Wrap Up Session House Democrats Reject Gov's Budget Ultimatum http://northernpublicradio.org/post/house-democrats-reject-govs-budget-ultimatum <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The floor of the Illinois House during Tuesday&#039;s debate over the FY15 budget." data-attribution="Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/2014-05-27-budget-House-floor.jpg" alt="" /><p>Two months after Governor Pat Quinn laid out his vision for Illinois' budget, the House of Representatives has approved a state spending plan. Quinn presented two options: make 2011's temporary tax hike permanent, or make steep cuts across government. Wed, 28 May 2014 08:56:07 +0000 Brian Mackey 48184 at http://northernpublicradio.org House Democrats Reject Gov's Budget Ultimatum House Approves 2015 Illinois Budget http://northernpublicradio.org/post/house-approves-2015-illinois-budget <p>Illinois House members went from “doomsday” to “middle-of-the-road” when they approved a scaled-back budget for 2015.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:50:03 +0000 Mike Moen, Brian Mackey & Susan Stephens 48173 at http://northernpublicradio.org House Approves 2015 Illinois Budget