Amanda Vinicky http://northernpublicradio.org en Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation http://northernpublicradio.org/post/inspector-general-discloses-political-hiring-investigation <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="Attorney Michael Shakman&#039;s lawsuit accuses Gov. Pat Quinn&#039;s administration of political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, which until late June was headed by Anne Schneider. In this photo, taken in April, Schneider is introducing a state roads plan with Quinn by her side. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:02:01 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 51202 at http://northernpublicradio.org Inspector General Discloses Political Hiring Investigation Illinois' Credit Prognosis: Negative http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-credit-prognosis-negative <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201312/pensions.jpg" alt="" /><p>Wall Street's view of Illinois' financial health has taken a hit, thanks largely to the state budget that took effect at the start of this month. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:33:31 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 51136 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois' Credit Prognosis: Negative Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law? http://northernpublicradio.org/post/trucker-asks-are-police-above-law <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="A screenshot of the video Brian Miner posted of being pulled over in June by an Illinois State Trooper. " data-attribution="Credit Brian Miner, You Tube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-dJgFdfl3I)" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/YouTubeScreenShot_BrianMiner_Trooper_2014.JPG" alt="" /><p>It has been just over half a year since Illinois made it illegal to talk on your phone while driving without the use of a hands-free device. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:07:41 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 51076 at http://northernpublicradio.org Trucker Asks: Are Police Above The Law? Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits http://northernpublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-wont-take-term-limits <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Illinois Supreme Court" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201305/IL_supreme_court_from_website.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>An effort to institute term limits in Illinois has hit a major road block. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:35:47 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50821 at http://northernpublicradio.org Supreme Court Won't Take Up Term Limits Election-Year Fight Over What's Next In Probe Of Quinn's NRI http://northernpublicradio.org/post/election-year-fight-over-whats-next-probe-quinns-nri <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201311/quinn.jpg" alt="" /><p>After a day-long meeting Wednesday, a legislative commission will meet again Thursday morning in Chicago. They're set to begin with a call to the U.S. Attorney's office. Democrats and Republicans are at a standstill over what to do next in their probe of Gov. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:41:29 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50769 at http://northernpublicradio.org Election-Year Fight Over What's Next In Probe Of Quinn's NRI Lawmakers To Decide Whether To Delay Probe Of Anti-Violence Program http://northernpublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-decide-whether-delay-probe-anti-violence-program <p></p><p>Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program will be in the spotlight Wednesday as a bipartisan legislative commission meets in Chicago. It's not yet clear how lawmakers will proceed, given that the federal government wants them to put a hold on their investigation of the program. How this all affects the race for governor remains to be seen. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:35:59 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50713 at http://northernpublicradio.org Lawmakers To Decide Whether To Delay Probe Of Anti-Violence Program New Rules For Deciding Who Can't Carry Concealed Weapons http://northernpublicradio.org/post/new-rules-deciding-who-cant-carry-concealed-weapons <p></p><p>A year after Illinois <a href="https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx">legalized concealed carry</a>, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police <a href="http://www.isp.state.il.us/media/pressdetails.cfm?ID=810">issued the emergency rules </a>this week. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:58:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50650 at http://northernpublicradio.org New Rules For Deciding Who Can't Carry Concealed Weapons Bill Backlog Improvement Could Be Temporary http://northernpublicradio.org/post/bill-backlog-improvement-could-be-temporary <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit flickr/dborman" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/money.jpg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>The amount of money Illinois owes to companies and organizations that have provided goods and services for the state is at its lowest level since 2010, but that improvement could be short-lived.<p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wuis/audio/2014/07/2014-07-14-BillBacklog-1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="l Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:25:57 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50640 at http://northernpublicradio.org Bill Backlog Improvement Could Be Temporary Republican Bruce Rauner Defends His Personal Tax Bill http://northernpublicradio.org/post/republican-bruce-rauner-defends-his-personal-tax-bill <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Bruce Rauner" data-attribution="Credit WUIS" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/ap87906204574%281%29__large.jpg" alt="" /><p>Bruce Rauner -- the Republican nominee for Illinois governor -- says he followed the letter of the law when filing his taxes.&#160; But he won't say whether it was fair.<p>Rauner, a businessman, has said his wealth puts him in the top .01%.<p>Even so, a Chicago Tribune analysis showed that in several recent years, he paid no Social Security o Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:41:05 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50597 at http://northernpublicradio.org Republican Bruce Rauner Defends His Personal Tax Bill Tensions Rise With Waters Over Flood Expense http://northernpublicradio.org/post/tensions-rise-waters-over-flood-expense <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="There&#039;s an irony to the arch on the entranceway of Clarksville&#039;s park, which reads &quot;Touch the Mississippi.&quot; Normally, that requires stooping down; now the river laps up a main downtown drag, and comes to you." data-attribution="Credit Amanda Vinicky" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201407/IMG_0307.JPG" alt="" /><p>Heavy rains have led to flooding all across the Midwest in recent days: in Iowa, Illinois, and in the small town of Clarksville, Missou Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:06:39 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 50465 at http://northernpublicradio.org Tensions Rise With Waters Over Flood Expense