Local http://northernpublicradio.org en NIU Faculty Lending Expertise To Myanmar Universities http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-faculty-lending-expertise-myanmar-universities <p></p><p>Northern Illinois University is ramping up for efforts to help rebuild the university system in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Schools there are trying to recover from decades of oppression. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:11:25 +0000 Mike Moen 51330 at http://northernpublicradio.org NIU Faculty Lending Expertise To Myanmar Universities Unions Hint Lawmakers Missed Chance To Negotiate Pensions http://northernpublicradio.org/post/unions-hint-lawmakers-missed-chance-negotiate-pensions <p>Legislators passed a law overhauling the state's retirement systems. Soaring pension debt remains a concern. The law's constitutionality is also in question. It reduces workers' and retirees' benefits, and raises the retirement age.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:09:09 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 51331 at http://northernpublicradio.org Unions Hint Lawmakers Missed Chance To Negotiate Pensions Rockford Symphony Names New Conductor For Youth Orchestra http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rockford-symphony-names-new-conductor-youth-orchestra <p></p><p>The <a href="http://rockfordsymphony.com/">Rockford Symphony Orchestra</a> (RSO) has chosen Linc Smelser to be the next conductor of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO). The RSO announced the selection Friday.</p><p>In the announcement, RSO Music Director Steven Larsen said he was delighted to have Smelser as the RSYO's new conductor.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:59:21 +0000 Guy Stephens 51241 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rockford Symphony Names New Conductor For Youth Orchestra Full Speed Ahead For DeKalb Library Expansion http://northernpublicradio.org/post/full-speed-ahead-dekalb-library-expansion <p>Saturday's groundbreaking for a $24 million dollar library expansion can't come soon enough for Dee Coover. The library director walked into her office this week to sweltering temperatures. She called to get the problem fixed and heard a familiar refrain from workers.</p><p>"It's been remodeled several times so everything is in the way of what I am trying to work on. It's just that everything is old...antiquated," said service technician Chad Phund.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Jenna Dooley 51212 at http://northernpublicradio.org Full Speed Ahead For DeKalb Library Expansion Quinn Renews Call For Assault Weapons Ban http://northernpublicradio.org/post/quinn-renews-call-assault-weapons-ban-0 <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is bringing the debate over guns into his re-election campaign.</p><p>Quinn says the issue of military-style weapons represents a fundamental difference between his policies and and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.</p><p>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">My opponent thinks people should have assault weapons as they see fit. Do folks here agree with that? Do you agree with that?"</span></p><p>Quinn was speaking at a church on Chicago’s West Side to support a ban on high-capacity guns.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:09:57 +0000 Patrick Smith 51220 at http://northernpublicradio.org Quinn Renews Call For Assault Weapons Ban Jobless Rate Drops Again In Rockford http://northernpublicradio.org/post/jobless-rate-drops-again-rockford <p>The jobless rate in all of Illinois' metro areas <a href="http://www.ides.illinois.gov/SitePages/NewsArticleDisplay.aspx?NewsID=225" target="_blank">dropped again</a> last month. State officials Rockford's rate was 1.5 percent lower than the year before.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:04:52 +0000 WNIJ 51219 at http://northernpublicradio.org Jobless Rate Drops Again In Rockford 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 Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules http://northernpublicradio.org/post/business-labor-leaders-urge-quinn-administration-finish-fracking-rules <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit wikimedia commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wuis/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/fracking.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;&#160;</span>Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:01:40 +0000 Hannah Meisel 51201 at http://northernpublicradio.org Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules Kinzinger And Bustos Discuss Plane Crash Probe http://northernpublicradio.org/post/kinzinger-and-bustos-discuss-plane-crash-probe <p>A northern Illinois Congressman wants the international community to freeze the assets of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Those comments come from 16th District Republican Adam Kinzinger. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:31 +0000 Mike Moen 51149 at http://northernpublicradio.org Kinzinger And Bustos Discuss Plane Crash Probe Durbin: Companies Should Disclose Stance On Birth Control Coverage http://northernpublicradio.org/post/durbin-companies-should-disclose-stance-birth-control-coverage <p>After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, certain companies are exempt from providing birth control as part of their insurance plans. They don't have to cover contraception if it conflicts with owners' religious beliefs.</p><p>U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is proposing legislation to require these companies to share that information with job seekers.</p><p>Durbin, a Democrat, says potential employees have the right to know.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:32:21 +0000 Hannah Meisel 51137 at http://northernpublicradio.org Durbin: Companies Should Disclose Stance On Birth Control Coverage