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Illinois
6:23 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Rauner And Quinn Spar Over Taxes, Minimum Wage

Pat Quinn (left) Bruce Rauner (right)

The candidates for Illinois governor are getting around to the dreaded “T-word.”

They’re talking about taxes. 

Republican Bruce Rauner wants to tax 32 services that currently are not.

Janitorial services, membership fees at golf clubs, and some trailer parks.

He says all told - Illinois could raise $600 million.

The trade-off is he says he’ll gradually lower the income tax rate - and that any property tax hike have voter approval.

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Illinois
6:18 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Legislative Panel Postpones Probe

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A hearing centered on a state anti-violence program has been postponed until October.  A commission of legislators voted to put their investigation on hold, while a federal criminal one proceeds.

The Dept. of Justice asked that they not call former members of Gov. Pat Quinn's administration to testify about their involvement with the "Neighborhood Recovery Initiative."

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Illinois
7:08 am
Thu July 17, 2014

How Long Can Illinois Landfills Last?

WNIJ

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says the state's municipal landfills have a life expectancy of 21 years.

The agency released its annual landfill capacity report for 2013 this week.

Last year, 42 landfills reported receiving over 45 million gate cubic yards of waste and reported more than 947 million gate cubic yards of combined remaining capacity.

Illinois
6:24 am
Thu July 17, 2014

String Of Drownings Prompts State To Issue Water Safety Reminder

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Illinois officials want parents to be more vigilant when young children are playing near the water. The reminder follows a string of drownings in recent weeks.

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Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
7:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Partisan Fighting Delays Hearing On Governor Quinn's Anti-Violence Program

Credit Neighborhood Recovery Institute

Illinois lawmakers can’t agree on their next step involving Governor Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program. The Legislative Audit Commission held a day-long hearing Wednesday about whether to press ahead with an investigation into the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. They’ll resume the meeting Thursday morning with a call to the U.S. Attorney’s office. 

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Prophetstown
11:40 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Prophetstown Historical Society Still Rebuilding One Year After Fire

Volunteers organize photos soon after fire destroyed portions of the downtown (taken August 2013)
Credit Chelsey Fulbright / WNIJ

Two young brothers have pleaded guilty to starting the fire which destroyed a large portion of downtown Prophetstown last summer. Rebuilding is still underway for several displaced occupants, including the Prophetstown Historical Society.

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Illinois
7:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Ideas Abound On How To Revamp Illinois' Criminal Justice System

 

State lawmakers are gathering ideas on how to handle Illinois' prison population. The Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee heard more than three hours of testimony during its first meeting this week.

Advocates and prison officials had a variety of complex answers to lawmakers’ questions. That means understanding who’s in prison, what they’re in for, how long they stay in prison, and how often they end up going back.

 Kathy Saltmarsh is a state official who studies sentencing guidelines. She testified during Tuesday's hearing.

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Politics
6:35 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Lawmakers To Decide Whether To Delay Probe Of Anti-Violence Program

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.

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Sales Unlikely This Year
6:59 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Medical Marijuana Growers Could Apply For Illinois Permits Soon

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Qualifying patients are a step closer to getting medical marijuana in Illinois. 

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Illinois
6:58 am
Tue July 15, 2014

New Rules For Deciding Who Can't Carry Concealed Weapons

A year after Illinois legalized concealed carry, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police issued the emergency rules this week.

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