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8:06 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gay Marriage Advocates Lobby Illinois Republicans At Convention

On Tuesday, gay marriage advocates spoke with Illinois Republicans in Tampa. But it’s not clear how their message was received.

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Government
6:26 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gambling Veto Draws Praise And Criticism

State Senator Dave Syverson and NIU economist Kahn Mohabbat

The city of Rockford was one of five locations that would have been awarded a casino under the bill vetoed by Governor Pat Quinn. Area leaders say they're disappointed in the lost opportunity for economic growth. But they also expressed hope about reviving the gambling effort during the fall veto session.

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Investigation
12:13 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

State Police Reviewing NIU Coffee Fund

Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police are considering whether to get involved with an investigation into a hidden fund at Northern Illinois University. State police spokesman Sergeant Jose DeJesus says the agency's Internal Affairs division is currently reviewing the case of the so-called "coffee fund." University officials acknowledged they were looking into allegations that NIU employees sold scrap materials to a local company, which wrote checks to an account known as the ``coffee fund.'' Because the matter involves a public university, the case was turned over to the state for review.

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Illinoisans at the conventions
10:18 am
Tue August 28, 2012

A Future Election Gets Attention During The Storm Hiatus

Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention in Florida will finally get down to party business today.

When the GOP canceled most activities Monday due to Tropical Storm Isaac, delegates and politicos had plenty of time for speculation about another election … the election for Illinois governor in 2014.

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Environment
6:38 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Report Grades Illinois Lawmakers On Environmental Votes

The scorecard was issued by the Illinois Environmental Council. The report says overall, each chamber of the General Assembly gets a rating of 68. Twelve lawmakers received a perfect score. 

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Transportation
6:23 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Crews Building First "Green" Tollway Interchange In Northern Illinois

Illinois Tollway Director Kristi Lafleur in Huntley Monday
WNIJ

Work is underway on Illinois' first "green" interchange along the tollway system. Crews are building a full interchange along Interstate 90 and Route 47 in Huntley. The construction work will feature several "green" elements.

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Illinoisans at the conventions
1:04 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Illinois delegates find different purposes in conventions

Ill. Treas. Dan Rutherford

Though Hurricane Isaac successfully delayed the official start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday, the spirit and excitement of the delegates attending the convention has not been dampened.

Some Republicans already may be thinking a couple of years beyond the event.

Also thinking ahead are Illinois Democrats, as they prepare for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Government
6:14 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Governor Quinn Vetoes Plastic Bags Bill

Governor Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill that would have required a plastic bag recycling program in Illinois. Quinn says the measure would have restricted municipalities from adopting their own rules regarding the use of plastic bags.

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agriculture
6:05 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Northern Illinois Soybean Farmers Hoping For The Best

Yellowing plants indicate this soybean field outside of DeKalb is approaching maturity.
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While they aren’t seeing the catastrophic losses of the most hard-hit areas, northern Illinois farmers are still expecting a significantly reduced corn crop as a result of this summer’s drought. The outlook for soybeans isn’t so clear. Farmers are keeping their fingers crossed.

Paul Rassmussen farms both corn and soybeans in DeKalb County. He says it’s still too early to predict what kind of soybean harvest it will be.

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Environment
5:22 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Stricter Rules On Groundwater Contaminant

about.com

A new law is making it tougher for dry cleaners to use a carcinogenic chemical that has been found in groundwater.

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