Illinois
5:54 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Danville VA Questions Audit Findings

Credit VA.gov

A spokesman for the VA’s Illiana Medical Center in Danville says he’s had no indication there were serious problems with patient wait times there.

The results of a federal audit of the country’s VA facilities released Monday showed a veteran’s average wait time for primary care there was 54 days, the worst in Illinois. 

But spokesman Doug Shouse says ‘he’s not sure if that figure’ is correct, and staff wants time to review the data.   

Read more
Arts
6:23 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Half A Century For Kantorei, Half A Life For Director

A performance from 1966
Kantorei

Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, mark their 50th anniversary Friday, June 13th, with a concert at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. The program also is the final one in Rockford  for the choir’s long-time director.

Read more
Illinois
6:13 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Filling The Summer Food Gap

Credit il.nokidhungry.org

A non-profit says it's seeing more demand for summer meals for low-income students in Illinois.

Read more
Environment
3:45 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Pet Coke Company Plans Storage Warehouse

Mounds of pet coke can be seen on the property of KCBX Terminals on Chicago’s Southeast side.
Credit Michael Puente / Illinois Public Radio

A company that handles petroleum coke on Chicago Southeast side says it will build a large warehouse to store the potentially harmful substance.

Some nearby residents think the plan doesn’t go far enough.

Read more
Illinois
3:33 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Quinn Signs Law Reducing Permit Fee For "Poker Runs"

Credit WNIJ

Charity Poker Runs are now under the control of local county governments in Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the Poker Runs law Tuesday at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Marion.  The law simplifies the permitting process and reduces the fee to a maximum of $25. 

Previously Poker Runs were regulated by the state and cost as much as $600 for a single permit.   Now they will be treated like a raffle.

Read more
Illinois
5:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Lee County Now Allowing Multiple Payments For Real Estate Taxes

Credit WNIJ

Lee County property owners can now pay their real estate taxes in smaller increments.

Read more
Politics
3:06 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

State Rep. Derrick Smith Convicted Of Taking Bribe

An Illinois lawmaker was found guilty Tuesday of taking a $7,000 bribe. 

Federal authorities say State Rep. Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, took the bribe in exchange for supporting a daycare center’s application for state money.

The FBI secretly recorded Smith with the help of an informant who helped arrange the bribe. Smith’s defense attorney says the informant pushed the bribe. He says Smith wouldn’t have sought it out.

Read more
Illinois
6:15 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Quinn Signs Chicago Pension Measure

Credit state of Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed a bill that reduces the retirement benefits of some City of Chicago employees.

Quinn signed the controversial pension bill in private.

But he released a statement saying he was quote - “dismayed by the ill-advised attempt” to have lawmakers impose a tax increase on Chicago residents.

An earlier version of the measure called on Chicago’s city council to raise property taxes - but that was removed from the final version.

Read more
Health/Taxes
6:02 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Durbin Pushes Cigarette Tax To Fund Research

Credit WNIJ

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin wants a cigarette tax hike to help pay for basic medical research.

Durbin says over the past decade, the National Institutes of Health has had to cut investment in research by 22 percent. 

He says that sort of work should be fundamental to politicians.

Read more
Northern Illinois
5:35 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Anchor-Coupling Making Move To Michigan

The Dixon and Sterling areas will lose about 170 full-time jobs over the next year when a manufacturer moves its facilities to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The Anchor-Coupling plants are owned by Caterpillar: the parent company is moving the jobs as it consolidates more of its operations. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke says it’s a big loss to the community. He says he learned months ago the plants were being evaluated.

Read more

Pages