Nation's toughest?
6:26 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Fracking Standards Now Law In Illinois


Governor Pat Quinn says he has signed into law the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking" – while unlocking the potential for thousands of jobs. 

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5:17 am
Fri May 31, 2013

What's Left? Pensions, Guns, And Same-Sex Marriage

Credit Illinois Public Radio / Chris Slaby

Illinois has the worst funded pension system in the nation, and lawmakers have until tonight to do something about it. 

The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn by midnight.  After that, it requires extra votes to get legislation to the governor's desk.  Pensions are not the only thing left. 

Recent Statehouse Action:

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Hydraulic Fracturing
4:43 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Agreement Reached On "Fracking" Package

Tom Wolf
Credit Illinois Chamber

After several stumbles, an agreement has been reached on how to regulate "fracking" in Illinois. An Illinois House committee could vote on the package Thursday. Tom Wolf heads the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Energy Council.

"At the end of the day I think we've found what I would call the regulatory sweet spot." - Tom Wolf

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5:09 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Lawmakers Reach Deal on "Fracking"

Credit U.S. Dept. of Energy/NETL

Illinois legislators say they've reached a deal on the taxes and fees companies that use hydraulic fracturing must pay the state. It was the last major stumbling block of an agreement on how to regulate the oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking.

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4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules

Representative John Bradley of Marion, announces an agreement to regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as “fracking.” Business groups and environmentalists stand behind him in support of the proposal.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois. 

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