5:48 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Gray Wolves, Black Bears, And Cougars Now Protected In Illinois

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Gray wolves, American black bears, and cougars (or mountain lions) are now protected species under Illinois law.

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5:53 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Report: IDOT Improperly Hired 250 Workers

Credit OEIG

A new report says that the Illinois Department of Transportation improperly hired hundreds of workers over the last 10 years.

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Donald Hudson
3:19 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Thomson Federal Prison: New Warden Expected to Move On Hiring

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Federal prison officials are getting closer to delivering the economic benefits promised to the tiny Mississippi river town of Thomson. 

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6:02 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Report: Illinois Overdrew Federal Medicaid Money

Credit OIG at HHS

A report has found that Illinois overdrew Federal Medicaid funds by using faulty procedures.

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5:56 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Quinn Seeks End To Illinois Lottery Contract

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Governor Pat Quinn is working to end the contract with the private manager that runs the Illinois Lottery seven years ahead of schedule.

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6:18 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

ACLU Report: Racial Bias in Illinois Traffic Stops

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An American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois report released today found evidence of racial bias in data collected in 2013 about police consent searches during routine traffic stops.

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Demand high, supplies low
2:32 am
Wed July 30, 2014

High-Priced Salt Forces Illinois Cities To Think Snow In July

Credit Larry Stephens

Nearly 200 Illinois communities are scrambling to find salt – at a reasonable price – for next winter. 

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Question ruled unconstitutional
7:28 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Right To Vote For Term Limits This Fall Gets Expedited Appeal

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The question of term limits will get its day in court, in time for this fall’s election. An Illinois appellate court agreed to hear an expedited appeal from supporters of a term limits referendum, led by Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner.

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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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Transform Rockford
7:59 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Top 25 By '25: Ambitious Vision For Rockford

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Energy was high at the Coronado Theater last night: it has been more than seven months since Transform Rockford held its first community rally there, asking people to help create an ambitious plan for the city. 

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