Government

Health
10:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

DeKalb County Reports First West Nile Virus Case

The first case of West Nile virus in DeKalb County has been reported to the county health department.  A 59-year-old male county resident was diagnosed recently, a department spokesperson said.

“This is not unexpected,” said Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator at the DeKalb County Health Department, “due to the fact that there have been cases diagnosed throughout Illinois and the United States, and we know that mosquitoes in our area are infected.”

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Government
6:27 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Pension Vote May Have To Wait Until Early 2013

housedem.state.il.us

It appears Illinois lawmakers will wait until early next year to deal with the state’s pension crisis. That was the message from one of the state's top Democrats. 

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State Budget
7:11 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Arbitrator Postpones Illinois Prison Closures

Susan Stephens WNIJ

Two Illinois prisons targeted for closure will stay open for at least another month. An arbitrator ruled today that Governor Pat Quinn and his administration violated the rights of union workers by rushing the process.

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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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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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"Outer Beltway" scuttled
1:21 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Prairie Parkway Funding Is Withdrawn

The federal government has rescinded its approval of the nearly $1 billion proposed Prairie Parkway, which would have connected I-80 and I-88 in Kane, Kendall, and Grundy counties.

The recession is part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed by opponents of the highway project.

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Government
6:24 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Clock Is Ticking For Governor Quinn To Act On Gambling Bill

Governor Pat Quinn has until Tuesday to act on the measure that would add five casinos in Illinois, including one for Rockford. The city of Chicago would also get a casino. 

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Government
7:52 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Lawmaker says Illinois should "give" Thomson prison to federal government

State Representative Jim Sacia

The state of Illinois is still trying to sell Thomson prison to the federal government. One lawmaker wants Governor Pat Quinn to consider giving it away.

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Government
7:44 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Governor, lawmakers look at what's next for pension debate

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to start a campaign to boost support for changes to Illinois' pension systems.  During last week's special session, lawmakers failed to approve a plan that would address the state’s massively underfunded retirement systems.

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Government
10:38 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Quinn lashes out at GOP over stalled pension effort

Gov. Pat Quinn issued a statement Friday evening regarding the General Assembly's inaction on comprehensive public pension reform.

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