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6:30 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Illinois Official Wants Law To Crack Down On Dangerous Drivers

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

Secretary of State Jesse White says dangerous drivers in Illinois are bypassing a system meant to keep them off the roads. He says a legislative proposal would address the situation.

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Dixon Comptroller
8:29 am
Tue September 25, 2012

Crundwell Horse Auction Nets Nearly $5-Million

Gabe Deckard of Marshall, IL makes friends at Rita Crundwell's horse auction.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A  two-day horse auction in Dixon has netted nearly five million dollars, according to a U.S. Marshals Service representative. More than 300 of Rita Crundwell’s horses were sold Sunday and Monday. The former Dixon comptroller is accused of stealing more than 53-million dollars from the city. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens has more from Monday’s auction at Crundwell’s horse farm.

Government
6:41 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Quinn Supports Effort To Boost Illinois' Minimum Wage

WNIJ

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants to raise the state’s minimum wage. His support comes as new census figures show more Illinois residents are living in poverty.

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Government
6:10 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Panetta: U.S. Surge Troops Out Of Afghanistan

Nearly two years after President Barack Obama ordered 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to tamp down the escalating Taliban violence, the last of those surge troops have left the country, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday in Auckland, New Zealand.

Panetta said the "surge did accomplish it objectives of reversing the Taliban momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increase the size and capability of the Afghan national security forces."

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Government
7:59 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Quinn Wants Illinois Government To Share More Data

Illinois will step up the government data it puts online under an executive order issued by Governor Pat Quinn. The move comes even as Quinn is keeping information generated by his office under wraps.

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Government
6:26 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Illinois Making Final Preparations For Video Gambling

State Senator Terry Link

State officials continue preparations for the launch of video gambling in Illinois establishments. The Illinois Gaming Board says it's testing a computerized monitoring system at various locations, including Rockford and Machesney Park.

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Government
6:37 am
Tue September 18, 2012

GOP Says Quinn Isn't Moving Fast Enough On Medicaid Overhaul

Illinois will soon be scrutinizing the list of people on Medicaid to make sure they still qualify. But the eligibility checks won't begin until next year. That's led Republicans to say the Quinn administration is moving too slowly.

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Government
7:02 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Durbin Sounds Alarm As Farm Bill Deadline Looms

Time is running out for Congress to pass a comprehensive farm bill. The current law expires at the end of the month. 

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Government
7:33 am
Fri September 14, 2012

CTU Strike Raises Questions About Reform Law

State Senator Kimberly Lightford

The Chicago teachers strike is serving as a test for an education law approved by Illinois lawmakers last year. The statute included a provision that created additional barriers for teachers to walk off the job.

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Government
6:30 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Cullerton Says No Pension Vote Until 2013

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

Another top Democrat in Springfield says any action on a pension overhaul will have to wait until early next year. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says a vote on a plan to overhaul the state's troubled pension systems will probably come in January.

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