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3:31 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

A tale of two prisons: Can Illinois sell both?

Thomson Correctional Center
State of Illinois

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting calls to reduce the asking price for a state prison the federal government wants to buy. He’s also rejecting the idea that Illinois should not try to sell the federal government two prisons at once.

Thomson Correctional Center, in northwest Illinois, has barely been used in the decade since it was built. Illinois and the federal government agreed to a price of $165 million -- significantly less than the $220 million dollars at which that facility has been appraised.

And Quinn plans to close the super-maximum security prison at Tamms, in southern Illinois, as a cost-saving move. It's one of the newest state prisons and, once it's empty, Quinn hopes the federal government will be interested in buying it as well as Thomson.

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Government
6:34 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Illinois prison workers concerned about safety

The workers say they're worried about a recent spike in violent incidents at state penitentiaries. State officials downplay any possible link between the spike and the governor's plan to close prisons.

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Government
4:29 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Tax code loopholes still exist

 During his budget address earlier this year, Quinn called for thorough review of Illinois tax law. Governor Pat Quinn made a big deal out of trying to close so-called loopholes in the tax code this year, but  it didn't happen.

"It's time to apply the same scrutiny to loopholes in the revenue code as we do for expenditures in the operating budget," said Quinn.

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Government
5:43 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two County Clerks defend gay marriage ban

Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb
Tazewell County website tazewell.com

Two county clerks want to defend Illinois’ ban on gay marriage. A judge may decide whether they can Tuesday.

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Government
5:17 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Gov's pay dispute with AFSCME back to arbitration

WNIJ

A Cook County Circuit Court judge has decided to send a dispute between Governor Pat Quinn and major union back to arbitration.

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Government
11:36 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Illinois' new budget doesn't spare Singer

Courtesy of Friends of Singer Facebook page

Governor Pat Quinn signed Illinois' new spending plan over the weekend. His action included plans to shut down Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center, and use some of that money to increase funding for community-based care.

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Government
6:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Summer lunch program keeps kids active

WNIJ

Children giggle and squirm waiting to open the red and white box.  Inside, the children find a peach, carrots, chocolate milk, and a turkey sandwich.  The meals are provided at 26 sites around the Rockford-area.  

For many children who receive free or reduced-priced meals throughout the school year, the summer food program ensures they have proper nutrition during the hottest times of the year.

Joe Leach is the Director of Youth Services at Ken-Rock Community Center in Rockford. He says the meals help the center keep costs down.

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World
3:45 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Mexico Returns Former Ruling Party To Power

PRI candidate Enrique Pena Nieto campaigns in Mexico City
Associated Press

Mexico's old guard sailed back into power after a 12-year hiatus Sunday as the official preliminary vote count handed a victory to Enrique Pena Nieto, whose party was long accused of ruling the country through corruption and patronage.

The second place candidate, leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, refused to concede, saying he would wait for a full count.

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Government
6:35 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Quinn signs new Illinois budget

WNIJ

The $33.7 billion dollar budget is $57 million dollars less than the budget lawmakers sent him. As promised, the governor is moving to close several state facilities, including Rockford's Singer Mental Health Center. 

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Government
6:38 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Illinois shifts attention to health care provisions

Governor Pat Quinn says the Supreme Court ruling on health care means Illinois can move forward with implementation of key provisions under the federal law. The governor says Illinois will go along with the expansion of Medicaid. Quinn also says lawmakers need to resume work on setting up an insurance exchange.

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