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3:57 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Advocates for poor say Medicaid cuts in Illinois will be disastrous

Critics say the effects of a series of measures that slash funding for Illinois' program of health care for the poor will be disastrous.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the program -- which includes a $1 increase in the tax on a package of cigarettes to ease the deficit -- into law earlier this week.

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Government
4:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Bus routes are changing and RMTD wants input

The Rockford Mass Transit District's East Side Transfer Center
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Rockford’s bus system may have some big changes in store … but not before its riders get a chance to weigh in.

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Government
8:56 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Windsor Lake will open to public this month

Windsor Lake in Loves Park will open to public recreation later this month under two agreements approved Tuesday by the Rockford Park District board.

Commissioners agreed to provide recreational services at the 12-acre private lake, located off North Alpine Road and Windsor Road in Loves Park, under a lease with Ed Carlson Sr. and family through Dec. 31, 2012.

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Government
6:55 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Obama administration: No terrorism suspects will be held at Thomson

Concerns over the sort of inmates that would be housed at the Illinois prison have delayed efforts by the federal government to purchase it from the state. U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder tried to calm those fears Tuesday.

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Government
10:41 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Rockford approves 3% non-union pay raises

Non-union employees of the City of Rockford, including managers and department heads, will receive a three-percent pay increase following a City Council vote Monday night.

Those in favor say the decision is long overdue because the city placed a wage freeze on non-union employees in 2009.

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Government
10:22 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Crete board rejects immigrant detention center

The Crete village board Monday night unanimously rejected a plan by the country's largest private prison company to build and operate an immigrant detention center in the northern Illinois community.

Crete resident Marimonica Murray helped lead opposition to the proposal.

"When lots of little people and average Janes and Joes of America get together,” she said, “it is possible that the big guns in offices and elected officials do listen."

Government
6:38 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Governor signs anti-gang law

Illinois Governor signs bill that targets street gang leaders
nwtimes.com

Illinois has become the latest state to adopt its version of the RICO Act. Local prosecutors now have the power to go after street gangs as criminal organizations.

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Government
11:14 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Flavored cigarette-paper ban awaits Quinn's decision

Most lawmakers believe that tobacco companies with sugary flavors added to their products should have to quit selling them in the state.

But a recent proposal would target only flavored cigarette wrappers, not flavored cigars.

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Government
7:19 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Dixon sues auditors over stolen funds

The northern Illinois city has decided to take legal action in response to the Rita Crundwell case. The lawsuit says the accounting firms the city was using should have noticed that millions of dollars had gone missing.

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Government
10:30 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Around Illinois – June 7

  • State high court rejects GOP redistricting complaint
  • Good news is bad news on unemployment benefits
  • Convicted powerbroker Cellini suffers heart attack
  • New party joins Crundwell case seeking payment

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