Government

Income tax hike kicked down the road?
5:50 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

House Approves 2015 Illinois Budget

Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, presents budget legislation Tuesday in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois House members went from “doomsday” to “middle-of-the-road” when they approved a scaled-back budget for 2015. 

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DeKalb County Community Gardens Project
6:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Connecting Communities With Plants: NIU's 'Communiversity' Gardens

DCCG's Heath Johnson and DeKalb Mayor John Rey on the verge of a handshake as NIU President Doug Baker looks on.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

It has been a big week for DeKalb County Community Gardens: the three year old not-for-profit won a 20-thousand dollar grant from the organics company Seeds for Change. And Thursday, they broke ground on the “Communiversity Garden,” a collaboration with Northern Illinois University.

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$35-million for Dam Rebuild
5:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

One Year After The Floods: Marseilles Still Recovering

No need for sandbags at the moment. But last year at this time, much of central Illinois couldn't get enough of these things.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It was a year ago today torrential rains triggered a disaster along the Illinois River in LaSalle County. Seven barges crashed into a dam in Marseilles, causing millions of dollars in damage.  

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Rockford Mayor's Annual Address
5:34 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The State Of The City Is...Better

The new Morgan Street Bridge over the Rock River, one of the projects Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey touted during his 2014 State of the City address.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

It’s a big week for development in Rockford, and Mayor Larry Morrissey was happy to highlight that during his State of the City address. 

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Governor Quinn to update this afternoon
4:33 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Progress Toward Passenger Rail For Rockford? Stay Tuned.

Credit Amtrak P42 by JPMueller99 / Creative Commons

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to “make a major announcement” in Rockford this afternoon about rail service. He’s scheduled to speak at an intersection along South Main Street, an area often talked about as a site for passenger rail. 

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Transform Rockford
6:45 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Better Education, Better Jobs: Developing Rockford's Vision

Transform Rockford's final "visioning" session at Rock Valley College.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Members of the group Transform Rockford warned it wasn’t going to be a quick and easy process. After months of community meetings, volunteers will start assembling a draft vision for the city tonight. 

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Population Control Cited
6:04 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Bobcat Hunting Measure Passes House

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 4:49 pm

  Hunters and trappers could harvest bobcats, under a measure that got approval from the Illinois House.

Hunting bobcats has been illegal in Illinois for decades.

But now that Department of Natural Resources numbers show the population growing, especially in southern and western parts of the state, Rep. Wayne Rosenthal wants that ban lifted.

His plan passed the House 91 to 20. Rosenthal, a Republican from Morrisonville, says his critics ask:

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Proposed Constitutional Amendment
12:55 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Can New Maps Clean Up Illinois Politics?

Credit Yes For Independent Maps / independentmaps.org

A non-partisan group looking to overhaul the future of politics in Illinois is picking up the pace of its campaign.  “Yes for Independent Maps” is coordinating an effort to amend the Illinois constitution: it would take the power of drawing state legislative boundaries away from lawmakers and put it in the hands of an independent panel.  

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Election 2014
12:09 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Ballot Issues Include Sales and Property Taxes, School Closing

Voters in several counties in northern Illinois will decide various referenda on Tuesday in addition to selecting candidates for county, state and federal offices. McHenry County heads the list with seven propositions on the county ballot.
Several propositions seek authority to negotiate for electricity rates for residential and small commercial retail customers. Another question in at least two counties is whether a one-percent sales tax should be imposed to benefit school facilities.

McHenry County

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Judge rules no more wait
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Now Available In DeKalb County

Civil Union supporters gather on the DeKalb County Courthouse steps during a 2011 rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Same-sex couples in DeKalb County don't have to wait until June 1st to get a marriage license. That was the decision approved by a judge today, and means couples can begin applying for licenses immediately.

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