Government and Legislature

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  • House votes to retain Auditor-General

Northern Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger says President Obama has "been aggressive" when protecting Americans from terrorism.  The freshman Republican cites the Obama administration's increase in the use of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. 

Kinzinger spoke a day after U.S. intelligence officials announced they foiled an alleged attempt to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner.  But in an interview with WNIJ, Kinzinger stressed he has "fundamental disagreements" with the administration's handling of Afghanistan. 

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Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell pleaded “not guilty” in federal court in Rockford Monday. She’s accused of stealing 53-million dollars from her hometown over the past 20 years.

A recent audit says Illinois' gun owner registration program creates public safety issues.  But Republican Representative Jim Durkin doesn't expect the legislature to intervene anytime soon. 

  • TV show helps nab Ponzi-scheme pair
  • High-speed rail study will move forward
  • Tollway project will link two interstates
  • Will free roads become tollways?
  • State Fair prices on the rise
  • Bank of America to face local protest

Democratic Representative from Chicago introduces a bill that would prevent a state funding cutoff for child care providers in Illinois. 

Rita Crundwell is scheduled to make an appearance for her arraignment on wire fraud charges.

A constitutional amendment for Illinois will appear on the November ballot. The proposed change has to do with increasing pension benefits for public workers.

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  • Governor seeks business help
  • Car demand up, shutdown off
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  • Arlington makes it to the starting gate
  • Rock Falls CEO speaks out on wind farm
  • Old Abe's place is enlightened

Three bills stand out among those receiving attention Wednesday in the Illinois Legislature.  One has to do with health-insurance costs for state retirees.  Another is in response to the comptroller scandal in Dixon.  The third seeks to end the scandal-plagued legislative scholarship program.