Government

WNIJ and Rockford Register Star collaboration
4:25 am
Fri August 30, 2013

What Fixing Illinois Pensions Means To You

Susan Stephens, Steve Cunningham, Dave Syverson, and Chuck Sweeny talk pension reform at Riverfront Museum Park.
Credit Victor Yehling / WNIJ

Illinoisans continue to struggle along in the state with the “worst in the nation“ public pension system.    Now, the cries for reform are louder than ever as the deficit continues to snowball.

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Fort Hood shooting
1:19 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Hasan Found Guilty On All Counts

In this photo released by the Bell County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Maj. Nidal Hasan is seen in a booking photo after being moved to the Bell County Jail on April 9, 2010 in Belton, Texas.
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A military jury has returned a guilty verdict against Maj. Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, has been convicted on all counts.

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Governor signs 70 mph limit into law
5:55 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Step On It In 2014: Higher Speed Limit On The Way

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Drivers will be able to legally go five miles an hour faster on most Illinois highways, beginning in January.  Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law increasing the speed limit to 70 miles an hour. 

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Crime Victims Compensation
3:53 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Help For Victims Of Violent Crime

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Victims of violent crime in Illinois can get up to $27,000 to help them deal with the aftermath. But few know they’re eligible for assistance under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act.

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Governor signs tough new law
3:46 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Medical Marijuana Legal In Illinois In 2014

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  Illinois doctors can start prescribing marijuana next year. Governor Pat Quinn signed a medical marijuana bill into law today, making the state the 20th in the nation to do so.

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New job for John Acardo
5:50 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Three Years And Out: DeKalb County Clerk Resigns

DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder John Acardo, in a 2012 interview with WNIJ.
Credit Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

DeKalb County’s Clerk and Recorder is resigning. John Acardo announced Wednesday he has taken a new job, as Kishwaukee College’s human resources director. 

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Ohio ruling recognizes out-of-state marriage
12:41 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Paving Legal Precedents?

Signs at a civil unions rally in Sycamore, IL
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The latest ruling by a federal judge on same-sex marriage is giving a boost to supporters in Illinois. A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois calls a recent decision allowing an Ohio couple’s same-sex marriage to stand “incredibly humane.” 

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Judge tosses concealed carry lawsuit
3:42 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

No Rush For Concealed Carry: Gun-Rights Activists To Appeal Judge's Ruling

Illinois gun-rights advocates will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that prevents them from immediately carrying concealed weapons in public.

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Non-Profit Advisory Council Meets Wednesday
10:04 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Comptroller Topinka: Bill Backlog Will Mushroom, Non-Profits Can Help

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at Rockford University.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Expect the state to be nine billion dollars behind in paying its bills by the end of the year. That was the grim message State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka had for a gathering of not-for-profit agencies Monday at Rockford University. She’s enlisting their help to find ways to ease the financial pressure on groups that depend on state money to serve their clients. 

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Abortion ruling
3:30 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Parental Notification Law Upheld By Illinois' Highest Court

Young women in Illinois will need to notify their parents before getting an abortion. The state’s parental notification law was upheld today by the Illinois Supreme Court.

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