Government

Concealed Carry
3:12 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Override Governor: Concealed Carry Now Law In All 50 States

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Concealed carry is now law in Illinois. State lawmakers today overrode Governor Pat Quinn’s proposed changes to gun legislation, just meeting a federal appeals court’s deadline to legalize concealed carry.

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Government
12:38 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

High Court Sends Texas Affirmative Action Case Back

Abigail Noel Fisher, who challenged a racial component to University of Texas at Austin's policy, speaks to the media outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during oral in the case in October.
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One of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases of its current term — a challenge to the University of Texas affirmative action admissions process — has ended with a ruling that does not revisit the fundamental issue of whether such programs discriminate against whites.

In a 7-1 ruling, the high court "vacated and remanded" an earlier decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which had upheld the university's program. (Justice Elena Kagan recused herself because when she was a lawyer at the Justice Department she had been involved in the case.)

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Rockford and Winnebago County
12:54 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Progress On Cooperation Is Slow

From left: Ald. Frank Beach, John Sweeney, Ald. Karen Elyea, Ald. Tom McNamara, Ald. Ann Thompson-Kelley

Last month, elected officials from Rockford and Winnebago County gathered in hopes of improving cooperation between the city and the county. The sense of urgency from the meeting has dwindled with little action taken since.

“We have one community to serve together, and we need to continue to have dialogue,” Ald. Frank Beach, chair of the City Council Republican caucus, said.

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Marseilles Flooding
3:04 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Rebuild Or Move On? Flood Victims Meet With Army Corps Tonight

One of the houses along the Illinois River in Marseilles built too close to the Army Corps of Engineers' levee.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

People who live in the Illinois River town of Marseilles will learn more about their options tonight as the recovery from last month’s flooding continues. The Army Corps of Engineers based in Rock Island will host the town hall meeting that starts at 6:00 at the Marseilles American Legion Hall. 

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Senator Durbin visits hard-hit Marseilles
9:35 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

11 Counties Declared Federal Flood Disasters

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Susan Stephens WNIJ

Eleven Illinois counties were declared federal disaster areas Friday evening, paving the way for people and businesses to get more help with flood recovery efforts. President Obama approved Governor Pat Quinn’s request for federal help in the aftermath of mid-April flooding.

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Starved Rock-area mines
5:06 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Sand Mines On Hold In LaSalle County

One of the many active sand mines in LaSalle County.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Yesterday on Morning Edition, we updated you on the contaminated water situation in the small LaSalle County town of Wedron. Today, we check in on another on-going environmental issue in the county: sand mining. 

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Government
1:32 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Senate Approves Debate on Gun Control Bill

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.

The first national gun control legislation since the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is going to be debated on the floor of the Senate and appears headed for a vote sometime next week.

Supporters in the Senate on Thursday morning rounded up more than the 60 votes necessary to clear a procedural hurdle that could have held up consideration of the Democratic-crafted package. The vote was 68-31 in favor of blocking a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the legislation.

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Elections 2013
7:01 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Mayors Chamberlain, Morrissey, Rey, Gitz: Plus Links To More Election Results

Belvidere's Mayor-elect Mike Chamberlain
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  Mayoral contests were particularly contentious in four northern Illinois cities this election day.

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Restoring Com Ed Clear Cut
9:27 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Citizens Demand More Trees For DeKalb Nature Trail Restoration

Josh Clark of the DeKalb Park District presents the plan to add plants, shrubs, and prairie along the DeKalb Nature Trail.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Planting will begin soon along a DeKalb nature trail that was clear-cut below Com Ed power lines last November. The group tasked with coming up with a restoration plan presented it to the public last night. 

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Government
1:51 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Bivins Bills Target School Security

State Senator Tim Bivins
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In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, state Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, is proposing a “common sense” package of legislation to improve security at public schools statewide. 

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