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Government
7:30 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Both Sides Preparing For Same-Sex Marriage Fight In Illinois

Lobbying efforts are intensifying with a vote on legalizing same sex marriage looming next month at the Illinois Capitol. The rhetoric is coming from both sides of the issue.

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Fiscal Cliff
8:19 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

House Delays Vote On Boehner's 'Plan B'

 

The House has postponed a vote on Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" bill, which deals with the tax portion of the fiscal cliff.

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Government
7:07 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Illinois Treasurer Reacts to Review of Higher Ed Credit Rating

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford
Credit ilga.gov

Moody’s Investors Service is placing the ‘long-term ratings of all Illinois public universities under review for possible downgrade.’   Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford says the move should serve as "a wakeup call once and for all."

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Government
4:39 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Durbin Weighs in on Gun Restrictions

Illinois' Senior Senator Reacts in the Wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Senator Dick Durbin says hunters and sportsmen need to "step up." The Illinois Democrat urged support for what he called "reasonable restrictions" on the types of weapons that can be purchased,  and on large ammunition magazines. He says average citizens don't need access to the kind of military-style equipment used by the gunman in Connecticut.

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Government
4:58 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Attorney Who Fought Against Illinois Patronage Hiring Dies

Mary Lee Leahy
Credit Illinois State Bar Association

A Springfield attorney who helped lead the fight against patronage hiring in state government has died.   Mary Lee Leahy died early Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. 

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Guns In Illinois
1:23 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Appeals Court Rejects Illinois Concealed-Carry Ban

A three-judge panel of the 7th District U.S. Court of Appeals today rejected the Illinois ban on carrying concealed weapons.

Combining appeals from federal district courts in central and southern Illinois, the 2-1 decision declares that the state failed to provide "more than merely a rational basis for believing that its uniquely sweeping ban is justified by an increase in public safety."

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Government
6:36 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Illinois House Declines To Act On Prison Cuts

Credit state of Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn is declaring victory after the Illinois House tacitly accepted his plan to close several Illinois prisons. Quinn has been working all year to close the adult prisons in Tamms and Dwight, and the youth prisons in Joliet and Murphysboro.

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Government
4:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

DeKalb Park Fans Fight Land Swap Deal

Kiwanis Park, on DeKalb's south side.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A group of residents is trying to stop a land swap deal between a developer and the DeKalb School District. 

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Government
5:04 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Veto Session Resumes This Week

Credit state of Illinois

State legislators will return to Springfield Tuesday for their second - and final -  week of veto session.  Governor Pat Quinn only used his veto powers to reject or change ten pieces of legislation. The veto session's ostensibly a time for legislators to decide if they agree with the governor, or want to override him.  There'll be some of that.

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Used Cars
5:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Buyer Beware: Flood-Damaged Vehicles Are On The Market

Debris in engine of a flooded truck in Little Poland, New York City, October 31, 2012.
Credit Juan Monroy / Flickr

Looking for a great deal on a used car? Be careful, warns Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. As many as a quarter-million vehicles damaged in Super-Storm Sandy are hitting the market.

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