Government

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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Concealed Carry
3:12 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

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

Credit WNIJ

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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