Government

DeKalb Nature Path
5:07 am
Thu January 10, 2013

ComEd, DeKalb Park District, Citizens Working On Replanting Path

Wood piles up along the DeKalb Nature Trail as ComEd removes more than a mile-long swath of trees and brush from below their power lines.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

A small group of stakeholders will meet at the end of the month to craft a plan to remedy ComEd’s clear-cutting along a DeKalb nature trail. Members of the DeKalb Park District, ComEd representatives, and two people who live near the popular trail make up the panel. 

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Madigan Requests Review
5:49 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Illinois Attorney General Moves To Salvage Concealed Carry Ban

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the state’s ban on concealed carry to be upheld. She is asking all ten judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a lawsuit challenging the ban.

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Developing
5:39 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Illinois Pension Deal Could Emerge This Weekend

Credit Illinois.gov

Details are beginning to emerge about a possible pension deal.  The Governor and legislative leaders are set to meet Saturday in Chicago. 

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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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