Illinois

Government
8:07 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Anti-bullying measure fails in Illinois legislature

The Illinois Senate has rejected a measure aimed at making schools adopt tougher anti-bullying policies. But supporters may try again.

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Government
7:57 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Illinois House approves changes to eavesdropping law

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Current Illinois law makes recording police officers in public a crime. The proposed changes approved 71-45 by the Illinois House would decriminalize such recordings. The bill's sponsors say they've addressed concerns raised by law enforcement.

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Government
7:45 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Scholarship program's demise could bring financial relief to Illinois universities

Public universities are required to hand out tuition waivers awarded by state lawmakers. But a pending law change would end the practice.

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Government
7:09 am
Tue May 22, 2012

End is near for legislative scholarships

Governor Pat Quinn says he plans to sign the measure sent to him by Illinois lawmakers. The bill would eliminate the controversial perk.

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Government
10:53 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Around Illinois – May 21

  • Korean shellfish considered “tainted
  • “Biondo bill” is put on the shelf – for now
  • Rockford Parks police vote yes for union
  • Shimkus aide wins 13th District ballot spot
  • Polish president honors governor, Guard members

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Business
2:59 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

State unemployment falls to 8.7% -- lowest since 2009

The April unemployment rate in Illinois fell for the eighth consecutive month to reach8.7 percent, according to federal and state preliminary data released today.

The last time the unemployment rate was below 8.7 percent was February 2009, when it was 8.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

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Government
9:46 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Around Illinois – May 17

  • Next Sheley trial postponed to September
  • Illinois gets $150,000 of Skechers settlement
  • Cities don’t want to fund teacher pensions
  • Library begins offering e-readers
  • Restoring child-care funds advances
  • Cites gain in electricity savings
  • Schilling makes good use of perk he slammed

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Government
7:12 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Minimum wage debate resurfaces in Illinois

Senate plan would eventually raise the state wage to $10.55. Critics say the plan would put a squeeze on business owners.

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Education
6:24 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Trying to find common ground on teacher evaluations

Illinois is in the process of bolstering requirements for teacher evaluations. The changes come amid a national discussion about separating guidelines for evaluating special-education teachers.

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Business
6:16 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Local official says property tax trend to continue

DeKalb County treasurer predicts additional rate increases and lower assessments for the next couple of taxing cycles.

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