Illinois

Government
5:47 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Concealed Carry Bill Sent To Illinois Governor

Credit Illinois.gov

Governor Pat Quinn says he will “review” legislation allowing people to carry guns in public. The measure cleared the General Assembly Friday afternoon.

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Illinois
6:29 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Safety Advocates Want Tougher Cell Phone Laws For Drivers

A bill sitting on the governor’s desk would ban Illinois drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving. The measure would still allow motorists to use hands free devices. But some want a law restricting that option as well.

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Government
12:44 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Illinois Sees Boost In Tax Revenue

Credit state of Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn says Illinois' income tax revenue for 2013 will top forecasts by $1.3 billion. He says he'll put the money toward the billions the state owes in unpaid bills.

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On to Senate
7:47 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Illinois House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

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Medical marijuana took a significant step toward becoming law in Illinois Wednesday. For the first time, it won approval in the House of Representatives.

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Illinois
12:23 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Illinois' Jobless Rate Among The Worst In The Nation

There are three states tied for the highest unemployment rate in the country: Nevada, Mississippi, and California. Doing better by one-tenth of one percent is Illinois.

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Education
5:16 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Illinois Science Standards Face Overhaul

Carol Baker

Illinois educators are in the process of re-writing science standards for public school students. The move would involve a major shift in how the subject is taught.

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Legislature
9:40 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Concealed Carry Law Far From Approval, Despite Court Order

Credit WBEZ

Illinois lawmakers have until June 9th to come up with a plan to allow the concealed carry of handguns in the state, by order of a federal court. There have been a number of public hearings on the issue, but so far, legislative maneuvers have kept any plan from advancing.

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Education
5:37 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Illinois Schools Brace For More Budget Pain

Education spending in Illinois would take a hit under the governor’s proposed budget. That would result in more pressure for districts already dealing with years of dwindling state aid.

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Illinois
1:07 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Attendance Varies At Illinois Gun Hearings

Credit WBEZ

  Illinois lawmakers are continuing to hold hearings into issues related to guns. On Thursday, they met to discuss guns and mental health issues, but the hearing was sparsely attended.

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Rockford's casino
6:37 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Quinn Vetoes Gambling Expansion Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn waited until the last minute to act on a plan that would have given Illinois five new casinos – including one in Rockford – and allowed slot machines at horse race tracks.  

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey expressed disappointment at the veto but was optimistic that a Rockford-based casino could be approved in the November veto session.

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