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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12:10 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

New Pension Plan Unveiled


Several Illinois lawmakers have introduced another plan to address the state's massive pension problem. This proposal creates a new type of retirement plan for future teachers and university workers.

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Mike Moen
11:51 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Concealed Carry Ruling Won't Be Reconsidered

A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider a ruling  that says Illinois' concealed carry ban is unconstitutional.

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Highlights and Reaction
5:35 am
Thu February 7, 2013

State Of The State 2013

Illinois lawmakers listen to Gov. Pat Quinn during his State of the State address on February 6, 2013
Credit Chris Slaby / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his State of the State address this week. He repeatedly hammered a theme of political courage during his speech to the General Assembly.

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Illinois Payment Backlog
4:03 am
Tue January 29, 2013

State Is Late With $15 million for Area Community Colleges

Credit Susan Stephens

The state of Illinois owes eight area community colleges more than $15 million.

According to data from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), only about 20 percent of state funding that was promised has actually been distributed to Waubonsee Community College, Sauk Valley Community College, Highland Community College, Illinois Valley Community College, Kishwaukee College, Elgin Community College, McHenry County College and Rock Valley College for this fiscal year.

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4:36 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Illinois' Bond Rating Takes Another Hit


Illinois' bond rating continues to slide. Standard and Poor's has lowered Illinois to an A minus. The impact could mean it will cost Illinois more to borrow money for various projects and needs.

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5:20 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Illinois Set Hundreds Of Heat Records In 2012

Kim Knowlton
Credit NRDC

Last year, Illinois had a summer that wasn't just hot, but historically hot. July was the hottest month ever recorded in the U.S., and more than 150 heat-related records were set in Illinois alone.

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7:27 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Illinois' Credit Rating Faces More Scrutiny

Credit state of Illinois

All three major credit rating agencies have labeled Illinois' financial outlook a "negative."  Fitch issued its downgrade Friday. Fitch blames its action on lawmakers' failure to pass a pension overhaul before adjourning Tuesday.

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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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