An Illinois professor says state government could improve its financial predicament and lower greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Don Fullerton is proposing what's known as a "cap and trade" program where a limit is placed on emissions. Going above the level would cost operations like coal fired power plants. But even he admits it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford about the idea:
Rockford's youth wheelchair basketball team won its first national title over the weekend. According to a news release from the Rockford Park District, the Junior Chariots won the Junior Varsity Division of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament Saturday in Kentucky.
A Northern Illinois University Convocation Center official declined comment Friday on whether recent drug charges will affect the scheduled performance of rapper 2 Chainz on April 27.
Heather Priest, assistant director of marketing, said she was aware of the charges against Tauheed Epps, who was arrested June 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. He was formally charged Thursday with felony possession of codeine, a common ingredient in prescription cough medicine and in the street drug sizzurp.
Some Illinois Republicans are criticizing Governor Pat Quinn for his handling of two appointees. The state Senators say he used a legal loophole to gain time to get the officials confirmed.
Quinn faced a deadline Friday to re-appoint Julie Hamos as director of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. He was also scheduled to appoint Manny Flores as head of the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Quinn withdrew the nominations and then immediately resubmitted them, effectively resetting the clock.
Advocates for a graduated income tax are making gains in the Illinois General Assembly. A Senate panel passed it out of committee. That plan appears to be gaining some support in the House, even after a different version of a graduated tax was nixed last week by a committee. Opponents say the proposal is bad for the business climate. Todd Maisch, with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, points to Illinois' high unemployment rate. He says individuals and small businesses in a position to create jobs would be taxed out of the market.
Governor Pat Quinn visited Northern Illinois University Thursday. He was there to promote his plan to boost funding for the state's Monetary Award Program, which provides scholarships to low-income college students.
Marketplace and Slate continue their series The Secret Life of a Food Stamp by asking: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?
Slate's Andrew Bouve produced a video which estimates how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough so that a typical worker would no longer qualify for food stamps.