New committee with big responsibilty
12:57 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Ten Tasked With Illinois Pension Reform

Illinois lawmakers have created a committee to address the state's 97-billion-dollar pension problem. The House and Senate agreed to form a bipartisan conference committee to tackle the nation’s largest state pension shortfall. 

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Nation's toughest?
6:26 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Fracking Standards Now Law In Illinois

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Governor Pat Quinn says he has signed into law the nation's toughest regulations on "fracking" – while unlocking the potential for thousands of jobs. 

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Meeting today in Chicago
4:48 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Pension Stalemate Continues Among Illinois' Democratic Leaders

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Illinois’ top public officials met behind closed doors today to discuss the state’s 100-billion dollar pension debt. And still - there is no clear compromise on pension reform.

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Blaming sequestration cuts
4:38 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

No Rockford AirFest This Year

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford AirFest is cancelled, and organizers are blaming the federal government.

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6:25 am
Tue June 4, 2013

"We Had A Legislative Session?" And Other Observations

Columnist Chuck Sweeny (Rockford Register Star photo)

The end of May brought several political developments (and non-developments) at the Illinois capital and in northern Illinois.

Rockford Register Star columnist, Chuck Sweeny, is a longtime observer of state and regional politics. He found the General Assembly's spring session amusing ("We had a legislative session?"), but also frustrating.

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Jim Thompson on law and legislators
2:16 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Former Governor Honored By NIU Law School

Scoreboard shot of former Governor Jim Thompson receiving his honorary degree from NIU's law school Saturday, May 25th.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson never attended Northern Illinois University…but this weekend, his connections to the law school earned him an honorary doctorate.

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Concealed Carry
2:10 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Illinois House Passes Gun Bill

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The Illinois House approved a concealed carry plan today: Governor Pat Quinn calls the measure a "massive overreach." 

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Illinois Poison Center
4:03 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Two Cents For Poison Hotline?

The Illinois Poison Center has been taking calls from worried parents for sixty years. Now it’s asking the public to make an emergency call on its behalf.  

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State Budget
3:17 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Statehouse Republicans Propose Welfare Reforms

Republican lawmakers in the Illinois House say the state could save a lot of money by tightening welfare rules. They unveiled a package of reforms at Memorial Hall in Rockford Wednesday. 

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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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