Politics

Rockford casino
6:23 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Illinois Senators Tackle New Casino Bill

Credit EasyPickle / Flickr

A new gambling expansion plan is moving to the full Illinois Senate, just days after Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a similar plan.

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Politics
8:25 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Influential Illinois Politician Dawn Clark Netsch Dies

Dawn Clark Netsch
Credit American Judicature Society

Former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch has died.  She was 86.  She announced in January she had ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Illinois Public Radio report on the life of Dawn Clark Netsch

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HB2615
4:46 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Illinois Environmentalists And Gas Industry Agree On 'Fracking' Rules

Representative John Bradley of Marion, announces an agreement to regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as “fracking.” Business groups and environmentalists stand behind him in support of the proposal.
Credit Brian Mackey / Illinois Public Radio

Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois. 

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Bustos and Kinzinger in Rockford
5:21 am
Wed February 20, 2013

House Members: Sequestration Hits Home

U.S. House members Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger talk about sequestration after a tour of SupplyCore in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Members of Congress are back home instead of trying to work out a plan to avoid massive across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect March 1st. Many are using the opportunity to show how sequestration will hurt the people who live and work in their districts. 

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Politics
5:34 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Another Way To Think About Same-Sex Marriage

NIU professor Jason Hanna (NIU Today)

This week, the Illinois Senate President hopes to pass a same-sex marriage bill. Democrat John Cullerton wants the upper chamber to approve the bill by Valentine's Day, and send it to the House. Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'd sign SB 10, but the bill faces an uncertain future in the lower chamber.

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Freeport Mayor's Race
3:10 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Four In Freeport Face Off In Citizen's, People's Primaries

George Gaulrapp, Jim Gitz, Bettye Corbin, and Jon Staben work to impress the voters at a mayoral candidates' forum at Highland Community College in Freeport.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Freeport residents packed a Highland Community College auditorium last night: they were there to hear from the four mayoral candidates they’ll choose from in the February 26th primary election. 

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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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Reaction to Senate Proposal
11:06 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Congressmen Kinzinger And Foster Agree, Basically, On Immigration Reform Outline

Congressman Adam Kinzinger, during a tour of DeKalb High School, January 28, 2013.
Credit Jessica Cabe / WNIJ

A bi-partisan Senate effort to come up with an immigration reform plan is getting a good reception -- but some members of Congress are hanging back in their support until they know more details.

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98th General Assembly
1:27 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

New Illinois General Assembly, Same Four Leaders

New Illinois House members are sworn in during ceremonies in Springfield.
Credit Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

Members of Illinois' 98th General Assembly were sworn in today in Springfield. There are a number of new faces -- but the four at the top remain the same. 

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Politics
4:24 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Pension Problem Handed Off To New General Assembly

Credit Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

A new session of the Illinois General Assembly begins Wednesday, when candidates who won in November's elections take the oath of office. The outgoing class of legislators left the incoming one with quite a burden. On Tuesday, the previous General Assembly adjourned without doing anything to address the state's massive pension woes. However, there were some last minute attempts.

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