WBEZ http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Quinn’s Tax Refund Plan Locks Out Most Illinois Renters http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-s-tax-refund-plan-locks-out-most-illinois-renters <p style="margin-bottom: 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s proposal to give Illinois homeowners’ a guaranteed $500 property tax refund could leave most renters out in the cold, according to tax experts and renters’ rights groups.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:26:19 +0000 WBEZ 34874 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn’s Tax Refund Plan Locks Out Most Illinois Renters Illinois Residents Experience Glitches In New Online Healthcare Exchange http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-residents-experience-glitches-new-online-healthcare-exchange <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony Arnold contributed reporting from Chicago.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some Illinois residents trying to sign up for health insurance through the new exchange program yesterday ran &nbsp;into technical glitches.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Consumers reported waits of 20 minutes or more on the hotline, or errors while trying to access the website.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn called the glitches an expected part of rolling out a new program this large.</span></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:21:30 +0000 WBEZ 30348 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Residents Experience Glitches In New Online Healthcare Exchange Ill. Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-panel-endorses-ammunition-limit <p><em>Updated 4:25 p.m. with vote results &nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parents of two Sandy Hook elementary students killed by a Connecticut gunman last fall testified in favor of limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Senate's Executive Committee voted 12-3 Monday to advance legislation banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.</span></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:57:34 +0000 WBEZ 26546 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit Report: Quarter Of Ill. Spending To Go To Pensions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-quarter-ill-spending-go-pensions <p>A new report shows nearly a quarter of Illinois' state spending plan for next year will go toward pension payments. The Illinois State House and the State Senate have so far disagreed on the best way to address the worst-funded pension system in the country.</p><p>Laurence Msall is with the Civic Federation - a budget watchdog group. He says the state used to spend about 7 percent of its budget on retirement benefits. Now it's closer to 25 percent.</p><p>"It effectively means that all new revenue, in order to keep up with that growth, has to go into the pension system," Msall said.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 11:41:30 +0000 WBEZ 26334 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Quarter Of Ill. Spending To Go To Pensions Illinois' GOP U.S. Sen. Kirk Announces Support Of Same-Sex Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-gop-us-sen-kirk-announces-support-same-sex-marriage <p><em>Updated: 3:46 p.m., 5:54 p.m.</em></p><p>Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois has released a statement today in support of same-sex marriage.</p><p>On his <a href="http://www.kirk.senate.gov/?p=blog&amp;id=686">website</a>, Kirk says "life comes down to who you love and who loves you back:"</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:47:31 +0000 Kelsey Proud & WBEZ 25041 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois' GOP U.S. Sen. Kirk Announces Support Of Same-Sex Marriage Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn Delivers 2013 'State Of The State' Address http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-gov-pat-quinn-delivers-2013-state-state-address <p><em>You'll also be able to hear the address in its entirety with analysis tonight on St. Louis Public Radio at 90.7 FM or online, beginning at 7 p.m. Join us!</em></p><p><em>Updated 3:43 p.m. with reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold.</em></p><p>Many Republicans are criticizing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address as being too vague.<br><br>Today Quinn outlined his priorities for the upcoming year - including raising the minimum wage and banning high capacity guns.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 20:11:50 +0000 Kelsey Proud, WBEZ & Illinois Public Radio 9048 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn Delivers 2013 'State Of The State' Address Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances In Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/same-sex-marriage-bill-advances-illinois <p><em>Reporting by WBEZ's Tony Arnold.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois is advancing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time in a month - the Senate Executive Committee approved the legalization of same-sex marriage along party lines.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers tried to pass a similar bill before the end of session last month - but failed to get the necessary support.</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:41:10 +0000 WBEZ 9013 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances In Illinois Illinois Lawmakers Say They Have Votes For Gay Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-lawmakers-say-they-have-votes-gay-marriage <p>Two Illinois lawmakers say they're&nbsp;within "striking distance" of getting legislative approval for gay marriage and hope to send a bill to Gov. Pat Quinn shortly after the new year.</p><p>Rep. Greg Harris and Sen. Heather Steans say they'll call for a vote on a gay marriage bill when the Legislature reconvenes in January. The Chicago Democrats say public opinion favoring equal rights for same-sex partners is moving rapidly. The fact that four states voted in favor of the issue or opposed a ban on it in November helps.</p> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:29:09 +0000 The Associated Press & WBEZ 7337 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Lawmakers Say They Have Votes For Gay Marriage Population at Ill. Dept. of Corrections Reaches New High http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/population-ill-dept-corrections-reaches-new-high <p><em>Reporting from WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer.</em></p><p>Last week, the Illinois Department of Corrections broke a rather unenviable record. On Tuesday, the department housed 49,172 inmates. The previous record was sent in Oct. 2011 when the population hit 49,135.</p><p>The population has been steadily rising since Ill. Gov. Pat Quin suspended an early release program in the middle of a heated primary election against Dan Hynes two years ago. Quinn recently signed into law a new early release program that should help bring down the number but it hasn't yet been implemented.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:32:02 +0000 WBEZ 4865 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Population at Ill. Dept. of Corrections Reaches New High Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-september-5-2012 <p>Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:</p><p><strong>St. Louis County attitude survey results presented</strong></p><p>Last night members of the St. Louis County Council heard the results of a survey that measured how the attitudes of residents have changed over the past five years. Many don't think the county is going in the right direction but don't place the blame on their county government.</p><p>Five years ago, a little over 60 percent of people thought the county was going in the right direction; today that number is 44 percent.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 14:31:46 +0000 Julie Bierach, Tim Lloyd, WBEZ & The Associated Press 4492 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Wednesday, September 5, 2012