Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Alan J. Dixon: Former U.S. Senator From Illinois Spent A Lifetime In Public Service http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/alan-j-dixon-former-us-senator-illinois-spent-lifetime-public-service <p><strong>Updated with tentative funeral arrangements.</strong></p><p>Alan J. Dixon, a two-term Democratic senator from Illinois and long-time figure in Illinois politics, died today. According to a report in the Belleville News-Democrat, Mr. Dixon had had heart problems for the past two years and had recently been in Barnes-Jewish hospital. "He came home on Thursday and he was in good spirits," Jeff Dixon, the senator’s son, told the News-Democrat. "We had dinner with cold Budweiser followed by a glass of red wine."</p><p></p><p>Mr. Dixon was 86. He would have turned 87 on Monday.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:56:17 +0000 Jim Howard 37812 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Alan J. Dixon: Former U.S. Senator From Illinois Spent A Lifetime In Public Service Illinois Legislature Passes Wait-And-See Budget http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-legislature-passes-wait-and-see-budget <p>No one says the $35.7 billion 2015 budget approved by the Illinois Legislature late last week is balanced. <a href="http://www.bnd.com/2014/05/30/3232802/tax-increase-in-the-fall-senate.html" target="_blank">As the Belleville News Democrat reported</a>, “Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Senate budget negotiator, described the plan as ‘incomplete’ but the best lawmakers could do this session. Sat, 31 May 2014 18:26:45 +0000 Donna Korando 36626 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Legislature Passes Wait-And-See Budget In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-town-thats-half-destroyed-filled-hope Washington is just starting to rebuild.<p>Much of the central Illinois town was wiped away by a half-mile-wide tornado in November. In all, 1,108 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable — a huge share of the housing stock in a city of 15,000.<p>"Early on, people were asking me how long it was going to take to rebuild the city, and I said we'll do it in a year," says Mayor Gary Manier. "That was wishful thinking."<p>Tornadoes typically strike the Midwest during the spring. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:10:36 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 35538 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/politically-speaking-us-rep-shimkus-ukraines-future-and-gop-primary-illinois-governor <p>Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo&nbsp;Mannies&nbsp;and Jason&nbsp;Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:23:24 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum, Chris McDaniel & Jo Mannies 34491 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-says-illinois-making-comeback-republicans-say-not-fast-enough <p>A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.</p><p>Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback." It's also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.</p><p>Quinn says he's helped restore integrity to state government.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:54:25 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press & Amanda Vinicky 33347 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough Quinn Names Panel That Will Review Objections To Concealed-Carry Permit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-names-panel-will-review-objections-concealed-carry-permit <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed the seven men and women he wants to review objections raised by local or state police to applications for concealed-carry permits.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 20:11:06 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32604 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn Names Panel That Will Review Objections To Concealed-Carry Permit Public Comment Period Opens For Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-comment-period-opens-illinois-fracking-legislation <p>The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking public feedback on the state's first-ever regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/OilandGas/Pages/Hydraulicfracturing.aspx">DNR</a> published<a href="http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume37_issue46.pdf"> proposed regulations</a> for hydraulic fracturing today, which begins a public comment period that will last until Jan. 3.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 23:22:37 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin & Associated Press 31502 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public Comment Period Opens For Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation Want A Concealed-Carry Permit In Illinois Before April? File Another Lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/want-concealed-carry-permit-illinois-april-file-another-lawsuit <p>Gun owners in Illinois who want a concealed-carry permit before April 2014 will have to file a new lawsuit in federal court.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:11:21 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31215 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Want A Concealed-Carry Permit In Illinois Before April? File Another Lawsuit Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost To Seek Enyart's Congressional Seat http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-state-rep-mike-bost-seek-enyarts-congressional-seat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A longtime Illinois state lawmaker says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Mike </span>Bost<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;of </span>Murphysboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> won't seek re-election in the state's </span>115th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> District and instead will pursue the </span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Congressional District seat.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:18:51 +0000 The Associated Press 28634 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost To Seek Enyart's Congressional Seat While Waiting On State Action, Madison County Sets Its Own Guidelines For Concealed Carry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/while-waiting-state-action-madison-county-sets-its-own-guidelines-concealed-carry <p><em>Updated at 11:50 a.m., Friday, June 7 &amp; 3:14 p.m.&nbsp;</em></p><p>The Illinois State Police on Friday issued a response to Gibbons' letter. The state police, along with the Illinois&nbsp;Association of&nbsp;Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriff's Association, say they will continue to enforce state law which prohibits the carrying of "an immediately accessible firearm on your person or in your vehicle regardless of whether it is concealed." Violating the law can result in an arrest.</p><p><em>Our original story:</em></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:19:41 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Bill Raack 27137 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org While Waiting On State Action, Madison County Sets Its Own Guidelines For Concealed Carry