Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.
Rod Blagojevich has forfeited all his state pension benefits. That's the opinion of Illinois' Attorney General.
The legal opinion likely means Blagojevich won't begin getting checks when he turns 55 this weekend. The board overseeing the General Assembly Retirement System moved earlier this year to block the payments.
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Aerial views of the Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan, North Dakota area June 8, 2011. The upstream Garrison Dam was releasing water into the Missouri River at a flow of 140,000 cubic feet per second.
The leader of the Illinois State Rifle Association says he's pleased a Peoria judge signed an order barring the state police from releasing the names of 1.3 million firearm owner identification cardholders.
Richard Pearson says the order signed this week is further protection for gun owners, who won a similar victory this year when the state Senate passed a bill prohibiting public disclosure of people with FOID cards.
Rod Blagojevich has just over two months of freedom before he's scheduled to begin a 14-year prison term. But the ex-governor and his lawyers plan to keep fighting.
After Judge James Zagel handed down the sentence, and the public was ushered out of the courtroom, more than an hour passed before the ex-governor, his wife and his lawyers appeared in the lobby of the court building.
A Missouri House committee that’s been looking into natural disaster response has released a list of recommendations for lawmakers to take up next year.
One of them would create a joint House-Senate committee that would have oversight into the use of the state’s Rainy Day fund for disaster expenses. Speaker Pro-tem Shane Schoeller (R, Willard) supports the idea.
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A screen capture of the redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives approved by Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn on June 3, 2011. State Republicans sued to invalidate the map, but the suit has been thrown out.