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Same-Sex Marriage
4:16 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Illinois To Become 15th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

via Wikimedia Commons

Will be updated further.

Updated 9:39 a.m. Nov. 6:

The final step to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois, Gov. Quinn's signature, will come this month at a big event, Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports:

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Illinois Gov. Race
7:11 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Daley Drops Out Of Ill. Gov. Race

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will not run for Illinois Governor. He made the announcement Monday night.
Credit Brian Mackey, Illinois Public Radio

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley will not run for Illinois governor after all. His campaign says Daley will explain more at a press conference in Chicago Tuesday morning. 

Daley has flirted with running for office before, only to back out.  This time, he insisted he was in it for keeps.

"I'm committed to running for governor," Daley said in a recent campaign video. "There is no exploratory piece in this anymore."

But Monday night, Daley's campaign confirmed he's dropping out of the race. 

In an interview on WGN-TV, Daley explained his decision.

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International Business
4:47 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Quinn Promotes Illinois Business In Japan

Governor Pat Quinn departs today for the annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, where he will speak with Japanese business leaders. The governor says he's confident he can drum up support for Illinois business, despite the relatively poor condition of Illinois' economy. 

The most recent numbers, from last month, say 9.2 percent of Illinoisans who are looking for work can’t find it. That’s the second-worst unemployment rate in the U.S., behind only Nevada.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Quincy's Tracy Picked As Dillard's Ill. Gubernatorial Running Mate

Republican State Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy, Ill.
(Illinois General Assembly website)

Reporting from Tri-States Public Radio's Jason Parrott.

State Senator Kirk Dillard has selected a west-central Illinois lawmaker to join him on the ballot in his bid to be the state’s next Governor.

State Representative Jil Tracy stood before a crowd of about 150 in Quincy, Ill.'s Washington Park and accepted Dillard’s request to run as lieutenant governor.

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Politics
12:14 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Quinn Signs Medicaid Expansion Into Law

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Updated July 23 9:01 a.m. with reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky

Illinois is beginning to implement the Affordable Care Act.  The Governor signed a major component of it into law Monday.

Government backed health insurance is available to seniors; Medicare kicks in at age 65.

And Medicaid's available to low-income children, and their parents.

The new law will extend Medicaid to childless adults with incomes under $16,000.

State Senator Heather Steans, the Chicago Democrat who sponsored the legislation.

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Abortion
10:48 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ill. Law Requiring Doctors To Notify Parents Of Girls Before Abortions Will Now Be Enforced

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Updated 11:08 a.m., 12:42 p.m., 3:19 p.m. (with reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey)

A lengthy legal battle over an abortion notification law appears to be ending, clearing the way for Illinois to begin enforcing a 1995 measure requiring doctors to notify a girl's parents before she undergoes the procedure.

Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court ruling says the case shouldn't be reconsidered and has to be enforced - unless there's an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Politics
11:04 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Ill. Gov. Quinn To Suspend Lawmakers' Pay Over Pension Crisis

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 11:55 a.m. with reporting by Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey.

Governor Pat Quinn Wednesday used his veto power to eliminate salaries for Illinois legislators. Quinn says until lawmakers fix the state's pension problem, they shouldn't get paid.

On Illinois' $100 billion unfunded pension liability Quinn has been setting deadlines for more than a year.

Until now, there haven't been any direct consequences for lawmakers when they've blown each of those deadlines.

Quinn changed that today in a big way.

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Concealed-Carry
11:55 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Illinois Becomes Last State In The Nation To Legalize Concealed Carrying Of Guns

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Updated 2:26 p.m. via Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky. Will be updated further.

Illinois is now a state where concealed carry of weapons is legal. The Illinois Senate voted to override the veto of Gov. Quinn 41-17.

Earlier story:

The Illinois House has rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns on the deadline for action set by a federal court.

If the Senate approves it later today, Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing firearms to be carried in public.

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Concealed-Carry
11:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Quinn Changes Illinois Concealed Carry Legislation, But Not Without Controversy

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Updated 4;50 p.m. Reporting by Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky.

With a week to go before a deadline requiring Illinois allow people to carry guns in public, Governor Pat Quinn today vetoed the legislation Tuesday that would have authorized concealed carry. 

(See full veto statement below)

The governor claims he's concerned about public safety, but he's already under fire by critics who say it's a political stunt. The measure's sponsor has already filed paperwork to override Quinn's changes.

About Public Safety?

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Ill. General Assembly
9:48 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Ill. Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Facing Backlash

Ill. Rep. Greg Harris is facing backlash for not calling same-sex marriage legislation for a vote before the General Assembly adjourned on Friday, May 31, 2013.
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

The sponsor of same-sex marriage legislation is facing a backlash for not calling it for a vote before the Illinois General Assembly adjourned on Friday. 

Gay rights activists praised Rep. Greg Harris in 2011 for helping pass civil unions. Some of those same activists are now criticizing him.

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