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A measure that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” heads to the full Illinois House after Representatives approved it at a hearing Tuesday.
The plan, which passed unanimously, comes two months after a previous version appeared to have enough momentum to go before the House. It stalled over environmentalists’ raised concern there was not enough protection to keep water wells from becoming contaminated.
Despite years of cuts to the Illinois state budget, even more are ahead. Legislators are still deciding where else they can slash spending.
"Human services" is a legislative phrase that covers many departments and services, according to Representative Greg Harris.
"All the state departments dealing with health care, senior services, children services, so the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, Medicaid, human services, mental health, substance abuse, Department of Aging, DCFS, public health and veterans," said Harris.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division Commander Maj. Gen. John Peabody and St. Louis District Commander Col. Chris Hall visit the Big Swan Drainage and Levee District in Scott County, Ill., Apr. 22, 2013.
Governor Pat Quinn has asked for federal help in the recovery after this spring’s flooding.
Quinn says the application is for 11 counties, mostly located in the northern part of the state. He says with more than 3,000 homes affected in those counties alone, there’s more than enough evidence for the president to approve his request.
Updated 9:55 a.m. April 25 with more information about the investigation from Amanda Vinicky. Headline changed. Updated 12:22 p.m. with suspect dead. Will be updated further.
Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday morning on five people found murdered early Wednesday morning in their Manchester, Ill. home. Police say their shooter, who’s also from a rural part of west-central Illinois, is also dead.