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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.
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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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Politics
9:18 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Rutherford Announces Candidacy For Ill. Gov. Race

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Most of those running for governor in 2014 have already expressed their interest in the job. Only a few have made it official. Congressman Aaron Schock is not running for governor. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is.

“I sense the citizens of Illinois are in depression and frustration with their government," Rutherford said at a Chicago event at the restaurant Harry Caray's downtown.

Rutherford toured the state Sunday as part of his announcement. 

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Concealed Carry Legislation Now In Hands Of Ill. Gov. Quinn

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Will be updated. Reporting from Chris Slaby.

Both the Illinois House and Senate have approved legislation allowing people to carry guns in public. Illinois, under threat of a court order, is poised to be the last state with such a law. 

The fate of concealed carry in Illinois now rests with Governor Pat Quinn.

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Memorial Day
6:48 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Durbin: Veteran Disability Claims Procedures 'Got To Change'

Credit (Elena Schneider/Medill News Service)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says the way American veterans receive disability claims has "got to change."

His comments come as the federal Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a new digital, paper-less way of handling the claims. The V.A is working to get that done by September.

Durbin says on average, Illinois veterans wait close to a year for payments - which he says is the third-worst rate in the country.

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Politics / Fracking
2:36 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Fracking Regulation Measure Advances To Full Ill. House

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. (via Flickr/jglazer75)
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Reporting from Chris Slaby.

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.

Unions were also divided over a labor dispute.

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Illinois Budget
9:49 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Ill. Legislators Expected To Begin Unveiling Budget Proposals This Week

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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.

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Flooding
3:03 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Gov. Quinn Asks For Federal Help In Flood Recovery

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.
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Reporting by Chris Slaby of WUIS.

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.

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Illinois Pensions
4:58 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Illinois House Approves Comprehensive Pension Reform Plan After Years Of Talks

The Illinois State Capitol.
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Updated 5:39 p.m. with reporting from Brian Mackey.

The Illinois House approved a massive overhaul of state-employee pension systems on Thursday. It's a development that's been more than a year in the making.

Earlier this year, there was a pension measure that had just a single "yes" vote. That makes what happened with this latest proposal significant.

Today's measure received 62 "yes" votes, 51 "no" votes and two voting present. Having received the constitutional majority, it passed.

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Crime
9:45 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Details Continue To Emerge In Manchester, Ill. Slayings

Outside the scene in Manchester, Ill. where the slayings of five people are being investigated.
(Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio)

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.

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Illinois General Assembly
9:41 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Ill. General Assembly Returns From Break

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Legislators and lobbyists will once again fill Illinois' capitol this week, as the General Assembly returns from a two-week break. 

This is the time the legislative session ratchets up - as it will until a scheduled May 31 adjournment.

The Senate will take up legislation already approved by the House, or vice versa -- either killing proposals or sending them to the governor's desk.  For example: a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.  It passed the Senate, but is awaiting a vote in the House.

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