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Illinois / Tax Cuts
1:15 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Ill. legislative committee OKs smaller tax-break package

An interior look at the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Updated 3:47 p.m.:

A package of tax breaks for Illinois businesses made it through a legislative committee despite major concerns by lawmakers.

The House Revenue Committee approved the measure 6-0 Monday. But two important legislators said they may oppose the bill when it comes up on the House floor.

The package would cost state government about $250 million a year. That's down from $850 million in an earlier proposal.

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Illinois / Homeland Security
1:05 pm
Fri November 25, 2011

Illinois wants to "engage statewide community" in homeland security planning

Illinois Emergency Management Agency director Jonathon Monken.
(IEMA website)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

Illinois is asking for broad input on homeland security planning.  
 
Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken says he wants to engage the whole statewide community, not just those whose job it is to make sure Illinois is prepared.  In the past, the state took comments primarily from first responders and public health officials.  But Monken says this time, his agency wants to also hear from businesses, faith based groups and individual residents.  
 

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Morning News Round-up
9:15 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, October 31, 2011

Now that St. Charles County requires a prescription to purchase cold pills containing a key ingredient to methamphetamine, sales of the over-the-counter medications are soaring in three nearby St. Louis County towns.
(via Flickr/ellie)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines (other than yesterday's World Series rally):

Cold pill sales jump after new law in St. Charles County

Now that St. Charles County requires a prescription to purchase cold pills containing a key ingredient to methamphetamine, sales of the over-the-counter medications are soaring in three nearby St. Louis County towns.

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Illinois Utility Rates / Pat Quinn
3:51 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Ill. Senate OKs changes to electricity measure

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

The Illinois Senate has approved changes intended to help revive electricity legislation vetoed by the governor.

The changes passed 37-20 Tuesday, despite opposition from Gov. Pat Quinn.

At issue is a plan to let power companies raise rates to pay for infrastructure improvements, including high-tech changes called "Smart Grid." Critics say the plan guarantees unfair profits and weakens state regulators.

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Illinois / Foster Care / Adoption / Civil Unions
5:21 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Judge refuses to reconsider decision on Catholic Charities adoption, foster care issue

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

A judge has denied Catholic Charities' request to keep doing adoption and foster care placements for the State of Illinois.

Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt, who earlier had ruled Catholic Charities had no legal expectation to keep state contracts its had for decades, refused to reconsider that decision. 

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Morning Round-Up
8:20 am
Mon September 12, 2011

Morning Headlines: Monday, Sept. 12, 2011

The National 9/11 Flag is unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center in February. Survivors of the Joplin tornado put the final stitches in the flag over the weekend.
(via Flickr/Galileo55)

Tornado survivors finish National 9/11 flag

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Developing: Ill. closures
1:20 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Quinn to close seven state institutions, lay off 1,900 workers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, shown here taking the oath of office, has announced plans to lay off 1,900 workers and close seven state facilities as part of an ongoing budget battle with lawmakers.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford and WBEZ's Sam Hudzik was used in this story.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he will need to lay off 1,900 state employees and close seven state facilities to live within a budget sent to him by the General Assembly.

"Decisions made by members of the General Assembly I may or may not agree with, but once they have adopted their budget, it is now the law of our state," Quinn told reporters in Chicago today. "We have to implement this in a responsible manner."

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Sept. 11: a decade later
10:47 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Former Ill. Gov., 9/11 Commission member Thompson speaks on state of U.S. security

Former Ill. Gov. and 9/11 Commission member Jim Thompson.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

After the terrorist strikes on Sept. 11, the U.S. government vowed to do all it could to make Americans safer.  However, a new report shows the U.S. lagging in key areas.  

The 9/11 Commission, which made recommendations in the months following the attacks, says the country remains vulnerable.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson served on that panel that crafted a blueprint for national security. 

Thompson says a decade after the attacks, more needs to be done. He spoke with Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford.

Illinois budget
5:05 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

State job cuts, facility closures possible in Ill.

Ill. gov. Pat Quinn says job reductions are possible to help the state close a record budget gap. Sources tell the Chicago Tribune that state facilities may also be closed.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated with comments from Quinn, unions and lawmakers.

Reporting from WBEZ's Sam Hudzik and Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford was used in this report.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says job reductions will be necessary to help Illinois deal with a record budget deficit.

Sources told the Chicago Tribune that thousands of state workers could receive layoff notices.

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Morning round-up
9:36 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Mo. special legislative session begins Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Flickr/jimbowen0306

Mo. legislative session begins today

Missouri’s special legislative session begins today and is focused primarily on an overhaul of Missouri’s tax credits. The plan would eliminate existing tax breaks for low-income seniors and disabled residents who live in rented homes. New incentives would be created for international cargo shippers at the St. Louis airport, computerized data centers, science and technology companies and the organizers of major amateur sporting events.

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