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Illinois lawmakers go to Cuba
11:47 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Group of Ill. lawmakers heads to Cuba for "trade mission"

Ill. Rep. Jack Franks.
(Illinois General Assembly website)

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

About a dozen Illinois state lawmakers are headed to Cuba this week for what's being called a trade mission.

Representative Jack Franks says the visit could boost state exports to Cuba.  The Democrat from Woodstock will be leading the week-long trip.  It's been 12 years since former Governor George Ryan traveled to Cuba in a high profile effort to build a new market for Illinois' farm economy.  Franks says trade with Cuba has fallen off since then.

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Illinois / Education
10:54 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Judge sides with Ill. governor in regional superintendents' pay dispute

(via Flickr/alkruse24)

Updated 5:12 p.m. with statement from Gov. Pat Quinn

Updated 1:20 p.m. with statement from superintendents

A circuit judge has upheld Gov. Pat Quinn's authority to eliminate salaries for regional school superintendents across Illinois.

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Higher Education / University of Illinois
1:31 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Wise named new chancellor at U. of Ill. Urbana campus

Phyllis Wise has been named as the new chancellor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(Courtesy of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Reporting from WILL's Tom Rogers was used in this report.

The University of Illinois has chosen University of Washington Provost Phyllis Wise as its next chancellor.

In a news release Wednesday, the university says Wise will take over the top job at the university's flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign on Oct. 1 - pending approval by the board of trustees at their next meeting in September.

University President Michael Hogan called the 66-year-old Wise a proven scholar.

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Ill. casinos
5:32 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Ill. casino opens after battling for gambling license

(via flickr/Jeff Kubina)

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

Illinois' 10th casino is open after years of legal and regulatory fights over its gambling license.

The Rivers Casino officially opened Monday in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines. The license had long been dormant since originally being approved for the city of Rosemont in 1999.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he approves of the way the state's gaming board chose the Des Plaines location.

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Children's Health
5:19 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Ill. state-backed health coverage for kids now has income cap

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

Illinois had offered health insurance coverage to all children. But now there's an income cap to get the state-backed coverage - critics call it shortsighted.

As the name "All Kids" suggests, all children were eligible, but as of July 1, only families within 300 percent of the poverty level can apply.

That's an income cap of $67,000 for a family of four.

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Illinois budget cuts
8:21 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Ill. Gov. Quinn's budget cuts to hospitals aren't set

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(via Flickr/ChrisEaves.com)

Reporting by Illinois Public Radio’s Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

The cuts Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn made to hospitals probably won’t be the final deal. The administration is using the move in an effort to further its agenda.

Illinois reimburses hospitals when they take on low-income patients who are on Medicaid, and state law sets the rate hospitals are to be paid.

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Illinois public corruption prosecution
7:32 am
Tue July 5, 2011

Former Sen. gets credit for recent Ill. corruption prosecutions

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI.
(via Flickr/myoldpostcards)

Reporting by Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Crawford used in this report.

Illinois has a reputation not only as a hotbed for public corruption, but also as a place where high ranking officials are prosecuted for misdeeds. Former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald, who is known for his clashes with the GOP’s old guard, is partly to thank for that.

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Asian Carp / Food Banks
2:27 pm
Mon July 4, 2011

Invasive Asian carp: protien-rich offering for Ill. food banks?

Cleaning an Asian carp for food preparation.
(via Flickr/lsgcp)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

Asian carp - the invasive fish that's plagued Illinois rivers and is threatening the Great Lakes could soon become a staple at food banks.

Todd Main, with the state Department of Natural Resources, says there's more than two hundred million pounds of Asian carp swimming in the state's rivers.

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Illinois Death Penalty
4:08 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Death row dies in Ill.

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

Murderers convicted in Illinois will no longer be sentenced to death row as the state ban on capital punishment takes effect Friday.

It won't remain in place long if Republican Representative Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst has his way.

Reboletti says he will try pass a law reinstating the death penalty.

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Illinois State Budget
9:51 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Quinn signs new Ill. state budget, makes changes first

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

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

Mere hours before the start of a new fiscal year, Ill. Governor Pat Quinn signed a new state budget into law. But not without making some changes to it.

Immediately after legislators sent Quinn a budget, he panned it for not spending enough - especially when it comes to education.

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