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Illinois Budget
5:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Quinn Proposes $400M Education Cut, Pension System Payouts In Budget Address

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

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky.

In his annual budget address today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn laid the blame on the General Assembly for forcing him to cut spending on schools and other key state priorities. Quinn says the cost of pensions is "squeezing" Illinois' finances, to the point that he's calling for a $400 million hit to education.

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Illinois Gambling
2:14 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Gambling Expansion Gets Second Quinn Veto

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

Reporting in part from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky. Last update 4:04 p.m.

Legislation to expand gambling the General Assembly approved nearly two years ago is finally dead. Governor Pat Quinn vetoed a measure that would have given Illinois five new casinos.

When Governor Quinn gives his annual budget address later this week, he's expected to highlight Illinois' plethora of financial problems.

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MAP Grants
9:51 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Illinois Program For Needy Students Runs Out Of Money

The campus of the University of Illinois' flagship institution.
Credit (via Flickr/ilovebutter)

Illinois has once again run out money to help needy students go to college. The cutoff to be considered for a MAP grant expired over the weekend.

If students didn't have their financial aid application in by Friday, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission says it probably won't have enough money to give them a Monetary Award Program, or MAP Grant.

Commission spokesman John Samuels, says March 1 is the earliest the state has run out of money for the program.

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Budget Address
9:34 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Quinn To Present Annual Budget Address This Week

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Ill. Governor Pat Quinn will present his budget address in Springfield on Wednesday.

The state is reported to have the worst-funded pension system in the country - and has about $97 billion in unfunded obligations.

"Obviously, our pension reform will be part of the address, the need for getting that done right and getting it done now," said Quinn.

Quinn has said the pensions are unsustainable and are taking money away from other key government services.

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Illinois State Workers
1:04 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Here's The Latest On That Possible Illinois State Workers' Union Strike

The dome of the Illinois State Capitol.
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Reporting by Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey used in this report.

It looks like an impending strike of workers in Illinois' largest government-employee union has been avoided - tentatively.

Governor Pat Quinn reached a tentative contract deal with The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) early this morning.

Officially, the union is keeping mum about what's in the contract.

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Mary Ann McMorrow
9:50 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Mary Ann McMorrow, First Female Justice On Illinois Supreme Court, Dies

Mary Ann McMorrow, the first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court, died Saturday at 83.
(Illinois Supreme Court handout)

Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield.

The first woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court has died.

Mary Ann G. McMorrow was 83 years old. A statement from the Supreme Court says she died Saturday after a brief illness.

McMorrow was first elected to the state's highest court in 1992, one of a series of achievements in a legal career that spanned 50 years. She was the only woman in the Loyola University law school class of 1953, and was the first woman to prosecute felonies in Cook County. 

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4:55 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Environmentalists, Business Groups Reach Deal On Fracking In Illinois

Rep. John Bradley stands with representatives of the business and environmental communities in Illinois to announce an agreement on "fracking" regulations.
Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio

Brian Mackey contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.

It was an odd sight at the Illinois state Capitol today - supporters of the oil and gas industry sharing a podium with environmental activists.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:37 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Ill. Senate Votes To Lift State Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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Will be updated.

The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.

In a 34-21 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports in a tweet that the vote didn't quite come down on party lines:

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Illinois State of the State
2:11 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn Delivers 2013 'State Of The State' Address

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

You'll also be able to hear the address in its entirety with analysis tonight on St. Louis Public Radio at 90.7 FM or online, beginning at 7 p.m. Join us!

Updated 3:43 p.m. with reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold.

Many Republicans are criticizing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s State of the State Address as being too vague.

Today Quinn outlined his priorities for the upcoming year - including raising the minimum wage and banning high capacity guns.

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Illinois General Assembly
8:58 am
Wed January 9, 2013

New Session Of Ill. General Assembly Begins

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Reporting from Amanda Vinicky from Illinois Public Radio.

A new session of the Illinois General Assembly begins today, when candidates who won in November's elections take the oath of office.  The outgoing class of legislators left the incoming one with quite a burden.  

Tuesday night, the previous General Assembly adjourned without doing anything to reduce Illinois' $97 billion pension debt, though there were a few last minute tries.

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