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9:13 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Ill. Legislation Could Make Buying Gas Easier For Disabled

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Buying fuel can be a challenge for people with disabilities. Legislation awaiting action by the governor aims to make it easier.  Illinois is making an effort to comply with federal disability law.

Illinois law says service stations are required to pump gas for people with disabilities. But in order to get that help, drivers have to honk or find some other way to get the attention of an attendant.

Ann Ford, with the Centers for Independent Living, says that can lead to frustration.

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Union contract
8:29 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Quinn Voids Union Contract

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has terminated a contract with 40,000 of the state's employees.
St. Louis Public Radio

Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield, Ill.


In what's being called an "unprecedented" step, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has terminated the state's contract with its largest employee union.


The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees helped Quinn win the governor's office in 2010, but the relationship soured almost immediately. The governor, a Democrat, has tried to close state facilities, lay off workers, rescind guaranteed salary hikes and reduce the pensions of state employees, all in an effort to cut costs.

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Immigrants driver's licenses
8:25 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Illinois Officials Push For Illegal Immigrant Driver's Licenses

Governor Pat Quinn is among the politicians calling for illegal immigrants in Illinois to get driver's licenses.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 3 p.m. to include comments from Cullerton and Edgar comments. Tony Arnold contributed reporting from Chicago, and Brian Mackey from Springfield, Ill.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass a bill out of the Senate next week to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. And Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign the legislation, if it lands on his desk.

Quinn and Cullerton attended a bipartisan news conference Tuesday that included former Gov. Jim Edgar and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, both Republicans.

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High-speed rail tested in Illinois
3:29 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Illinois Doubling Down On High-Speed Rail

Officials rode an Amtrak train at 110 mph in central Illinois Friday.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was on board Friday when an Amtrak train reached speeds of 111 mph for the first time along a Chicago to St. Louis route. The train hit the mark on a stretch between Dwight and Pontiac before braking back to normal speeds of 79 mph. By the end of November, paying passengers will get to experience the higher speeds on that initial section between Dwight and Pontiac. 

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Illinois
7:24 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Ill. Could Require More Training for Young Drivers

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Reporting from Amanda Vinicky.

Illinois' Secretary of State is considering making younger drivers get additional training if they skip over the graduated driver’s license program. 

Illinois heaps requirements on someone who wants to drive before they're 18-years-old - minors must pass a driver's education course, and have their parents sign off that they've been on the roads together.

But then the state loosens up.  Someone who's 21, for example, could pass a driver's test without a lot of time behind the wheel.

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Thomson Correctional Center
1:49 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Federal Government Will Buy Illinois Prison

The federal government will purchase the underused state prison in Thomson, Ill., shown here in a screenshot from Google Maps, despite Congressional opposition.
(screenshot via Google Maps)

Updated at 5:45 p.m. with additional comments from Gov. Quinn and comments from Sen. Durbin. Brian Mackey contributed reporting.

Updated at 2 p.m. with statement from Gov. Pat Quinn.

The federal government has agreed to purchase the underused Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois to relieve crowding in its facilities, despite fervent opposition from members of Congress.

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Parental notification law
4:44 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

New court fight underway over Ill. parental notice law

The Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield, Ill.
(via Flickr/lilhelen)

Brian Mackey contributed reporting for this story.

A decades-long battle over an Illinois law that requires girls to notify their parents before having an abortion was in front of the state's Supreme Court on Thursday.

The parental notification law has been on the books since the 1990s, but a series of federal and state court challenges have kept it from being enforced. It was supposed to take effect in 2006, which set off a fresh round of lawsuits.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Tue September 4, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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Legal fight between Quinn and Union continues

The legal fight between Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the union that represents prisons workers continues this week.

Quinn had wanted the prisons closed by last Friday. Instead that day an arbitrator said the administration violated its contract with the prison workers' union by moving to close the facilities before they'd finished what's called "impact bargaining."

Union spokesman Anders Lindall says impact bargaining doesn't only affect employees facing layoffs.

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Republican National Convention
2:06 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Boehner to RNC delegates: Ill. key to maintaining GOP House majority

US House Speaker John Boehner.
(via Flickr/Medill DC)

Reporting in this story from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky

Illinois delegates to the Republican National Convention in Tampa got a pep talk yesterday from US House Speaker John Boehner. He says Illinois is key to the GOP maintaining its House majority.

Illinois Republicans made gains in Congress two years ago, winning enough seats that more Republicans than Democrats now represent Illinois in Washington.  It's the opposite in Springfield, where Democrats outnumber Republicans in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

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Republican National Convention
12:49 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Ill. RNC delegates waiting out Isaac storm with state politicking

Mimosas at the hotel where Illinois delegates for the Republican National Convention are staying this week.
(Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio)

Tropical Storm Isaac has dismantled Illinois Republican’s convention plans. With national convention events canceled, they're no longer spending Monday nominating Mitt Romney as their candidate for president. That leaves an opportunity for them to focus on state politics.

Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports from the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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