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Illinois expulsion
1:53 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Ill. House expels Chicago Democrat over bribery allegations

The Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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For the first time in more than a century, the Illinois House has expelled one of its members.

Lawmakers voted 100-6 on Friday to expel Chicago Democratic state Rep. Derrick Smith. And as Amanda Vinicky reports via Twitter, House Speaker Michael Madigan asked that Smith's name be moved immediately from the chamber's roll.

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Morning round-up
10:04 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 13, 2012

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Heading into special session, Ill. lawmakers remain divided on pensions

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called for a special session on Friday to overhaul he state's pensions, even though Illinois lawmakers are still divided over the best way to do so.

There's an $83 billion gap in what the state has promised its employees they'll get when they retire, and what Illinois actually has in the bank.

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Natural Gas
3:50 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Quinn vetoes synthetic gas plant legislation

A gas stove burner, a familiar sight to some natural gas customers.

Will be updated further. Updated 5:06 p.m. with Associated Press story of Quinn's veto.

Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed legislation that would have forced Illinois natural gas utilities to buy synthetic gas from a proposed plant on Chicago's South Side.

The governor vetoed the bill on Friday. It would have forced Nicor Gas and Ameren Corp. to buy synthetic natural gas from the Leucadia Corp. gasification plant for 30 years to help pay for its construction.

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Enterprise zones
3:44 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Quinn signs extension of tax breaks for Illinois businesses

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation extending a widely used economic development tool.
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that extends the life span of a popular economic development tool in the state.

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Morning Round-Up
9:20 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Morning headlines- Thursday, August 2, 2012

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Jobless rate drops below 8 percent in St. Louis

The jobless rate in metropolitan St. Louis is going down, and has dipped below 8 percent for the first time in more than three years.

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Morning round-up
9:39 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, July 27, 2012

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Good morning. Here are your starting headlines today:

Valley Park mayor resigns

The embattled mayor of Valley Park has resigned. Nathan Grellner stepped down as the top official in the St. Louis County town on Thursday, submitting a written letter of resignation. Grellner has been under fire for questionable spending with a city credit card, for missing nearly every meeting since February, and for his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in a neighboring town in June.

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Campaign Finance
3:35 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Lawsuit seeks to remove campaign donation limits in Illinois

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Reporting in this story from Brian Mackey.

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges Illinois' campaign finance laws. It seeks to remove limits on how much individuals and groups can donate to candidates.

The case argues there are two sets of rules under Illinois campaign law.

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Farmers' Markets
4:01 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Number of Ill. farmers' markets accepting electronic payment to double

A view of the Lincoln Square Farmers' Market in Chicago in 2011. The Thursday Evening version of the market, along with numerous others in Illinois, will begin to offer the option of electronic payment under a new federal grant.
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Brian Mackey of Illinois Public Radio reported for this story.

The number of Illinois farmers' markets that accept electronic payment is expected to double under a new federal grant.  The program pays for machines that can swipe credit, debit and Link cards -- the modern version of food stamps.

Josh Dotson's family has been selling produce at farmers' markets for decades.

Dotson sells at markets that already accept Link cards, and he says it's brought new customers.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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Ill. Gov. calls for stricter gun laws

Days after the Colorado theater shooting, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for stricter gun laws in Illinois. Gun-rights advocates have long argued that public safety would be improved if people were allowed to carry concealed firearms. Illinois is the only state without any form of concealed carry for the general public. And Quinn says he'd oppose any attempt to permit concealed carry.

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Morning round-up
6:23 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Nixon seeks permission to ease land restrictions during drought

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the federal government to allow farmers to graze cattle on land that's been taken out of crop production as part of a federal conservation effort.

Farmers in the state have about 1.4 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays them to plant other vegetation instead of cash crops like corn or soybeans. Livestock grazing is allowed on the land when there's a 40 percent shortage of hay and precipitation.

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