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Morning round-up
9:38 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 20, 2012

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Romney distancing himself from Akin

Republican presidential Mitt Romney is distancing himself from Congressman Todd Akin after comments Akin made during an interview with a St. Louis television station.

During the interview on Fox 2's Jaco Report, Akin was asked if he would support abortion in cases when a woman was raped.

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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
9:22 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Morning headlines: Friday, July 20, 2012

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McCaskill to launch TV ads ahead of Aug. 7 primary

For months, Missouri's Republican U.S. Senate candidates have been campaigning by criticizing Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. McCaskill has returned the fire during campaign events. Now McCaskill says she is launching TV ads individually targeting her potential Republican competitors - Congressman Todd Akin, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and businessman John Brunner.

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Morning round-up
6:38 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Morning headlines - Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Metro sees double-digit increase in bus passengers

St. Louis’ mass transit agency saw the biggest growth in bus ridership in the country during the first three months of the year.

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Patrick Fitzgerald
2:36 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Departing US Atty. Fitzgerald says he's not 'wired' for elective office

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
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Reporting from WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer used in this report.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald says he will not run for elective office. That comes after the highly respected federal prosecutor announced yesterday that he'll step down at the end of June.

In a 35-minute press conference today the media-averse Fitzgerald talked to reporters about why he's stepping down.

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Illinois Lottery
4:39 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Illinois to begin selling lottery tickets online Sunday

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Reporting from WBEZ's Alex Keefe used in this report.

Lotto officials say Illinois is set to become the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets over the Internet. Online ticket sales launch Sunday morning.

Lotto officials are betting online ticket sales could haul in up to $118 million per year in new revenue. Lottery superintendent Michael Jones is hoping to lure hundreds of thousands of new players to a highly secure website.

Illinois State Budget / Tamms Prison
4:40 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Quinn defends plan to close super-max prison in southern Ill.

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Reporting from WBEZ's Alex Keefe used in this report.

Governor Pat Quinn is defending his plan to close a super-maximum security prison in southern Illinois.

The governor's office says closing Tamms prison would save the state nearly $22 million next year. Quinn says it costs more than 64,000 per year to lock up a prisoner there - about three times the statewide average.

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Illinois State Budget
12:58 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Quinn plans to cut Ill. state budget to 2008 levels

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
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Updated 2:39 p.m. with report from WBEZ's Alex Keefe.

State worker pensions and Medicaid funding could be on the chopping block when Illinois' governor outlines his budget proposal this week.

Governor Pat Quinn says the budget plan he'll unveil Wednesday will bring state spending back down to where it was in 2008.

But he says the seed of the state's current fiscal mess was planted even earlier - by his predecessors.

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Morning roound-up
9:29 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Morning headlines: Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.) says he wants the Defense of Marriage Act repealed as it relates to federal benefits.

Durbin supports calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

Some U.S Senators will be looking to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act this year.

The law prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Ill. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin says he wants it repealed as it relates to federal benefits.

"I believe that we should have marriage equality in this county, that we should treat people fairly, that we should not discriminate against them in this circumstance," said Durbin.

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Drunk driving crackdown
8:40 am
Fri December 30, 2011

If in Ill. call "Drunk Busters" if you see a drunk driver

People who report drunk drivers in Illinois this New Year's weekend could get $100 dollars through the Drunkbusters program.
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People who report drunk drivers in Illinois this New Year's weekend could get $100 dollars.  The program called "Drunk Busters" is run by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.  

"When a citizen sees somebody in a car that seems the driving erratically or seems to be impaired, we encourage them to dial 911 and call in the car to police," said Rita Kreslin is the organization's deputy director.

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