Illinois

Belleville Native
2:56 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Alan J. Dixon: Former U.S. Senator From Illinois Spent A Lifetime In Public Service

Alan J. Dixon
Credit Wikipedia

Updated with tentative funeral arrangements.

Alan J. Dixon, a two-term Democratic senator from Illinois and long-time figure in Illinois politics, died today. According to a report in the Belleville News-Democrat, Mr. Dixon had had heart problems for the past two years and had recently been in Barnes-Jewish hospital. "He came home on Thursday and he was in good spirits," Jeff Dixon, the senator’s son, told the News-Democrat. "We had dinner with cold Budweiser followed by a glass of red wine."

Mr. Dixon was 86. He would have turned 87 on Monday.

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Ballot Issues Set
1:26 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Illinois Legislature Passes Wait-And-See Budget

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No one says the $35.7 billion 2015 budget approved by the Illinois Legislature late last week is balanced. As the Belleville News Democrat reported, “Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Senate budget negotiator, described the plan as ‘incomplete’ but the best lawmakers could do this session.

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U.S.
1:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope

Washington, Ill., is full of both optimistic signs and lots of construction crews as the town rebuilds after a half-mile-wide tornado devastated the area in November.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:12 pm

Washington is just starting to rebuild.

Much of the central Illinois town was wiped away by a half-mile-wide tornado in November. In all, 1,108 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable — a huge share of the housing stock in a city of 15,000.

"Early on, people were asking me how long it was going to take to rebuild the city, and I said we'll do it in a year," says Mayor Gary Manier. "That was wishful thinking."

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Politically Speaking
4:23 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Politically Speaking: U.S. Rep. Shimkus On Ukraine's Future and GOP Primary For Illinois Governor

Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio's Chris McDaniel, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum talk about the week’s politics. 

We’ve broken another barrier on the show: U.S. Rep. John Shimkus is the first political figure from Illinois to be a guest on the podcast. The Collinsville Republican has represented large areas of southern Illinois since 1997 and plays a major role on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Illinois State of the State Address
4:54 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Quinn Says Illinois Is 'Making A Comeback,' Republicans Say Not Fast Enough

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn delivered the annual State of the State speech at the state capitol in Springfield Wednesday.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A hike in the minimum wage, sending more children to preschool and more grants for low-income college students are all part of the agenda Governor Pat Quinn laid out Wednesday in his State of the State address.

Five years to the day after he first became governor, Pat Quinn tried to make the case that Illinois is "making a comeback." It's also the anniversary of when lawmakers removed his predecessor from office. Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now serving a federal prison sentence for corruption.

Quinn says he's helped restore integrity to state government.

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Concealed Carry Panel
2:11 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Quinn Names Panel That Will Review Objections To Concealed-Carry Permit

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed the seven men and women he wants to review objections raised by local or state police to applications for concealed-carry permits.

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Hydraulic Fracturing
5:22 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Public Comment Period Opens For Illinois 'Fracking' Legislation

Illustration of water cycle for hydraulic fracturing.
Credit (via U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking public feedback on the state's first-ever regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.

The DNR published proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing today, which begins a public comment period that will last until Jan. 3.

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Concealed Carry
2:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Want A Concealed-Carry Permit In Illinois Before April? File Another Lawsuit

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Gun owners in Illinois who want a concealed-carry permit before April 2014 will have to file a new lawsuit in federal court.

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Politics
12:18 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost To Seek Enyart's Congressional Seat

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro.
(Illinois General Assembly website)

A longtime Illinois state lawmaker says he's running for a southern Illinois congressional seat.

State Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro won't seek re-election in the state's 115th District and instead will pursue the 12th Congressional District seat. 

The Republican has been a state lawmaker for 18 years.

The U.S. House seat Bost will pursue is held by Democrat Bill Enyart, who was elected last November and announced in May he'll be seeking another two-year term.

The 12th District stretches from the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis to the state's southernmost tip.

Concealed-Carry
3:19 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

While Waiting On State Action, Madison County Sets Its Own Guidelines For Concealed Carry

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Updated at 11:50 a.m., Friday, June 7 & 3:14 p.m. 

The Illinois State Police on Friday issued a response to Gibbons' letter. The state police, along with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriff's Association, say they will continue to enforce state law which prohibits the carrying of "an immediately accessible firearm on your person or in your vehicle regardless of whether it is concealed." Violating the law can result in an arrest.

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