Illinois

Illinois Workers' Compensation
11:22 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Quinn to propose changes to workers' comp in Ill.

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

Gov. Pat Quinn is getting ready to propose changes to the workers' compensation system in Illinois.

The Chicago Democrat on Friday said both the law and the Workers' Compensation Commission must be revamped. He says changes to the law would make the system more affordable for businesses while remaining fair to workers.

Illinois Government
3:05 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Comptroller-treasurer merger advances in Ill. Senate

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill.
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Updated 3:20 p.m. with Illinois Public Radio story including more detail and comment from Rutherford.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report. 

Illinois' treasurer invests the state's money. The Comptroller pays the bills. A measure approved by the Senate today would merge the two constitutional offices.

Supporters say it makes "sense" - literally and metaphorically. According to projections, the consolidation would result in a savings of $12 million.

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Illinois & Japan Radiation
11:53 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Officials: no reason for concern in Ill. over radiation from Japan

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The map above depicts the locations highlighted in the following story where trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been found in Illinois - Will County and Springfield, Ill.

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Sean Crawford used in this report.

Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have shown up in Illinois. But state officials say there's no reason for concern.

Minute levels of radioactive materials have been detected in both northern and central Illinois.  The state's Emergency Management Agency says radioactive iodine was found in grass clippings in Will County and in an air sample collected at a lab in Springfield.

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On Marketplace Morning Report
11:09 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Lower gas taxes lure drivers to Mo.

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With lower state taxes on gasoline, among others, Missouri is easily undercutting its border mate, Illinois, when it comes to the price to fill up.

One of the cardinal rules about interstate travel through the Midwest: "gas up before you hit Illinois." Illinois levies a hefty 42 cents per gallon tax on gasoline, among the highest gas taxes in the country.

Check out more of this feature on the Missouri-Illinois border wars for cheap gasoline by our own Adam Allington. It aired on Marketplace Morning Report earlier today.

Illinois Nuclear Power
4:03 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Illinois senators question nuclear experts

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says the size of the evacuation zones around the six nuclear power plants in Illinois should be reviewed.

Kirk and fellow U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin held a forum Friday with a panel of four nuclear experts that resembled a congressional hearing to talk about safety in Illinois in the wake of the disaster in Japan.

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Illinois Nuclear Power
5:43 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Durbin says he'll ask nuclear experts about safety

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin in 2009.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Sen. Dick Durbin says he wants answers from nuclear experts about the safety of some of Illinois' aging nuclear plants in the wake of the crisis in Japan.

The Democrat says he and fellow U.S. senator, Republican Mark Kirk, will host a forum in Chicago on Friday that will include the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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Illinois Use Tax
1:12 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Illinois to online, out-of-state shoppers: Pay up

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Illinois tax collectors have a message for residents who skirt sales taxes online and out of state: Start paying up.

The cash-strapped state will step up enforcement this year of the decades-old "use tax," which applies to many items bought online or in another state.

The state offers a guide to taxpayers who didn't keep receipts and want to pay their share. Someone making $50,000 annually, for example, would be expected to pay $27 in "use tax."

Cahokia School District
9:59 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Cahokia schools lay off dozens of teachers

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Administrators of a southwestern Illinois school district say financial problems have forced them to lay off or not renew the contracts of 71 employees, including more than five dozen teachers.

Cahokia School District 187's board made the move during a special meeting Monday night.

The laid-off workers include 62 teachers, two teachers' aides, a school psychologist and a social worker.

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Illinois Broadband Internet
12:40 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Illinois broadband connections outnumber landlines

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The number of broadband Internet connections in Illinois has exceeded the number of phone landlines for the first time.

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Cahokia School District
4:16 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Cahokia School Board meeting to decide on teacher layoffs

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The Cahokia School Board will meet tonight to decide whether to lay off up to 70 teachers because of a budget deficit.

School officials have said that lower tax revenues and delayed state payments have left Cahokia's budget about $1 million in the red. Brent Murphy, president of the Cahokia Federation of Teachers, says he hopes that reducing instructors and other staff is not the only solution.

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