Illinois

Teens Electrocuted in Metro East
12:32 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Two Okawville teens electrocuted, die while trying to save raccoon

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A map of the location of Elm Farms in Okawville, Ill., where the incident occurred.

Updated 10:18 a.m. March 7, 2011 with services details (see below)

Some sad news out of Okawville, Ill. today as KMOV reports about an incident that killed two young men.

So, what happened?

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Illinois & Firearms
3:28 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Ill. Atty. general: state police should release FOID card list

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Updated 4:07 p.m. March 1, 2011 with statement from Illinois State Police

The Illinois State Police released a statement this afternoon in disagreement with the Attorney General's recommendation:

"The Illinois State Police respectfully disagrees with the recent opinion of the Attorney General's Public Access Counselor (PAC) regarding the release of names of Firearm Owner Identification cardholders. The Department intends to request that the PAC issue a binding opinion so that the issue may be resolved through the judicial process."

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Illinois
3:39 pm
Mon February 21, 2011

Quinn waited to sign state budgeting law, timing draws criticism

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn, left, at his inauguration ceremony on Jan. 10, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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

A new Illinois law is supposed to clamp down on state government's habit of overspending. But, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn waited until after his budget presentation to sign it.

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Illinois School Transportation Cuts
4:42 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Slashing school transportation spending could hurt instruction, school officials say

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

School officials say Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's decision to slash school transportation spending could hurt instruction, even though he wants to increase the amount the state spends per pupil.

The budget Quinn unveiled in Springfield yesterday cuts $95 million from the state school busing fund.

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Illinois Budget Address
6:13 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Tune in tonight! Illinois Annual Budget Address

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

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gave his annual state budget address today in Springfield.

Join us tonight at 7 p.m.  for a broadcast the full address on 90.7 FM or online here.

You can also follow along and read the full text of the Governor's address here.

So far, here are some reactions to Quinn's budget:

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Illinois Census Data
3:37 pm
Tue February 15, 2011

2010 U.S. Census data released for Illinois

Illinois - 2010 U.S. Census Population Data

 

The U.S. Census Bureau released Illinois population and demographic data today.

Why is this important? Among other reasons, the data can be used to re-draw federal, state and local legislative districts.

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Illinois Government
4:33 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Illinois legislators propose combining state Comptroller, Treasurer offices

The Illinois Capitol building in Springfield, Ill. (via Flickr/jglazer75)

Reporting from WBEZ's Tony Arnold used in this story.

Illinois legislators are preparing to debate a plan that would combine two elected offices into one.

The proposal would change the state Constitution, combining the Treasurer's office and the Comptroller's office. Both deal with the finances of Illinois, the treasurer with investments and the comptroller is in charge of dispersing the state's money.

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World Record Attempt
1:53 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Lincoln fans go for record by reciting speech

(via Jenna Dooley, WUIS)

Winter hats mingled with stovepipe hats at the center of a nationwide effort to honor Abraham Lincoln and set a world record.

Hundreds of people gathered Friday in Springfield to recite the speech Lincoln gave when he left for the White House. At the same time, people across the country read the speech in hope of setting a new mark for the most people to read a document aloud simultaneously.

Lincoln delivered his heartfelt goodbye exactly 150 years ago.

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Illinois Minimum Wage
12:23 pm
Fri February 11, 2011

Ill. senator proposes minimum wage of $10 an hour

An Illinois lawmaker is pushing to raise the state's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour - higher than anywhere else in the United States.

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Mercury Pollution
5:09 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Illinois, Missouri among nation's top mercury polluters

A screen capture of the cover of the report from Environment Missouri on mercury pollution. (Environment Missouri website)

Updated at 5:00 p.m. with comment from Ameren Missouri.

A new report suggests that power plants in Illinois and Missouri are among the nation’s top emitters of mercury pollution.

Mercury can cause serious health problems for both wildlife and people who eat contaminated fish.

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