Illinois

Illinois License Plates
1:37 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Illinois considering selling ads on license plates

An Illinois license plate from 1927. (via Wikimedia Commons/Absecon59)

The look of the Illinois license plate has changed substantially over the years - just look at that blast from the past above for proof - but a pending bill in the Illinois Legislature would push the cosmetic transition to a "for-profit" level.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that SB1360 would allow corporate sponsors to put their logos on license plates as a way to create revenue for the state.

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Illinois Tax Amnesty
6:06 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Tax amnesty program tops revenue estimates

via Flickr/alancleaver_2000

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

A plan to collect money from Illinois tax deadbeats produced more than expected.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office said Monday that offering delinquent taxpayers a chance to pay up without punishment brought in $314 million. It was originally expected to produce about $250 million.

Experts believe much of that overdue tax money would have been collected eventually. The amnesty program simply brought it in faster.

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Boeing
4:24 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Boeing starts production at new Mascoutah, Ill. facility

A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III. Assembly and sub-assembly on the Globemaster program will soon move into production at Boeing's new manufacturing plant in Mascoutah, Ill. (via Flickr/Armchair Aviator)

Boeing announced today that they're moving into production at their new site in Mascoutah, Ill., the St. Louis Business Journal reports.

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Election 2012
12:27 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Illinois GOP announces straw poll for 2012

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

The Illinois Republican Party plans a statewide pre-primary straw poll ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

The party made the announcement Sunday night at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Ronald Reagan. The Illinois GOP says the straw poll will be Nov. 5 and measure the support of Republican presidential hopefuls.

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Death of Springfield, Ill. Mayor
1:02 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Springfield mayor Davlin's death ruled suicide

Timothy Davlin, former mayor of Illinois' capitol city, Springfield, was found dead in his home after a 911 call to police on Dec. 14, 2010. The death has been ruled a suicide. (UPI/City of Springfield, Ill.)

Springfield Mayor Timothy Davlin's death has been ruled a suicide.

A Sangamon County inquest Thursday determined the 53-year-old Democrat died of a close-contact bullet wound to the heart in a vehicle parked at his home Dec. 14.

Investigators say they found no note from Davlin. They say there were no signs of foul play and no drugs or alcohol in his body.

Davlin apparently called 911 from a cordless landline phone in his car but hung up.

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Illinois Tax Increase
5:33 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Quinn signs Ill. income tax increase into law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn gives his remarks after taking the oath of office during inaguration ceremonies on January 10, 2011. Today, Quinn signed legislation that temporarily increases the Illinois income tax rate by two-thirds.(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In an expected move after yesterday's press conference on the subject, Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation into law that temporarily increases the Illinois income tax rate by two-thirds.

Quinn said yesterday that the legislation is meant to help close a $15 billion budget deficit that threatens to cripple state government.

But what does the legislation mean for Illinois citizens?

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Illinois Lame-Duck Session
1:40 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Quinn comments on Ill. tax increase, death penalty

The Illinois General Assembly has passed several major bills in the last few days of its lame-duck session.

Two of the bills, one on an income tax increase and the other on abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, were the focus of a press conference held today by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Here are some highlights of Quinn's comments:

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Illinois Death Penalty
3:06 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Illinois Senate votes to abolish death penalty, bill goes next to Gov. Quinn

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

UPDATE 3:03 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011:

The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has voted to abolish the death penalty in that state.

The Chicago Tribune also reports the following:

The ban on executions goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who must sign the legislation for it to become law. During last fall's campaign, Quinn said he supports "capital punishment when applied carefully and fairly," but also backs the 10-year-old moratorium on executions.

The Senate voted 32-25 to approve the ban, with two members voting present.

 

UPDATE 1:13 p.m. Jan. 11, 2011:

The Illinois Senate is debating the death penalty bill this afternoon on the floor. You can listen or watch the debate live here.

Earlier Story:

Illinois has moved one step closer to a vote on abolishing the death penalty in the state.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee voted this morning to advance a bill to repeal the death penalty, setting up a probable full Senate vote later today.

The bill passed in the House last week in a quick re-vote when the first vote failed the bill, 59-58.

The Chicago Tribune also has more information on the history of the death penalty in the state, via legislation and key cases in their story today.

 

Quinn Sworn In
12:18 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Quinn sworn in as Ill. governor

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Jr. takes the oath of office during inauguration ceremonies at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois on January 10, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Democrat Pat Quinn has been sworn in to a full term as governor of Illinois, two years after he got the job when his predecessor, the much-discussed Rod Blagojevich, was kicked out of office.

Quinn was sworn in Monday in Springfield amid an immense budget crisis.

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