Illinois

Illinois Legislature
12:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Ill. Measure Would Keep Some Teens Out Of Adult Court

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Illinois lawmakers are considering a change that would keep more teenagers out of adult court. The measure, which so far has had bipartisan support, would send 17-year-olds charged with non-violent felonies into the juvenile court system.

Since 2010, 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors have been sent to juvenile court, while those charged with felonies are sent to adult court.

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Netsch
8:38 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Former Ill. Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch Dies

Dawn Clark Netsch speaking in the Illinois Senate in the late 1980s. Netsch died Tuesday of Lou Gehrig's disease
(photo from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum website)

Updated at 11:05 a.m. with statement from Ill. Governor Pat Quinn.

Updated at 10:10 with statement from Ill. Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Former Illinois comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch has died at age 86.

Netsch's former chief of staff and longtime friend Wendy Cohen says Netsch died early Tuesday. The Democrat announced in January that she had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, a fatal nerve disorder.

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Concealed carry
2:28 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Full Federal Court Will Not Hear Ill. Concealed Carry Case

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The full U.S. appeals court for the 7th Circuit will not reconsider its ruling that Illinois' ban on the concealed carry of weapons is unconstitutional.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan had asked all 11 judges to hear the case. Today's decision by six of those judges allows the earlier 2-1 ruling to stand. One judge, Michael Kanne, did not participate in the petition for a full court hearing.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Discussion: Upcoming Illinois Legislative Session, Gov. Quinn State Of The State

Illinois Capitol
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It's the start of Illinois' new legislative session, and Governor Pat Quinn laid out, yesterday, what he wants lawmakers to accomplish.  

In his fifth state of the state address since becoming governor, Quinn laid out a wide-ranging agenda which includes letting same-sex couples get married, raising the minimum wage, and prohibiting the sale of assault weapons.

Host Don Marsh talked with Illinois Public Radio/WUIS statehouse bureau chief Amanda Vinicky about the speech and politics in Illinois.

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George Ryan
8:47 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan Released From Prison

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan has reported to a halfway house in Chicago after spending more than five years in federal prison for corruption.
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Updated 11:33 a.m. to show that Ryan left the halfway house.

Attorney Jim Thompson says Ryan was released from the halfway house a short time after arriving there. Thompson, also a former Illinois governor, traveled with Ryan to his home in Kankakee, where he will remain in home confinement.

Speaking from Ryan's living room, Thompson said Ryan was beaming and surrounded by his smiling grandchildren.

Original story:

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has been released from federal prison in Indiana - but is not yet totally free.

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underage drinking
8:50 am
Sat December 29, 2012

New Penalties For Illinois Parents Who Allow Underage Drinking

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A new law taking effect January 1 in Illinois adds more penalties for  adults who host parties in their home with underage drinking.

The state's current social responsibility law allows those parents to be sued for allowing teenagers to drink. The changes make it a Class A misdemeanor for parents to host such a gathering. Fines will be at least $500. If the underage drinking results in injury or death, it becomes a Class 4 felony. 

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Concealed carry
12:36 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Federal Court Throws Out Illinois Ban On Concealed Carry Of Guns

A federal appeals court has given Illinois 180 days to come up with a law allowing gun owners to carry them in public.
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Updated with comments from Illinois officials. Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.

Illinois is the only state in the union that bans the concealed carrying of guns.

A ruling today from a federal appeals court may change all that.

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Immigrants driver's licenses
8:25 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Illinois Officials Push For Illegal Immigrant Driver's Licenses

Governor Pat Quinn is among the politicians calling for illegal immigrants in Illinois to get driver's licenses.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 3 p.m. to include comments from Cullerton and Edgar comments. Tony Arnold contributed reporting from Chicago, and Brian Mackey from Springfield, Ill.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he wants to pass a bill out of the Senate next week to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. And Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign the legislation, if it lands on his desk.

Quinn and Cullerton attended a bipartisan news conference Tuesday that included former Gov. Jim Edgar and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, both Republicans.

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Video gaming
12:16 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Illinois Video Gambling Brings In $346,000

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A new report shows that Illinois' fledgling video gambling industry brought in more than $346,000 in revenue for the state in October.

The Illinois Gaming Board's monthly report shows that the state's October take came from nearly $18 million in wagers at 714 machines across Illinois.  Local governments where the gambling is offered got nearly $70,000.

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Open Data
9:51 am
Sun October 21, 2012

Illinois Making More Public Data Available Online

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The Illinois state government is seeking to make more local and state data available online and is challenging entrepreneurs to create applications with the information that will serve the public.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the Illinois Open Technology Challenge on Saturday and said it would start on a pilot basis in four communities around the state: Belleville, Champaign, Rockford and Chicago's south suburbs.

The governor said the project would increase transparency at the local level and create jobs.

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