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Illinois Retirement
7:21 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Illinois deemed worst state for retirees by survey

This celebratory tiara was given to Dori Gates at her retirement party after working for 30+ years at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. If Gates lived in Illinois, she'd be living in a state deemed "worst" for retirees. (Via Flickr/ stevendepolo)

The website "TopRetirements.com" mentioned 10 states that retirees should avoid based on fiscal health, taxation and climate.  Topping the list? Illinois. 


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Fallen Heroes
5:24 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Bethalto Marine Corzine dies in Afghanistan

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. The memorial was erected to honor all marines who have died in defense of the United States. (via Flickr/ jimbowen0306)

An Illinois Marine has died from wounds he received while fighting in Afghanistan, the Associated Press reports.

The Department of Defense said Monday that 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Kenneth Corzine of Bethalto died on Friday, or Christmas Eve, from wounds he suffered Dec. 5 during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Corzine was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Bethalto is about 25 miles northeast of St. Louis, Mo.

2010 Census Data
4:26 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

MO, IL lose seats in Congress, St. Louis districts suspected targets for reapportionment

Mo. State Rep. John Diehl at today’s press conference in the Mo. House Lounge at the State Capitol. Diehl chairs the Missouri state reapportionment committee. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio).

UPDATED: 4:09 p.m. Dec. 21, 2010, with information about reapportionment of Missouri congressional districts.

There’s already speculation that the Republican-dominated Missouri House and Senate will target the St. Louis-area districts held by Democrats Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan.  But GOP House Member John Diehl, who chairs that chamber’s reapportionment committee, downplayed that possibility before reporters at the State Capitol.

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U.S. Census Data
9:23 am
Mon December 20, 2010

New Census numbers could mean bad news for Missouri, Illinois

A 2010 Census outreach event in July of 2010. New Census data will be released tomorrow which could result in fewer legislative seats for Missouri and Illinois. (Flickr Creative Commons User jennaddenda)

New 2010 U.S. Census figures will be released tomorrow.  And that could be bad news for the St. Louis region.

Some experts say the state is just shy of the population it would need to retain all nine of its seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Washington University political science professor Steven Smith says it would be "a substantial loss" for Missouri's influence on Capitol Hill.

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Death of Springfield, Ill. Mayor
10:59 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Springfield, Ill. mayor found shot dead in home, investigation underway

Springfield, Ill. mayor Tim Davlin speaking at the Capital City Bicentennial Celebration in 2009. Davlin was found shot to death in his home today.
(Flickr Creative Commons User aka Kath)

UPDATED 2:54 p.m. Dec. 15:

According to a news release from the Sangamon county Coroner's Office Davlin died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

UPDATED 4:20 p.m. Dec. 14:

In a press release, the Illinois State Police announced that they have been asked by the Springfield Police Department to conduct an investigation into Davlin's death. The Illinois State Police will also be performing the autopsy on Dec. 15.

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High-Speed Rail
4:06 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Illinois gets high-speed rail money when Ohio, Wisconsin pass

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Illinois is set to get millions of dollars for high-speed rail projects that were supposed to go to two other states. But that news may not be as good as it sounds.

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Unemployment
5:05 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Unemployment numbers released for St. Louis

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released data today about the state of unemployment over the past year for the St. Louis Mo.-Ill metropolitan area. We have some of the highlights for you:

  • St. Louis Mo.-Ill. registered an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in October 2010 (not seasonally adjusted).
  • Nationally, the unemployment rate was 9.0 percent in October 2010, not seasonally adjusted.
  • Employment rose in St. Louis at a rate of 0.1 percent, but not as much as it did nationally, 0.5 percent.

So who was getting hired?

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Law
1:59 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

Ill. Senate approves civil unions for gay couples

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

The Associated Press is reporting that the Illinois Senate has approved civil unions for gay couples.  Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign the measure.

Here's more information from the AP (as of 2:10 p.m.):

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Obama pledges support for Israel
11:00 pm
Mon June 2, 2008

Obama pledges support for Israel

Delivering his first speech since claiming the Democratic
presidential nomination Tuesday night, Sen Barack Obama pledged strong support for Israel, calling Iran the greatest threat to peace in the region.

Obama vowed that, if elected, he "will do everything in my power" to
prevent the Tehran government from obtaining nuclear weapons.

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Death penalty: Moratorium is still needed
11:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2008

Death penalty: Moratorium is still needed

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling rejecting the argument that lethal
injection is inhumane allowed some states to resume executions, but it
only addresses a small sliver of the controversy. Justice Stevens went
on record stating that the practice of capital punishment might very
well be unconstitutional.

 

about the author

Kira Hudson Banks, PhD, grew
up in Edwardsville and is assistant professor of psychology at Illinois
Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.

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