Illinois

Illinois Gambling
8:17 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Quinn: Won't sign gambling bill for ethics law

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he won't sign a gambling expansion bill in exchange for a promise that legislators will pass an ethics measure in the fall.
 
Quinn made the comment Monday at a ceremony during which he signed a measure into law that expands a tax credit program for businesses that hire veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
The Legislature passed a bill earlier this year that would create five new casinos - a land-based site in Chicago and four more on riverboats.
 

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Illinois Law
2:47 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Aiding a fugitive relative? That's a felony in Ill. now

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A new Illinois law is supposed to make it harder for fugitives to give authorities the slip.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday that's designed to close a loophole in the state's criminal code that effectively exempts relatives from punishment if they aid a family member on the lam.

But the new law makes it a felony for immediate family members to help fugitives avoid arrest. A conviction could result in a maximum three-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine.

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Illinois State Budget
10:22 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Quinn changes mind on closing transition centers

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois officials say Gov. Pat Quinn has decided three state facilities helping former prison inmates transition into society will remain open, a reversal of plans to close them because of budget constraints.
 
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Stacey Solano said Monday the governor plans to keep the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center open. Kelly Kraft of Quinn's budget office also said the Peoria and Chicago's North Lawndale adult transition centers were also saved.

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Illinois State Budget
12:39 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signs budget that cuts school funding

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a state budget that cuts millions of dollars in school funding and public safety spending.

In one key change to the spending blueprint adopted by the General Assembly in May, Quinn vetoed financing for prisons he wants to close.
 
He announced plans Saturday to try to redirect those funds to the state agency charged with caring for neglected and abused children.

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Illinois Firefighters/Police
8:29 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Ill. law ensures police, others can do roadside charity

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Now, no one in Illinois can stop firefighters or police officers from collecting charitable donations on roads - even if they wanted to.

Under a new Illinois law, public safety officials can't be denied permits to collect money for charities from drivers along roadsides. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Friday and it takes effect immediately.

The governor's office says Illinois is the sixth state to adopt such a law. The others are Florida, Nebraska, Texas, California and North Carolina.

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Asian Carp
10:11 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Developers detail planned Asian carp-processing plant in Grafton, Ill.

Cleaning an Asian carp for food preparation.
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Updated 5:04 p.m. with more details.

The tiny riverfront community of Grafton, Ill. has announced plans to build a plant to process Asian carp culled from the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

The plant represents a $5.4 million joint venture between American Heartland Fish in Grafton, Falcon Protein, based in Alabama, and Wuhan Hui Chang Real Estate, a Chinese investment group.

Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says the new plant will provide a welcome influx of good paying jobs.

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Illinois Health Care
4:54 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Illinois bill would require free care for low-income patients at hospitals

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Illinois hospitals would be required to provide free care to some low-income people under a bill passed by the Legislature and headed to the governor's desk.

Urban hospitals would have to provide free treatment to patients with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

That's about $46,000 for a family of four.

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Illinois Medicaid
6:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Ill. General Assembly sends Medicaid cuts to Gov. Quinn

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Updated 5:25 a.m. Friday with final vote information. Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey was used in this story.

Just before 7 p.m. Thursday, the Illinois Senate approved the cuts by a vote of 44-13.

African-American lawmakers continued their opposition to the cuts, saying they fall disproportionately on their constituents.

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Illinois Eavesdropping Law
12:16 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Federal court blocks Ill. eavesdropping law

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A federal court in Chicago has granted a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of Illinois' controversial eavesdropping law.

(Read the full ruling here)

The law makes it a felony to make an audio recording of a conversation unless all parties agree and sets out a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison. With the NATO summit coming to Chicago this month, activists had feared protesters and bloggers could run afoul of the law if they used smartphones or video cameras to record police responding to protests.

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Morning roundup
8:21 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Morning Headlines - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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Mo. House, Senate push for elimination of Sue Shear Institute

The Missouri House has approved legislation that would strip state funding from an institute that trains women for careers in politics.

The Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life is located at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and bills itself non-partisan. Its detractors, however, argue the Institute caters to Democrats - a characterization that Springfield Democrat Sara Lampe strongly disputes.

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