Illinois

End is near for legislative scholarships

May 22, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn says he plans to sign the measure sent to him by Illinois lawmakers. The bill would eliminate the controversial perk.

Around Illinois – May 21

May 21, 2012

  • Korean shellfish considered “tainted
  • “Biondo bill” is put on the shelf – for now
  • Rockford Parks police vote yes for union
  • Shimkus aide wins 13th District ballot spot
  • Polish president honors governor, Guard members

State unemployment falls to 8.7% -- lowest since 2009

May 17, 2012

The April unemployment rate in Illinois fell for the eighth consecutive month to reach8.7 percent, according to federal and state preliminary data released today.

The last time the unemployment rate was below 8.7 percent was February 2009, when it was 8.5 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Around Illinois – May 17

May 17, 2012

  • Next Sheley trial postponed to September
  • Illinois gets $150,000 of Skechers settlement
  • Cities don’t want to fund teacher pensions
  • Library begins offering e-readers
  • Restoring child-care funds advances
  • Cites gain in electricity savings
  • Schilling makes good use of perk he slammed

Minimum wage debate resurfaces in Illinois

May 17, 2012

Senate plan would eventually raise the state wage to $10.55. Critics say the plan would put a squeeze on business owners.

Illinois is in the process of bolstering requirements for teacher evaluations. The changes come amid a national discussion about separating guidelines for evaluating special-education teachers.

DeKalb County treasurer predicts additional rate increases and lower assessments for the next couple of taxing cycles.

Pat Quinn gets behind the idea of allowing gay marriage in Illinois. The Democrat says he'll work with state lawmakers to make it a reality.

The Illinois  Senate approved the measure Thursday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law.

Around Illinois – May 9

May 9, 2012

  • Iowa plane crash hero dies
  • Should multi-ride passes be “forever”?
  • Area schools share “Race to the Top” funds
  • Rahm’s first capitol visit seeks pension help
  • Lawmakers form Asian-American caucus
  • House votes to retain Auditor-General

Around Illinois -- May 8

May 8, 2012

  • Illinois universities get nuclear energy grants
  • Democrat will seek DeKalb State’s Attorney job
  • What should state retirees pay for health insurance?
  • How long should juveniles be on probation?
  • At 14, she’s still not the youngest graduate
  • The state line that might have been

A recent audit says Illinois' gun owner registration program creates public safety issues.  But Republican Representative Jim Durkin doesn't expect the legislature to intervene anytime soon. 

Around Illinois -- May 7

May 7, 2012

  • TV show helps nab Ponzi-scheme pair
  • High-speed rail study will move forward
  • Tollway project will link two interstates
  • Will free roads become tollways?
  • State Fair prices on the rise
  • Bank of America to face local protest

A constitutional amendment for Illinois will appear on the November ballot. The proposed change has to do with increasing pension benefits for public workers.

The Illinois Supreme Court's decision to add these two northern Illinois counties to its cameras in courts program is being viewed as a stepping stone for the effort. 

A pair of separate reports criticized proposed cuts to Illinois' Medicaid program.  Governor Pat Quinn wants to reduce program spending by $2-billion dollars, and raise cigarette taxes to close the rest of the Medicaid budget shortfall.

Around Illinois – April 25

Apr 25, 2012

  • More high school math supported
  • Poll sees gaming as a good bet
  • A test for chlorine safety in Rockford
  • Church installs solar panels
  • Did owners keep workers' health, retirement funds?

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Stroke Rehabilitation

 

Senator Mark Kirk is “mentally sharp” and keeping up with global issues during daily meetings with his staff. That’s according to the director of the stroke rehabilitation center where the 52-year-old Republican has been since February.

An emerging car market presents governmental bodies with the potential need to provide the necessary infrastructure.  But, is there enough demand yet for public investment of charging stations? 

State 'multiplies' Winnebago Co. taxes

Apr 20, 2012

Winnebago County non-farm taxpayers are getting a bit of a kick from the State of Illinois annual review of property assessments. 

Illinois House Approves Constitutional Amendment

Apr 19, 2012

 

A proposed constitutional amendment on pension laws continues to advance in the Illinois legislature. 

Bureau County Republican

 

The name of a waterway in northern Illinois is stirring up emotions about racial progress. 

Early Voting in Illinois

Feb 27, 2012

 

Early voting for Illinois’ March 20th primary is underway. 

Governor Pat Quinn delivered his State Budget Address Wednesday, announcing “today, our rendezvous with reality has arrived.”

Local Governments Increase Collection Efforts

Feb 21, 2012

 

Local governments in Illinois are stepping up their efforts to collect unpaid fines. 

Senator Mark Kirk is alert and talking, according to doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Illinois' junior Senator's condition has been upgraded to "fair," more than a week after he suffered a major stroke.

Wind Energy in Illinois

Jan 12, 2012

Illinois' wind energy industry isn't showing signs of slowing down.  But, like other growing industries, it faces a variety of challenges.

Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 years

Dec 7, 2011

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

Blagojevich spent about twenty minutes on the stand this morning during his sentencing, making his case for leniency from Judge James Zagel. He apologized to his family and the people of Illinois, although he said he had no intention of breaking the law.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of 15 to 20 years for Blagojevich.

Enthusiasm for backyard chicken coops

Nov 23, 2011

An urban setting might not seem like the typical place where fresh eggs are produced.  But, the movement for backyard chicken coops is spreading.

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