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Government
4:43 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

$7M Announced for Ill. Non-Violent Offender Program

Illinois officials say the $7 million announced for efforts to move incarcerated non-violent offenders into community-based programs comes from the state's general revenue fund.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Sunday, saying community programs save money and are shown to produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders.

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Government
7:08 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Quinn Travels IL Announcing Grants And Refunds

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn took part in his second tour around the state this week signing legislation refunding money to taxpayers and announcing capital investments.

Quinn began his day by signing legislation in East Alton that returned more than $8 million dollars from a now defunct hospital to property owners in southwest Illinois.

In Springfield the Quinn announced a capital investment to expand the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.

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Environment
7:11 am
Tue November 5, 2013

IL Rains Helping Soil Recovery

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Illinois' state climatologist says late-October rains helped restore soil moisture after three exceptionally dry months.

Climatologist Jim Angel says a near-normal 3 point 2 inches of precipitation fell in October, most of it in the last few days of the month.

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Politics
9:13 am
Tue October 29, 2013

IL Lawmakers Promote Survey And Budgeting Model

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Two Illinois state senators say they want "partisan bickering" over the state's budget to be put aside.

Democrat Dan Kotowski and Republican Pam Althoff are holding a news conference today in Chicago to announce the findings of a study on what Illinois taxpayers' want.

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Government
4:18 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Topinka Unveils New Financial Records Database

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Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has launched a public database that puts local government financial information and tens of thousands of other records online.

Topinka's office is calling the database "The Warehouse" and says it will include information from  counties, municipalities and special taxing districts across Illinois.

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Politics
7:36 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Thousands Expected At Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Rally

Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in today's "March on Springfield." The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

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Government
6:18 am
Wed October 16, 2013

IL Treasurer Monitoring Debt Crises

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Illinois' treasurer says he's monitoring the debt ceiling showdown in Washington and the impact it could have on the state's finances.

Members of Congress continued late Tuesday to search for deal that would allow raising the country's cap to borrow more money in order to pay its bills.

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Government
10:42 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government shutdown worries IL retirees, workers

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The federal government's partial shutdown is worrying some Illinois government workers and retirees involved in a state audit.  Workers in four state health insurance programs need Internal Revenue Service documents to meet a late October deadline proving their dependents should still be eligible for coverage. But the shutdown means the IRS isn’t providing the documentation. 

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Same-Sex marriage
6:09 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Military Veterans Join IL Push For Gay Marriage

Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. A group called "Veterans Unite for Marriage" is pressing the Illinois House to OK same-sex marriage during the legislative session that begins later this month.

Federal benefits are available to spouses of gay service members, but only if their marriages are recognized in their home states.

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Government
2:26 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Kentucky Law Enforcement Reacts To Illinois Marijuana Law

Illinois' legalization of medicinal marijuana takes effect January 1st and sets up a 4-year pilot program for state-run dispensaries and cultivation centers. While Illinois is predicted to enact some of the strictest regulations in the nation, law enforcement officials and prosecutors from neighboring states worry about transport of the drug over state lines. 

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