illinois

Business
4:26 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Energy Electric Inc. to lay off 44

Joppa Illinois' coal-fired power plant will shed nearly four dozen jobs in the next two months. Energy Electric Inc. President Bill Sheppard says 19 of the 44 job cuts will be management personnel. 

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Government
8:41 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Illinois Housing Grants

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Illinois will receive more than $7 million in federal housing grants to improve local communities by providing shelter and affordable housing. 

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Illinois Civil Unions
2:02 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Report Highlights Troubles for Illinois Same-Sex Couples

An advocacy group says many same-sex Illinois couples in civil unions have trouble filing joint taxes, getting health benefits for their partners and adopting. 

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Government
11:07 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Gambling expansion goes to Illinois governor

Illinois lawmakers have again approved a massive gambling-expansion plan.  The Senate voted 30-26 yesterday in favor of a proposal that creates five new casinos, a land-based site in Chicago and four more riverboat casinos. 

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Government
11:07 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Pension cuts postponed in Illinois Legislature

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The top Republican in the Illinois House says he’s shelving legislation to rein in ballooning government pension costs.  

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Business
3:34 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Oil-Dri Layoffs

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Residents of Mounds, Illinois are coming to terms with an announcement Wednesday that the Oil-Dri plant is slashing its workforce in half. 

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Government
9:37 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Illinois could lift donation caps in 'super PAC' races

The Illinois House has approved a plan to drop campaign-donation limits in races where super PACs jump in with big money. 

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Government
9:35 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Top House leaders face off over budget, pensions

The top Democrat and top Republican in the Illinois House traded jabs yesterday in a heated confrontation over state budget issues. 

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Education
9:31 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Madigan drops effort to shift pension costs

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's dropping his proposal to make state schools and colleges pay employee retirement costs.  

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Government
4:08 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Illinois Health Insurance Exchange Possible

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn may use an executive order to establish a health insurance exchange in his state. Quinn adviser Michael Gelder looming federal deadlines leave Quinn two choices: calling a special session or issuing an executive order. Illinois Republicans say an executive order would be inappropriate, especially before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Only New York and Rhode Island have previously established exchanges by executive order.

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