illinois

Government
8:03 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Federal Disaster Act

Illinois' U.S. Senators are backing federal legislation they say would bring consistency and fairness to how communities hit by natural disasters are chosen for federal relief. The Fairness Federal Disaster Declarations Act comes after Harrisburg and other southern Illinois communities were denied federal aid after being devastated by tornadoes on February 29th.

Illinois
8:32 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Coroner: 2 Women Dead after Car Submerges in Lake

www.ci.carbondale.il.us

Jackson County, Illinois officials say two women are dead after their car submerged in a lake near Carbondale.  The coroner’s office says the accident happened just after 3 a.m.

Morning Cram
8:35 am
Mon April 2, 2012

the morning cram [the more things change, the more they stay the same edition]

Library of Congress

Three score and 12 years ago, America was in a very different place — economically and culturally. The National Archives has released detailed data from the 1940 census, giving us an idea of how much — or how little — things have really changed.

NPR reports the public will have the chance to pick through more than 3.8 million digital images of census schedules, maps and other data from 72 years ago.

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Online Dating
7:54 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Illinois Bill Aims to Make Online Dating Safer

Illinois state lawmakers are trying to make it safer for people to use online dating sites.  Legislation aiming to do that passed the House last week.  It would require Internet dating services operating in the state to post disclaimers saying whether they conduct background checks on their members.  The measure is sponsored by Democratic state Representative Michelle Mussman.  She says she wants to help Internet users "become more savvy" and protect themselves from online predators.  Opponents say the bill overreaches.

Government
7:21 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits

Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.  The measure requires cutting Medicaid by $2.7 billion, or about 14 percent. Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.  The House approved it 91-16 yesterday. Now it goes to the state Senate.  The measure calls for paying about $1.3 billion in overdue bills, or about 16 percent of the backlog.  It also increases the state's annual contribution to government retirement systems.  Democratic Rep.

Morning Cram
8:39 am
Mon March 26, 2012

the morning cram [are we there yet? edition]

NPR reports the Supreme Court  begins the first of three days of oral arguments on President Obama's health care law today. The court has boiled the arguments down to four key questions. First up: Does the court even have to hear this case right now?

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Drug Cuts
8:12 am
Mon March 26, 2012

IL Considers Drug Cuts

Illinois lawmakers looking for ways to cut expenses in the state’s Medicaid program may consider the big-ticket cost of prescription drugs as a tempting target. Prescriptions cost the Illinois Medicaid program more than $1 billion a year. Medicaid covers drugs for a wide variety of illnesses, from asthma to schizophrenia, for the poor and disabled. Legislators are looking at other states for ideas. Tennessee, for example, limits adults to five prescriptions each month.

Government
9:21 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Quinn: FEMA denies Illinois appeal for assistance

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's appeal for assistance after a deadly late February tornado and severe storms in southern Illinois.  Quinn says he is disappointed with the decision and doesn't believe "it reflects the reality and devastation on the ground." Hundreds of homes in five southern Illinois counties were damaged or destroyed by storms that killed seven people in Harrisburg.  Quinn says the state is submitting a request to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest loans.

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IL Church Repaid for Aid
8:20 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Illinois Church Gave Hurricane Aid in '05, Gets Tornado Aid

Organizers of a southwest Louisiana drive to help tornado-stricken Harrisburg, Illinois, says four pickup-and-trailer loads of goods delivered over the weekend are just a partial return for help after Hurricane Rita in 2005.  Phil Thibodeaux of Lake Arthur says a tractor-trailer load of supplies will probably leave nearby Lake Charles about midweek, and Lafayette-area residents are also collecting a lot of goods.  Strong storms and a tornado hit Harrisburg Wednesday, killing six people and injuring about 100.  Thibodeaux says the relationship between the two communities began when Lake Arth

Government
8:28 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Quinn Asks for Federal Assistance

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has asked federal emergency officials for recovery help after Wednesday’s deadly tornado struck Harrisburg. Quinn says he asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with damage assessments. Those assessments begin Monday and will provide documentation needed to support requests for federal assistance.  The assessments are expected by the end of next week.  They will include Massac, Saline and Union counties. Quinn already has issued a state disaster proclamation for southern Illinois.

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