illinois

Government
3:59 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Quinn supports gay marriage

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’ll work with legislators to allow gay marriage in the state. Quinn helped get civil unions approved in legislature last year and now doesn’t want to wait for the courts to act first. Quinn’s push for what he calls “marriage equality” comes after President Obama endorsed civil unions last week.

Government
4:07 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Illinois Tuition Waiver Oversight Moves to Legislature

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An Illinois Senate education committee has approved a measure to end the controversial legislative scholarship program. The measure creates a task force to study all state university tuition waivers. The existing program allows lawmakers to award two students in their district a four-year tuition waiver to a state university. The measure came under fire after reports that lawmakers have given awards to relatives, children of political allies or students outside their district.

Society
6:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Panel Votes Against Closing Supermax Prison

The only super-maximum security prison in Illinois may not close after all. An Illinois panel voted Tuesday against closing the Tamms Correctional Center and other prisons.

The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability voted 7 to 3 against the closure. Republican Representative Mike Tryon was among those who voted no. He said he couldn’t support closing prisons without a plan for what to do with the structures.

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Education
4:41 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

IL Schools May Charge for Bus Rides

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Illinois Education officials are considering a proposal to let schools stop offering free bus service as another way to cope with the state's budget crisis. In legislation that may be offered this week, the State Board of Education could ask to either get rid of the buses or charge for carrying students each day. The change would be part of a new system for distributing state money for student transportation. The Illinois Association of School Boards says transportation spending has been slashed 42% since 2010.

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

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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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