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IL Lawmaker Wants Pumpkin to Be Official State Pie
Sunday, September 21, 2014 8:13 AM
Pumpkins are big business in Illinois. A state lawmaker has a sweet idea for making sure people know it: he wants to make pumpkin pie the official state pie. Republican state Rep. Keith Sommer introduced legislation to make the designation last month, in time to honor the yearly pumpkin festival which just took place in his hometown of Morton, in the heart of Illinois pumpkin country. "I ...
GOP's Rauner Gets Another $1M From Hedge Fund CEO
Saturday, September 20, 2014 7:33 PM
A Chicago hedge fund manager has donated another $1 million to GOP Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner, according to state campaign records. Citadel LLC founder and CEO Kenneth Griffin's donation was reported in records released Friday, bringing his total donations to Rauner to $4.58 million, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. That money includes cash or in-kind services since last year, ...
Illinois Farm Accidents Up From Last Year
Friday, September 19, 2014 11:25 PM
Farming claimed the lives of 21 people in Illinois from July 2013 through June, nearly double the number of deaths during the same period a year earlier, according to Bloomington-based Country Financial. There were only 12 farming-related deaths from July 2012 through June 2013. The highest farm death toll in recent years was in 2000, when 39 people died, Country Financial spokesman Chris ...
Quinn: No Pension 'Plan B' Before Court Ruling
Friday, September 19, 2014 7:15 PM
Amid signals that Illinois' pension overhaul could be found unconstitutional, Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan. The Chicago Democrat, who ``fervently'' believes the plan is constitutional, said in an Associated Press interview that he'd like to get feedback from the courts before proceeding despite Illinois' urgent financial ...
Rauner Ethics Plan Targets Lobbyists, Lawmakers
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:00 PM
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's plan for ethics reform released Wednesday includes a temporary ban on state officials becoming lobbyists and broadening recall powers, ideas government watchdog groups called a step in the right direction but difficult to implement. Rauner has made promises to fight corruption a theme in trying to unseat Gov. Pat Quinn. Calling the ...
IL Panel Delays Decision on Fracking Rules
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 5:16 PM
A legislative panel said Tuesday that it wants more time to decide whether rules written by the Department of Natural Resources to govern hydraulic fracturing in Illinois can take effect. The legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules received proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas extraction from the DNR on Aug. 29, after the agency reworded some rules based on more than 30,000 ...
Durbin Denies 'Bullying' Businesses Who Might Move
Monday, September 15, 2014 5:56 PM
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is unabashedly defending his name-calling and other attacks on Illinois businesses looking to locate their headquarters overseas. Durbin's opponent in the November election, Republican dairy entrepreneur and state Sen. Jim Oberweis, has called the Democrat's actions "bullying." He says it's the kind of anti-business behavior that's hampering Illinois' economic ...
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