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Governor Hopefuls Rip Each Other on Hiring, Taxes
Friday, August 29, 2014 11:45 AM
The candidates for Illinois governor are sharpening their attacks on each other as they head into the Labor Day weekend. Republican Bruce Rauner on Thursday called Gov. Pat Quinn's efforts to address improper political hiring "a charade." He says dozens of people who got jobs because of their political connections still work for the state. Quinn fired back that the wealthy ...
Illinois Women Charged with Cooking Meth in Church
Thursday, August 28, 2014 1:25 PM
Illinois authorities have charged two women with cooking methamphetamine in a rural Hillsboro church. The State Journal-Register reports 53-year-old Judith Hemken of Litchfield and 26-year-old Tiffany Burton of Hillsboro were charged with participating in manufacturing meth in a church Wednesday. They could each face nine to 40 years in prison if convicted. Undersheriff Rick Robbins ...
Injunction Ends Retiree Premium Hike
Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:00 PM
A Sangamon County judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Illinois from collecting higher health care insurance premiums from retired state employees. In a 6-to-1 ruling in July, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision allowing the state to require retirees to pay for a portion of their own health care. The court said state-subsidized health insurance is a ...
Quinn: State Needs to Invest in Agriculture
Thursday, August 28, 2014 3:00 AM
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he plans to invest more in the state Department of Agriculture. The Chicago Democrat is making a tough, nationally watched election bid against Republican Bruce Rauner of Winnetka. Quinn at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau blasted Rauner's pledge to roll back the state's income tax which is set to expire at the end ...
Oberweis Wants to Debate Durbin More Than Once
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:04 AM
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis is pushing U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to participate in more debates by releasing emails detailing campaign negotiations over venues. Oberweis wants seven before Nov. 4. His campaign accused Durbin Wednesday of limiting free speech, saying Durbin only agreed to one. Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and ...
Quinn Signs Law To Study Industrial Hemp
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:00 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law allowing universities and the Illinois Department of Agriculture to create a program to study industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is in the same species as marijuana but has a negligible amount of marijuana's active ingredient. Hemp can be used in the production of plastics, fuel, textiles and food. The Illinois law says an ...
Suit Claims Misrepresentation by Energy Provider
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:18 PM
A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of residents of an Illinois town, alleging that consultants gave bad advice regarding the city's involvement with the Prairie State Energy Campus, the same electricity source used by Kentucky customers in Paducah and Princeton. Michael Childress, an attorney at Childress Duffy, Ltd. said residents of Batavia have been financially harmed due to ...
Christie Stumps for Illinois GOP Rauner
Monday, August 25, 2014 1:00 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is questioning the motivation behind Illinois' new same-day voter registration and the state's certified ballot as he campaigns for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. Christie is Republican Governors Association chairman. He stopped at Rauner's Chicago campaign headquarters Monday and was to attend fundraisers. Christie scrutinized the ...
Quinn Campaign Touts High-tech Approach
Monday, August 25, 2014 2:00 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign says it has "revolutionized'' the way the governor's race is being executed with a high-tech approach. The Chicago Democrat's campaign has hired a digital director who worked on President Barack Obama's re-election and Organizing for Action. The Chicago Sun-Times reported in a story published Sunday that Christopher Hass oversees a team of nine people. He ...
Illinois DNR Getting $1.7M Grant on Recreation
Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:32 PM
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has announced it will receive more than $1.7 million to expand the Illinois Recreational Access Program. The department says it will use the $1.74 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide additional hunting, fishing, boating and birding opportunities for children and families. The department's Illinois ...
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