Amanda Vinicky

Illinois Statehouse Bureau Chief

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Not Satisfied with Overhaul
2:23 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Lawmaker Pushing for More Worker Comp Changes

Dwight Kay
Credit Illinois General Assembly website

Illinois is seeing results in changes the state made a couple years ago to its workers compensation system.  But a Republican lawmaker said it's still not enough.

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Jim Durkin
6:42 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Illinois House GOP Gets New Leader

Jim Durkin and Raymond Poe presented a united front after the closed-door caucus meeting.
Credit Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio

After plenty of squabbles, negotiating, and even name-calling, it took less than an hour for House Republicans to elect Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs as their new leader.

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New Illinois Law
2:22 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Making Publicly Funded Research Available to the Public

The Illinois Capitol building

A new law asks Illinois' public universities to consider making their research available for free, but it does not require it. 

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IDPH Aide Indicted
6:21 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

More Corruption in Illinois Government

James Lewis, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.
Credit Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio

A one-time top aide in the Illinois Department of Public Health has been indicted for bribery and taking kickbacks.

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State Audit
2:09 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Computers Missing from Illinois Prisons

Credit Rich Egger

Illinois' auditor has found that the state's prison systems have lost 240 computers.

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Spring Storm Damage
1:28 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Story Update: FEMA Deadline Extended

Flooding in Macomb
Credit Scott Stuntz

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for applying for recovery assistance from this spring’s flooding in Illinois.

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New Illinois Law
5:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Concealed Carry & Assault Weapons

Credit Bloomberg.com

It could be months before anyone can actually bring a gun outside the home in Illinois under the state’s new concealed carry law.

But a separate provision of the law has already taken effect.  Beginning this weekend, communities will no longer have the ability to enact restrictions on assault weapons.

The law legislators passed for July 9 gave communities ten days to place local limits on the sale, possession, and transport of so-called “assault weapons.” 

Nicole Chen called that “ludicrous” and a decision that shouldn’t be left to the state.

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Illinois Politics
6:13 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Madigan Won’t Run for Governor

Lisa Madigan
Credit knox.edu

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she will not seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Dissatisfied with Concealed Carry Law
2:50 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Gun Group Takes Legal Action Against Illinois

The Illinois State Rifle Association said the concealed carry law approved by Illinois lawmakers Tuesday is not good enough.

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