Illinois

Elections 2014
5:50 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Rauner Declares Victory, But Quinn Won't Concede

Bruce Rauner speaks to a gathering of Republicans at the Illinois State Fair in this August 2013 file photo.

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:38 am

Republican investor Bruce Rauner will be the next governor of Illinois — probably. He declared victory over incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and is up by five percentage points, but the Democrat is refusing to concede.

Rauner made hundreds of millions of dollars as a private equity investor. Lately, though, he’s been investing in himself — spending $27 million of his vast fortune on a quest to become governor of Illinois.

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Election 2014
2:23 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Major Illinois Races Neck and Neck

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner debate early this month. Polls indicate a close race.
Credit Illinois Public Radio

Two major races in Illinois are going down to the wire.

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Illinois Election
3:36 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Absentee Voting? Here Are The Details

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 10:53 am

Applications for absentee voting begin today. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, the first day for mailing-in absentee votes for the fall election is September 25th. Absentee voting forms must be postmarked by midnight on November 3, 2014.

Find out if you qualify for absentee voting here.

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Hydraulic Fracturing
9:58 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Business, Labor Leaders Urge Quinn Administration To Finish Fracking Rules

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:18 pm

  Business and labor leaders are urging Illinois' Department of Natural Resources to finish the rules for hydraulic fracturing. The coalition says it's left wondering if the governor's administration might be dragging the process for political reasons.

It's been over 400 days since the General Assembly passed a law to allow hydraulic fracturing in Illinois. Proponents say the technique of drilling for natural gas deep in the ground will lead to job and revenue growth.

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Concealed Carry
10:40 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Applicants Denied Concealed Carry Licenses Will Learn Why Under New Emergency Rules

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 6:47 am

  A year after Illinois legalized concealed carry, new rules are out to determine the process for deciding who can't carry a gun in public. The Illinois State Police issued the emergency rules Monday 7/14 afternoon.

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Illinois' Economy
11:46 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Illinois Tourism Sets Another Record

The Field Museum in Chicago is one of the state's most popular attractions.

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 8:04 am

There were more than 100 million visitors to Illinois in 2013. State agencies aim to grow those numbers more in the face of budget cuts. 

For the third year in a row, Illinois broke its own record for visitors to the state. In 2013, travelers spent $34.5 billion dollars in Illinois, according to the state's office of tourism.

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Illinois Medical Marijuana
12:27 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Medical Marijuana Zoning in Galesburg

Credit en.wikipedia.org

Galesburg city council members are reviewing new zoning rules that accommodate medical marijuana facilities.

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Revenue
11:43 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Illinois Ends Fiscal Year In The Black...Temporarily

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 5:18 am

The state took in over a billion dollars more in taxes than the prior year, thanks to an uptick in sales tax money.  Personal income tax revenue also rose , but the amount coming from corporate income taxes dropped. It's something Jim Muschinske, a budget forecaster for the state, said was predicted.

"That was not unexpected. In fact, we actually did better this fiscal year than what was initially assumed back when the budget was passed," Muschinske said.

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Minimum Wage Hike
9:35 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Assessing The Minimum Wage Landscape

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 5:04 am

Despite Democratic majorities and a push from the governor, Illinois' legislative session adjourned without a bump in the minimum wage.

Lawmakers settled for putting a non-binding question on the November ballot asking if that's something voters want.

Part of the problem was that legislators from downstate -- from both parties -- were against a hike.

Andrew Biggs says it doesn't make sense to make sense to have a national, or even statewide, minimum wage. Biggs is a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, a D.C. think tank that leans toward free enterprise.

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Illinois' Economy
10:19 am
Thu July 3, 2014

"Poaching" Not In Blueprint For Illinois Job Growth

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:37 am

Illinois' economy was slow to feel the effects of the Great Recession, and has been slow to recover from it. The state's Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is submitting a five-year plan to the General Assembly, with suggestions for business growth and more state spending.

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