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Illinois Prisons
9:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

In Illinois Legislature, A Culture Change On Criminal Sentencing

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:26 am

Not long ago, it seemed every time a different type of crime started making the news, members of the Illinois General Assembly would rush to increase the penalty for that offense. But today — with prisons stuffed beyond capacity and state finances ailing — lawmakers have begun taking a more deliberate approach. Brian Mackey reports on a criminal sentencing culture change in the Illinois General Assembly.

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Started Almost a Year Ago
9:57 am
Wed July 9, 2014

WIU Art Labeling Project Almost Complete

Sculpture in front of Hainline Theatre.
Credit Frannie Smith

Retired Western Illinois University professor  Gil Belles is patiently waiting for the completion of his campus art labeling project.

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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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State Grant
6:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Monmouth Plans Improvements for Citizen's Lake

Citzen's lake
Credit TSPR's Emily Boyer

Monmouth will know by the end of the year if it has received a $400,000 state grant.

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Disaster Aid
8:16 am
Tue July 8, 2014

More State Money Coming For Tornado Relief

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 5:44 am

More money is on the way for Illinois communities devastated by last fall's tornadoes. Officials are making available more than $11 million dollars of state relief. Governor Pat Quinn announced the city of Washington is getting the majority of those funds. The community will use the money to repair streets and sidewalks. It's part of an overall package to help local governments recoup some of the costs associated with storm cleanup. That’s after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied assistance. 

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