The Associated Press http://wuis.org en Blues Musician With Local Ties Shot Dead http://wuis.org/post/blues-musician-local-ties-shot-dead <p>A Chicago blues guitarist who regularly performed in Springfield has been shot and killed.</p><p>Chicago police say officers found 41-year-old Eric "Guitar" Davis shot multiple times inside a vehicle in the South Shore neighborhood on Thursday morning.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1jpCo3U" style="line-height: 1.5;">Chicago Sun-Times reports</a> that Davis had spent the previous evening hanging out at a North Side blues bar called Kingston Mines.</p><p>Davis played with a group called the Troublemakers and was a fixture on Chicago's blues scene.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:41:54 +0000 The Associated Press & Brian Mackey 15474 at http://wuis.org Blues Musician With Local Ties Shot Dead Both Sides In Same Sex Marriage Debate Gathering In Springfield http://wuis.org/post/both-sides-same-sex-marriage-debate-gathering-springfield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Supporters are planning a march and rally in Springfield on Tuesday, the first day of the Legislature's fall session. Gov. Pat Quinn and other lawmakers who support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage are expected to participate. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:29:11 +0000 The Associated Press 11399 at http://wuis.org Both Sides In Same Sex Marriage Debate Gathering In Springfield Court Rejects Latest Quinn Effort To Withhold Lawmakers' Pay http://wuis.org/post/court-rejects-latest-quinn-effort-withhold-lawmakers-pay <p>A state appellate court has denied Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s request to withhold lawmakers&#39; pay while he appeals a ruling that his veto of legislative salaries was unconstitutional.<br />&nbsp;<br />Quinn vetoed $13.1 million for lawmaker pay in July as a consequence of the Legislature not addressing Illinois&#39; nearly $100 billion pension shortfall.<br />&nbsp;<br />House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued, saying the veto was unconstitutional.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:32:36 +0000 The Associated Press 9828 at http://wuis.org Court Rejects Latest Quinn Effort To Withhold Lawmakers' Pay UIUC Student Killed Near Campus http://wuis.org/post/uiuc-student-killed-near-campus <p>Police in Urbana say a University of Illinois student has been killed in her apartment a few blocks north of the campus.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lt. Bryant </span>Seraphin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://bit.ly/18w8Rw0">tells</a> The (Champaign) News-Gazette </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that officers were called shortly after 11 a.m. to the apartment complex. The university police issued alerts to students and faculty, but the campus was not locked down.</span></p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:15:33 +0000 The Associated Press 9820 at http://wuis.org Governor To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill http://wuis.org/post/governor-sign-medical-marijuana-bill <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation making the state the 20th in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana.</p><p>His remarks Thursday will focus on providing relief to the seriously ill, including veterans.</p><p>The Chicago Democrat will also tout the legislation's strict standards, which experts say are among the nation's toughest. That's according to a copy of details obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:12:20 +0000 The Associated Press 6582 at http://wuis.org Governor To Sign Medical Marijuana Bill Stanley Cup Comes To Springfield http://wuis.org/post/stanley-cup-comes-springfield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Stanley Cup&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">made an appearance at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Monday morning, &nbsp;just weeks after the Blackhawks won it for the second time in four seasons.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was an event for invited guests, including politicians and military personnel. Team chairman Rocky&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wirtz</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;was also on hand.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 04:15:09 +0000 The Associated Press & Brian Mackey 6467 at http://wuis.org Stanley Cup Comes To Springfield Metra CEO Memo Reveals More Madigan Involvement http://wuis.org/post/metra-ceo-memo-reveals-more-madigan-involvement <p>A memo by the former CEO of the Metra commuter rail service contends that Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan lobbied not only for a pay raise for an associate at the agency, but also sought employment for another person.</p><p>The memo by Alex Clifford was cited Thursday at a contentious legislative committee hearing on Clifford's resignation and a $718,000 separation agreement.</p><p>Clifford says in the memo that he was told before his ouster that he had damaged Metra and its future funding "by my refusal to accede to Speaker Madigan's requests."</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:57:26 +0000 The Associated Press 5670 at http://wuis.org Metra CEO Memo Reveals More Madigan Involvement Brady Announces Third Bid For Governor http://wuis.org/post/brady-announces-third-bid-governor <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Sen. </span><span class="s1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span class="s1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Brady</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on Wednesday formally announced a third bid to be the governor of Illinois.</span></p><p class="p1">The Bloomington Republican says he isn't giving up on Illinois despite the state's serious fiscal challenges. He also says he'll veto any attempt the extend the 2011 tax increase, which is scheduled to begin rolling back in 2015.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press & Brian Mackey 4873 at http://wuis.org Brady Announces Third Bid For Governor Sexual Assault Of Child Sparks Protests In India's Capital http://wuis.org/post/sexual-assault-child-sparks-protests-indias-capital A 5-year-old girl was in serious condition Saturday after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in India's capital for two days, officials said.<p>The girl went missing Monday and was found Wednesday by neighbors who heard her crying in a room in the same New Delhi building where she lives with her parents, said Delhi police official Deepak Mishra. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 1459 at http://wuis.org Sexual Assault Of Child Sparks Protests In India's Capital