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Election 2014
8:48 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Rauner Picks Running Mate

Evelyn Sanguinetti
Credit City of Wheaton website

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has selected Wheaton City Council member Evelyn Sanguinetti as his running mate.  
The businessman announced his choice Tuesday morning in a statement.  
Sanguinetti is a lawyer who was once an assistant attorney general in Illinois. She's the daughter of immigrants and was born in Florida.  
Rauner is the last 2014 Republican candidate in the race to name a lieutenant governor pick.  

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Education
8:36 am
Tue October 8, 2013

District 186 Board Talks Tax Hikes

Board President Chuck Flamini
Credit District 186

The Springfield public school board is on the hunt for more revenue. The latest idea is actually one that was tried before. Board vice president Adam Lopez says the district should push again for a one percent sales tax hike. While a parent's group wants a property tax referendum, Board President Chuck Flamini says raising the SALES tax would mean tourists and others coming in to the area to shop would contribute.

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Lincoln
8:20 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Tourism Dropoff In Springfield

Credit wikepedia

Springfield officials say they're worried the federal government's partial shutdown may cut into tourism.  
That's because Abraham Lincoln's home _ one of the city's top tourists attractions _ is closed since it's operated by the National Parks Service.  
The site drew more than 295,000 visitors last year.  
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1cqLqtj ) the closure comes after peak tourism season.  
The co-owner of a nearby restaurant says there's a noticeable impact on her business as foot traffic declines.  

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Statehouse
5:48 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Shutdown Could Impact More State Workers

Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues the state will have to lay off more workers whose paychecks come from federal funding. 

Illinois has already issued nearly 100 such temporary layoffs. They include employees with the state Department of Military Affairs, economic analysts at the Illinois Department of Employment Security and employees with the Labor Department who handle workplace safety inspections. 

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Harvest Desk
3:19 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Lawmaker Calls For Labels On GMO Food

A state senator from Peoria is calling for the labeling of any food available for retail sale in Illinois that's been produced with genetically engineered organisms.  
Democratic Sen. David Koehler says consumers have a right to know if the food they're putting into their bodies was made with so-called GMOs. He is proposing legislation requiring the labels and held three hearings on the issue around the state this year.  

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Election 2014
2:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Court Case Could Upend Illinois Campaign Caps

Credit flickr/borman18

The scandal that brought down former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich led to campaign-contribution caps in Illinois. Advocates of the limits are fearful a case set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday could upend their efforts.

 The campaign finance law Illinois politicians passed in 2009 restricts how much cash companies, unions and people can give to individual candidates. Theoretically, you can give that maximum contribution to every state candidate in Illinois.

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Arts & Community
1:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Downtown YMCA Hosts Arts Week

From the Springfield YMCA Arts and Humanities Facebook page

Many people probably think of the YMCA as a place to work out, play sports games, and swim. But it's also an organization heavily invested in the arts - through community outreach programs, summer camps, classes and more. And this week Ys around the nation are celebrating "Arts Week". We recently spoke with Lisa Parfitt of the Springfield YMCA located at 701 South 4th Street about what the week's events include: 

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Education
5:12 am
Mon October 7, 2013

U of I Faculty Without Tenure Want More Security

Credit illinois.edu

The growing number of professors at the University of Illinois who don't have tenure want somebody besides their students to listen to them.
 
The Champaign News-Gazette reports adjunct faculty, instructors, lecturers and others who don't have tenure are hoping the school will take steps that would give them more job stability. Some are even assessing the need for a faculty union in Urbana.
 

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Health Desk
8:59 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Kids And Concussions: Advocate Pushes For Limits On Hits In High School Sports

Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion.

But responding quickly after a hard hit isn't enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to prevent injury to still-developing brains.

In the latest report from the WUIS Health Desk, Peter Gray reports on a push for Illinois to follow the NFL and other states in limiting days of full contact football practice.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, Laurie McCoy thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, Laurie McCoy thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, Laurie McCoy thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

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12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Laurie McCoy, thanking the Inherit the Wind cast and crew

Support for WUIS comes from Laurie McCoy, director of Hoagland Center for the Arts production of "Inherit the Wind," who wants to thank her cast and crew for their time and work.  "Inherit the Wind" runs October 4th through the 6th and the 11th through the 13th.

State Week
2:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Listen To State Week - October 4, 2013

This week's topics include the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois, how the Federal Shutdown is affecting the state, and the debate over tax breaks for Archer Daniels Midland and other companies.

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2:38 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Buried in Grain

Lead in text: 
Data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration worksite inspection database regarding grain accidents in Illinois and other states in the country.
  • Source: Npr
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Nearly 180 people - including 18 teenagers - have been killed in grain-related entrapments at federally regulated facilities since 1984. Read about the incidents here.
Regional
2:28 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Shutdown Shuts Out Hunters, Fishermen

Rend Lake in southern Illinois
Credit rendlake.com

Hunters in southern Illinois are officially shut out of tens of thousands of acres of federal lands thanks to a partial shutdown of the federal government.  
Fishermen looking to troll Rend Lake for crappies found closed campsites managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week. The closures are a setback to the region. Southern Illinois has economic challenges and the area's recreation helps local businesses.  

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Statehouse
1:34 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Quinn: Pensions Before Tax Breaks For ADM, OfficeMax

Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS

When lawmakers return to Springfield for their fall session later this month, they'll be weighing requests from several international companies that want tax breaks for keeping their headquarters in Illinois. But Gov. Pat Quinn is throwing cold water on that idea.

Most of the tax-credit attention has gone to agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Company, which wants up to $24 million keep its global head office in Illinois. But lawmakers have also heard requests from Zurich Insurance, based in Schaumburg, and OfficeMax, based in Naperville, and there are others.

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Statehouse
1:01 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Governor Weighs In On Pension Talks

Gov. Pat Quinn says there are ``a lot of good ideas'' in a pension reform proposal, but he's stopping short of a full endorsement of the deal.
 
The Chicago Democrat says the 10-member legislative panel working on a $138.9 billion savings plan needs to get details finished on the legislation so
lawmakers can schedule a vote.
 
Quinn's says he's seen a number of the plan details and has been ``working back and forth'' with committee members.
 
Quinn's Friday remarks follow Senate President John Cullerton's public
endorsement of the plan.
 

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Nation/World
8:39 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Journalist And Author Katherine Boo Coming To UIS

Credit Random House Publishing

The University of Illinois Springfield One Book reading program last fall put the tale of Indian slum dwellers in the hands of students, staff, faculty and community members.

Katherine Boo is the author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.

"I hope that when you read a book like this, you're not seeing the people of Annawadi as some remote 'other', but that you're recognizing how much people have in common... there's so much human 'connective tissue' in this world." - Katherine Boo

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Statehouse
8:32 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Quinn: Wrong Time For Tax Breaks

Gov. Pat Quinn says he will veto any legislation with special tax breaks to get Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its global headquarters in Illinois until lawmakers address the state's pension crisis.  
In an interview with The Associated Press, Quinn says it's ``the wrong time'' to talk about tax incentives for any company.  
The Chicago Democrat says the best thing the Legislature can do to help ADM or other businesses is address Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension shortfall. He wants lawmakers to act when they meet later this month.  

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Drilling Rules In Draft Stage
5:38 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

DNR Opens Fracking Registration

A coalition lobbying for a fracking moratorium protested Illinois' pending legislation during the 2013 General Assembly session.
Credit Amanda Vinicky

Illinois is a ways off from allowing oil and gas drillers to begin "fracking" but companies that are interested can begin the paperwork.

Environmentalists lost their fight to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Lawmakers instead decided to open Illinois to a practice that's been an economic boon in other states.

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Nation/World
5:20 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Shutdown Worries State Workers, Retirees

Credit npr.org

The federal government's partial shutdown is worrying some Illinois state workers and retirees.  
That's because recipients of various state health insurance programs need to get documents from the IRS by a late October deadline in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive coverage.  
The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1btoZUS ) the ongoing government shutdown means that the IRS isn't providing the federal transcripts.  

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