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2:16 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Court Case Could Upend Illinois Campaign Caps

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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

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.

Today is sponsored by...
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.

Today is sponsored by...
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

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Data from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration worksite inspection database regarding grain accidents in Illinois and other states in the country.
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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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Statehouse
5:12 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Decatur Job Loss Part Of Negotiations On ADM Incentives

Senate President John Cullerton says any tax-incentive package to get Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its headquarters in Illinois should include something to make up for the loss of jobs in Decatur.
 
ADM announced last week it was moving its global headquarters _ and 100 jobs _
out of Decatur. The company is asking the state for $20 million in tax breaks to
keep its headquarters in Illinois. Chicago officials have said the city is in
the running.
 
The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/156Z8gp )

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District 186
3:55 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Supt. Search, Property Tax Referendum Among Issues In Dist. 186

 A property tax referendum may be posed to Springfield voters next year, if a group of parents gets its way. The group says it'll campaign on the issue from a grass roots angle, even though board members aren't convinced the timing is right to raise taxes. School board vice president, Adam Lopez, is one who says the board needs to work on other issues first. 

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District 186
11:23 am
Thu October 3, 2013

'The Matthew Project' Aims To Help Homeless Students

Picture from matthew-project.com

The project, founded by Ann Libri, started simple by collected clothing and school supplies for students growing up in unstable environments. This year, the project is kicking off a pilot program with ten students that will teach life skills and provide meals, tutoring, school supplies, and clothing. Libri says she hopes the project will continue to grow and assist the hundreds of homeless children in Springfield's district 186.

We recently interviewed Libri, and the Springfield city treasurer, Jim Langfedler, who is also an advisor to the project: 

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Harvest Desk
11:18 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Slows USDA

The USDA headquarters in Washington D.C.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture was forced to send home tens of thousands of employees because of Tuesday’s government shutdown.

As a result, the agriculture department and its nearly two dozen agencies are operating at limited capacity – or not at all.

But even though important agencies such as the Farm Service Agency and the Risk Management Agency will be shut down almost entirely, agriculture officials said that Midwest farmers and producers won’t be affected that much.

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Pensions
9:37 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Cullerton Backs Possible Pension Compromise

Sen. John Cullerton
Credit ilga.gov

The president of the Illinois Senate says he's backing a compromise pension reform plan that could save $138 billion by 2043.  
Chicago Democrat John Cullerton tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register (http://bit.ly/1btBYG2 ) that he's working to build support for the still-unfinished proposal being developed by a pension reform committee. Cullerton hopes lawmakers can begin to act on the plan during the upcoming Oct. 22 veto session.  

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