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Legislature Eyes Dec. 5 Return

Fall session is over with no discussion of pensions

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Funding Approved for Concealed Carry Program

A bill that includes funding to implement Illinois’ new concealed carry law awaits the governor’s signature.

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Initial Plans Submitted for Carpenter Rail Underpass

A rail underpass on Carpenter Street in Springfield took another step forward Thursday as Hanson Professional Services submitted initial plans.

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Conceal Carry Money Approved; Back-pay is Not (Yet)

The measure does not include money to pay back wages for 25,000 state employees,

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Bond Set at $1M for Alleged Cop Killer

Bond was set at $1 million for a South Carolina man charged with driving under the influence for a crash that killed an on-duty Pontiac police officer.

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Groups to Study Nitrate Levels in Lake Springfield

Drought problems and certain farming practices could be why nitrate levels are rising in Lake Springfield.

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Jakobsson: My Son Would Be Proud

An Urbana lawmaker says her late son would be proud that she returned to the Capitol to vote for same-sex marriage in his last hours.

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General Assembly Leaves Town, Unfinished Business

The just-concluded fall session in Springfield can boast the legalization
of same-sex marriage. They’ve got that, and that’s all they’ve got.

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Tree of Lights Campaign Now Underway

The 2013 Annual Tree of Lights Campaign is now in full swing.

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“Mandatory Minimum” Gun Bill Stalled

The mandatory minimum gun law has fallen apart in Springfield.

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IPI: Illinois Pension Funding = Problematic

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The right-leaning “free market” advocacy group Illinois Policy Institute says new standards from GASB – the Government Accounting Standards Board – magnify the problem.

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Quinn Signs Millionaire Tax Referendum

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Voters will be able to weigh in on a proposed tax on millionaires this November.

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Coming Soon: Medical Pot

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Those interested in growing and selling marijuana for medicinal purposes in Illinois should be able to apply soon

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Lawsuit Against Quinn Back in Court in October

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A legal battle between an anti-patronage lawyer and Gov. Pat Quinn's administration will return to federal court less than two weeks before the election.

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School and Health Officials Pushing Free Immunizations

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It is an effort to ensure Springfield School District students can start the school year out on the right foot