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21 min ago | Roll Call

Fda E-Cig Regulations Disappoint Democrats, Cheer Industry

Several Democratic lawmakers who have pushed for the FDA to draft e-cig regulations to treat the electronic cigarettes like their traditional counterparts aren't happy.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, US News, Edward Markey, US Politics, US Senate, Sherrod Brown, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Senator Richard Blumenthal

4 hrs ago | Norwalk Citizen News

Illinois group that gave trips to veterans ending

A central Illinois program that took World War II veterans on free trips to Washington is turning its operations over to a similar group after having to cancel several flights.

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7 hrs ago | The News-Gazette

Special educator

Duncan Bruce was listening to the "usually pretty boring" morning announcements over the PA at Franklin Middle School one morning when something caught the sixth-grader's attention.

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Related Topix: Kids, Family

11 hrs ago | WIFR

GOP Leaders Introduce Illinois Term Limits Amendment

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin announced the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution on Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

12 hrs ago | WJOL-AM Joliet

Rodogno Eyes U-I Study of People Leaving Illinois

A top legislative leader is concerned about the dwindling number of Illinoisans in the state.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

17 hrs ago | Patch.com

Should The District Legalize Pot Outright?

In January of this year, the state of Colorado began legal sales of marijuana. While the decision to sell marijuana has caused a great deal of controversy and attracted scrutiny from the federal government, one thing that's not debatable is its economic impact.

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Related Topix: Marijuana

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Sunherald.com

Bronze statue of Roger Ebert to be unveiled

The award-winning film critic died two days later. Visitors to the central Illinois theater that hosts the annual "Ebertfest" film festival he started now may feel like they saw him at the movies.

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Related Topix: Arts, Theater

Bellingham Herald

Bronze statue of Roger Ebert to be unveiled

The statue of Ebert sitting between two empty theater seats where visitors can sit will be unveiled during a ceremony later Thursday.

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Sunherald.com

Patronage allegations give Quinn challenger fodder

The spotlight on hiring came a day after a complaint filed in federal court by attorney Michael Shakman - whose decades-old court case led to bans on politically based hiring in the Chicago area - alleged improper hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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Related Topix: Pat Quinn, US Governors, Illinois Government, Rod Blagojevich, McDonough County, IL, Cook County, IL

Reuters

Probe of Gacy serial killings resolves unrelated 1978 Illinois murder

Illinois investigators trying to put names to the last unidentified victims of executed serial killer John Wayne Gacy have solved the unrelated 1978 disappearance of another man, officials said on Wednesday.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime

The Campbell Reporter

George Clooney and Steve Wynn get into spat over politics

George Clooney recently stormed away from a fancy dinner with Steve Wynn after with Las Vegas bigwig called President Obama a word that rhymes with what you'd get if you crossed a bass with a mole.

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Related Topix: Steve Wynn, US News, US Politics, Barack Obama, Democrat, Illinois Government, Entertainment

KFVS12

Bill would get Illinois police cruisers on road

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that state Rep. Brian Stewart's proposal would allocate existing funds to install lights, sirens and other electronics on 85 Chevrolet Caprices that are sitting idle.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

San Francisco Bay View

Voice from Menard: Chicago's racist war against Blacks and Latinos continues in Illinois prisons

The Menard High Security Unit hunger strikers send a message of solidarity to the brothers of the struggle at Pelikan Bay SHU, Ohio Supermax, the Georgia SMU hunger strikers, and all prisoners of consciousness who refuse to bow down to state torture and systemic degradation up in these concentration kamps across Amerikkka.

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Lincoln Daily News

Soil moisture levels are high across Illinois

Soil moisture levels in Illinois were high in the middle of April, according to Jennie Atkins, program manager for Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.

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Related Topix: Weather

WIFR

Redeploy Illinois Diverts Teens From Prisons

The Illinois Department of Human Services says a program concentrating on rehabilitating delinquent youth saved the state $60 million in incarceration costs last year.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

Chicago Tribune

Speaker Madigan re-elected Illinois Democratic chairman

As the General Assembly heads into its final month of session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that he doesn't have enough votes lined up yet to extend the state's income tax increase or raise the minimum wage.

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Patch.com

Illinois Among the 10 States with the Highest Wireless Tax Rate

Illinoisans are no strangers to high taxes. The state has the second highest property tax rate, the fifth highest gas tax and the tenth highest sales tax in the country.

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Related Topix: Illinois Government

Roll Call

Kinzinger, Schock Plead for Immigration Overhaul

Kinzinger says a secure border must be the first step in any immigration overhaul.

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Related Topix: Immigration Reform, Representative Adam Kinzinger, US Politics, US News, Dennis Hastert, Representative Aaron Schock, Republican, US House of Representatives, Illinois Government

Tue Apr 22, 2014

ABC7 Chicago

Pitbull added to Illinois State Fair 2014 lineup

Illinois State Fair organizers decided not to overhaul the state's celebration of agriculture and entertainment for 2014, announcing Tuesday that the theme is "Making Memories" and that popular hip-hop artist Pitbull had been added to the concert lineup.

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Related Topix: Dance, Pop/Rock, Pitbull, Hip-Hop, Agriculture, Science

Morris Daily Herald

Reeder: Political patronage remains a problem in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – Several boxes of old index cards turned up the other day that demonstrated politics in the '80s and '90s played a role in people getting hired by Metra, the outfit that operates commuter trains in the Chicago area.

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