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4 hrs ago | Lucianne.com

Food Stamp Sign-Ups OutnumberJobs Created in Obama s Illinois

Among the many metrics that show ObamaA s home state is struggling to break the Great Recession, a new report shows that applications for food stamps in Illinois is greater than its creation of jobs. Illinois has had the worst recovery from the recession of any state in the country, the Illinois Policy Institute reported this month: "There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs.

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8 hrs ago | WAND-TV Decatur

Deputies to Monitor Train Crossings

Illinois is the third leading state for people dying after being struck by train, so there's a statewide push to educate people about the dangers IDOT reports that last year 21 people died when driving in front of trains, another 25 died when struck on foot. Another 67 were injured.

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12 hrs ago | NBC Chicago

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn rejected a proposal from clout-busting attorney Michael Shakman to hire an independent watchdog to clean up allegedly improper hiring practices inside the scandal-soaked Department of Transportation. According to The Associated Press, citing federal court papers submitted Monday by the attorney general, Quinn says in the filing that a watchdog isn't required since he had already taken actions that were "prompt, appropriate and aimed at a long-term solution to preventing any such improprieties in the future."

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16 hrs ago | Patch.com

Naperville Police Issue 167 Citations During Labor Day Enforcement

Police made 12 impaired driving arrests and issued seven safety belt citations and 31 cell phone/texting citations during the increased enforcement effort, according to Naperville Police. Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this nationwide effort to save lives by getting impaired drivers off our roads and more people buckled up during late-night hours.

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20 hrs ago | ABC News

Video of Lawmaker Tirade Resurfaces in House Race

In this March 26, 2014 file photo, Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, is seen at the state Capitol in Springfield. Bost is challenging Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart in the November election in what is shaping up to be... View Full Caption FILE - In this March 26, 2014 file photo, Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, is seen at the state Capitol in Springfield.

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22 hrs ago | Chicago Tribune

Poll: Illinois voters back referendum issues

The Illinois Supreme Court rejected a ballot question that would amend the state constitution to limit lawmakers to eight years of service. The majority of Illinois residents support 8-year term limits.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Illinois, 2012 Presidential Election

Yesterday | WAND-TV Decatur

Video of lawmaker tirade resurfaces in House race

An Illinois state representative showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the state House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant against Democrats, complete with hollering, paper-throwing and fist-waving. A video of Mike Bost's outburst circulated widely on the Internet and briefly raised his political profile.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

WIFR

Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, in a filing late Monday in federal court, contends a court appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans as suggested by an anti-patronage attorney. In the filing by the attorney general's office, Quinn contends his response to allegations of political hiring in the Department of Transportation has been "prompt, appropriate and aimed at a long-term solution to preventing any such improprieties in the future."

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Christian Science Monitor

Four finalists picked for Obama's presidential library. Where will it be?

President Obama bows his head during a moment of silence at a ceremony marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon in Washington September 11, 2014. The Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing and raising money for the massive legacy project, announced Monday that it has selected four universities to compete for the library, culled from an initial list of 13 applications submitted earlier this year.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois, Michelle Obama

NewsOK.com

Durbin's views on issues as he faces re-election

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat seeking his fourth U.S. Senate term against Illinois Sen. Jim Oberweis in November, sat down with The Associated Press for a wide-ranging interview about the campaign. Here are excerpts of what he said and his stands on the issues: Durbin said Democrats have tried to turn the economy around after the policies of former Republican President George W. Bush led the U.S. into recession, and argued that they've had "good luck" making progress.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Senator Dick Durbin, 2012 Presidential Election, Barack Obama, Democrat, Illinois, George Bush

Chicago Tribune

For Illinois drivers, another reason to live in Hawaii

A herd of deer in a forest preserve near Channahon. State Farm is reporting that drivers are most likely to collide with a deer in October, November and June.

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Star-Telegram.com

Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

The Barack Obama Foundation says four of the 13 applications submitted earlier this year made the cut. New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are being invited to submit more formal proposals to host the library.

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KMIZ

Repair work delayed by a day on St. Louis bridge

The Missouri Department of Transportation was supposed to start work Monday to repair pavement on the busy bridge that spans the Mississippi River between Missouri and Illinois. KSDK-TV reports that the work will now start Tuesday evening.

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CBS Local

Alarming Number Of Rail Deaths Prompts 'Rail Safety Week'

More people die when being struck by trains in Illinois than in all but two other states. Police across the state of Illinois hope to change that this week as Illinois observes a "Rail Safety Week" for the first time.

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KWQC-TV Davenport

Nearly 100 groups form school funding coalition

Nearly 100 organizations are joining together to push Illinois lawmakers to pass a school funding reform proposal in the spring. Funding Illinois' Future members include community foundations, civil rights organizations, school officials, and business and education reform groups statewide.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

WZVN-TV Fort Myers

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Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula. Residents and tourists hunkered down in shelters and hotel conference rooms overnight as a powerful and sprawling Hurricane Odile made landfall on the southern Baja California peninsula.

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Related Topix: Illinois, 2012, Gliese Games, Video Games, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane, Weather, Explosion, Pennsylvania

The Lantern

Letter to the editor: Ohio State should take note of Illinois professor's firing

Professor Steven Salaita talks with a member of the press on Sept. 9 in Urbana, Ill.

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The Southtown Star

Kadner: Mike Madigan problem can't be ignored

Of all the questions that have been asked so far in this campaign for governor, that may be the most important, yet it goes unaddressed. Madigan was first elected speaker of the House in 1983 and, with the exception of two years has served in that position since.

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Crooks and Liars

Is Vulnerable Gov Pat Quinn (D. IL) Finally Rebounding In The Polls?

Two new polls show the most vulnerable Democratic Governor this election season starting to pull ahead of his Mitt Romney-esque opponent. It's been known for a while that Governor Pat Quinn is one of the most vulnerable Governor's struggling to win a second term this election season.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Pat Quinn, US Governors, Mitt Romney, Tom Corbett, Illinois, Rod Blagojevich

WHO-TV

the Insiders: Harkin - Sept. 14, Part 2

Barack Obama was not sure if he wanted to speak at the Harkin Steak Fry when he was still a U.S. Senator from Illinois.

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