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3 hrs ago | ABC7 Chicago

I-Team: Illinois Poison Center hotline's cry for help

The ABC7 I-Team investigates claims by the country's oldest poison hotline that it's being forced out of business.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Oak Park, IL

4 hrs ago | Norwalk Citizen News

Church: No evidence of abuse by reinstated priest

The Archdiocese of Chicago has returned a priest to active ministry after the Cook County Sheriff's Department concluded there's no evidence the man sexually abused a minor nearly 20 years ago.

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8 hrs ago | It's My Mind

Sun-Times: State Rep. admits to FBI he screwed up over bribe

Here's the sad thing about this story . In 2012, not long after his arrest the Illinois House of Representatives voted to expell Derrick Smith from that chamber.

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Related Topix: Illinois, US Politics, US News, Adam Smith, US House of Representatives, Democrat

12 hrs ago | InsiderOnline

Budget Solutions 2015: Keeping Promises to Taxpayers and Turning Around Illinois

The 2015 fiscal year marks a long-awaited milestone for Illinoisans: taxpayers are less than one year away from tax relief.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Tax

16 hrs ago | Northwest Herald

Quinn tour highlights questions of taxes

Gov. Pat Quinn talks about the new state Welcome Home Illinois loan program for first-time homeowners during a news conference Monday at a home listed for sale in Moline.

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Related Topix: Pat Quinn, US Governors, Illinois, Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance

21 hrs ago | Lincoln Daily News

Illinois millionaires' tax dies, but other tax plans very much alive

Democratic lawmakers have - albeit reluctantly - dropped a plan to tax people with seven-figure incomes, yet two other tax plans are very much alive.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Tax, Pat Quinn, US Governors

Mon Apr 14, 2014

RiverBender.com

New Home Loan Program for Illinoisans

A new program may help more people in Illinois buy a home for a first time. The Welcome Home Illinois program provides $7,500 in assistance towards a down payment, as well as a 30-year mortgage with an interest rate as low as 3.75 percent.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Home Buying, Home, Mortgage, Personal Finance, Pat Quinn, US Governors

Examiner.com

Cassidy bill proposes decriminiliazation for pot posession in Illinois

For many people, one of the most recent pressing social issues, other than marriage equality, are efforts to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana - an issue that, in particular, disproportionally affects racial minorities.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Drugs, Marijuana, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Rahm Emanuel

KFVS12

New bridge yet to reach traffic projections

A study by the Illinois Department of Transportation indicates traffic on a new bridge over the Mississippi River at St. Louis isn't at projected traffic levels.

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WIFR

IDOT Changes Construction Zone Signs as Speed Limit Increases

Illinois transportation officials say they're adding extra safety precautions to work zones around the state after the speed limit was increased on some rural highways.

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Illinoisreview

Thorner: Illinois pension crisis draws Northern Illinois Tea Partiers' attention

Illinois taxpayers are beginning to paying attention to how their tax dollars are being spent, and Tea Partiers in Northern Illinois were especially interested last week in getting more information on one of the state's biggest expenditures - state employee retirement benefits.

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Related Topix: Pension, Personal Finance, Illinois, Retirement, Libertyville, IL, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Rahm Emanuel

Lincoln Daily News

Illinois legislators decide to leave raw milk alone

A proposed bill in Illinois banning the sale and distribution of natural or "raw" milk, is not going anywhere this session after legislators heard from "thousands" of natural milk proponents.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Springfield, IL

KFVS12

Ill. gas station owners oppose fuel tax hike plan

Illinois gas station owners are speaking out against proposals for a fuel tax hike being floated in Springfield this year.

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Sun Apr 13, 2014

American Reporter

On Native GroundFACED with Loss, Republicans Look for Alibis

I 've visited North and South Florida and North and Central New Mexico in recent days, and the political temperature 10 days before the Presidential election is elevated by the teeter-totter of global recession.

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

Patch.com

10 Reasons Why People from Illinois are Grumpy

Illinois can be a tough state to live in at times. While we like to think that Illinoisans are a resilient bunch, we have to admit there are sometimes where optimism wanes and Illinoisans can just be a grumpy bunch.

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Washington Times

Closer Look: Tough tax votes loom in Illinois

Faced with an expected $3 billion budget hole from an expiring income tax increase, Illinois lawmakers are grappling with whether to raise taxes to avoid major cuts to schools and social services next year.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Pat Quinn, US Governors

AccuWeather.com

Palm Sunday Severe Weather Targets Dallas, OKC, Chicago

Millions from Texas to Kansas to Illinois and central Michigan are at risk for severe thunderstorms, including some tornadoes, on this Palm Sunday and Sunday night.

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Related Topix: Weather, Texas, Illinois, Natural Disasters, Hailstorm

The News-Gazette

Tom Kacich: Magazine examines Callis' campaign narrative

Democratic congressional candidate Ann Callis will be outed today in a piece in The New York Times Sunday magazine.

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Related Topix: Urbana, IL, US Politics, US News, Representative Rodney Davis, Republican, US House of Representatives, Illinois

Daily Herald

From Dillard to deficits, musings on state of Illinois politics

First: Sympathy goes out to state Sen. Kirk Dillard, who once again came in second in a multicandidate Republican gubernatorial primary.

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

Sat Apr 12, 2014

WYMG-FM Springfield

a oeGay Conversion Therapya Remains an Option for Illinois Parents

Illinois may be ready for same-sex marriage, but it's apparently not ready to keep parents from pursuing "conversion therapy" to get their gay kids to switch to straight.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Wedding, Gay/Lesbian

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