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12 min ago | Chicago Tribune

U. of I. reaches out to 600 freshmen from China

The Chicago Tribune visits Shanghai and Beijing, where the University of Illinois held orientation sessions for incoming students from China.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Champaign, IL, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Family, Teenagers

4 hrs ago | Switched

Illinois is a "Sinkhole State" says new report

A new report from Truth in Accounting calls Illinois a financial "Sinkhole State" and says it has the second-worst taxpayer burden in the country.

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8 hrs ago | KFVS12

Sen. Durbin wants feds to look at Ill. rail delays

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants federal rail officials to look at delays along the Amtrak route from Carbondale to Chicago and blocked rail crossings in the Chicago suburbs.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Senator Dick Durbin, Richard Durbin, Democrat, Illinois

9 hrs ago | Ledger-Enquirer.com

Illinois patients continue nursing home care waits

Auditor General William Holland found in a review that of 4,226 people waiting as of July to see if Medicaid will pay for their long-term care, 2,141 had been waiting more than 90 days.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Illinois, Long Term Care, Health, Recreational Vehicle, Lee Enterprises

11 hrs ago | Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

Illinois Day Care Workers Given Permission to Dump Union

At the end of June, The Supreme Court ruled in Harris v. Quinn that the state of Illinois could not force private home healthcare workers to join a union the state foisted upon them using the basis of these private workers receiving government subsidies as a justification.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, US Governors, Pat Quinn

13 hrs ago | Lincolnshire Review

Lake County Jail receives high marks on inspection

The Illinois Department of Corrections recently completed its annual inspection of the Lake County Jail, giving the facility one of its best results to date, the sheriff's office said.

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18 hrs ago | Daily Herald

Ticket sales robust for Du Quoin State Fair

Organizers of the approaching state fair in southern Illinois' Du Quoin say grandstand ticket sales for this year's festival are well ahead of expectations.

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22 hrs ago | Townhall

Ditch the Long-Term Unemployment Benefits - Get These People Jobs

On 28 December 2013, approximately 74,000 Illinoisans who had been unemployed for more than 26 weeks but less than 73 weeks lost their unemployment insurance benefits when the federal government's emergency extended unemployment benefits program expired.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Opinion

Thu Jul 31, 2014

KWQC-TV Davenport

1 trial for Ill. man charged in toddler death

A central Illinois man charged with murder in the death of a toddler will have one trial rather the two his defense attorney sought.

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NewsOK.com

Man accused of putting needles in packaged meat

You now have an easier online way to manage your Home Delivery subscription for The Oklahoman .

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Related Topix: Oklahoma, Illinois, Shop 'n Save, Retail, Grocery

Bellingham Herald

City or tropics? Obama ponders where to put presidential library

A group of longtime friends and supporters, including his former campaign manager and fundraiser, is in the midst of planning a multimillion-dollar presidential library that will house enough unclassified documents to fill four 18-wheelers and enough artifacts to fill a swimming pool.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Democrat, New York, University of Arkansas, Arkansas, Arkansas Government, Illinois

Daily Herald

Editorial: The real goal of the millionaire tax referendum

Do Illinois' political leaders really want to know what you think about an extra income tax for millionaires? Gov. Pat Quinn made a ceremony out of signing a bill Tuesday at an elementary school in Berwyn that will put just that question on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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

Daily Herald

Demand accountability in state spending

Considering voter anger over a tax increase, it seems doubtful the state income tax will remain at 5 percent.

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McClatchy

Illinois considers new license requirements for big motorcycles

"Motorcycles keep getting bigger," said Scott Mochinski, a safety class administrator.

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Wed Jul 30, 2014

NewsTarget.com

Over one-third of Americans now believe Obama should be impeached

It is a far cry from 2008, the era of "hope and change," when then-Sen. Barack Obama defeated the Democratic Party's heir-apparent, Hillary Clinton, to become the party's presidential nominee.

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Related Topix: US Politics, Barack Obama, US News, US Senate, Illinois, Democrat, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Immigration Reform

Daily Kos

Spotlight on green news & views: Arctic methane releases, meat inspections, unwise coal exports

Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve.

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Related Topix: Global Warming, Environment, Science, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat, Illinois

Tri-cityherald.com

Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug

After spending an estimated $16 million this fiscal year on Sovaldi, which holds promise for a cure for the liver-damaging disease, the state agency headed by Julie Hamos approved the restrictions July 10. The rules limit the drug to sicker patients and bar it for anyone with a recent history of drug or alcohol abuse.

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Related Topix: Medicaid, Health, Illinois, Hepatitis, Medicine, Alcoholism, Northwestern University, Rush University

PeoriaTimes-Observer

Illinois General Assembly should butt out of high school sports

The IHSA is a private, not-for-profit organization that receives no direct tax dollars, but some lawmakers think they need to butt into the IHSA's business instead of concentrating on the state's business.

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Related Topix: Illinois, Machesney Park, IL, Rockford, IL, Opinion

Illinoisreview

Illinois values voters in a quandary over November gubernatorial election

All posts, comments and statements made on IR are those of the authors only. Any disputes must be addressed to the writers, who are solely responsible for their posts, comments and statements.

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

RiverBender.com

Holocaust Commission Expanding

A new state law will expand the state's commission on the Holocaust. The Illinois Holocaust and Genocide Commission will increase in size from 18 to 22 members under the legislation sponsored by State Sen. Ira Silverstein .

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