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Durbin, Bustos Have Thomson Prison Meeting

Posted: 08/01/2013 - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos met with federal officials about Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.

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Madigan, Cullerton File Lawsuit Over Halted Pay

Updated: 07/30/2013 - The leaders of the Illinois House and Senate are filing a lawsuit challenging Gov. Pat Quinn's halting lawmaker pay over the state's pension gridlock.

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Senate Approves Bill on Student Loan Rates

Updated: 07/25/2013 - The Senate has passed a bill that would make it less expensive for college students to borrow money this fall to pay for classes, housing and books. But interest rates could soon start climbing.

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President Speaks at Knox College

Updated: 07/24/2013 - Just southwest from our area, the state had an extra special visitor. President Obama stopped by Knox College in Galesburg for the first, in a series of speeches on the Economy.

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Bill Brady Talks Pension on Campaign Stop

Updated: 07/24/2013 - It’s been more than a month since a special committee was formed to deal with Illinois’ pension crisis and still no deal has been reached.

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Durbin Wants More Police Departments to Trace Guns

Updated: 07/22/2013 - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants Illinois police departments to use a federal firearms tracing system that can tell investigators the chain of custody of a gun from the manufacturer to the first legal purchaser.

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Medicaid Expansion Signed into Law

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Posted: 07/22/2013 - Federal funds are helping to pay for extended Medicaid coverage in Illinois. Today Governor Quinn signed Senate Bill 26 into law.

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Obama to Visit Rural Midwest, Make Economic Pitch

Posted: 07/20/2013 - President Barack Obama will make stops in Illinois and Missouri next week to draw attention to the economy and to measures he argues will help step up the recovery.

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Lawmakers Won't Let Pay Freeze Rush Pension Fix

Posted: 07/13/2013 - Lawmakers under pressure to solve Illinois' pension crisis say their progress is tied less to their pay than the process of calculating savings for the state's coffers.

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Illinois Lawmakers End Third Pension Meeting

Posted: 07/08/2013 - A bipartisan panel finished a third meeting about the state's $97 billion pension crisis as another deadline set by Gov. Pat Quinn is set to lapse without a solution.

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Judge Blocks New Wisconsin Abortion Law

Posted: 07/08/2013 - A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions.

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Halfway House: Ryan Still has Year of Supervision

Posted: 07/03/2013 - A halfway house manager who processed the paperwork releasing George Ryan from home confinement says the former Illinois governor will still be subject to one year's supervision.

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