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Raoul: 'Extremists' Delay Senate Gun-Carry Bill

Posted: 05/17/2013 - An Illinois senator is blaming unnamed "extremists" who oppose legislation to restrict the possession of concealed guns for delaying a vote on the issue.

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Madigan: 'Tough' Decisions Ahead on Concealed Guns

Posted: 05/16/2013 - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says lawmakers will need to take "tough positions" to reach a compromise on legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons.

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Illinois Senate OK's Union-Backed Pension Deal

Posted: 05/09/2013 - The Illinois Senate has approved a union-supported pension reform bill. But the measure faces an uncertain future in the House, where lawmakers passed a competing proposal last week.

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Heated Debate in Freeport

Posted: 05/03/2013 - Rarely do city government feuds escalate as quickly as one did at last night’s financial committee meeting in Freeport.

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Madigan Proposes Illinois Pension Changes

Posted: 04/30/2013 - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a comprehensive pension-reform package that caps the salary on which a pension can be based and limits annual cost-of-living increases.

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AFSCME to Take New Vote on Contract

Posted: 04/30/2013 - The largest Illinois government employees' union will take a second ratification vote on its tentative three-year contract because of a continuing lawsuit over back wages.

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Illinois Governor Releases 2012 Tax Returns

Posted: 04/26/2013 - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has released his 2012 federal and state income tax returns, which show the only money he earned was his governor's salary of $160,421 and a taxable refund of $1,203.

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Senate Deal Reached on FAA Furlough Bill

Updated: 05/07/2013 - With flight delays mounting, the Senate has passed legislation to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers.

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IL Senate OKs Traffic Cameras on School Buses

Posted: 04/24/2013 - The Illinois Senate has approved legislation to allow school districts to use cameras to catch people who don't stop for buses picking up or dropping off kids.

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Mayor Brereton's Last Council Meeting

Updated: 04/22/2013 - After 16 years as the leader of the City of Murals, Fred Brereton took part in his final city council meeting Monday night.

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