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    Group wants faster development of fracking rules

    by  • July 24, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of business and labor groups wants the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to move faster in implementing hydraulic fracturing rules. The group calls itself “Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois,”  (GROW-IL). The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the coalition held a news conference Thursday to call...

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    Illinois credit rating takes another fall

    by  • July 24, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO — Standard & Poor’s ratings services has changed its outlook on Illinois’ credit rating for the worse. The agency Wednesday revised its outlook from “developing” to “negative” on Illinois’ A-minus rating. S&p says the state’s $35.7 billion budget isn’t structurally balanced. It also cites an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that found the state...

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    Government watchdog sues IHSA for financial disclosure

    by  • July 24, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD — The not-for-profit group that oversees high school sports in Illinois should be subject to state open-records law because it “performs a governmental function” and generates income “from events involving predominantly public schools,” according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Better Government Association. The government watchdog group’s case seeks to force the...

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    Lawmaker wants reciprocity in state gun permits

    by  • July 24, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD — A lawmaker who helped push through a bill that allows Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is suggesting the law is too hard on gun owners from other states. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that state Rep. Brandon Phelps says the law is “too complicated” when it comes to out-of-state gun owners....

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    Driver bound, gagged and robbed

    by  • July 24, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    LITCHFIELD — The Illinois State Police is looking for the men responsible for posing as state troopers and pulling over a motorist, robbing, and eventually tying the victim in his own vehicle. According to Trooper Jeffrey Yenchko, an ISP spokesman, the incident took place Tuesday night after 10 p.m. at milepost 63 along Interstate...

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