• AG warns of typhoon relief scams

    by  • November 14, 2013

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan urges Illinois residents who plan to donate to typhoon relief efforts underway in the Philippines to be on the lookout for fundraising scams by con artists seeking to exploit the natural disaster for their personal profit. The attorney general’s office advised that donors who are seeking to give to relief...

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    Lawmakers may return in December for pension solution

    by  • November 14, 2013

    A top aide to House Speaker Michael Madigan is telling Illinois lawmakers to be ready for a special session in Springfield in December. Madigan Chief of Staff Tim Mapes told democrats in an email Wednesday that a “possible” session could begin Dec. 3. He told lawmakers to “keep other days that week available.” The...

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    Fracking at least one year away

    by  • November 14, 2013

    Illinois environmental officials say it will be at least a year until the start of hydraulic fracturing in the state. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports new state regulations for the practice are nearly complete. That’s according to Marc Miller, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. But Miller says it will take...

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    Scott AFB breaks groung on $65 mil expansion

    by  • November 14, 2013

    Senior military and civilian officials broke ground Wednesday at Scott Air Force Base on a $65 million headquarters building for the rapidly growing defense information systems agency, continental United States. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to conclude in late 2015, with a ribbon-cutting set for spring 2016. The nearly 165,000-square-foot structure will...

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    Illinois coal production past its peak

    by  • November 14, 2013

    A new study says coal production in Illinois is past its peak. Research from Clean Energy Action, a group promoting a transition away from fossil fuel, claims that the coal industry has been overestimating how long the country’s coal supply will last, and says production in almost all states will only decline. But Illinois...

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    State gears up for winter road season

    by  • November 13, 2013

    Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials joined forces to launch the “ice and snow – take it slow” winter campaign to roll out the state’s frontline winter road crews and ensure that snow plows and other emergency equipment are ready for the upcoming snow and ice season. The traffic safety advocates also took the...

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