• Part of capiol renovation area houses media

    by  • October 28, 2013

    The $51 million renovation of the west wing of the state capitol includes $6.5 million for the basement, about half the square footage of which is office space for news organizations. Radio, newspaper, television, and wire service reporters who cover Illinois politics and government full-time have used publicly-funded space since at least the 1950s,...

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    Despite closures to save money, IDOC overtime up 34 percent

    by  • October 28, 2013

    The Associated Press has learned that overtime pay jumped 34 percent last year for corrections officers in Illinois’ overcrowded prisons system. The spike corresponded with Gov. Pat Quinn’s closing of prison facilities to save money.  But state officials argue the costs were increased when a union sued to stop the closings and the transfer...

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    Fewer meals for Ill. inmates costlier than thought

    by  • October 25, 2013

    By JOHN O’CONNOR and KERRY LESTER Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Feeding prisoners two daily meals instead of three seems like it should save money, but substituting breakfast and lunch for “brunch” at Illinois’ two dozen state prisons could cost several million dollars. Disappointed lawmakers learned this week that it cost the Illinois...

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    New rules for pet food and animal feed

    by  • October 25, 2013

    Amid incidents of pets dying from dog treats, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited rules to make pet food and animal feed safer. The rules put forward Friday were not the direct result of this week’s problem. They stem instead from a sweeping food safety law passed by congress almost three years...

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    Dangerous weed found in Ill. crops

    by  • October 25, 2013

    The University of Illinois says a weed that can badly damage corn and soybean crops has now spread to at least 26 counties in the state, including Fayette, Clinton, Washington and Jefferson. Palmar amaranth originated in the southwest but in recent years has spread east. According to the university, it can also be tough...

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