• Details on Capitol renovations irk state lawmakers

    by  • September 9, 2013

    More details about ornate renovations at the state capitol are drawing criticism from lawmakers at a time when Illinois already has massive financial problems. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the nearly $50 million tax-payer funded renovation includes $160,000 for sculptures and $323,000 for chandeliers. Chicago democrat state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt says she’s embarrassed by...

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    Days of meter readers coming to an end

    by  • September 9, 2013

    The days of the meter reader are numbered in most of Illinois. Commonwealth Edison is officially rolling out digital “smart” meters – wireless devices that relay information on electricity consumption directly to utilities. Installation has begun in Chicago’s western suburbs, with all 4 million northern Illinois customers to get the devices by 2021. Ameren...

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    Massive search underway for missing 7-yo girl

    by  • September 9, 2013

    A massive search is underway in Effingham County for a missing 7-year-old girl. More than 400 volunteers, including local firefighters and other first responders, have been searching near Willow Long’s home in Watson in Effingham County. Willow walked away from her home on circle drive Sunday morning after an argument with her mother. Willow...

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    Groups accuse Murray management of lies and intimidation

    by  • September 6, 2013

    As the federal case by the Murray Parents Association against the State of Illinois moves forward, both the MPA and the union representing state employees are accusing Murray management of intimidation and making libelous statements regarding the case and the MPA. Anne Irving, director of Public Policy for the American Federation of State, County...

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    Illinois governor names new chief of staff

    by  • September 6, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is naming a new chief of staff to replace Jack Lavin (LA’-vihn), who is resigning. Quinn said Friday that Ryan Croke (KROHK’) will be his top aide. Croke has been deputy chief of staff since November 2009. Lavin has been Quinn’s chief of staff since late 2010....

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    Former governors ask GOP leaders to back Dillard

    by  • September 6, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Two former GOP Illinois governors are asking party leaders to back state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, saying he’s the only Republican who can win the general election. Former Govs. Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson have endorsed Dillard. They sent a letter earlier this week to all GOP...

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