• Tan ban passes House committee

    by  • March 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The debate over who knows better what’s good for you is now applying to tanning beds for people under 18. State Rep Robyn Gabel, an Evanston democrat and the bill’s sponsor, says the concern is the increase in melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer among young adults. According to Gabel, epidemiological data...

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    Fracking regulation bill delayed

    by  • March 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A bill to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois is delayed in a House committee while industry and unions negotiate hiring requirements. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Bradley, introduced an amendment this week that would require energy companies to hire a state-licensed water-well driller. International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 Spokesman...

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    House approves stripped down pension bill

    by  • March 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois House has approved a stripped-down pension plan that could delay and reduce cost-of-living increases for retirees and future retirees. The bill is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan and comes out of a laborious process where lawmakers are addressing the pension problem piece by piece instead of a total overhaul at once....

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    Gov. Quinn defends reappointing Corrections chief

    by  • March 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Gov. Pat Quinn is defending his decision to reappoint the state’s Department of Corrections even after complaints from workers and Republicans about ethics, crowding and understaffing. The Democratic governor told reporters Wednesday has confidence in S.A. “Tony” Godinez. The Senate must confirm the appointment. Quinn reappointed Godinez this for a second two-year term. He...

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