• Illinois must adopt ‘fracking’ rules, hire experts

    by  • June 3, 2013

    High-volume oil and gas extraction probably won’t begin in earnest in Illinois until next year, even though a bill establishing the nation’s toughest regulations sailed through the Legislature. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources first must adopt rules to mirror the regulations and hire dozens of new engineers, inspectors, lawyers and other experts. Industry...

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    Fitch downgrades Illinois credit rating

    by  • June 3, 2013

    One of the three major ratings agencies has downgraded the value of Illinois state government credit. Fitch Ratings said Monday it would drop the Illinois rating from “A” to “A-” based on lawmakers’ failure to enact a solution to the state’s public-employee pension crisis. Illinois already has the lowest rating in the nation. Lower...

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    State: Year’s 1st mosquitoes with West Nile found

    by  • June 3, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois public health officials say the state’s confirmed the year’s first batch of mosquitoes that have the West Nile virus. Officials said Monday that the mosquitoes were found in the Cook County community of Hillside. Last year, the virus was found in 55 of the state’s counties and nearly 300 people contracted...

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    Evaluation ordered for man accused in deadly fire

    by  • June 3, 2013

    A southern Illinois judge has ordered a mental evaluation of a man accused of setting a house fire that killed four children. The mental fitness examination for 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski was requested Monday by James Kelley, his Randolph County public defender. A hearing on the testing’s outcome is scheduled for June 20. Twardoski has...

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    Lesgislative failures could hurt Quinn in 2014 bid

    by  • June 3, 2013

    Coming off a spring session in which all of his top legislative priorities failed, Gov. Pat Quinn finds himself politically vulnerable and facing another trial: fending off the string of potential candidates who want to unseat him in 2014. Quinn needed a win on some of the major issues he told reporters were atop...

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    Rutherford announces gubernatorial candidacy

    by  • June 3, 2013

    Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it won’t be easy for a republican to be elected governor. But he believes he has the best shot because he’s already won a statewide election. The 58-year-old Rutherford officially announced Sunday that he’s running for the GOP nomination in the 2014 governor’s race. He says he wants...

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