• US Sen. Kirk’s bill targets wasteful programs

    by  • July 19, 2013

    (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has introduced legislation he says will help eliminate wasteful federal programs. The Illinois Republican, who describes himself as a social moderate and fiscal conservative, says the bill he filed this week would create an independent good government commission. The proposed legislation would limit the commission to no more...

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    Judge: Mom’s statements usable during murder trial

    by  • July 19, 2013

    (AP) — A southern Illinois judge says a woman’s statement to investigators examining the drowning death of her 8-year-old daughter can be used during her murder trial. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Tedeschi on Thursday denied a request by Mary Jophlin’s attorney to keep the statements out of the...

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    Chicago faces credit downgrade due to pension debt

    by  • July 19, 2013

    (AP) — Moody’s Investors Service is downgrading its debt rating for Chicago because of the city’s “very large and growing” pension liability. The agency said late Wednesday it’s lowering its rating of the nation’s third-largest city from Aa3 to A3. The ratings for general obligation debt and sales tax debt are still investment grade....

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    Ill. pushes anew to block hastened concealed-carry

    by  • July 18, 2013

    (AP) — The state of Illinois is amplifying its argument that a federal judge reject a legal push by gun-rights advocates to immediately start carrying firearms publicly, rather than waiting months under Illinois’ new concealed carry law. Under the law passed July 9, Illinois State Police have six months to set up a concealed-carry...

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