• Madigan: Gay marriage 12 votes short in House

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    House Speaker Michael Madigan says passing a gay marriage bill out of the Illinois House will be “very difficult.” Madigan told reporters he backs the measure allowing same-sex couples to marry. The Senate approved it last month and it awaits a House floor vote. Lawmakers aren’t sure when they’ll call it. Madigan says the...

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    Fracking foes cheer Madigan support for moratorium

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    Opponents of high-volume gas and oil drilling are welcoming news that powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan supports a temporary ban on the practice. The Chicago Democrat said Wednesday that he supports a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, called “fracking,” over legislation that would regulate the practice. Fracking uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand and...

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    Educators appeal to lawmakers on school funding

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    A new year, an old story. there’s not enough money for schools. Before an Illinois House committee, Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico said school districts have had to fire teachers and expand class sizes because of budget cuts. “Over the past three years state funding to Pre-k to 12 education has been...

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    Illinois to receive millions in Google data lawsuit

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    Illinois will receive about $362,000 from a multi-state settlement with Google over its collection of emails, passwords and other sensitive information transmitted on unprotected wireless networks. Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced yesterday that Illinois has joined 37 other states and the District of Columbia in the $7 million settlement. Google stopped collecting the data...

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    Area students perform well in WYSE competition

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    Sandoval High School students Nico Rodriguez and Randy Pursley, both juniors, will be advancing to participate at the state Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition on April 11, 2013 at the University of Illinois  The sectionals were held Monday at McKendree University and Rodriquez received first place in biology, 8 points ahead of...

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