• House Dems reject “doomsday” budget

    by  • May 27, 2014

    Illinois House democrats have given up on extending a temporary income tax increase and have begun working on a scaled-back state spending plan. Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that House working groups would begin work on a “middle-of-the-road” budget that’s in line with a revenue estimate of about $34 billion. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn...

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    Disabled protestors arrested in Springfield

    by  • May 27, 2014

    Several disabled Illinois residents who were protesting potential budget cuts have been arrested at the state capitol. Secretary of State Police handcuffed and removed the residents from the capitol rotunda on Monday evening. Police did not immediately return calls seeking comment and more details. Mike Sentino was one of the protesters. The Chicago resident...

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    Bill to speed up fracking moves to House

    by  • May 27, 2014

    A House committee has approved a plan to speed up hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas in Illinois. The executive committee voted 7-4 Monday to advance the plan by Rep. John Bradley despite protests from environmentalists. Bradley’s legislation would take away the power of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to adopt rules for...

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    Former judge set to begin prison term

    by  • May 27, 2014

    A disgraced former Illinois drug court judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal is scheduled to begin serving a two-year sentence on heroin and gun convictions. Online court records show Michael Cook must surrender by Wednesday to the lockup that the federal bureau of prisons selects for him. The location isn’t made...

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    Measure would allow DNA testing in plea deals

    by  • May 27, 2014

    A measure that would allow some prisoners to have DNA evidence in their case tested after they agree to a plea deal is making its way through the statehouse. Convicts who plead guilty even though they’re innocent sometimes do so because of factors like police coercion, or simply not wanting to spend their life...

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    Ramey contract with city due to expire

    by  • May 27, 2014

    In an interview in our studio Tuesday, Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby noted that the city’s contract with City Manager Dan Ramey expires July 31. But Ashby says Ramey has not indicated to him if he plans to renew the contract or not. According to Ramey, he has told the council of the contract expiration,...

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