Don’t drink, don’t smoke: Illinois eyes bans on powdered alcohol and caffeine, e-cigs

By   /  April 1, 2015  /  Health Care, Illinois, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf.

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Groups vastly differ on closing of developmental centers

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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A coalition of advocates for the developmentally disabled is calling for the eventual closure of six of seven of the state’s residential centers.

By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — A coalition of advocates for the developmentally disabled is calling for the eventual closure of six of seven of the state’s residential centers.
The Going Home […]

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School sending Internet home with the students

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Education, Illinois, News  /  No Comments

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Paper, pencils and textbooks won’t cut it anymore.

Thirty eight families are going online with the help of a pilot program here, and another 600 will likely be added next year when the district offers Internet to all low-income families with students in junior high.

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Illinois city official pushes minimum wage increase, but not right-to-work

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Illinois, Jobs + Growth, Local Government  /  No Comments

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By Benjamin Yount
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Springfield Alderman Sam Cahnman is the latest to pitch a plan that would have the city raise its minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour. He’s less sure about listening to local voters who may want to see Springfield, or Sangamon County, become a right-to-work zone.
“My job as an alderman is […]

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Rauner, Democratic leaders shake hands and make law

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Thursday sent a roughly $1.6 billion budget patch to Gov. Bruce Rauner so the state can limp through the rest of its fiscal year.
By votes of 32-26 with one member not voting, the Senate approved a pair of bills that are the result […]

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Panel weighs municipal bankruptcy; other options available, some witnesses say

By   /  March 26, 2015  /  Illinois  /  No Comments

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Municipal bankruptcy is something the state has to consider, says state Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downer’s Grove.

By: Mark Fitton | Illinois News NetworkSPRINGFIELD — Do Illinois cities need the option of filing bankruptcy?
It’s something the state has to consider, says state Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downer’s Grove.
Sandack, a former mayor, is sponsoring House Bill 298, which would […]

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