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Yesterday's Articles Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11 articles found

  
 
  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Voice of The Southern: Cairo searching for its hero
    Federal Government (22A) , Housing (51)

    Let’s cut right to the chase —  the situation in Cairo is untenable.

    Residents of the city are upset that public housing is being torn down and nobody has been held accountable for the negligence and apparent malfeasance that led to the deterioration of the McBride and Elmwood housing complexes. City leaders are upset that razing public hous...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners' benefits
    Coal (20) , Pensions (70)

    WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April.

    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state Democrats threatened to shut down the government over the issue in December, but they retreated after winning a four-m...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Community education leaders meet to promote funding reform
    Education Funding (36a) , Education--Elementary and Secondary (36)

    MARION — Community education leaders on Tuesday held a town hall meeting at Crab Orchard High School to drum up support for a school funding reform campaign called “Fix the Formula.”

    The gathering was part of a statewide series of town halls convened by Advance Illinois, a nonpartisan education policy advocacy organization. Locally, the town ha...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    What to do with a former coal mine? Make it a solar farm
    Coal (20) , Energy, Alternative Energy (93) , Environment (41)

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — A former strip mine would be converted into a solar farm under a proposal announced Tuesday by an Appalachian coal company that says it wants to place hundreds of thousands of panels in the Kentucky mountains.

    The Berkeley Energy Group, EDF Renewable Energy and former Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen said they are looking at two mountaintop ...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    : First lady Diana Rauner ready to take on critics
    Rauner, Bruce

    She’s all in.

     

    First lady of Illinois Diana Rauner is standing by her man.

     

    Diana may be a self-proclaimed Democrat married to the state’s number one fiscal conservative, but Sneed is told it’s a huge mistake to doubt her commitment to her husband, Gov. Bruce Rauner.

     

    “Comments in the media Diana has waver...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Plan would lower teacher standards to help fill jobs
    Education reform (38)

    Teaching jobs are going begging in Illinois.

    “When I was a superintendent in my first few years, if we had elementary openings, we had 50 to 100 applicants for that one job,” said Dan Brue, superintendent of Meridian schools. “Now we have 10 to 15 applicants."

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Downtown tax credits should be permanent
    Blagojevich, Rod , Economic Development (35) , Local Government (60) , Quinn, Governor (44) Madigan, Michael--State House, 22 , Stewart, Brian--State House, 89
    State Rep. Brian Stewart’s proposal to create a “Lincoln-Douglas” tax credit for Freeport and other cities where one of the 1858 Senate debates took place is a good idea. It just doesn’t go far enough. Stewart, R-Freeport, based his bill on the “River’s Edge” tax credits created under then-Gov. Pat Quinn and awarded in 2010. Rockford, Elgin, Aurora, East ...   read more >
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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    Wide-Ranging Issues Await Illinois Lawmakers' Return to Springfield
    Abortion (1) , Budget--State (8) , Medicaid, Managed Care

    The Illinois General Assembly - unable to reach a budget deal in more than two years - will make one more try this week.

    As legislators return to Springfield on Monday following a two-week recess, the Illinois Senate is expected to amend the stopgap budget and send it back to the House, but there's no clear indication that a deal has been reached.

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    The longer we wait, the worse it will get
    Budget--State (8)

    Every time we think Illinois’ financial picture can’t get worse, someone hits the accelerator on the vehicle that is driving the state ever-closer toward perdition.

    Last week, a new report made it crystal clear — if it hadn’t been already — that our leaders’ failures at passing a budget has put public higher education in Illinois on a high-spe...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    2018 Illinois governor’s race likely to be most expensive in U.S. history
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Not only is next year’s Illinois gubernatorial election already crowded on the Democratic side, it also might be the most expensive governor’s race in American history, some experts are predicting.

    According to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, Illinois is No. 1 in the nation for most candidates who have officially filed their candidacy and started fundrai...   read more >

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017
    State workers highest paid? A look at the stats
    Rauner, Bruce , Unions, labor (55)

    During his recent campaign-paid tour of the state, Gov. BRUCE RAUNER talked to a group in Springfield, including many state employees or relatives of state workers, and addressed pay for the state workforce.

    In his speech at Fulgenzi’s Pizza & Pasta, he talked about how he had reached contract agreements with many state unions, but not the largest ̵...   read more >

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